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Substituting hops and malt

Posted by Lynnae Endersby on

For new brewers substituting an ingredient can be daunting and a bit puzzling. Let’s take a closer look at how to approach this common conundrum.

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Sanitising and infections - Understanding how sanitising protects your precious brew.

Posted by Info BeerLab on

Every brewer knows that sanitising is important, but when and where is it most crucial? 

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Adding oak flavour to your beer

Posted by Lynnae Endersby on

As winter draws closer we are starting to enjoy darker, heavier beers at the braai and around the fire. Dark Ales, Porters, Stouts, Imperial IPA's, 90 shilling etc are all firm favorites. More recently we have also seen barrel aged beers grow in delicious popularity.

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DIY Biltong maker

Posted by Lynnae Endersby on

Making your own biltong box is very easy and inexpensive. Anyone can do it! What you will need: A box - Free USB fan - approx R110. These can be purchased at most retail stores like Clicks. You can also buy them on www.takealot.co.za A plug for your usb fan - Free (this can be a computer/laptop or standard android USB charger) see below           Zipties/Cable ties (you need about 15) - R5 Newspaper (Free) Cheesecloth or Mesh (to keep biltong hungry bugs away) - R8 Optional - Cupboard airing discs (the white discs in the...

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Designing your own recipe 101

Posted by Megan Gemmell on

My first brew I ever did was all-grain, back in 2009. All I had to work with was SAB pale malt, SAB black patent malt and SAB Southern Promise hops. My yeast was the high foam super brew brand from NCP. As you can tell, back then, we did not have much access to the massive range of specialty malts, hops and yeast that we now get. And when we did, it had to be posted, which took weeks to arrive, and more often than not, the box had lost most of the grain after being battered around en route,...

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