New to Brewing?

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Welcome to the wonderful world of home brewing.

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Making your own wine, beer, cider and spirits is so easy …

Brewing your own is a truly satisfying hobby which you can share the results with friends and family. After an initial investment in equipment, subsequent bottles will cost the fraction of the shop bought equivalent. Once you start, you’ll be hooked in no time and be churning out top quality and unusual brews, limited only by your imagination.

Start with a kit so you master the basic techniques, you’ll soon be moving on to all kinds of brews, honing your skills to produce the drinks you want.

The commercial brewing industry has traditionally surrounded itself with a certain amount of myth and created the impression that brewing requires enormous expertise and expensive equipment that is unavailable to the home brewer …

Check Out the history of brewing in the UK

… the reality is, brewing is a very straightforward science! Ethyl Alcohol (or Ethanol) is the alcohol we can drink which is made by fermenting the sugar contained in grain (beer) or fruit (cider or wine) using an appropriate yeast. This sugar is extracted from plants such as barley, wheat, grapes, fruit and vegetables, virtually any crop will produce alcohol to some degree, either directly or through a second stage of production.

The wonderful side effect of this is that the flavour and aroma of the original plant follows through the process giving us the fine selection of tastes we can choose from. It’s just the quantity of alcohol and flavour that varies between these drinks. The alcohol is still ethanol!

Now you are able to produce products that are as good if not better than many of their commercial equivalents. There are still some kits on the market that do produce some very dodgy results and are purely there because they’re cheap. You save enough money brewing quality kits without the need to resort to inferior ones.

Brewing from kits is similar to baking a cake from a box, in that someone else has done the hard work of sourcing the correct products and coming up with a recipe that’s guaranteed to work every time. Simply follow the instructions and it will work! This of course doesn’t mean you can’t tweek things to suit your tastes or just to experiment.

Still unsure about brewing – check this article out

Most of the equipment needed for each method is interchangeable so you don’t need to purchase much more to make something different (apart from a still for spirits). Either way the initial setup cost of equipment is very quickly paid for with the savings you make.

So if you’re interested in a new hobby that is fun, easy to do, saves you money and gives you a quality drink at the end then home brewing is the way to go. Enjoy!
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LET’S GET STARTED – What would you like to make?

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