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How many beers will my kit make?

Each recipe pack is designed to create enough beer to bottle 12, 330ml bottles. The brewing equipment is for 5L batch sizes, or approximately 1 gallon and will produce about 12, 330 ml bottles of beer.


How long does it take?

The brewing day will take 3.5-4 hours from start to finish. However, like making a roast, most of this time is passive cooking during which you can do other things.
Fermenting = 2 weeks
Bottling = 30 minutes
Bottle Conditioning Time = from 2-4 weeks depending on the recipe
In total, it is roughly a month from your brew day to when you can pop one open and enjoy!


I only see one hop bag - but instructions say there should be more - am I missing hops?

Each labeled hop addition bag has been vacuum sealed together into the foil bag marked Hops. Please keep it sealed and stored in your fridge until your brew day to maintain maximum freshness


Does brewing smell?

You won’t really smell anything while the beer is fermenting.  The only time brewing smells a bit is on your brew day when you are stewing the grains and then boiling the liquid.  It is a sweet grain smell, not too different from the smell of baking bread.  Personally we really like it! And it is only for an hour or two.


What comes in the recipe pack?

Each recipe pack gives you all of the ingredients you need to make a batch of that specific beer (12 x 330ml bottles.) Includes:

  • Malted grains crushed and mixed according your chosen recipe
  • Hops all precisely pre-measured and packaged separately for each ‘addition’ all vacuum packaged together into one foil hops bag
  • Craft beer yeast sachet specific to the style of beer

In addition to these high-quality core ingredients, you will receive:

  • ‘Kettle finings’ a derivative of seaweed which breweries use to help pull proteins out of the beer helping to clarify your beer to a higher standard
  • Brewer’s Sugar – the same quality sugar breweries use to create the carbonation in the bottle
  • No-rinse sanitizer to make up 2 x 5L sanitising solution – one for use on brewing day and one for bottling day.

What comes with your equipment kit?
  • Fermentation pail with LCD thermometer sticker on the side and dispensing tap
  • Bottling wand which attaches to your spout for easy bottle filling
  • Immersion thermometer to monitor your brewing temperatures and stirring stick
  • airlock which fits into the fermenter lid
  • HomeBrewtique’s re-usable brew bag

Why don’t you use those pretty glass demijohn bottles like everyone else?

Although the glass demijohn fermenter is photogenic it is not a practical choice for making beer. There are a number of problems with the glass demijohn

  1. It is clear! And sunlight is beer’s worst enemy. If you brew in a glass demijohn you need to cover it up to keep the light out or risk having your beer oxidized. Our opaque plastic pail blocks all light from interfering with your brew.
  2. It has a tiny bottleneck!
    a. This is very impractical when it comes to pitching the yeast. Our wide top makes adding yeast or dry hopping very easy.
    b. Cleaning is a nightmare. You need special wires to reach in through the small opening and clean all the sediment. Again our wide top pail is a cinch to clean. You can even pop it in your dishwasher.
    c. The area for gas release is tiny and often leads to blown airlocks or at least blocked air-locks. Our pail has such a wide surface area that the gas releases easily escaping out the airlock with little chance of problems.

Do I need anything else to brew my beer?

We aim to provide nearly everything you will need to make your bespoke batch of craft beer. However there are some things you’ll need which we hope you have handy:

  • A large stock-pot which can hold 7.5L of water + your grains with plenty of boiling space (we recommend at the very least a 9L capacity pot for this)
  • An accurate measuring jug to make sure you get that 7.5L of water measured out
  • A kitchen timer – or even a timer on your phone will do!
  • A colander/ strainer
  • A mixing bowl
  • A mixing spoon

And of course a good attitude, ready to experiment and have some fun!


What if I get interrupted or run out of time?

There are a couple of stages in the brewing process which can be paused without much harm to your finished product.

  • Your beer can sit in the oven during the MASH phase for longer than the recipe calls for. The sugars have all come out of the grains and it won’t do any harm if the grains sit in the warm liquid for a bit longer.
  • In the chilling phase you can leave your pot covered for up to 12 hours before pitching your yeast

Is there any way to speed up the process if I am in a real hurry?

Just as there are parts of the brewing process which can be lengthened without harm, there are a couple of phases of brewing which can be rushed through with little risk if you must.

  • The MASH stage can be shortened to 30 + minutes if you need to save some time. Most of the sugars have been removed from the grains in this time. Raising the temperature at the end of the MASH will also help get extra sugars out. The only risk on shortening the time is a slightly lower alcohol content in your end product.
  • We recommend a primary fermentation time of two weeks to allow for variety in temperature, varying yeast activity between batches and any other factors which may influence the rate of fermentation. In ideal conditions, fermentation will generally be complete after 7-10 days. By closely watching your airlock for any signs of bubbling, you can determine whether the yeast has completed its job and is done fermenting your beer or whether gases are still being released. Bottling before the fermentation is finished can lead to exploding bottles which is why we always recommend waiting the extra time. However, if need demands it, it is possible – just remember you do so at your own risk!

How important is sanitizing everything?

While doing the cooking part of the brew takes the most effort, some would argue it is the conditions under which the beer is fermenting that is most important to the final results. This is why we use our special fermentation pail which effectively blocks light and we give you an LCD thermometer to monitor at what temperature you are fermenting. It is also, however, important that once you have finished the BOIL of the beer, everything that comes into contact with the liquid gets effectively sanitized so that nothing but the yeast grows and flavours your beer.

That being said however, a small mistake here or there probably won’t contaminate the batch. If you operate in a clean kitchen and do your best to sanitize the equipment, your beer should turn out just fine.


What if I make a mistake? Do I have to throw it all out?

Most likely your beer will turn out just fine. Leaving something a bit too long, or having the temperature out by a bit, perhaps even forgetting to sanitize something, will most likely still create a very drinkable beer.

We recommend always seeing it through because the chances are it will be okay – if you do need to dump it in the end, at least you have learned how that mistake effects the flavour of the final product. You can always take sample sips along the way too if you are worried that something may have gone horribly wrong. Before pitching the yeast you can taste the wort which is usually quite sweet and mild at this stage and before bottling the beer you can taste what comes out of the fermenter. It won’t have the depth of flavour or the carbonation the final product will have, but if it has been contaminated you will probably taste it.


My beer looks cloudy

It might be close to the end of your bottle-conditioning time and when you hold your beer up to the light it might still look like it is full of floaters or very cloudy. This could mean that you disturbed your yeast sediment when you added your sugar or when bottling. This is okay, it just means your beer will need to rest a bit longer to let the proteins fall out of the beer liquid. Check back every few days until it looks clearer.
You can also try to do something called ‘cold crashing’ your beer which helps the proteins come out of the liquid. It is as easy as putting the beer in your fridge for a few days! You might find this helps to clarify your beer – and then it is all ready to drink, nicely cooled already.


 

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