For the Mad Scientist in you!
Does your beer reflect your inner Dr. Frankenstein? If you find yourself drawn toward increasingly complex brews, it’s time for the Mad Brewer’s Upgrade Kit.
It may sound obsessive, but testing your beer is essential. Know how well your beer fermented or whether or not you brewed that recipe kit correctly. Make sure that beer is ready to bottle. Get repeatable results.
The Mad Brewer™ Beer Testing Kit will give you the peace of mind that you are getting the most out of your equipment and making your best homebrew beer.
You’ll receive a complete set of instruments to test your beer’s specific gravity - a hydrometer, thief, and test jar - to let you keep close tabs on fermentation and calculate abv%. You’ll also get our favorite additives to help eliminate messy boilover and blowoff in the brewery and haze in the glass. Finally, a copy of John Palmer’s excellent How To Brew - required reading for every Mad Brewer.
- Herculometer™ - Triple Scale Hydrometer
- Three-piece thief
- Economy Test Jar
- Biofine Clear
- Whirlfloc Tablets (10 ct)
- A copy of "How to Brew" by John Palmer
- Details & Instructions
- Customer Q&A
Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answerHi everyone, I'm new to the Homebrew thing and have another question. I made a five gallon batch of extract base Scotish Ale, which I've never consumed but thought might be an interesting brew. I let it primary for 10 days then secondary for another 10 and bottled yesterday at the 3.5 week mark but when I tasted the unprimed brew it tasted slightly sour. Did I screw up something? I'm not sure what I should be tasting at at this point in the process. Thx in advance of answers. MikeBEST ANSWER: Hi Mike,
At this point, it should basically taste like beer; warm and flat, but still beer. If there's any sourness, that might have been caused by a bacterial infection.
If that is the case, then there isn't much you can do to save it, but there isn't any health risk involved. Some beers are intentionally soured, so it does not always necessarily taste bad, which is not to say that it's in line for a Scottish beer. I would recommend using a standalone sanitizer, such as star san. A small bottle will last for years. You can re-use it a few times, and it only requires 30 seconds of contact. You can even put it in a spray bottle and spray your stuff down; no need for soaking or dunking.
I hope this helps!
If your current beer is infected, it will likely continue to sour, meaning it is probably better to drink it while you still like it! This has been my strategy; I've had my fair share of infections (mostly they happened prior to star san!).