Home Brewing Laws UK (Read before starting homebrew) 

Homebrewing is booming in the United Kingdom, and many of us have been inspired to try and craft our own beer without giving much thought to rules and regulations. The UK is relatively laid back on its laws surrounding home brewing. There’s no limit to the amount of beer or wine that you can make,…

How Much Water Should I Put In A Homebrew Airlock? 

Three piece and S-shaped airlocks

Once you’ve pitched the yeast, it’s time to move the fermenter to a dark place and fit the airlock. Between eight and twelve hours later, carbon dioxide should start bubbling out through the airlock, indicating that fermentation is taking place. This brings us to the age-old homebrewer’s question of how much water should I put…

How To Measure Alcohol Content With A Hydrometer

Check the leaflet which came with your hydrometer to see whether you should read from the top or bottom of the meniscus

Once you’ve got your first couple of batches of homebrew under your belt, it’s time to start measuring the alcohol content of your beer. Not only is it good to know just how strong your beer is. It also helps you improve your brewing technique and, with practice, will help you consistently brew better beer.…

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),…

What Size Fermenter Do I Need? (Plastic VS Glass VS Metal and Sizes) 

A fifteen-litre plastic fermenting bucket, ideal for ten-litre batches

Fermenters come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to fit all budgets and home brewing needs. In this article, we compare the different sizes and styles of fermenters and discuss the pros and cons of each type. The first thing that you need to consider when purchasing a fermenter is size. During the…

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…

How To Prepare An Immersion Wort Chiller For Its First Use

Thoroughly rinse with clean water then sanitize as usual before using

Immersion wort chillers are a simple but effective way of cooling your wort down to pitching temperature as quickly as possible. The chiller is a spiral metal tube through which cold water circulates. The coils are submerged in the hot wort which heats up the hot water as it flows through the tubes. Immersion wort…

How Much Equipment Do You Need To Brew Beer? (Beginners Guide)

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

So you’ve decided to try your hand at brewing your own beer? Good choice, there are few things in life more satisfying than pouring yourself a glass of beer that you’ve brewed yourself. It’s also a lot of fun. The first thing you’re asking yourself is probably something like: What equipment do I need to…