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Homebrewing is a fascinating and rewarding hobby that, for some beer aficionados, can become an entire lifestyle and life-long passion. Display your creativity and love for beer by making your own original handcrafted brew at home - it's easier than you might think! With complete beer-brewing kits and other helpful brewing accessories, even those who are new to brewing can become brew masters in no time. Here at Zamnesia, you will find everything you need for successful brewing at home.

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Home Brewing Kit Brewbarrel

The Brew Barrel is a great start for any aspiring beer brewer. A simple way to have your custom-made, homebrewed beer in just a few steps. Create an impressive beer for you and your friends to enjoy. Makes 5 liters.If you want to brew in larger quantities (10/20 liters), or if you want to select the beer type please take a look at our

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Brewferm Starter Kit Basic

The Brewferm Starter Kit Basic comes with all the essentials that you need to get started with beer brewing. All you need is a beer kit (not included). The Brewferm Starter Kit works with most beer kits including Brewferm, Muntons and Brewmaker beer kits and you can also use it to make wine or cider.

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Hydrometer Vinoferm: 3 Scales (Beer)

The 3-scale hydrometer by Vinoferm is the ideal hydrometer for all wine and beer-makers. It features 3 coloured scales, so you can measure density, sugar content, and potential alcohol level. With this hydrometer, you can get all the information (except for acidity) you need for wine and beer-making. It is simple and effective to use.


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Beerkit Enhancer Muntons (1 kg)

The Muntons beerkit enhancer is the easy way to enhance any beer kit. Turn any standard beer kit into a premium kit! The enhancer improves flavour, body and head retention. To use, simply replace sugar in a beerkit recipe with the same amount of Muntons Beerkit enhancer.


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Glass Beer Bottles (24)

These beer bottles come in two styles. Choose from our Steini-style vintage bottle shape or the slender Vichy bottle for bottling your homebrew like a pro. Each bottle holds 33cl of beer. Bottles feature standard 26mm openings for crown/pry-off closures. Made from amber/brown fully recyclable glass. Bottle caps are not included.


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Beer Kit Brewferm Abbey

The Brewferm Abbey is a dark brown beer that delights beer lovers with a full-bodied malty flavour. This spectacular tasting beer however needs quite a long maturation time. This beer is quite strong. It has an ABV of 8.0% and an original gravity of 1.070. With the Brewferm Abbey-Beer kit you can brew 9 litres of abbey beer right in your own home!


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Beer Kit Brewferm Diabolo (9l)

Sparkling with a fiery golden colour and tickling the taste buds with its unsuspicious soft flavour, the Brewferm Diabolo brings a respectable 8.0% of ABV to the table which makes it quite the devilish brew! This beer has an original gravity of 1.075. The Beer Kit Brewferm Diabolo allows you to make 9l of this outstanding beer at home.


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Beer Kit Brewferm Premium Pilsner (12l)

The Brewferm Premium Pilsner is a luxurious pils-style beer that spoils you with its full taste and a pleasant bitterness. The beer’s medium strength of 5.5% ABV make it a good beer for all occasions. The beer has an original gravity of 1.053. With the Brewferm Gold Beer Kit you can make 12l of this golden homebrew goodness at home!


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Beer Kit Brewferm English IPA (12l)

The Brewfirm IPA is a traditional India pale ale (IPA). This is a hoppy beer style within the broader category of pale ale. This beer has a slight amber colour and it shines with full flavour with an herbal and slightly bitter aftertaste. It has a medium alcohol content of 6.5% and an original gravity of 1.065. The Brewfirm IPA beer kit allows you to brew 12L of IPA beer.


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Beer Kit Brewferm Old Flemish Brown (12l)

The Old Flemish Brown is a nice & very aromatic dark brown beer that has just the right strength with a medium ABV of 6.0%. This is a tasty brew that delights beer lovers with a great flavour profile with liquorice overtones. Original gravity: 1.060. The Brewferm Old Flemish Brown Beer Kit makes for 12 litres of genuine Belgian homebrew goodness!


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Beer Kit Brewferm Pils (12/20l)

The pilsner you can brew with this Brewferm Beer Kit is the perfect beer for every day. This blonde beer is rather light with an ABV of 4.5% yet immensely flavourful. Enjoy this Czech beer classic that’s loved by so many! The Pils beer kit comes with 2 recipes, one for making 12L of beer and the other for 20L. Original gravity: 1.042


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Beer Kit Brewferm Belgian Tripel (9l)

The Belgian Tripel by Brewferm is a heavenly abbey beer that will delight even spoiled beer lovers! This beer shines with a golden colour, it is soft but strong with a full malty flavour. It is slightly spiced and well hopped. The beer has an ABV of 8.0% and an original gravity of 1.075. The Belgian Tripel Beer Kit makes for 9l of beer.


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Chemipro OXI

Chemipro OXI is a no-rinse multifunctional cleaner for cleaning with one simple treatment. It is the ideal cleaner for all light duty cleaning tasks for beer brewing and winemaking. The active oxygen formula ensures fast cleaning action, minimum contact time and guaranteed hygienic results. Comes with instructions for use in 11 languages.


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Glucose Vinoferm

Glucose Vinoferm is the ideal fermentable sugar for a faster and fuller fermentation without residual sugar. It can be used as a brewing sugar and for making kombucha. The combination of dextrose, meritose and grape sugar has 74.3% of the sweetness of sucrose.


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Crown Capper GRETA (26mm)

The crown capper GRETA is made of extra-sturdy nylon which makes this capper very tough and virtually unbreakable. It features 2 levers and a magnet. Only available with a 26mm head suitable for standard-sized beer bottle crowns.


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Crown corks 26mm (100pcs)

Give your homebrew ales that professional touch with Brewferm’s vibrantly coloured bottle caps! These 26mm standard-size crown corks are available in black, blue, silver and gold. They have a plastic lining and are suitable for pasteurising. Also suitable for milk and soda bottles. Package contains 100 pieces of 26mm crown corks.


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Beer Kit Muntons Barley Wine (1.5kg)

The Muntons Barley Wine Beer Kit makes for an extra-strong beer that’s perfect for special occasions. The beer has an ABV of 7.0%. You want to enjoy this one unchilled so you can appreciate its particular rich body and flavour. This beer kit makes for 13 litres of beer.


15,95
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Beer Kit Muntons Canadian Ale (1.5kg)

The Canadian Ale by Muntons is a dark and sweet beer in the style of a slightly hoppy lager, true to Canadian tradition. This is a great home-brew beer to satisfy your thirst with a subtle flavour that's great for any occasion! The Beer Kit Muntons Canadian Ale (1.5kg) is good for 40 pints (23l) of home-brew beer.


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Beer Kit Muntons Mexican Cerveza (1.5kg)

The Mexican Cerveza from Muntons standard range of beer kits makes for a gentle and delicate light lager that is superbly refreshing. Subtly flavoured and great for all occasions, this Mexican-style beer has an ABV of 3.8%. Muntons Mexican Cerveza Beer Kit (1.5kg) makes for 23 litres of beer.


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Measuring Cylinder 200ml

This 200ml graduated measuring cylinder is made from BPA-free material and is alcohol-resistant. Never worry about breaking glass equipment again.

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Mini Keg 5L with Rubber Plug

This is the same type of mini pressure keg that's also used in commercial breweries. The 5l mini keg is ideal for second fermentation and to connect to your beer tap such as the Party Star Deluxe CO₂ beer dispenser. Comes with a special reusable rubber plug.


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Brewferm CO₂ cartridges 16g

Get CO₂ cartridges for the Brewferm Party Star Deluxe, Party Master, and many other beer dispensers and taps. Each cartridge contains 16g of CO₂. 10 cartridges per pack.


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Party Star Deluxe CO₂ Dispenser

Surprise your guests with home-brewed beer fresh from the tap! The Party Star Deluxe CO₂ dispenser by Brewferm is easy to use and fits the 5-litre mini-kegs. Works with Brewferm 16g CO₂ cartridges.


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Beer Kit Brewferm Ambiorix (15l)

The Brewferm Ambiorix is a copper coloured summer beer that’s not too strong and very refreshing. It has a subtle sour flavour that it complements with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. The beer’s ABV is 6.5% and its original gravity is 1.060. With the Brewferm Ambiorix Beer Kit you can make 15L of this great summer brew at home.

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Homebrewing Information

Brewing

Homebrewing is a fascinating and rewarding hobby for beer aficionados. However, the process of brewing beer can seem long, tedious, and overly complicated.

In this article, we take an in-depth look at the process of beer brewing and show you how to easily brew delicious, quality beer at home.

For more articles like this, remember to regularly check out our blog. To start brewing your own beer, check the Brewbarrel, a comprehensive kit including all you need to brew fantastic beer in your own home.

HOW DOES BEER BREWING WORK

Beer is basically made from 4 ingredients:

Barley (or other grains like wheat or rye)

Barley for beer

Barley is a cereal grain that looks very similar to wheat. The seeds from this grain are harvested, steeped, and germinated to create malt. The malt is then dried by gradually heating it. Most breweries skip this step and use malt they have sourced to make their beer.

Hops

Hops for beer

The hop plant is actually a member of the hemp, or cannabaceae, family. The flowers contain a variety of acids and oils and are added to the brewing process in order to add bitterness and aroma to beer. Hops is also a natural preservative and helps to prevent beer from spoiling. There are many different varieties of hops, each of which can give beer slightly distinct flavors and aromas.

Yeast

Yeast for beer

Yeast is a single-celled microorganism. It is responsible for producing the alcohol and CO2 in beer and also gives it a distinct flavor. There are two main types of yeast used to make beer; ale yeast and lager yeast. The former tends to ferment at higher temperatures and typically rises to the surface of the beer during fermentation, while the latter ferments lower temperatures and ferments at the bottom of the beer.

Water

Water for beer

The quality and type of water used in the brewing process has a huge impact on the overall quality and flavour of the final product. Homebrewers usually use distilled water or treat water using a variety of techniques. Large breweries will often have their own filtration systems, while others claim to use spring water from various natural springs.

How To Brew Beer At Home

The process of beer brewing involves 6 essential steps: malting, mashing, sparging, boiling, fermenting, and bottling/carbonation. Below we explore each of these steps in more detail:

1. Malting

Malting

Malting is the process used to create malt from barley or other grains. The main goal of malting is to isolate the enzymes needed for brewing.

The grains are first immersed in water to begin the germination process. Barley is usually steeped in water for roughly 2 hours before the grains are removed and then dried for roughly 8 hours. This process is repeated roughly 2 or 3 times until small roots (called chits) start to form in roughly 95% of the grains.

At this point, the grains are allowed to germinate further by storing them in a cool, slightly moist, and well-ventilated area until the small leaf (or acrospire) growing from the grain measures roughly the same size as the grain itself.

During this time the seeds are regularly turned in order to avoid the formation of bacteria and/or mould due to the heat generated by the germination process.

The malt is then dried at a steady temperature of roughly 31-50 degrees Celsius. Drying at higher temperatures will destroy the enzymes in the seed needed for mashing (the next step in the brewing process).

Finally, the dried, malted grains are separated from the rootlets growing out of them and crushed to create a pale malt. The grains can also be toasted at varying temperatures to create specialty malts.

2. Mashing

The process of mashing involves steeping the malted barley grains in hot water for roughly 1 hour.

This activates certain enzymes in the grains and causes them to break down and release their natural sugars. These sugars are later consumed by the yeast in the fermentation process to create alcohol and CO2.

This also adds sweetness and other distinct flavours and aromas to the beer from the malt.

3. Sparging

Sparging

Sparging involves rinsing the steeped grains in hot water to extract any remaining sugars. They are then separated from the hot liquid left over from the mashing process, which is called “wort.”

At this point, the malted barley grains are removed and discarded.

4. Boiling

Boiling

Next, the wort is boiled for roughly 1 hour in a new, clean vessel in order to kill off any remaining microorganisms in the liquid.

Hops are also added to the wort during the boiling process to add flavour. The time at which the hops is added to the wort affects the final taste of the beer. Brewers often experiment with adding hops at different stages in the boiling process to create different flavours in their beer.

Once the boil is completed, the wort is rapidly cooled to roughly 21-27 degrees Celsius and the yeast is added (or pitched). If the yeast is added at higher temperatures, it will die.

At this point, brewers need to avoid contaminating the wort. Because it is no longer at intense temperatures, it is susceptible to contamination from other microorganisms and bacteria.

5. Fermenting

Fermenting

This is largely a waiting period. The wort is added to fermentation tanks and is left to sit anywhere from 1-2 weeks. During this time, the yeast consumes the sugars extracted from the malted barley grains to create alcohol and CO2. The alcohol is released into the air while the alcohol is left in the beer.

6. Bottling and carbonation

Bottling beer

Once the beer has been fermented, it needs to be carbonated and bottled before it is ready to drink.

Most home brewers carbonate their beers by adding sugar a small amount of sugar to the bottles, causing the residual yeast left in the beer to consume the sugar and carbonated the beer. This is known as bottle conditioning. Larger breweries will usually directly inject carbon dioxide into the beer.

WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO BREW BEER?

The brewing process we just described is quite long and complex. However, there are simpler ways to brew beer at home. One of the simplest ways to brew beer is to use a malt extract. Malt extracts are essentially concentrated forms of wort that are available in liquid or dry forms.

Malt extract is produced by following the first 4 steps outlined above to create wort. The liquid is then concentrated using heat or a vacuum to evaporate water and create a concentrated version of wort which is called malt extract.

Using these extracts allows home brewers to bypass the more complex steps of the brewing process and skip straight to the fermentation stage. However, working with malt extracts limits brewers’ opportunities when it comes to creating unique flavours and aromas in their beer as they are only in control of the final stages of the brewing process.

HOW CAN YOU BREW BEER AT HOME WITH A MALT EXTRACT?

How Can You Brew Beer At Home With A Malt Extract?

Brewing beer at home with malt extract is extremely simple.

First, you’ll need to decide on what kind of malt extract you plan to work with. Extracts are available in many varieties, including lagers, amber ales, pale ales, IPAs, stouts, porters, and many more.

You’ll also need to decide whether to work with a dry or liquid extracts. There is a long-standing debate among home brewers regarding which is better, and making the choice is completely up to you. However, any quality extract from a reputable manufacturer should produce solid results.

Once you’ve decided on which extract to work with, you’ll be able to easily create quality brews in your home.

Always make sure to clean all your brewing equipment. The most common reason for failed brews is contamination, so make sure to pay extra attention to the sanitation of all your equipment.

When working with a new kit, simply rinse all equipment with hot water. When using old kits or other utensil, use a safe, heavy-duty cleaner and rinse thoroughly.

In order to brew your beer, simply add your extract to a fermentation vessel and add water according to the instructions that came with your extract. Always make sure to use drinking water with no chlorine odour and heat it to roughly 21-27 degrees Celsius.

Quickly add yeast evenly to the surface of the liquid and cover your vessel. Let the mix ferment for roughly 6 days, making sure the temperature of the brew remains steady.

On day 6 you’ll need to begin measuring the specific gravity of your brew on a daily basis. Once your gravity is stable for 2 consecutive, your brew will be ready to bottle. For exact information on how to measure the specific gravity of your homebrew, click here.

To carbonate your brew, either add a pre-measured amount of sugar to each bottle or use carbonation tablets. Then store your bottles at or above 18 degrees Celsius for roughly 2 weeks to allow for secondary fermentation.

At this point, you’ll be able to cool your beers and enjoy them.

How To Brew Beer With The Brewbarrel

Brewbarrel

If you’re looking for an even simpler method for brewing beer, be sure to check out the BrewBarrel available through the Zamnesia Head Shop.

This kit comes complete with all the equipment and ingredients necessary to create home-brewed beer at home. The kit includes an empty beer keg, malt extract, yeast, hops extract, a pressure control valve, come beer coasters, and a simple manual.

Below are the basic steps to create beer using the BrewBarrel. To order yours, click here and get ready to start brewing incredible beer in your own home today.

  1. Unpack your BrewBarrel kit.

  2. Remove the lid from your keg and add in your malt extract. Next, fill up malt bottle with cold water to the first marker, then with boiling water to the marker at the top, and add to the keg.

  3. Reseal the keg and shake it for roughly 30 seconds.

  4. Add in 5 bottles of cold water.

  5. Add your hops extract and yeast, and then close your keg with the pressure control valve.

  6. Rest your BrewBarrel for 24 hours at room temperature.

  7. Turn your keg upside-down for ten seconds, then return it to its original position and rest the keg for at least 5 days at room temperature to allow for fermentation.

  8. Finally, place your barrel in the fridge for 2 full days. Then, sit back and enjoy a glass of your very own home-brewed beer.

How To Brew Beer With A Beer Kit

How To Brew Beer With A Brew Kit

If you want to brew your own beer, beer kits are an easy way to go about it. These prepared brewing kits include everything that you need to make your first batch of beer. Just add water, mix in your yeast, and let your beer ferment. In just a few weeks, you'll have your own homemade craft beer.
Although there are many types of beer kits available, the preparation process is essentially the same for most of them. What’s different is normally just the amount of sugar or water required for the various brews. Here is our guide on how to brew beer with a beer kit.

BEFORE YOU START

To get started with brewing, you will need some essential equipment. You should be able to get these things at the same place where you get the beer kit.

WHAT YOU NEED

What You Will Need

For bottling your beer, re-sealable bottles that come with a swing-top and a rubber washer are recommended. You can also get bottles that you seal with crown caps. If you use those, you will need a capper and the matching caps.

It is important that you clean all your containers, bottles, and materials before you start. It’s recommended that you use a commercial sanitiser for this.

PROCEDURE

The Homebrewing Procedure

Open the beer kit. Remove the plastic lid, the yeast, and if you want, the label of the can. With a can opener, open the tin and carefully heat it in a water bath for about 10 minutes to make the malt extract more liquid. Instead of using a regular pot filled with water to heat the can, a “bain-marie” heated pot is the best way to go about this.

Now, pour the heated contents of the tin into your clean fermenting bucket/keg. Rinse the empty tin with 1l of medium-hot tap water and add the water to the bucket.

Depending on the beer recipe included in the kit, mix the recommended amount of sugar for your beer into 2l of hot tap water and add to the bucket. Stir and mix until the sugar is dissolved. (Don’t make the water too hot since this will prolong the cooling time). Now, add the recommended amount of water according to your beer kit recipe and allow the mix to cool down to about 25°C.

Take about half a glass (150ml) of room temperature water (approx. 25°C) and dissolve the yeast in it. Have the yeast mix sit for about 15 minutes and then stir into the cooled mixture in your bucket or keg.

While you can brew beer with any standard beer kit, you can further enhance the flavour and taste when you add beer enhancers, malt extracts, or glucose.

A hydrometer can measure the ratio of your beer’s density compared to the density of water. Each beer recipe will have the ideal starting density stated on the can as original gravity. Use the hydrometer to check the correct start density of your mix.

FERMENTATION

Fermentation

Everything looking good so far? Close the fermentation bucket and fit the airlock. Fill water into the airlock until it is about half full and use the plug to close it. Store the bucket in a warm place (18-23°C) and allow the mix to ferment. Fermentation will usually take about 10 days, although factors like ambient temperature can influence this. The lower the ambient temperature, the longer the fermentation process. You will know that the fermentation has completed when bubbles have stopped rising or when the water level in the airlock stays the same.

LAGERING/CLARIFICATION

Lagering And Clarification

Before your beer has finished fermentation, you should transfer it to a clean container with an airlock. You can do this by using the tap of your fermentation bucket. This process of transferring your beer separates it from the yeast at the bottom. After you transfer your beer, store it for another 1 or 2 weeks at room temperature. This will be the second fermentation, also called clarification or lagering. After about 2 weeks of lagering your beer, take the hydrometer to check on your brew’s density again. If you only have one bucket, you can skip the clarification; however, it is recommended for best results.

Video: How To Brew Beer With A Brewferm Beer Kit

OPTIONAL: ENHANCE YOUR BEER’S TASTE WITH DRY HOPPING

Dry hopping means that you give additional hops to your beer to add aroma and flavour. This can be done during the primary fermentation process, but also in the secondary when you add hop flavour directly to your bucket. Traditionally, this is done for pale ales and IPAs, but you can dry hop any type of beer. Obviously, whether you want to dry hop will depend on your personal taste. Many brewers think it is worth the extra step.

BOTTLING

Bottling

Only when your beer’s fermentation process has fully completed can you bottle your beer. To know whether it has really ended, you will use the hydrometer to measure your beer’s final density or current specific gravity. The ideal final density can vary depending on the beer type, so check the instructions on your kit.

When your beer has reached the right density, transfer it to another clean container first. To do this, remove the airlock and then carefully pour your beer using the tap without stirring the sediment.

Depending on the instructions for your beer kit, you will add a second quantity of sugar to the beer. For this, you dissolve the sugar in a small amount of boiling water. Know that the amount of sugar added in this step can vary depending on whether you fill your beer into bottles or a keg. If you use a keg, you will require less. (See your beer kit instructions for recommended amounts).

Take the mixing spoon and distribute the sugar evenly throughout the beer. Fill your beer into your bottles or the keg and close the bottles or seal the keg.

What follows is another 2 weeks of re-fermentation where you keep your beer in a warm place. To check whether the re-fermentation has finished, open a bottle after the time has elapsed and see if the beer has a sufficient amount of carbonic acid. If it doesn’t, allow the beer to sit a few more days. If the beer is well-carbonated, you can move it to its final storage place that should be cool, about 10°C. Allow 6-8 weeks for your beer to mature.

CHEERS! PROST! SALUD! YOU CAN NOW ENJOY YOUR HOME-BREWED BEER!

PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE BREWING

Precautions For Safe Brewing

To minimise the risk of exploding bottles or kegs, follow these rules:

  1. Use pressure-resistant and reusable beer bottles without cracks and scratches.

  2. Do not just rely on the times stated in your beer kit instructions, and do not simply observe bubbles in the airlock. Always measure the original and final density of your beer using the hydrometer.

  3. Do not add too much sugar when bottling.

  4. For storage, a closed-off, separate room is best. 

  5. Keep beer bottles or kegs away from direct sunlight.