Kilkenny

Fermenting: 14/09/2005 Bottled: 19/09/2005

Kilkenny Can Muntons Yorkshire Bitter pint of yorkshire bitter

“Oh my God! They killed Kenny!”

I’ve wanted to make this beer for a while, but my local homebrew store has stopped stocking imported kits, so it was hard to get hold of a can of Muntons Yorkshire Bitter.

Having achieved this, though, I set about to recreate Kilkenny.

Kilkenny is an Irish Ale, sometimes called an Irish Red Ale made by the fine folk at Guinness. Very thick and creamy, with a head that stays around for hours, and a sweet maltiness to it’s flavour.

I’m a bit sceptical I can recreate this in a homebrew, but I’m prepared to give it a go.

I added 1 kg of light malt, 500g of maltodextrin and some fuggles hops to maintain the malt/hop balance. Also I only made it up to 18L — about 75% of a normal brew volume to increase the body.

Bottling notes: Very thick and creamy – I hold great hopes for the head on this beer. Colour is good, perhaps a little more coppery than genuine kilkenny.

Tasting notes: Smooooooooooooooooooooth. 8/10

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