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6 ways to take your homebrew to the next level

2 January 2019
Tags: homebrew, glass bottles, beer bottles

Homebrew Yeast

Is 2019 the year that you become a homebrew star? If you feel like you’ve never really got the most from your homebrew efforts then now is the time to step up your game. These are our top 6 tips for elevating your homebrew from mediocre to something really spectacular this year.

1. Look after the yeast

Yeast is crucial to homebrew results and yet so many people don’t take proper care of it during the preparation process. This isn’t a complex substance to deal with – it needs to be fresh i.e. not left to fester in the fridge for months. It also needs to be exposed to the right conditions to enable it to work its magic – that means ensuring that it has the right nutrients and amount of oxygen to do what it needs to do. When you’re looking for a fermenter make sure you choose one that’s easy to clean and consider investing in oxygenation, as this can significantly improve fermentation performance.

2. Cleanliness is next to godliness

Something as simple as a lack of sanitation during the cooling process could be unnecessarily causing issues for your homebrew. A coiled immersion chiller might be the answer, both when it comes to minimising contamination risks and improving cooling.

3. Don’t buy your yeast starter in

Make it yourself instead. Buying a yeast starter can be expensive, especially if you need a lot of it, and it may also actually increase the chances of contamination. If you make the yeast starter yourself then you know that you’re beginning the fermentation cycle with an active fermentation. If you do decide to make your own yeast starter remember the timing involved. With a bought starter it needs just a couple of hours before adding but you’ll need to allow a good 24 hours for your homemade starter to keep reproducing after the initial half-hour fermentation.

4. Glass is better than plastic

From the fermenter that you use through to the bottles that you present the finished product in, glass is the best way to go. Glass bottles help to preserve your homebrew without interference and have a more engaging aesthetic finish. A glass fermenter will last longer than a plastic one, is easier to clean and won’t leak.

5. The optimum alcohol level may be trial and error

It’s often recommended that first time brewers choose a range of 5 to 7% ABV. Stronger more alcoholic beers have more flavour but that doesn’t mean you should go too overboard with the alcohol levels.

6. Find the right heating space

A domestic stove is rarely it. Far better to heat up your homebrew on a propane burner in an area such as a patio or driveway. This not only makes it easier to clean up spills but also allows more space for equipment and processes, such as adding hops. Just make sure that lids are plentiful when it comes to any open surfaces to keep bacteria out.

The glass beer bottles that you choose are all part of the process of getting the most from your homebrew. You can browse our full selection here.