Making Beer

Beer brewing is really easy & what's more, you will discover that the beer you make is very good quality. Here is some information about what you need to make beer & also a description of the process which shows you how very easy it is. It takes 1 to 3 weeks to make a batch & during that time you will spend a couple of hours of your time on the brew.

What do I need?

By far the easiest & most inexpensive way to start your brewing hobby is to buy a MICRO BREWERY or beginner's kit which includes all the essentials you need to make your first batch of beer and bottle it. There are several good ones that you can choose from and they include many of the components listed below.

In addition, some of the kits contain extra equipment that make your brewing hobby incredibly easy.

FERMENTER -

This is the container in which the beer is allowed to ferment.

THERMOMETER -

to monitor the temperature of your fermenting beer

AIRLOCK -

to allow gas out of the fermenter & stop air getting in.

TAP & BOTTLING VALVE -

for getting beer into the bottles

CLEANER -

to remove residues from all your brewing containers & tools. Use the new detergent & solvent free cleaner (Brewcraft BrewClean) which is incredibly effective & leaves absolutely no residue.

STERILIZER -

to prevent contamination. "No-rinse" sterilizers like Brewcraft BrewShield are far superior to the old fashioned chemicals.

PLASTIC STIRRER -

for mixing your brewing ingredients.

BEER INGREDIENT KIT -

The ingredients for your first batch. They come in a can & are supplied with yeast. All you have to do is add a good quality brewing sugar (NOT ORDINARY HOUSEHOLD SUGAR) & water.

BREWING SUGAR

We provide a blend of malt extract, dextrose & corn syrup (Brewcraft #15 Brewblend) with all our beginners kits. It makes a very much better beer than the white sugar that is so widely used. You need 1kg to make a regular strength beer.

HYDROMETER

for testing your beer to see if fermentation is finished & for measuring alcohol.

BOTTLE BRUSH

a great help for cleaning bottles.

CARBONATION DROPS

added to each bottle before sealing to make the beer gassy.

CAPPING TOOL & CROWN SEALS

to seal each bottle.

These are the essentials that you will need to get going. As long as you have some bottles, sugar & water at home, you're on your way to making your first batch of about 28 bottles of fine beer without spending an extra cent.

Click on the link above for details of our complete Micro Brewery Kits

This is how to make beer from a beerkit in a can

Once you have your Home Brewery, you are ready to make your first batch. You will be using a canned beer ingredient kit which is easier than making a packet cake.

However, don't think the quality of the beer you make will be poor. You will make great beers this way as long as you remember that it is important to use really good quality ingredients.

Step by Step Beer Making Instructions

 

Stage 1- PREPARATION

1. Clean & sterilise your equipment. Instructions are provided.
2. Put the yeast aside for the fermentation stage.
3. Dissolve the contents of the can in 2 to 4 litres of very hot water in a sterilised bucket. Use less hot water in hot weather & more in cold weather. Add 1kg of good quality brewing sugar and stir to dissolve. We recommend Brewcraft #15 Brew Booster for your first brew. DO NOT USE SUGAR.
4. Add about 10 litres of cold water to your fermenter, transfer the hot mixture from the bucket to your fermenter & mix thoroughly. Top up with cold water to the 22.5 litre mark.

 

Stage 2- FERMENTATION

1. Sprinkle the yeast onto the surface.
2. Seal the fermenter, fit the airlock and half fill it with cool boiled water.
3. Allow the brew to ferment. Try to keep the temperature in the fermenter reasonably constant in the low 20's and try to avoid it falling below about 18ºC. Typically this takes about a week.
4. Fermentation is finished when the airlock stops bubbling and the brew itself begins to clear. Allow a further 48 hours for it to clear thoroughly.

 

Stage 3 - BOTTLING

1. Sterilise the bottles & rinse with cool boiled water.
2. Place carbonation drop(s) in each bottle. You need 1 drop for 330ml bottles & 2 drops for 650-750ml bottles.
3. Fill each bottle to within 50mm of the top.
4. Close each bottle with a crown cap and seal it firmly with a capping tool.
5. Shake the bottles several times during the first few hours to make sure the carbonation drops are completely dissolved. Stand the bottles in a warm spot (say around 20 to 22ºC.) for about a week then store in a place where the temperature is stable & not hot for at least another 2 weeks before sampling.

 

Stage 4 - MATURATION

Homebrew improves greatly with bottle ageing and will not go off in the bottle at all. A six month old beer will be very much better than a one month old beer. So, try to age your beers, you will enjoy them much more. In fact, you will be amazed at how much your aged beers have improved.

The best place to mature your beer is a place where the temperature does not fluctuate and is reasonable cool. Bottles should be upright while maturing.

Don't forget to label and date each batch. Keep samples to try at 3, 6 and 12 months old. Take notes about how they taste then you will see for yourself how this amazing improvement works.