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Basic Homebrew recipe

Our kits have all been specialised to work with one easy to use recipe. From this you are able to make store quality ale, it has been designed to be easy to understand for beginners without hurting the product. But we also encourage experimentation. Some aspects like only exposing your yeast to sub 30°C water should not be changed, but others like length of the boil can be. Boiling for longer will get more alpha acids out of hops leading to more bitterness. You can easily use our recipe as a base because the general structure of a brew is sound. Recipe The initial process will take approximately 3 hours to complete, then wait a minimum 5 days to brew in the bucket and two weeks in the bottle

Basics of Homebrewing

Brewing alcohol is not hard, you have probably done it by mistake in the past with some left over food. That is not to say the process happening is not a complex one, or that a deeper understanding won’t help you make even better beer. But in this article I will set out the minimum you need to know to start brewing, which isn’t as much as you’d think. This information will closely follow the instructions you get in our Brewing Bag kit and starter kits. The only difference is there you will find exact times but you are welcome to try and change these in your own experimentation. Cleanliness is next to making a good beer. This may seem obvious but you can easily ruin a good brew with improper

Brewing on a small scale

One thing I notice scares people off all grain homebrewing is the belief you have to do it on a large scale. They imagine you need huge vats that will spill a hot sugary mess all over your kitchen and a spare room just for a fermentation bucket. This is not the case though, in fact even in a very small apartment you can brew your own ale and it is very easy to do so. The first thing to figure out is the volume of beer your wish to brew. For small scale 5 litres (1 gallon) is generally best and that is the amount our kits create. You need to make sure you have a decent sized pot to mash and boil in, you want it larger than the amount of water you are adding so nothing overflows. For our kit w

Misconceptions about Homebrew

One thing I notice with people of my generation and younger is that there is a certain fear that homebrewing is unsafe. This is not just an aversion to hard work or whatever strawman newspaper comics about the damn youths, it is a general uncertainty about: is it safe to make alcohol. Right now we are seeing a return to hobbies like baking and knitting. Things once seen as stuff only an older generation would do are becoming really popular. But a big difference between this and homebrew is that baking and knitting were never made illegal. Before 1963 you could not brew your own beer without a licence (Winemaking was OK??), and while I am very sure many still did, this was a serious thorn in

Garden brewing

Have you ever looked around your garden and wondered why certain plants are so common? Partly it is because they are just pretty, but unless you have quite an exotic garden there are good reasons why some native species are so popular. Many plants we know today were once common ingredients in cooking and brewing, when you consider this it seems so obvious as it’s what we have available but many have now fallen out of use when they can still be very useful. Though before reading further I have a warning, research ANYTHING thoroughly before you add it to anything you will consume. Do not use it until you have made sure it is safe. Also make sure whatever you use has been properly cleaned, most

The pursuit of Gruit part 1

Gruit ale was once one of the most popular styles of ale in Europe, however now you will struggle to find anyone selling it. This is partly understandable as the lack of hops means it won’t last very long, but not one plucky little brewer is really doing it so I guess we’ll have to. This task is a little bigger than some may realise though. There are actually few records on Gruit recipes and those who have devoted time to recreating it agree as much as they disagree. In general three ingredients are seen as common, Yarrow, Myrica Gale (Sweet Gale, Bog Myrtle) and Marsh Rosemary. Though there is even disagreement here, Marsh Rosemary (Wild Rhododendron, Rhododendron tomentosum) and Sweet Gale

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