11 Items A Home Brewer Can’t Live Without (No. 7 is a must!) 

Part of my small batch, all-grain, homebrew setup

One of the great things about homebrewing is that there’s very little special equipment needed to get started. Apart from a fermenting bucket, airlock and no-rinse sanitiser, you can mostly get by with equipment that you already have in the kitchen. Most beginner homebrewers start by purchasing a homebrew kit which includes all the essential…

What’s the Correct Temperature for Mashing IPA (Tried and Tested Temp) 

Gently stir the mash as you add the grain to prevent dough balls

Until recently, I’ve always followed tried and tested recipes from homebrewing books and websites. Earlier this year I decided to start experimenting and try to develop my own IPA recipe. As most homebrewers know, a beer’s taste, appearance and mouth feel depend on a combination of factors including the grain bill (mix of malts used),…

Correct Mash Temperature (Impact of incorrect mash temperatures) 

Picnic coolers make good mash tuns because the insulation helps maintain the correct mash temperature

During the mashing process, malted barley is steeped in hot water so that enzymes can break down the starch in the grains and convert them into sugar. The mash temperature affects the amount and type of sugars extracted and ultimately, the style and flavour of the finished beer. The correct temperature for infusion mashing is…