Brewing Equipment

The Grainfather

The Grainfather

October 13, 2014

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the first in-country demo of the Grainfather, the new semi-automated all-grain brewing system from Imake.  And let me say right at the beginning, this is likely to take AG brewing into a whole new era.  If making great tasting beer right from the base ingredients sounds like what Read More →


I Was Right!

December 4, 2013

Back a couple of months ago, we talked in the monthly newsletter about Ella hops along with its sister hops, Vic Secret and Galaxy, and how they were new up and coming breeds.  Well, we told you so – Ella hops have just taken out Consumers’ Choice at Drinktec, the world’s biggest fair for the Read More →


Re-condition Your Kegs For Summer

October 10, 2013

Have you made the smart move and upgraded to a beer keg system? With summer coming on, make sure your kegs are in good working order. Here’s a few tips to make sure they are in tip-top condition: O-rings – This is the major area where your kegs can let you down.  All seals will eventually go hard and/or wear Read More →

Decoding Belgian Dubbels, Tripels and Quadrupels

March 28, 2013

Belgian beer has mystique: Some of it’s made by monks. Some of it tastes really, really weird. Some of its labels show elves and devils. People who know beer are sometimes unable to resist blowing huge chunks of cash on it.  It is, said famed beer writer Michael Jackson, the “Disneyland of beer.” Belgian beer Read More →

Behind every good beer is a great yeast

February 18, 2013

Yeast is the magical beast that is responsible for the amazing transformation of sugars into alcohol. Using good quality healthy yeast and lots of it can dramatically improve every beer. New brewers often think of the yeast as just an additive, and really who even knows what yeast is? The Germans weren’t quite sure when Read More →

The do’s and don’ts of cleaning beer glasses

January 31, 2013

With beer glasses, the don’ts are much more critical than the do’s. The biggest no-no is leaving any type of soap or fat on the glass surface. These compounds will ruin beer foam before it ever has a chance. Just last night I had a delicious hefe-weizen served in a traditional 0.5 liter weizen glass. Read More →

What glass to use when serving beer

February 14, 2012

When it comes to glass selection, any glass is better than no glass. However, there are some forms of glassware that enhance the beer drinking experience based on the particular style of beer. This is because the shape of the glass has the ability to help us better perceive certain flavour profiles in some beer Read More →

Brewing A Bavarian Wheat Beer

August 26, 2011

On Wednesday night I decided that it was Beer O’clock so I put down the Bavarian Wheat malt extract recipe. I started brewing after a couple of home brews and dinner, maybe 6-30 to 7-00pm.  Quite a basic beer to brew with only a single varity of hop in 2 additions. It took me a little Read More →