These kits include all grains, hops, and yeast needed to brew the recipe according to the instructions found in CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing book.
Kew Brewery – Botanic
Kew brewery is a 6-barrel microbrewery located less than a mile from, and inspired by, the world-famous gardens at Kew. It was founded by David Scott in May 2015. Like many others, David started out as a homebrewer, who, happy with what he was producing, decided to turn his hobby into a business. To improve his knowledge of commercial brewing, David worked for a while at Weird Beard Brew Co, and also helped out at several other breweries, such as Old Dairy and Canterbury Brewers. Kew brewery has a strong environmental ethos, and is unusual in only using UK-grown hops and malt in all of their beers, to keep their food miles low. Part of their aim is to rehabilitate English hops, and show they can punch with the best from elsewhere if used properly.
Botanic, a ‘session’ amber ale that comes in at 3.8% ABV, was the first beer brewed at the brewery. It has a good balance between the malt character and hops, and then the botanical ‘twist’ of a little juniper being added, both at flame out (ideally a few minutes after flame out to avoid extracting too much bitterness), and again at the dry-hop stage (after being soaked in vodka for at least 48 hours). The mix of crystal malts gives the beer some extra body and sweetness given the low strength, and this helps carry the late hop additions. Aim for a warm mash, for a slightly higher finish at 1011/12. It should have a fairly low bitterness, and good aroma from the UK Cascade dry-hop. The First Gold hop additions add some deeper ‘orange’ flavour to the body of the beer.
NOTE: This recipe also requires 20g of Juniper berries which are not included.
Every effort is made to match the brewery recipe precisely, but at times it maybe necessary to change some of the listed ingredients on the recipe to alternatives due to seasonality or availability, but in all cases we do our best replace with something that won’t impact on the overall taste and flavour of the beer.