Yeast And Temperature When Brewing Beer

Ideally when brewing beer the home brewer needs to make sure that the ferment is kept within a certain temperature range or even better at a specific temperature. This doesn’t mean that you have to panic if your ferment isn’t at the required temperature or the temperature fluctuates a little. The yeasts provided with malt…

Improving Body In Beer

It can be really frustrating when you make a beer and love the flavour but the body is lacking. There are ways of improving this and it does also come down to personal preference. ‘Body’ is a pretty elusive term to pin down, it can mean different things depending on the beer you are making…

Cider Making – From Tree to Juice

A guide to the stages before fermentation. What kind of apples are suitable for cider?Basically any apples can be used to make cider. The common garden varieties are fine to use but it is best to use a mixture rather than a single variety. You can mix a garden variety with crab apples to add…

Water Chemistry

Water is the main ingredient in beer and it is important, however altering the chemistry of your water can be quite awkward and a matter of experimentation. It’s also down to personal taste so if you like the flavour of the beer you make then don’t worry about the chemistry of your water. Paraphrasing John…

Maturing And Clearing Your Home Brew Beer

Beer that has only just finished fermenting will not taste great and is referred to as being ‘green’. There may be off flavours and aromas you don’t expect however as long as there were no problems during the brewing process these will dissipate over time as the beer matures. See our blog on off flavours…

Off Flavours In Beer Making

This is a guide to identifying some common off flavours with tips on how to eradicate them or prevent them the next time you brew. It’s also worth noting that some of these ‘off’ flavours are desirable in certain beers, it all depends on style. You’ll also find that the simplest solution to a problem…

Steeping Grains and Beer Kit Brewing

This is a great way of adding extra flavour to your brew when brewing with a beer kit. It’s really easy to do and adds further body, colour and flavour to the beer. Steeping grains is a good stepping stone towards all grain brewing, giving you a little experience of handling malt and getting to…