SMaSH Jester (English Pale Ale)

An experimental beer made with a British hop variety called Jester. It has a strong fruity and zesty aroma. Charles Faram describe the characteristics as blackcurrant, grapefruit, lychees. Jester is part of a developmental range of British hops which also includes Mystic and a totally new hop yet to be released called Harlequin. It’s great…

Malt Selection In Beer Making

Malt lends numerous characteristics to a beer and understanding what each malt can add allows for the formulation of your own recipes and the ability to experiment a little. Malt isn’t as popular as hops but without it there would be no beer so go ahead and get creative! Base Malt Will give flavour or…

Making an IPA

IPA is one of the most popular brews to make and it’s history goes back a long way. It originates from England during the 17th Century when technology allowed for paler malts to be roasted and therefore pale beers to be made. It’s best known for it’s use during the days of empire when it…

Making Stout

This article will take you through the different types of Stout to make along with basic ingredients. Visit our shop for all ingredients. Stout is now a wonderfully varied drink with many different breweries offering their own individual take and the great thing is it’s easy to make at home too using kits and grain….

Fermentation Timeline

There are three phases to fermentation: The lag phase, active phase and stationary phase. When brewing from a beer kit the total fermentation time is usually 7 to 10 days, however this can vary depending on temperature. The same rule can be applied when brewing from grain. Wine kits will take from 7 days to…