Summer Home Brewing Tips

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As the seasons turn again, your brewing space is probably heating up. Please excuse us, WA/NT/QLD brewers, but here in the southern states of Australia, we’ve finally hit 25C again and some people are scrambling to figure out how to keep their brewing kits cool! One benefit to keeping your fermenter under 25C is that […]

Barley vs Malt – What’s the Deal? The Brewing Files

Most brewing geeks when describing a beer will often interchangeably use ‘malt’ and ‘barley’ – but what do they really mean? Barley itself is the grain – but to turn it into malt takes a special process. Malting is where you heat and wet the grain so that it breaks down into easy to eat […]

Quick Pickling Class

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In conjunction with our little fun brewing session, we’re doing a quick pickling class immediately afterward. What will we cover? In this short session we will: Learn the science and magic of pickling Fermentation and preservation Learn about antimicrobial agents Taste some pickled foods Make your own quick pickles to take home! It’s fun and […]

Foundations of Brewing Class – 29 October Melbourne

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Coming up soon is a class covering the foundations of beer; what it’s made of, what the ingredients taste like and how to make something great (the first time)! This is a super fun, short, info-packed session. We’ll be bringing our favourite beers to share and explore what you need to make your own. You’ll […]

The Brewing Files – Cara Malt (Light Crystal Malt)

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Caramalt (also known as light crystal malt) is one of our favourites to brew with. It adds quite a bit to a beer – flavour, alcohol, a nice silky texture and a healthy head. What is caramalt? It’s a crystal malt – so sugars are produced inside the grain (using the enzymes in the grain […]

The Brewing Files – What is Barley? What is Malt?

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Barley What is it? It makes up the biggest part of beer (except for water) but what is it and how is it used in your brew? Let’s dive in: Barley is a grass, but one that has been selectively bred to have huge tasty seeds. We’ve been cultivating it for about 10,000 years or […]

The Brewing Files – What is Brewing?

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Before getting into the mechanics of beer and brewing, let’s ask ourselves, what is brewing? Besides making a tasty beverage, what else do we need to accomplish? Sugars First of all, to ferment our wort (baby beer), we’ll need a whole heap of sugars. Barley (and a little wheat or oats) are what we’ll use, […]

The Brewing Files

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In this series of posts, we’ll be exploring some of the ingredients in beer. What the heck are they? Why do we use them in my homebrew and what do they taste like? What are hops anyways? How do I get my beer to taste like a fruit salad? How do I get my beer […]