The story behind the brew kit:
We don’t let a global pandemic bother us here at Dark Farm! Instead, we work on building new relationships with awesome like-minded people. Over the last few months we’ve been secretly liaising (digitally, obvs) with Sebastian Nielsen from Brookhouse Hops and Lawrence Plant from Pauls Malts and we’re very excited about what we’ve produced.
In honour of British grains and hops we’ve created this cheeky little number: a delicious British Pale Ale, which we’ve called ”Lockdown”. We chose UK Chinook because they are such a great hop to grow and harvest, and we love the US version in pale ales. We also wanted to do a single hopped beer because it better showcases the hops.
The UK version is less punchy compared to the US version, but we think it creates a more balanced profile in any beer.
The bonus of using hops near the end is that they carry more flavour through to the beer. You have to use a bit more to get the desired IBUs but according to brewers we’ve spoken to this is quite common practice in modern beers. The bitterness is apparently ‘softer’.
From a malt perspective, a fairly neutral but slightly sweet extra pale malt helps bring attention to the hops in the beer. Melanoidin malt brings toasty biscuit notes as a result of the maillard reaction in the kiln, which balances nicely against the bitterness from the hops.