Today is the bottling day of the Ritchies Simply Lager, all bottles washed and sanitised, using the little bottler to bottle and cap.

brewed on 17th May 2014 with 22-23 litres of water, as with the Simply Pale Ale, this is a bag of malt that required a few minutes in hot water to help pour the liquid.

3 litres of boiled water is added to the malt and stirred very quickly to mix and begin forming the wort. I kept adding 5 litres of cold water and stirred in between pours to develop the wort.

Once topped upto 23 litres the temperature was a perfect 23c a gravity reading was taken and the OG of this brew was 1.048, the yeast is then pitched.

The vessel was stored at an average temperature of 19c for 9 days with 3 gravity readings taken with a FG of 1.010, using the ABV calculator the alcohol content was a very nice 5.6%.

46 bottles later and the batch is now primed with a carbonation drop in each bottle ready for secondary fermentation of which the bottles are stored inside for at least a week at room temperature.

This brew will be read just in time for the World Cup so I’ll review throughout what will probably be the usual pan and anguish of an England exit in penalties.


  • Chris

    Just bought this kit. I noticed you didn’t come back to review the finished product. How did it turn out?

    May 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm
    • Paul

      Hi Chris, it turned out quite nice, a simple lager, I used carbonation drops to prime, 1 per bottle was enough for a good fizz, head retention was good also. I would say leave them to prime for 3-4 weeks for best results

      June 2, 2015 at 7:50 am

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