Keep Your Glasses Clean
We all enjoy a good beer, whether it’s a nice crisp pilsner, a hoppy IPA or a dark indulgent stout, but a sure-fire way of killing a good beer is by pouring it into a dirty glass. So, if you want your beer to pour well, to give it the best chance possible of developing a good head and retaining its drinkability to the last drop, then give it the appreciation it deserves, a clean glass.
Give it Time
It's easy to get worried about your latest brew, especially if you're new to home brewing, but if we can offer one bit of advice to the novice brewer, it's 'be patient.' The answer to most of your questions at the start of the brewing process is, ‘Give it Time’. Fermentation can take up to 48 hours to start and even if it doesn’t start after a few days, things can usually be fixed. If in doubt, give us a shout, we’ll be happy to help.
Making Spirits and Liqueurs at Home
Home made spirits and liqueurs are as easy to produce as any other home brewed drink. Using similar equipment to wine making you can produce high quality, high alcohol drinks which are almost indistinguishable from their commercial counterparts and at a fraction of the price. This article looks at the four stages involved in the process and the legalities of distilling alcohol in the UK.
Follow the Instructions
When you first start to enjoy the craft of brewing your own beer, wine or cider, especially with kits, it's easy to want to jump the gun and start pimping your brews with additional hops or flavourings, which is great, but before you do this, first try to hone your skills following the manufacturers instructions, for best results. 🍺
In recent years, beer drinking has enjoyed a renaissance, with the arrival of the craft beer boom, more and more people have begun to understand what it really means to taste and enjoy beer. Rather than knock back a pint of something tasteless as quickly as possible and move onto the next pub, even young men in their early twenties are turning their noses up at mass produced beers and savouring the flavours of what some of us have been enjoying for years.
Keep It Clean!
In home brewing, cleanliness is a definitive virtue. There are so many nasty microorganisms out there just waiting to attack your delicious beer or wine, so equipment and anything that could come into contact with your new brew must spotlessly clean, to stop the nasties getting their way.
Fermentation Temperature Control
Good temperature control is important for beer quality and timely fermentation. A heat pad or brew belt may be useful in keeping the beer at an appropriate temperature (particularly during the cooler months). Happy Brewing! Cheers 🍻