My first beer - using a kit with malt extracts

This is where it starts getting exciting - making the beer! It's a lot easier than you'd think; the majority of the effort is in the preparation. When you think about it, beer is all about putting a fungus (yeast) in with some sugary stuff and letting it eat in warmish temperatures.

The problem is that that's exactly the conditions germs would love to grow in, so the need not just to wash the kit but sterilize it is paramount. Otherwise your beer will stink and taste like death...

I bought my kit online at where I sent for their Complete Starter Kit (I paid GBP 59.95). It contained:
  • Fermentation bucket
  • 40 pint barrel
  • Brewer's paddle (a long-handled spoon)
  • Sterilising powder
  • Syphon
  • Hydrometer
  • Beer kit (malt extract, hop powder, yeast packet and instructions)
The beer in the kit was not the usual Woodforde's Wherry but a similar replacement (Woodforde's Admiral's Reserve).