Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey

Test 02/2020

  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - front
  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - boxed
  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - detail
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  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - fridge
  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - johanna-tasting
  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - shake-it
  • Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey - yeast
Test seal: Braufässchen Dark with oak wood & honey, Rating 6.5

last modified: 28.02.2020, 14:01

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All rating criteria details:

Preparation 35%
Taste 35%
Workmanship 15%
Scope of delivery 15%
Tested by: Jonas

Jonas

Resumee

The Dark with oak wood & honey is a fun and cool gift for people who want to gain their first experience in brewing beer. The brewing process is well explained in the manual and is easy to follow. Unfortunately, the whole process does not have much to do with real beer brewing. The essential processes are already anticipated in this case. The result is rather sobering, as the end product is not edible and lacks carbon dioxide. Personally, the brewing process has only made me want to brew my own real beer even more. If you also brew your own beer and want to enjoy it, I can advise against buying it.

Pro

  • Funny gift
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Missing carbonic acid
  • Does not taste like beer

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Super easy to use. However, the end product leaves much to be desired.

General information

The Dark with oak wood & honey of Braufässchen is delivered in attractive packaging. The instructions are written in German, illustrated and clearly understandable.

Scope of delivery

  • 1 five litre barrel as fermentation tank
  • 1 bottle barley malt extract
  • 1 bottle of hop aroma
  • 1 bottle of honey aroma
  • 1 pack of oak wood
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 pressure valve
  • 3 beer mats
  • 1 instruction manual

Preparation

First of all you have to remove the transparent lid on the top. Attention - do not throw away! Then you fill the malt extract into the barrel. You can continue to use the malt extract bottle. Fill it with cold water up to the lower mark and boiling water up to the upper mark. Then pour the water into the barrel. Now put the transparent lid back in place - put the lid back on the opening. Now shake the barrel vigorously for about 30 seconds.

The brew keg is shaken vigorously.
To mix malt extract and water well - shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Then you can put the hops into the barrel. Now fill the malt extract bottle 5 times up to the upper mark with cold water and pour it into the barrel. Now you have to add the yeast and optionally additional flavours. We have chosen the aromas (honey aroma and oak wood) which are included in the delivery. Finally, you close the opening with the pressure valve.

Fermentation

For at least 5 days you should now let the barrel ferment at room temperature, untouched if possible. The fermentation phase may also last a few days longer.

The barrel in the refrigerator.
After a total of seven days you can taste your home-brewed beer.

When the fermentation of your beer is complete, place the keg upright in the refrigerator for two days.

Taste

The finished beer has a very sweet note. One must confess: the final product has little to do with the unique, unmistakable taste of beer. The honey aroma stands out. You can also taste the malt extract. Carbon dioxide is unfortunately hardly present. The beer also tastes very watery, you get the impression that something is missing. In fact, the process of secondary fermentation, in which phase the main part of the carbonic acid is formed, was never initiated.

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Whitecap

Due to the lack of carbonic acid, a whitecap is almost non-existent. With the first tapped beers the head was even better. However, the crown disappeared in a very short time.

We have evaluated almost 30 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 70 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 20 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.8 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 70% positive and 20% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Great gift
  • Easy to use
  • Drum is reusable
Manufacturer Braufässchen
EAN 0610098312826
Scope of delivery 5-Liter-Fass, Malzextrakt, Hefe, Hopfenextrakt, Druckventil, 3 Bierdeckel
Packaging Appealing
Additional warranty -
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language GER
Width 15.7 cm
Height 24.2 cm
Depth 15.7 cm
Weight 1,435 g
Capacity litres 5
Type of beer Dark with oak wood & honey
Material of fermentation tank Metal
Brew approaches 1
Tap
Ingredients Barley malt extract, hop aroma, honey aroma, oak wood, yeast, water
Ingredients are enough for 5 l
Preparation time 45 min
Quality impression Good
Preparation
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Scope of delivery
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2020-01-10
The yeast was missing at delivery. Is it possible to use commercial yeast?
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Commercially available yeast is unfortunately not suitable for brewing beer, as the yeast must meet special requirements.
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2020-01-10
What is the shelf life of the ingredients?
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Usually 2 years.
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2020-01-10
Can the beer be stored without cooling?
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The beer is fermented at room temperature and can also be stored that way.

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