1 Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:22 PM

So i was in the Evil BC yesterday getting my self some US05, While there i had a quick look at some fresh wort kits they had, you know the ones? there 15 liters you just dump them in the fermenter and add 5 liters of water pluss yeast, So when i got home i looked them up on the net, and see a lot of people had good things to say about them!\nHas anyone here ever tried one? any thoughts?\nPaul have you guys at Coopers ever thought about making fresh wort kits as part of your homebrew line?\n\nCheers!

2 Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:09 PM

Thought about it??? Fresh worts kits were our first home brew products back in the 70s…

3 Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:19 PM

Ok i want ask any more question on it :p

4 Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:28 PM

Ask away - I was just trying to be funny, hysterical whilst being historical. Now that's punny!\n\nI've fermented many fresh wort kits over the years. Some were quite good, some were duds, many needed a little bit extra something (like dry hopping) all were expensive.

5 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:21 AM

Fresh wort kits are too heavy…and my wife wont carry them for me.

6 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:10 AM

LOL Muddy!\n\nPaul i was asking cause some people on ahb were saying there an ezy way of having AG beer, and can taste better then kit extracts, (im not sure how FWK are made?) Also yeah a lot of them said they need a little extra hops at the end!

7 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:24 AM

A FWK is simply a brew.\n\nI brewed a fresh wort kit last Sunday.\n51/2 kg Pale Malt\n1/2 kg Crystal Malt,\n28g Cascade Plugs 40mins\n10g Chinook Pellets 10mins\n50g Frothies Brewery Chinook Flowers 2mins\n\nDiluted it to 21litres and started it fermenting with 21g (3 sachets) of Australian Pale Ale yeast on Monday night.\n

8 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:07 PM

9 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:12 PM

Haha - Nice on Tricky :)

10 Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:22 PM

Hahaha!\n\nTricky\n\nMuddy\n\nOther then them being heavy, what are your thoughts on FWK?

11 Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:32 AM

I know people who swear by the esb ones. I've tasted them and they were pretty good but I thought my beer tasted better (I usually do though). They aren't cheap and I think they only for to 19L(?) and as I don't keg I usually go to 23L.\n\nI might try one one day but it is way down my list.\n\nMaybe you should give one a try Josh? That way you could save me some money if it is no good :)

12 Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:01 PM

Just a quick heads-up for those in Canberra …

Fantastic news! Zierholz Brewery and Brew Your Own at Home in Kambah have teamed up, so locally made fresh wort kits are now available. The whole Zierholz range will be coming this year, but the first cab off the rank is the delicious Hopmeister, a 1.047 OG, 47 IBU Pale Ale with plenty of NZ aroma hops. I love it on tap at the brewery and am excited to have a cube waiting to be fermented!

Edit: They are $50 with a pack of US-05 … and also $50 if you don't want the pack of US-05

Cheers,

John

13 Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:05 PM

Good stuff. I have fermented the occasional FWK over the past year when I didn't have time to brew. From memory I did three; a Cascade pale ale, an amber ale and an American Brown Ale. The amber was OK but the other two were pretty good.

They are more expensive than making it yourself but still cheaper than commercial beer.

14 Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:26 PM

I have fermented a few FWKs and most have turned out very good beers. I have also tipped one keg out but suspect the method I used as well as using a different yeast. Fermenting the FWKs led me to go all grain and so glad I did.

Cheers

Greg

15 Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 6:39 PM

I bought an Amarillo Ale FWK from ESB and brewed it just before Christmas. I tasted it last night bloody fantastic. This is what all grains taste like it's brilliant. The kit came with SAF05 yeast and there's no need to add hops as it's already been added.

One day when I have more room, I would love to progress to AG.

Cheers

16 Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 11:28 PM

My son bought me one of these for my birthday 2 days before Christmas, a Golden Ale. Excellent stuff and the next step up from brew cans IMO. Sadly its all gone now ( i was thirsty) but would buy one at the drop of a hat. Came with no or virtually no instructions and about 15g of mosaic. Probably my best brew so far.
Was about 5 day ferment, 5 days left to clean up. Kegged and gassed for 5 days outside fridge. Fridge for 5 days and lasted about 5 days after first pour. Would have been better if i could have left it alone.

Pretty sure the name “5 day Golden Ale” was appropriate.

17 Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 11:36 PM

If there's one thing that kits and extract brewing can't get close to all grain with, it's freshness of flavor. I remember when I did my first AG batch in October 2012, I was very impressed by the step up in quality.

18 Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:10 PM

Red Sox:

I bought an Amarillo Ale FWK from ESB and brewed it just before Christmas. I tasted it last night bloody fantastic. This is what all grains taste like it's brilliant. The kit came with SAF05 yeast and there's no need to add hops as it's already been added.

One day when I have more room, I would love to progress to AG.

Cheers

You don't need a lot of space for a Grainfather, Robobrew, Braumeister or even BIAB in an urn.

You just need dollars and time

19 Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:47 PM

I looked at FWK but dismissed the idea - aside from the high cost, it just wouldn't feel like I was brewing if I wasn't messing around in the kitchen for several hours with my own recipe!

20 Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 1:14 PM

At $45 each I don't think they are that expensive…ofcourse you need yeast and finishing hops aswell.
I am sure AG is much cheaper, But sometimes hard to even do a K&B brew at that cost. (eg ROTM's)

Im fermenting my first FWK now - will bottle this weekend. Looking forward to trying it to see the difference. Was planning to order an Urn straight after Christmas but held off while I try a couple of these FWK's.
Im sure I'll inevitably get the Urn and go AG but wanted to see what these are like as the time saving is very appealing.
While I like playing around with recipes, and enjoying the results - as we all do, I do find that I am regularly time poor on weekends. I know AG requires more time commitment - so just need more planning probably….but I like the idea of these, so quick to do when you don't have time and Keg King have a considerable range.