I want to brew today!
Shane, Damien and I are often greeted by customers who want to brew straight away but don't know how to do it or don't know what supplies they need.
So I thought I better do a quick blog post and explain what you will need.
Home brew beer is both fun and rewarding it's also a lot cheaper. We have found that home brewed beer tastes better and brings friends together. Don't get me wrong you will still see me sinking a few bad boys at the local pub but I still like making my own.
So what are the rewards with brewing your own?
If you build a project car, you make a mess and get told off.
If you get into making home brew, you might still make a mess but at least you can promise a cold glass of your very own beer at the end of it, you’re in complete control of what goes into your beer. So no weird chemicals and preservatives, and you can adjust the malt, hops, and yeast to suit your own taste.
How to get started
The best way to start your exploration into home brew is by using a starter kit. These contain all the home brew supplies and equipment you’ll need to brew your beer, as well as detailed instructions.
The kits that Hobby Hydro and Home Brew supply come with the following:
- 30L fermenter
- bottling valve
- 1.7kg Blue Mountain Lager
- Morgan’s Body Blend
- stick on thermometer
- 30 x PET bottles and caps
- Morgan’s Sanitiser
- Morgan’s Carbonation Drops
- complete Brewing instructions
Brewing with home brew kits
Making home brew is about as easy as buying a crate, especially with a kit, and way more fun. Your basic steps to home brew beer:
- Brewing (about 2 hours) – clean and sterilise all your equipment first. Dissolve your brew in 2-4 litres of very hot water, and add 1kg of sugar or dextrose. Put about 10 litres of cold water in your fermenter, add the hot mixture, and mix well. Top it up to 23 litres and sprinkle with brewers’ yeast when the temperature is below 30°.
- Fermenting (about a week) – now the magic happens! After you add the yeast, seal the fermenter and partly fill the airlock with boiled, cooled water. Let the brew ferment for about a week at a constant temperature – about 20-22° will do it. Once the airlock stops bubbling and the brew clears, leave it for another 48 hours, and it’s time to move on to bottling! Alternatively, a better way to know the progress of your beer is to draw off a sample and take a hydrometer reading - if it's close to the expected reading and static for more than 24 hours then it's ready for bottling.
- Bottling – sterilise your bottles and caps. Add a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle, and using the bottling valve, fill each bottle to 40mm below the top. Cap the bottles and gently tilt them a few times to help dissolve the sugar. Store them in a warm place for five days, then move them somewhere a bit cooler for another five. Give them another week, and try your beer! To check how your home brew matures, sample at three weeks, three months, and six months. If it lasts that long.
Improving your home brew beer
Not quite right the first time? Part of the fun of home brew is experimentation. You could try adding more hops or malt, upgrading your yeast, or using an enhancer pack.
Hobby Hydro and Home Brew can provide you with all the accessories you needas well as helping you through the process of home brewing.
For all things home brew pay us a visit at 109 Little Rundle Street Kent Town or visit us online.