Growing Your Own Hops – Tipsy Garden!

I recently purchased a hop plant of the ‘Magnum’ variety and have done a little research into how to grow it successfully, here’s what I found from a range of sources.  The plant itself has only been in a few weeks and is growing fast! Basically they are quite easy to grow but you’ll need…

Marko’s Mosiac American Pale

  This is one of the first recipes Mark created for his Braumeister! Makes 20 litres Start gravity: 1.053 End gravity: 1.013 ABV: 5.29% IBU: 99.2 Fermentables: 4 kg – Golden Promise 0.135 kg – Wheat 0.175 kg – Cara Malt Hops: 20 g Columbus (Boil 60 mins) 30 g Mosaic (Boil 30 mins) 30 g Mosiac…

Dry Hopping

Dry hopping is a technique used to develop more aroma and flavour in a beer, especially those with a good hoppy bite such as an IPA and some pale ales. You will find that with a lot of kit beers that include dry hop additions you are advised to add the hops about three days…

Marko’s Porter

This is a smooth, very well balanced beer with a slight smokey, roasted after taste. Really good mouth feel and a great creamy head on it. A perfect rich and comforting brew to enjoy by the fire. Makes 22 litres ABV 4.99% Start gravity: 1.054 End gravity: 1.016 Fermentables: 4 kg – Maris Otter Pale malt…

Marko’s New England IPA

A beer that you may see a lot of this year.  It’s becoming increasingly popular and can be made in a variety of ways, for instance as a milkshake New England IPA where lactose is added!  However this is ‘our’ Mark’s version, long time member of staff and brewing aficionado! Batch size 21 litres Original…

How to Make Wine from a Kit

Making wine from a kit is easy and with a large range of kits available to try there is something for every wine lover out there.  Each kit comes with instructions so this guide is just a basic outline of how to make a wine kit, for more specific information see your kit instructions. You…

Marko’s Cream Mercan Purl – How to all grain receipe

Pretty simple American Ale, this is a great tasting American beer that came out slightly cloudy. Dry hop for just a couple of days somewhere cool if possible in secondary just before kegging or bottling. Makes 23 litres Fermentables: 4.5 kg UK – Maris Otter Pale  0.2 kg UK – Crystal 45L Hops 20 g…

Hefeweizen: How to All Grain Recipe

Hefeweizen is a great tasting cloudy German wheat beer with a clove and banana flavour derived from the yeast.  It is lightly hopped with a malty, bready flavour from the wheat and lager malt. In order for it to be a Hefeweizen it has to have at least 50% wheat malt, which along with the…

How to Use an AEB Keg

The AEB keg is a great alternative to the plastic pressure barrels and it works exactly the same as a Cornelius keg.  It holds 19 litres of beer and although many beer kits are 23 litres it gives you the chance to bottle a few for friends and family to try. These kegs are well…

A Guide to Mashing and Sparging

  This is a step by step general guide to both mashing and sparging. The Mash (see https://homebrewonlinebrewblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/lets-do-the-mash/ for more detail) Place your grain in your mash tun, the amount of mashing water can be calculated using the following ratio 2.5:1.  So 2.5 litres to 1 kg of grain this figure can be played with a…

Marko’s Saison Recipe

This is a French Saison recipe with a fruity and tart taste which gives way to a malty flavour as your palette becomes accustomed to the flavour.  It may not be for everyone as it has a tiny bit of sourness  but if you’re looking for a beer with a difference then this is definitely…

Let’s Do The Mash!

The mash is where the magic starts and the starches found in the grain are turned into fermentable and unfermentable sugars.  This is done by enzymes which break the chains of glucose which make up the starch, these enzymes are called beta amylase and alpha amylase and it is primarily these two enzymes at work…