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Stuck Sparge  – Don’t Panic

Stuck Sparge  – Don’t Panic

During one of my recent brew days whilst using the Grainfather, I encountered a stuck sparge. Although a rare occasion...

Homemade wine with homemade cheese

Homemade wine with homemade cheese

Classic cheese and wine pairing advice suggests it’s Bordeaux reds and expensive sweet Sauternes when cheese is on the menu. But home winemakers can expand the wine list to include wines made with flowers and fruits – and even go one step further and make their own cheese too.

Cask Ale Conditioning at Home

Cask Ale Conditioning at Home

Don’t try this at home! Or at least use some caution. I try to carbonate my home brew beer in a pressure barrel by transferring before fermentation has ended in an attempt for real ale conditioning. Will it work?

Rosé please – but which one?

Rosé please – but which one?

So you know you like rosé wine but how do you choose a rosé wine kit that will give the flavours you enjoy. The answer...

Session Summer Ale

Session Summer Ale

With winter behind us, the days getting longer and bouts of warm weather are blessing us, more of us are wheeling out the BBQs and parasols, and nothing beats a warm summer’s day more than a refreshing beer.

Very few things in life beat sitting in a garden sessioning on lawnmower beers with some friends, especially if you can say “I made this beer”. Whether you keg or bottle, you can have an ample supply saving you from running to the shops mid session.

How to Keg – The Ultimate Guide

How to Keg – The Ultimate Guide

Ever wanted to cut out the pesky bottling day? Keg your beer! Bring the pub to your house! Learn everything you need to know in this video.

Make Your Own Summer Strawberry Rosé

Make Your Own Summer Strawberry Rosé

Making strawberry wine is one way of using up the excess of berries brought back from that tempting Pick Your Own farm day out. And although the recipe is easy to follow, the resulting delicately flavoured rosé wine has to be treated with care if it isn’t to fade its colour and oxidise all the taste away.

All Grain Brewing For Beginners

All Grain Brewing For Beginners

I’ve been a home brewer for over 8 years now and in this time I’ve run many homebrew classes, and what I always tell...

How to Bottle Beer: A Complete Guide

How to Bottle Beer: A Complete Guide

How do you get your beer from the fermenter, nicely carbonated into a bottle you and your friends can enjoy? The brewing process isn’t over yet and we’ll be looking at a method called “bottle conditioning” to show how you can easily package your beers, then (most importantly) drink them carbonated.

Fruits of the Freezer Wine

Fruits of the Freezer Wine

With the earliest of garden fruits only starting to ripen in June, late spring sees a fermentation gap in our calendars. This is where the almost forgotten contents at the bottom of our freezer comes into play – those carefully harvested blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, elderberries, plums, apples, rhubarb and gooseberries that were promised for winter jams and tarts can be turned into a tasty, everyday drinking red wine instead.

LoNo Elderflower Sparkling

LoNo Elderflower Sparkling

The LoNo wine category, containing less than 0.5% alcohol, has been growing at a pace on the commercial side of the wine aisle. But home wine makers have been making this style of wine for generations using wild flowers and herbs. And now is a great time to join in as late May and early June sees the huge white heads of the elderflower adorning the hedgerows.

White please – but which one?

White please – but which one?

So you know you like white wine but how do you choose the white wine kit that will give the flavours you’ll enjoy. The answer lies in that breakfast favourite – buttered toast topped with marmalade.

Celebratory Platinum Jubilee wines

Celebratory Platinum Jubilee wines

With just eight weeks until The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, running between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 June 2022, there’s just enough time to get brewing and make yourself some homemade wines and even some ginger beer to help with the seventieth anniversary Bank Holiday celebrations.

Height advantage: Wine racking made easy

Height advantage: Wine racking made easy

Racking is the process of moving your home-made wine from one vessel to another. But when this involves moving up to 25kg of liquid, how do you do this without putting your back out?

Does wine have to be made from grapes?

Does wine have to be made from grapes?

When supermarket wines are described has having flavours of blackberry or cherry, or even gooseberry and banana, then why can’t we just cut to the chase and drink wines made from these fruits instead? The answer is you can.

Red please – but which one?

Red please – but which one?

So you know you like red wine but how do you choose the red wine kit that will give the flavours you’ll enjoy.

A Guide to Dry Hopping

A Guide to Dry Hopping

Hops have been used in brewing for 800 years, helping to balance flavours, and stop spoilage bacteria ruining the...

Seven Homebrew Hacks

Seven Homebrew Hacks

We may see brewing as a hobby we do every weekend, but sometimes it’s helpful to remember it’s older than civilisation...

Hops Under the Microscope

Hops Under the Microscope

Ever since the craft beer boom exploded into our bars and pubs, IPAs and its variations have taken over taps as beer...

Beginners guide to brewing beer

Beginners guide to brewing beer

Guide to brewing home brew beer from a kit So, you are a beginner and are interested in brewing your own beer... We...

Everything about Wort Chillers

Everything about Wort Chillers

In homebrewing, a wort chiller is an essential piece of equipment which can not only save time but improve the quality...