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I am thinking of starting to homebrew my own beer. Do you think it will taste as good as the shop bought stuff?

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YES! I have been homebrewing for years and I'm telling you that it tastes better than the stuff in the tins and it's really rewarding to know that you made it yourself. Make sure you follow the instructions really well.

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Any good recipes for home brewing cider? I prefer it to beer and would love to try making it myself.

It's quite a bit of work to make your own cider but totally worth it. It tastes a million times better than the stuff you buy in shops.

The Making Hard Cider website gives good background and instructions for making your own - Good Luck

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies


Homebrewing can take a while to get the hang of, but once you get more...

Homebrewing can take a while to get the hang of, but once you get more experience, you will become addicted to the thrill of brewing the perfect beer. Not only does it work out cheaper than buying your beer in bars it also just tastes so much better.

Here are some basic tips to help you with a successful homebrew.

    1.Read the recipe really carefully and don't be heavy handed especially with the malts as this can ruin the taste.
    2.Keep a log of your brew. Don't be lazy about this, even if you think the recipe is really simple. In the future you can then make small changes to perfect the brew based on your notes.
    3.Keep your equipment really clean. It makes a huge difference to the outcome. Ive even used vodka as a great cleansing agent.
    4.Control fermentation temperatures. Buy a stick on thermometer from a beer brewing shop to keep an eye on the temperature.
    5.Boil your wort for 60-90 minutes as this will greatly improve the beer.
    Most importantly relax and enjoy your efforts.

on Dec 09, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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If my home brewed beer has come out a bit dry and sharp tasting is there anything I can do about it, or should I just chuck it out?

No - don't throw it out. You can try and sweeten it a bit. The yeast has consumed all the sweetness in the beer but you can add sugar (a little bit at a time) and taste it as you go along.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I am using yeast balls to brew my beer, that I bought online. How many yeast balls should I use for an average brew of beer?

It's very individual. If you use more, it speeds up the fermentation process but also alters the taste. I would recommend somewhere between 15-30 balls. But you should check what the directions say (yeast balls should come with some instructions on the back). Because if it's a different make to the one I'm used to, it might be completely different quantities.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I dont think my beer has started fermenting. What should I do?

First of all don't panic. You can't really tell by looking at a beer whether it's fermenting or not. You can take another hydrometer reading. On average, if the final reading is around 25% of your original gravity reading then you know the beer is fermented.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I am starting to investigate homebrewing. What are hops?

Hops come from the female flower of the Humulus Lupulus plant. Hops add a kind of spice to the beer flavor. They can be quite bitter in taste but this provides a balance to the sweetness that beer would otherwise have, which would be overwhelming.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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We are making our own wheat beer and followed all the instructions really carefully but there is a horrible egg-like smell coming from the barrel. Is there something wrong with it?

A good wort should take like a warm, flat beer. It doesn't sound like anything is wrong with your beer but you won't know for sure until you taste it. If it tastes bad it might be a sign of infection.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Can I use distilled water to brew beer? I dont like drinking the water where I live so I usually use distilled water but was not sure if it would work with beer.

I wouldn't brew beer with distilled water. It doesn't contain all the minerals you need for a good taste in beer. You could always use bottled water.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I want to start homebrewing. Should I shop online or go to a store for the equipment?

I think if you are just starting out, you should go to a local store so that you can really see the equipment for yourself, touch it etc Use the time to ask all the questions that you have about brewing beer. A good shop should have sales assistants who actually know their stuff.
Once you get confident with the brewing you can check out online stores as they might be cheaper

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Is it necessary to keep cleaning and sanitizing the equipment when you homebrew beer?

Yes! If you want your beer to taste good and not have 'beer swill' which tastes horrible - you should clean and sanitize your equipment really carefully after each brewing session.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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