Three SIMPLE Tips to Improve Your Homebrew

Three SIMPLE Tips to Improve Your Homebrew

The purpose of this blog is to essentially help you get the most out of your beer experiences; From buying, drinking or brewing. After all, life is too short for bad beer. Is there anything in particular that you'd like to know more about? Please comment below and we'll do our best to answer your question or add a feature for you.


Homebrewing is a pretty labour intensive exercise. After cleaning your equipment, the brewing, bottling and of course waiting for your beer to be ready to drink, it's more than disheartening if your beer doesn't turn out well. Here are three simple tips to help up your brew-game: ONE: Filter your water. Tap water in New Zealand usually has chlorine in it, which is not helpful for your homebrew. If you have a water filter, use it. If not, you could pre-boil your water to get rid of the chlorine out of the water. Like so many things with brewing, there is a real science behind water conditions and they part they play in brewing - we'll tackle that subject later. TWO: Use glass or stainless steel for fermentation. This is a bit of an investment, but it'll last forever and it will help. Glass and stainless are inert, whereas plastic is reactive. THREE: Use liquid yeast! It's important to use a good liquid yeast, such as Wyeast. Why? Yeast is a living organism. Liquid yeast is happy yeast, dried yeast is stressed yeast. No one wants stressed yeast as it can give your brew some less than desirable flavours. Like water, there is a whole science behind yeast, we'll get into that in another post. We'd love to know if these tips help. If you have some tips to add or there's something else you'd like to know about, please ask in the comments below. Happy brewing!

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