Over Thirty Years of Good Beer
John began brewing with his friend Laurie Cahir in 1987. They soon migrated to all grain brewing and in the early days had plans of opening a brewery.
Commonsense prevailed and they pooled funds to open Southern Home Brewing in Edithvale in August 1990. They became, after ESB in Sydney, the second Australian home brewing business specializing in all grain.
After almost 30 years in the industry we are very proud of the fact that we have put more money back into the hobby in terms of sponsorship of clubs, competitions and events than anyone. We know that we are not the cheapest and that allows us to employ knowledgeable and capable staff and to spend heaps and heaps of time just talking beer and brewing with our customers. We also know that we are far from perfect but to continue try to improve.
1990 - After Opening
Soon after opening they were appointed a distributor of Wyeast Liquid Yeast cultures, a relationship which remains today, and began selling Zymurgy and the Brewers Association books, and thus began the ongoing search for better products.
1990 - Bayside Brewers Club
The first meeting of Bayside Brewers Club was held in the back of the shop in late 1990.
2000 - Parting Ways
In 2000 a decision was made to split the business. Laurie sold the Edithvale shop while John changed the name of the Maidstone Store and retained the Wyeast distributorship and website (created by Dave Golding of Red Hill Brewery who was a customer at the time). Chris Schaefer was employed and Paul Rigby began running fortnightly all grain brewing demos.
2000 - The HERMS System
At this time the growth of the hobby in the US made available a large range of new products. The growth of the US and Australian Craft Brewing industries began and this created a growth in interest in quality beer which has continued to this day. John and Chris developed their HERMS system and the range of products available dramatically increased.
2005 - Expansion Time
In 2005, a move to a larger Warehouse in Yarraville allowed for further expansion. A liquor licence allowed us to sell a great range of quality commercial beers. We began production of our range of Fresh Wort Kits firstly at 3 Ravens then later at Mountain Goat Brewery.
Following 2 trips to the National Homebrewers Conference in the US, John gathered a group of like minded individuals together to organize the inaugural ANHC. Along with Chairman Andy Davison and co directors Mark Johnstone, Phil Yeung and a great team, 6 Conferences and numerous other dinners and events have been held greatly improving the profile and status of the hobby in Australia.
2010 - Hello Braumeister
In 2010, Speidel in Germany invited us to distribute their innovative range of Braumeister products and so began a great relationship. We purchased a 500 litre unit and have taken on producing 900 litre batches of fresh wort kits ourselves.
2015 - Pro Brewing
In 2015 we expanded into the warehouse next door. We increased the display area and area under pallet racking, moved the mill room and improved and increased the size of the brewing area adding a hot liquor tank.
Simon Haylock also joined the team in 2015 as Pro Brewing Consultant and layed the groundwork for our expansion into the supply of complete craft brewing systems. Based around the Braumeister 200 and 500 litre units, we can supply heat exchangers, tanks, oxygenation units, glycol systems, carbonation and filling and keg washers.
2017 - All Grain Kits
In 2017 we introduced a range of all grain kits. We added a second 900 litre Speidel kettle to the brewery, renovated the lab, purchased a new forklift and increased the height of pallet racking to hold our ever increasing range of stock, updated signage at the front of the building and added a mural and a tap wall to the shop.
Meet The Grain & Grape Team
Hobbles around Albert Park Lake or the Tan around 3 times a week. Favourite Beer Styles to drink and all too rarely make – currently Flanders Red, big Stouts, US IPA. On Board of ANHC. BJCP Judge. Likes to read History and Fiction. Enjoys cooking especially with Wood Fired Oven. Tigers tragic. Stuck in a timewarp listening to 1970’s New Wave/Post Punk/Electronic music and 50’s and 60’s US Jazz.
Favorite Beers at the moment British Ale and IPA. BJCP Judge. Chief Trouble-shooter with G&G. Like to tinker with food and cooking. Bake lots of rice custard and biscuits for my son. Like reading and doing online courses. Trying to learn more about computers so I can sit around at my desk more often. Enjoy trying to make a boomerang with a good flight. Like to get out and catch a fish or two.
Brew on a 3 vessel system - currently building a HERMS. Favourite beer Rodenback Grand Cru or anything from Cantillon. Brewing a lot of sour mash & Brett beers, hiding them away so I won't be tempted to drink them too early. Favourite hop: Gotta love Citra. Favourite malt: Acidulated. Favourite yeast: Wyeast Belgian Saison. Other interests: Seem to have been renovating non stop for the last 3 years. Occasionally get out on the mountain bike.
Coming up in Melbourne's punk scene, Ben soon discovered he had IPA tastes on a "6 pots of draught per band member" budget. In keeping with the DIY ethos of punk, he figured if he couldn't afford to buy it, he'd just have to figure out how to make it himself. Over a decade later that decision has defined the course of his life, and there aren't too many drinks he hasn't had a crack at making. His keen interest in history has also led to a fascination in the development and background of the various different beer styles, with his brewing demonstrations regularly going into the political, economic and practical forces at play behind some of our favourite beers.
Enjoys cooking, Thai and Indian cuisine would have to be a couple of favourites. Enjoys playing golf when spare time is available. Current favourite beer styles : IPA’s, Bocks, enjoying malty beers right now. Always keen to try different styles from around the world. Started brewing in 2010 with a coopers European Lager kit, 2 years on become a BIAB brewer and currently. Having fun building a three tier brewing system to eventually become a HERMS system. Three Favourite malts : Simpsons, Dingemans Biscuit, Beechwood. Three Favourite hops : Citra, Ella & Fuggle
Simon HaylockPro Consultant
Qualified and experienced brewer (Red Hill Brewery, Matilda Bay and home brewed since 1987). Now part time brewing consultant to new craft breweries
Braumeister evangelist! Love Belgian, sour and very hoppy beers. Sent my Son for a high school exchange trip to Bavaria and he’s decided to stay in beer mecca - lucky him! Into XC skating and telemark skiing, landrovers, coffee roasting, lever coffee machines and anything that requires tinkering. Favourite beers: Cantillon Gueuze and any hoppy IPA! Favourite malt: Weyermann Dark Munich! Favourite Yeast: Wyeast French Saison. Favourite Hops: Mosaic. Best advice: Relax and just press the Braumeister button!
Beer and beer enthusiast. Loves to have a beer while drinking a beer, and definitely loves to have a beer while making a beer. Favourite drink: Beer. Favourite beers: Schlenkerla Rauchbier (any of the varieties), Timmy T's Landlord (Classic), Boatrocker Ramjet (oof) and give me an Epic Hop Zombie any day of the week. I brew mainly mid strength beers, specifically Czech Pale Lager, which is a challenging style to brew but has very satisfying results. Worst homebrewing experience: Double Decoction Dunkel which turned into more of a quadruple decoction. Never again. You can actually see a video of the brew day on my silly little homebrew blog here. Other interests: I play in a couple of bands, do a bit of drawing and enjoy eating.
A compulsive tinkerer and DIY enthusiast, Geoff exemplifies the phrase "Jack of all trades and master of none" and eagerly applies this ethos to his brewing.
He's been sharing his enthusiasm for single-vessel brewing at G&G since 2007 and still thinks he has a couple more demos left in him.
Geoff enjoys living Off-Grid in Victoria's Central Highlands, where he remains unable to derive an income from his 180-tree olive grove or his small herd of alpacas. He still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Favourite malt: Recently-crushed German Vienna.
Favourite hops: Whirlpool.
Favourite yeast: Nottingham.
Favourite tool: Chainsaw.
Once worked as a freelance editor and producer, creating content for community television and the corporate sector. Now I brew beer. A home brewer since 2008, currently brews on a 50 litre Braumeister system. Loves to drink, brew and talk about sour beers, wild ales and anything hoppy. Favourite stuff to brew with: botanicals, oak, fruit and wild yeast. Favourite malt: Really digging anything by Gladfield at the moment. Favourite comment people make about the house when I'm brewing: What’s that stink!”. Best advice: If using non traditional ingredients for the first time, moderation is the key (then throw some Brett in it.)
Passionate beer advocate, home brewer, educator and judge who challenges her tasting ability, knowledge of brewing, ingredients, styles and emerging trends at every opportunity. BJCP qualified, she judges in amateur brewing competitions and has been an AIBA judge since 2018. When not indulging in all things beer, loves hiking, road trips and music. Brew system – 50L Guten. Favourite beer style – any well brewed classic, but can't walk past a clean West Coast IPA. Favourite malt – Gladfields American Ale and Simpsons Maris Otter. Favourite hop – Mosaic. Favourite beer to brew – NZ Pilsner. Favourite yeast - whatever the style requires, but partial to Danstar Nottingham.
I thought cooking was fun until I made my first beer.
I’m a late comer to home brewing and was hooked after my very first batch. Took to learning as much as I could from books, podcasts and the awesome brains trust at Grain and Grape.
Have brewed a variety of styles and experimented with fruit and herbs. Now settling in to making the best lager I can.
I still like cooking, also wood working, wet plate photography and now trying my hand at sailing. Also learning Mandarin. Too many interests and not enough time!
Favourite beer: My preference is for maltier beers but I’m not a martyr.
A good beer is a good beer.