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It’s been a long time so we’re a bit out of practice. But, carefully and tentatively, we are trying some new ways to bring you live, in-person brewing demonstrations without having to set up the computer screen thing…

 

Next Up:

It’s been exciting and wonderful to see some fantastic beers being made with Bluestone Yeast.

Bluestone Yeast founder Derek Lacey will be at the shop on Sat 2nd July to demonstrate how to make the most of your yeast. Bluestone yeasts contain around twice the number of cells of the US brands so making multiple beers from the one pack makes sense and is super easy. Derek will demonstrate the safest and easiest techniques for doing just that, in addition to answering all you questions.

More Information to come.

Previously:

 

The skys have darkened. Days are shorter and less forgiving as ice cold winds whip the relentless drizzle into the faces of commuters waiting for a tram. It is winter in Melbourne. As the cold descends, thoughts inevitably begin to drift to a more substantial brew. Rich, filling, with a booziness that warms you from the inside. Something to sip in the long evenings as you snuggle with your loved ones on the couch watching Netflix with the heater blasting.

One of the more delicious, but perhaps harder to find beers of this heavyweight class is the wee heavy. The Scots have been brewing for millennia, with some of the oldest brewing equipment ever found being discovered there. Whilst the ancient brews contained ingredients like wild heather and honey, the more recent Scottish additions to the beer style pantheon are malt driven, rich, satisfying beers which have earned their place among the worlds best. The king of these (king of the scots? King of the north? Feel free to sub something fun here) is undoubtedly the wee heavy. A supersized version of the smaller Scottish ales, it has an intensely rich flavour with a full body and complex caramel character which set it apart from the barley wines and imperial stouts to whose cohort it belongs.

Ben has brewed one of these at a demo before, but the wort mysteriously vanished from the warehouse, leading many to speculate as to the possible supernatural causes for the worts disappearance (top theory is Matt accidentally throwing it out) so we are brewing it again. Hopefully one day we can share this ale with the punters on the wall of beer as a tribute to our Scottish brewing ancestors whose legacy we have inherited.

This will be a great entry level introduction to brewing with grain, but with some great pointers and tips for more advanced brewers looking to level up their knowledge and master this style. Like all of our demos, attendance is free and no bookings are required, just turn up to the warehouse at 5/280 Whitehall Street, Yarraville from 9am.

See you there!

 

No matter how you make your beer, whether that is BIAB, complex All-Grain, or Kit and Kilo, you will need to do something with it after it has finished fermenting. Most people start by packaging into bottles with the bits that fall out of a starter kit, but the holy grail of homebrewing is, without doubt, Beer On Tap.

As with all things brewing, there are many ways to approach both bottling and kegging, but some are easier and better than others. Having ready access to all the contents of the shop, Matt has tried most of them and has a pretty good idea of how to Get The Job Done. In this demo, he will be sharing his experience to help you package your brew in the best way possible for you.

It’s going to be a comprehensive presentation. Topics and processes covered will include:

Bottling!

  • Minimum equipment required for bottling straight from the fermenter.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing, preparation.
  • Packaging.
  • Conditioning.

Kegging!

  • Minimum equipment required (and some of the variations).
  • Know your keg.
  • Prepare your keg (cleaning, sanitizing, purging).
  • Transferring beer from your fermenter into the keg (including how to not overfill it).
  • Filtering: fermenter to keg and keg to keg.
  • Carbonating and conditioning a keg. How much for how long…
  • Serving Suggestions: Pluto guns and picnic taps, home-made and store-bought kegerators.
  • Bottling from a keg.

Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions!

If you’ve ever been to Grain and Grape and poured a glass from our Wall Of Beer, then you will have experienced the product of Matt’s Kegging Experience. If you haven’t, then this demo is an excuse and an opportunity to do so while learning from an experienced and passionate homebrewer.

As with all our Saturday demos, this is free to attend and bookings are not necessary. Turn up around 9:00 am and go away again when we tell you to.

Geoff - Demo BIAB

A much under-rated style is the American Cream Ale: a mild, pale, light-bodied ale that benefits from a bit of cold aging and can be fermented warm or cold. A well-brewed American Cream appeals to beer aficionados and those new to good beer alike, so it’s a good party beer or a way to show your mates that not all craft beer is ‘challenging’.

In this demo, Geoff will be brewing an American Cream Ale from a recipe straight out of his goto recipe source ‘Brewing Classic Styles’ but with a twist: he will be using a 19litre BigW pot on an induction cooktop and brewing at the limit of the pot, then diluting to final volume and gravity into a standard G&G FWKit cube. Although this method requires more care and attention than a dedicated brew system, it does allow anyone with access to a kitchen to make a batch of beer with around $30 worth of kit. This method allows a brewer on a budget – or one with commitment issues – to produce all-grain beer at home with an absolute minimum outlay.

Brewing starts at 9:00am out the front of the shop. There’s no need to book, just turn up when you get there and go away again when you leave. BYO questions, curiosity, and outdoor wear. The shop will be open for your convenience.

Demo - Matt Brews Cold IPA

23 April 2022

Always in close proximity to the leading edge, Matt’s got a new beer style on the go in his brew schedule: Cold IPA. Yes. An IPA designed to be fermented cold. Like a lager. But an IPA. Some people even call them India Pale Lagers. But we like ‘Cold IPA’.

This IPA still retains the assertive bitterness of most IPA’s and the smashing flavour and aroma of your typical US hops.

The grist, milled, is comprised of the lightest Pilsner malt along with flaked rice to give it a pale appearance and crisp, dry finish. Then, like a lager, it is fermented at around 10 degrees celcius, with the lager yeast of the brewer’s choice.

A pale and crisp finish from fermenting cold gives this beer a chance to showcase the tropical, fruity, and citrusy hop character the US hops present.

When lagered for 4-6 weeks, this beer is extremely smashable, light and super hoppy. The relatively high ABV (7%) is not noticeable and may creep up on you!

If this sounds like a beer you might like to brew, come along and see Matt brewing it in person. If it doesn’t, come along anyway and perhaps learn a new brewing trick or two. Either way, sample previous brews from our World Famous Wall Of Beer and bask in the Autumn delight of Australia’s Best Home Brew Shop.

Brewing starts at 9:00am. No need to book – just turn up. See you there!

Demo for New All Grainers | 09 April 2022

The 7 days are up and everybody in Ben’s household are COVID safe! That means we are all set to run the introductory electric biab demo this weekend. If you are wanting to get into delicious, all grain brewing with the simplest load out possible, come hang out, try some free samples and learn the basics from our most colourful staff member. No bookings, totally free, at the warehouse at 5/280 Whitehall Street Yarraville from 9am this Saturday!

Demo blurb:  For those first getting into the hobby of all grain brewing, Electric Brew In A Bag is one of the most accessible entry points. It is simple, there is minimal equipment needed to get started, and as long as you can read a thermometer and set a timer you can make wort.

This weekend, Ben will be taking you through the basics of how to turn some hot water, grains and hops into the delicious beer we all love, using little more than an electric urn, a nylon bag, a thermometer and some tubing. Have you seen the YouTube video and would like to take part in the live action, interactive experience? Or perhaps you would like to come and hang out in picturesque Yarraville, enjoying a free sample from our wall of beer and engaging in discussion with your fellow fledgling brewers? Whatever your motivations, this will cover all of the mechanics of basic brewing, as well as a rundown of ingredients and basic mash chemistry through to hop and gravity calculations and simple recipe pointers to get you started on your creative journey.

This not-so-exclusive masterclass will be completely free and run from 9am Saturday 2nd April till around 12:30pm. No bookings required, just turn up to the warehouse at 5/280 Whitehall Street in Yarraville ready to learn!

Matt Kegs Beer Image

No matter how you make your beer, whether that is BIAB, complex All-Grain, or Kit and Kilo, you will need to do something with it after it has finished fermenting. Most people start by packaging into bottles with the bits supplied in a starter kit, but the holy grail of homebrewing is, without doubt, Beer On Tap.

As with all things brewing, there are many ways to approach both bottling and kegging, but some are easier and better than others. Having ready access to all the contents of the shop, Matt has tried most of them and has a pretty good idea of how to Get The Job Done. In this demo, he will be sharing his experience to help you package your brew in the best way possible for you.

It’s going to be a comprehensive presentation. Topics and processes covered will include:

Bottling!

  • Minimum equipment required for bottling straight from the fermenter.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing, preparation.
  • Packaging.
  • Conditioning.

Kegging!

  • Minimum equipment required (and some of the variations).
  • Know your keg.
  • Prepare your keg (cleaning, sanitizing, purging).
  • Transferring beer from your fermenter into the keg (including how to not overfill it).
  • Filtering: fermenter to keg and keg to keg.
  • Carbonating and conditioning a keg. How much for how long…
  • Serving Suggestions: Pluto guns and picnic taps, home-made and store-bought kegerators.
  • Bottling from a keg.

Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you’ve ever been to Grain and Grape and poured a glass from our Wall Of Beer, then you will have experienced the product of Matt’s Kegging Experience. If you haven’t, then this demo is an excuse and an opportunity to do so while learning from an experienced and passionate homebrewer.

As with all our Saturday demos, this is free to attend and bookings are not necessary. Turn up around 9:00 am and go away again when we tell you to.

Can’t make it to the shop? 

Our YouTube Channel is where you will find all our past live-streamed demos, instructional videos and more. Check It Out.