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    Hi there,

    I'm contemplating starting to brew some beer on a small scale - for personal use -
    I have most of the equipment (big enough pot, fermenting bucket, gas burner, thermometer etc.) but need the ingredients.
    What would you advise?

    Start-off with a simple brew can / brew in a bag kit that includes everything ?
    Where can one obtain a simple enough kit ?

    (I suppose in lock-down nowhere... ?)
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    Try Brewmart, Brewcraft and Bevplus, I hear they will be open from the 1st May.

    They will have kits. They can also sell you fermenters although I use a simple 25L plastic water drum and install a bubbler in the lid.

    They can also mill your barley and deliver if you provide them with the malt / grain bill off the recipe.

    Let me know if you need more info or help.

    I brewed using a kit once and realised that while the results are consistent, there is no creativity or inspiration, so switched to all grain. It's also quite expensive per liter.

    If your aim is purely a fermented malt beverage for own consumption, then dried and liquid malt extract kits are a great idea. And there is a great variety these days.
    Just check the expiry date and ask for extra yeast packets just in case.
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    Where are you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryFrank View Post
    Where are you ?
    He is in Pretoria East. Nearest brewshop is Centurion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    ... why can’t one just germinate some random grain like barley and then dry it off ...
    ... but how much such DIY malt is needed in place of sugar ?
    lots

    about 5kg per 20L beer
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    Been to Brewmart today - they are open.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Play View Post
    Been to Brewmart today - they are open.
    nice to know
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    Ek oorweeg dit soms om te brou. Die mout is so 33km van my, so kan maklik gars koop.

    Maar dan dink ek nie ek het die vermoe om dit te doen. Dan koop ek maar cl. Good old days. Nou kan mens niks koop...
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    Praat met Trevor
    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Ek oorweeg dit soms om te brou. Die mout is so 33km van my, so kan maklik gars koop.

    Maar dan dink ek nie ek het die vermoe om dit te doen. Dan koop ek maar cl. Good old days. Nou kan mens niks koop...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Praat met Trevor
    Verkoop hy on the sly?
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    Nee hy Sal jou leer brou jou aap
    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Verkoop hy on the sly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Nee hy Sal jou aap leer brou
    My aap drink liewers ready made cl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
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    I do the tin brewing but mix a number of ingredients to tweek the style to my taste. Black Rock in New Zealand are a producer of the tin kits and their web site has a number of recipes that use their base products to get different styles.

    For example, I use a Blonde tin extract base (Mangrove Jack), add wheat enhancer powder (Mangrove Jack) and a dark malt brew enhancer powder (Mangrove Jack) and a Wheat beer yeast to get to my Dunkel Weiss.
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    Interesting article on Moonshine and Sugar Washes.
    https://www.whiskeystill.net/blogs/w...-and-moonshine
    Last edited by Let's Play; 2020/04/29 at 01:47 PM.


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    From brewcraft I bought a copertun beer kit similar to this.
    https://www.brewcraft.co.za/mangrove...it-175927.html

    Comes with all the stuff you need and all the ingredients you need to make your first batch.
    Fortunately mine came with a Beer caper and a pack of blank caps.


    a Container is just a container but
    Makes life easy if you have a fermenter that has a lid that can screw close and seal rather than having a small mouth that needs a funnel.
    and having a tap is even better.

    They also have all the ingredients you need to make beer.

    Unless you want to make beer from stuff you bought from a usual store.
    I once bought hops from dischem. They also have some other grain which you could possibly use for brewing in lockdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Try Brewmart, Brewcraft and Bevplus, I hear they will be open from the 1st May.

    They will have kits. They can also sell you fermenters although I use a simple 25L plastic water drum and install a bubbler in the lid.

    They can also mill your barley and deliver if you provide them with the malt / grain bill off the recipe.

    Let me know if you need more info or help.

    I brewed using a kit once and realised that while the results are consistent, there is no creativity or inspiration, so switched to all grain. It's also quite expensive per liter.

    If your aim is purely a fermented malt beverage for own consumption, then dried and liquid malt extract kits are a great idea. And there is a great variety these days.
    Just check the expiry date and ask for extra yeast packets just in case.
    I hope you are right and one would be able to buy a kit online.

    Reading up on this they indicate you need to try and keep the container at a temp between 20-23 deg. In Potch it gets pretty cold, how do you keep it in that temperature range in cold conditions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonW View Post
    I hope you are right and one would be able to buy a kit online.

    Reading up on this they indicate you need to try and keep the container at a temp between 20-23 deg. In Potch it gets pretty cold, how do you keep it in that temperature range in cold conditions?
    Cooler box, a couple of towels and a few 2l bottles of warm water in the cooler box. Adjust as you see fit. Swap warm water for frozen in summer.

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    In winter I use a large container filled with water, emerge the bucket in the water and I use an aquarium heater to keep the water in the container to a set temp, usually around 18 degrees celcius.

    Busy converting an old fridge to a fermenting chamber which should be a lot easier to manage. STC-1000 controller and a ceramic heat bulb (the kind they use for vivariums), the heat bulb will obviously heat when it gets below a certain temp and the fridge will cool above set parameters..

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