Beer Making

 

How do I use a Hydrometer?

A hydrometer is used for testing the specific gravity (SG) of what you are fermenting. You do this by taking a sample out through the tap of your fermented product in to a test tube. Remove your airlock first so that the water is not sucked into your fermenter. Give...

How Soon Can I Drink My Beer?

A few things will determine how soon after bottling you can drink your beer. Some beers will mature quicker than others. Usually, the more expensive beers that use a better quality yeast will mature and age quicker than the cheaper ones. Storage area and temperature...

How Do I Make Beer?

Basic instructions for Beer making Sterilise your fermenter and all equipment you will be using for the process with Mangrove Jacks two part sterilser and cleaner system.  We also highly recommend Pink stain remover, sometimes know as neo pink.  Put a litre or two of...

Why Is My Beer Exploding?

There's not that many reasons for your precious beer to explode, in fact, generally only one reason. The short answer is that it was bottled to soon...This is a common occurrence in spring and early summer. Now the long explanation. As you know the way to get bubbles...

Distilling

 

What Do I do If My Wash Is “Stuck”

If your wash hasn't reached the advised specific gravity reading of 990 (just above the 1000) there are a few things that can cause this. In summer it's almost always caused by over heating in the first few days of fermentation. DO NOT THROW IT OUT. The combination of...

How Do I Know If My Wash Is Finished Fermenting?

If your wash has reached 990 (right at the top above the 1000 line)  on your hydrometer you can be assured that it has finished. If it hasn't reached this level there a quite a few reason for it to be 'STUCK' That is the term we use for a wash that hasn't reached the...

How Do I Mix Liqueurs Using The Still Spirits Bases?

Most Liqueurs are best when enhanced with the recommended liqueur base. You can use a combination of sugar and glucose but this is often messy and difficult to handle and often not as accurate as this method. Here's a simple way to get your liqueurs to be thick and...

How Do I Make a Spirit Wash?

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING A PERFECT WASH If you follow these instruction precisely you will get a perfect result from your Turbo 500 or Air still every time.   Pour 8 kg of dextrose or sugar into a sterilized 30 litre fermenter. Half fill with hot tap water...

Yeast and Temperature

 

Do I need a Heater Pad?

In most fermentation cases you do. Even if you only use it for 3-4 months of the year and only at night it is still a worthwhile investment. Our copper tun heater pads are 25 watts there fore they don't use a great amount of electricity. Depending on where you live...

Why do I need to keep my beer/wash warm?

It's very important to keep anything you are fermenting at the correct temperature recommended. Different temperatures apply to different products and yeasts. Yeast will go to sleep if it is allowed to get cold enough. The advantage of this over allowing it to get to...

Why Is Temperature So Important?

As you may have read elsewhere, yeast is a living organism and reacts to different temperatures in different ways. If it gets to cold it will go to sleep and may give you the false impression that its finished fermenting. If it gets too hot it can actually kill itself...

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