Homing The Brew In Canberra

tylersmayhem 25 July 2008 17

I’m finally in the position where I can set-up a home-brew kit. I’ve been wanting to do this for years! I know there are plenty of people, particularly in Canberra, who have some pretty sweet skills in brewing top beer.

Over the years, I’ve tried some stereotypically horrendous home-brew, but also some mega brew.

Any ideas on where to start, methods, and really importantly – a good outlet to buy the kit, ingredients and advice? Are their any home-brew clubs of sorts?

I’ll never be turning my back on the brilliant Wig & Pen – but for times when I can’t make it there, I’d love to give home-brew a whirl.


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17 Responses to Homing The Brew In Canberra
Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 10:01 pm 25 Jul 08

Oh and talk to Zierholz. He started a bleeding factory of homebrew beer for goodness sakes.

Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 10:00 pm 25 Jul 08

emd – post your recipes for cooking with beer. I’m lost after beer battered fish and sourdough (and while not strictly OT, guinness pie).

I cant rave enough about kegs. There’s nothing like ditching 50 odd stubbies for a single tank of beer, and I reckon just by switching over you gain something like 40% in quality just cause of the oohh factor alone.

Well that and walking in your front door on a friday night in the full knowledge that you can not humanly drink all the beer in your house in one sitting (believe me, I’ve tried).

Cantily Cantily 8:17 pm 25 Jul 08

After years of experience, we would have to back the use of Ubrewit as well. Great staff, wonderful range of recipes and the best beer I’ve ever had. Free tastings while your you do your brew as well. Can’t rate the place highly enough.

realityskin realityskin 3:16 pm 25 Jul 08

ubrewit is THE bomb

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:16 pm 25 Jul 08

I hope more posts keep coming in about this, but for now, I’d like to thank everyone for their tips and suggestions today – I really appreciate it!

emd emd 3:11 pm 25 Jul 08

Mediocre beer is better off in bottles. Easier to use in cooking.

You can get cheap Cooper’s starter kits at Big W, but still worth going to BYOAH for advice and ongoing supplies. They also have occasional get-togethers with tips on a particular aspect of brewing your own.

Sammy Sammy 12:42 pm 25 Jul 08

Compared to having 30 painstakingly bottled bottles of crap beer?

Bottling into 750ml PET bottles is not too bad (I do both, bottle into glass and PET, as well as keg) and the startup cost for 30 PET bottles is about $25 ($12.50 x 2 from Big W for Coopers PET bottles). The startup cost for an equivalent keg setup would be at least a couple of hundred dollars for a bare bones setup, plus a lot of time setting up a keg fridge etc.

hk0reduck hk0reduck 12:14 pm 25 Jul 08

Have you thought about getting a bunch of friends together and going to ubrewit? I’m not sure if you still consider it the sort of ‘home-brew’ that you are after, but you don’t have to worry about heaps of the start-up costs and you can Can your brews which I think is a lot better then re-using dirty bottles.


peterh peterh 12:14 pm 25 Jul 08

is that what his shop is called? I had wondered, on my way to the butcher for some of the (new) beef and pork jerky – best in town i reckon.

flying doormat flying doormat 12:12 pm 25 Jul 08

Doing bottles is fine so long as you have yourself a good bottle capper. I do stubbies over longnecks – about 55 per brew. Takes a bit more time but more party friendly when turning up at peoples houses. Then again you would be the envy of the party turning up with a keg. Col at Kambah is very good. He was able to tell me over the phone why a batch of bottles was exploding under the house – I didnt boil the honey!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:06 pm 25 Jul 08

Cool, I’ll do that. I am interested in hearing from more “home-brewers” about personal techniques. For instance, I’ve heard of old fridges being converted to allow for a more stable temperature during brewing, and other recipe techniques.

Great tips about bottle vs keg BTW all!

johnboy johnboy 12:00 pm 25 Jul 08

Canberra Brewers.

But for starting I still recommend a chat to Colin.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:51 am 25 Jul 08

So there are home-brew clubs?

Spectra Spectra 11:37 am 25 Jul 08

I’ll second JB’s recommendation – Colin’s a top bloke and knows his stuff.

johnboy johnboy 11:35 am 25 Jul 08

Compared to having 30 painstakingly bottled bottles of crap beer?

Sammy Sammy 11:19 am 25 Jul 08

I disagree about going straight to keg. Having 18-20 litres of mediocre beer on tap is not that pleasant, whereas honing your skills with bottles allows a much greater degree of experimentation.

Take a look at the Aussie Home Brewer (AHB) forums for a wealth of information.

johnboy johnboy 11:11 am 25 Jul 08

My advice is to check out Brew Your Own at Home.

Colin will set you right.

The clubs are IMHO more rewarding once you’ve figured out what you’re doing.

Also if I was starting now I’d be looking to go straight to keg.

Higher startup cost, but saves so very much time.

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