Why I Became a Small Batch Brewer

I first started brewing almost a decade ago and made mistakes, plenty of them.  I started with plastic buckets, big cauldrons and everything took so much time and not to mention the space.  I dedicated a full day in setup, cleaning and preparation and not to mention the countless trips to the brew store because I’d forgotten something. Now don’t get me wrong the beers turned out great, friends and family loved them, they won awards but I thought there had to a better way.   Read more “Why I Became a Small Batch Brewer”

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Beer is best drunk cold and fresh and the beauty of the internet is that it has created a much needed beer journal to track the beers we make and drink.

Are you making our recipes at home?  Now you can check-in and rate the beer each time you crack open a new one.

Here is a list of our Small Batch Brew Recipe Kits along with their Untappd check-in link

Citra Warrior Amber IPA

A rich caramel, toffee sweetness with a long bitterness. Beautiful citra hop aroma that is balanced and not over powering. Creamy head and good retention from top to bottom.

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Dubbel Trouble Belgian Strong Ale

Deep caramel, marmalade, toffee and spices combine to make this Dubbel Trouble Strong Ale. Rich flavours blend together so nicely, easily drinkable. Saaz Nobel hops make it smooth with a light bitterness.

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Splat and Smash Bohemian Pilsner

A smooth, crisp Bohemian pilsner with a harmonious blend of Spalt noble hops with a forward herbal bitterness and tasty malt backbone.

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Vanilla Chocolate Stout

Using a mix of Roast Barley, Chocolate and Caramel Malt which give a huge amount of rich body to the beer and a generous amount of UK hops to create a bitter edge, the sweetness comes from the addition of Chocolate and Vanilla beans. Could this be the rich and opulent side of life?

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Pond Ripple American Pale Ale

East Kent Goldings hops give this a delicate aroma, sticky spice and grassy flavours. This give way to a light, persistent bitterness and the Citra hops pair beautifully to produce a soft citrus finish.

Light and crystal malt lets the hop dazzle and sparkle on your tongue. Expand your repertoire as this recipe brews with 2 different types of hops additions.

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Blueberry and Thyme Saison

This one will get your tastebuds souring to new heights. This is a blend of fresh summer flavors. The tart sweetness of ripe blueberries combined with the floral warmth of thyme evoke garden memories and summer in a glass.

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Red Hole Sun RIPA (Rye PA)

This ruby red has a big pillowy head. Our Rye PA is paired with Challenger and Mosaic for that blueberry/bubblegum aroma and a medium bitterness. Expect some nice spicy notes to take flight. Watch the sunset and solve the problems of the world with mates. A great Autumn beer as the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop.

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When we aren’t making beers we are drinking them and you can follow our exploits by adding smallbatchbrewco as a friend in Untappd – because we all need more friends and beer.

Our commitment is to help you brew better beer, with only the essential premium equipment you need. Get one of our home brew starter kits and mini keg kits and start your journey with us. Just because you are brewing small doesn’t mean you cant dream big. Tag us @smallbatchbrew so we can tell the world about another up and coming Master Brewer.

How to Make a Hoppy Beer? Dry Hopping

Try dry hopping. This trend is where you add hops after the beer has finished primary fermentation. Similar to the way you make a tea, you steep hops in the fermented wort. Dry hopping is a way to impart an aroma punch without contributing to your home brews bitterness. Next time you go to your favourite craft beer bar impress the staff by asking them what variety of hops were used during the dry hopping phase – remember it is more than likely to be an IPA or Pale Ale that this technique is used.

The great thing about dry hopping is that there is little risk of spoiling through contamination as hops have antimicrobial properties which help prevent infection, so next time you are brewing dry hop away.

When you add hops early in the boiling of your wort this adds bitterness, the longer you boil your hops the greater the bitterness but you get less aroma. The later you boil your hops you get more aroma but less bitterness. Boiling your hops drives off the essential hop oils that contribute to the aroma.

When creating your recipes you will see that dry hopping imparts no bitterness to your beer in the form of IBUs, you will see in your recipe builder it will show up as zero IBU regardless of how much you use.

How do you dry hop homebrew?

This is a simple process and the easiest method is to place your hops in a filter bag or hop bomb and suspend in beer.  This is usually done between day 7-10 of your primary fermentation. Leave the hops suspended and in contact with your beer for 24-72 hours to impart as much of the aroma as possible. Any longer and you might start to get some ‘off flavours’ start to develop.

Remember you can use pellets or whole fresh cone hops. Fresh cone hops can be dropped right in the fermenter and syphoned out afterwards when you transfer to your keg.

Small Batch Brew - Dry Hop Beer Filter Bag
Which hops should I use to dry hop?

Hops can be classified as Aroma, Bittering or Both. Try the 3C’s of hops in your next homebrew; Centenial, Citra or Cascade. You can also combine these hops together to get an aroma flavour bomb.

Finally, for best results you should dry hopping with lower alpha acid hops when possible. Higher alpha acid hops tend to have a lower percentage of the delicate aroma oils you are going for, so using lower AA hops is really just more efficient. You can get great results with higher AA hops, however this is a guideline not a rule.

Beer Hops Cones
How much hops should I use in a dry hop?

How much hops you use when dry hopping is entirely up to you and how much of that big aroma you want in your finished beer. My advice would be to start off with smaller amounts say 1 gram per litre of beer up to 4 grams per litre if doing a double IPA.

Small Batch Brew - How Much to Dry Hop Beer

Our commitment is to help you brew better beer, with only the essential premium equipment you need. Get one of our home brew starter kits and mini keg kits and start your journey with us. Just because you are brewing small doesn’t mean you cant dream big. Tag us @smallbatchbrew so we can tell the world about another up and coming Master Brewer.

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