Belfast Brewpub

Belfast Brewpub – The Deer’s Head

The Deer's Head Saloon Bar Belfast

The first Brewpub in Belfast is the Deer’s Head conveniently located 1-3 Garfield Street, Belfast, this area is steeped in brewing history and it has got the potential to make more history. We are excited to see this project evolve and we’re very grateful to the Owner for allowing us to help with this project and install the beautiful Brewiks brewing equipment.

What is a Brewpub?

Simply put it’s an establishment that sells beer that’s been brewed on the premises

What about the brewing History in this area?

There where 12 pubs and 4 spirit dealers on North Street in 1819, now only one pub remains, the Deer’s Head, established in 1885 as a traditional Saloon bar and brewery its being reinvigorated and going back to its roots of brewing beer on site and becomes the first modern brewpub in Belfast.

Bells Brewpub Belfast

Bells Brewery is the name of the Brewery within the premises at the Deers Head. In 1819 Lower Garfield Street was formally known as Bell’s Lane which we like to think is in honour of the founder and brewer John Bell . Formerly a wine and spirit merchant, John Bell lived worked and brewed here since 1778, directly adjacent to the Deer’s Head.

During the 18th century, the Irish government encouraged brewing at the expense of distilling, reasoning that beer was less harmful than whiskey and from 1790, it is argued that the decline of manufacturing industries was due to the expansion of other industries including milling, brewing and distilling.

At the time when John Bell was in operation there was several breweries on neighbouring streets including North Street, Royal Avenue and Smithfield. Today the Deer’s Head are passionate about reviving what was once considered the brewery quarter of Belfast.

Why is it important to have a Brewpub in Belfast?

Brewiks Brewpub Belfast

To many they won’t initially see the potential impact of this project. At Geterbrewed we see this as being a huge step forward as this will change the landscape in the local brewing scene. Craft beer is still a very juvenile market in Northern Ireland and the launch of the first Brewpub in Belfast will help escalate the growth.

The experience of enjoying a quality beer packed with flavour onsite whilst overlooking the brewery equipment isn’t just authentic, it’s putting the consumer back in touch with the brewer. An intimacy with the process of making beer. We want consumers to regain the connection and support their local brewers. We want you to support the Deers Head!

Copper Brewiks Microbrewery

The Brewpub experience is about using your senses, you should be seeing, smelling and tasting. At the Deer’s Head your senses are in for a treat . You will see the visually striking Copper Brewiks Microbrewery behind glass allowing you to observe the full brewing process. Thoughtful design by Oscar and Oscar allows your senses to be stimulated and the owners have been researching, experimenting and designing beer recipes to excite your palate.

If your in the brewpub during a brewday you will get to smell the malt being mashed and the hops being added to the boil. Often the unsung hero of taste is that of aroma, so try this new experience and immerse yourself in a sensory experience at The Deers Head. A good brewer will layer aromas and flavours and from what we have tasted so far you are sure to impressed with the flavours and aromas in the Bells Brewery Beers.

This is pioneering by the owner of the Deer’s Head, its going to be a great tourist attraction for Belfast City Centre and its going to help develop the local craft beer scene.

When is the Brewpub Opening?

With all that is going on at the minute with government restrictions its going to be a short wait until the time is right and safe, but soon, real soon….

We look forward to joining our customers there for a beer and urge you to follow them on their journey and show them some love on their social channels which will keep you up to date with opening times

https://www.facebook.com/thedeersheadbelfast

www.twitter.com/thedeershead1

Hop Flavour compounds

What important information should you know about your hops and hop flavour compounds?

Hop Flavour Compounds

Each batch of hops has an analysis carried out identifying the many hop flavour compounds. Hop oils only make up a small proportion of the actual hop but they do play a pivotal role in achieved those hop aromas and flavours that craft beer lovers desire. Different compounds can impart different flavours namely Citrus, Green fruits, menthol, vegetal, cream caramel, woody aromatic, berries & currant, grassy-hay, sweet fruits, herbal, floral and spicy

Lets look at the flavour compounds:

Mycrene
Is a terpene and the main hop oil component in most hop varieties. It is responsible for a green, hoppy aroma. However its low solubility and high volatility mean that only small amounts are transferred into and retained in beer, primarily when dry hopping.

Humulene, Caryophyllene and Farnesene are the main sesquiterpenes in hop oil. They impart herbal, woody, spicy and sometimes citrus or floral aromas. Like myrcene, they are present in beer in low concentrations due to their low solubility and high volatility. The ratio of caryophyllene to humulene and the presence or absence of farnesene are considered characteristic makers for different hop varieties.

Linalool and Geranoil are the two most abundant Terrene Alcohols in hops. Terpene alcohols are more soluble than terpenes or sesquiterpenes and thus play a major role in both late hop and dry hop aroma. Linalool is generally described as floral and citrus reminisentent of lavender or bergamot, and geraniol as floral with a hint of citrus, rose or geranium. Other Terpene alcohols and terpene esters can impart floral, woody or spicy notes.

Thiols, specifically 4-mercapto-4-methylpentant-2-one (4MMP) , 3-metcaptohexan-1-ol (3MH), and 3-metacaptohexyl acetate (3MHA), are present only in very small concentrations in hops but due to their extremely low sensory detection thresholds, they can have a major impact on hop aroma perception. 4MMP is usually described as tasting of blackcurrant or robes or, to some people, “catty”, while 3MH and 3MHA imparts notes of passionfruit or guava.

Hop Ketones and Isobutyrates also show good solubility and impart fruity, sometimes waxy notes, contributing to banana or pineapple flavours.

Geterbrewed can provide full traceability with all our hops, each hop packet will have the name, batch number, alpha acid and year of hop harvest. We proudly work as Irish distributor for the Barth Haas Group, Simply Hops & Hop Products Australia, if you require a detailed certificate of analysis we can provide this for you.

The Barth Haas group can provide everything you need under the one umbrella to maximise hops in your brewing process, the sheer size and diversity of hops on offer allows you to create unique hop forward beers, always professionally cold stored at our warehouse and express shipped to provide the best service in the industry.

Want to know more about the hops varieties we stock, check them out here:

https://www.geterbrewed.com/microbrewery-hops/

Online HomeBrew Orders

We are seeing online homebrew orders rocket. Geterbrewed Covid 19 Operational Activity Report 09/10/20

Online Homebrew Orders


Homebrewing is seeing somewhat of a renaissance and clearly the joy of doing a brewday is helping people navigate through these strange times, we are also seeing a lot more people building their own home bars and adding kegerators and all in one brewing systems to their catalogue of home luxuries. 


To give an update on our operational activity its first and foremost that we ask you to understand we need to take steps to keep our staff safe and provide a service to our valued customers that is reflective of our company values, that’s a balancing act at the moment .

We usually aim to have express shipping and dispatch times to match our incredible value and premium quality. Geterbrewed strive to provide the best customer service, we want to be a true one stop shop for your brewing needs and we communicate with you in a prompt and responsible way, so we ask for a little understanding at this time due to the demand being placed on us.

We genuinely thank you all for your support as without our customers we wouldn’t get to do what we love. We are only a small team of 20 but we are passionately independent and driven to grow our business. We supply breweries and home brewers with the finest ingredients available sourced from all across the world so we have seriously good stock levels of the core component ingredients to create your beers. https://www.geterbrewed.com/

Recent demand has been huge…


Over the past week or so we have experienced a spike in demand for home-brew orders that has put some extra strain onto the team at the warehouse. We are now advertising that it can take up to 2 days to process your order. When this pandemic hit we experienced demand like never before and through it all we never closed, we did get to a stage where we where actually hovering between 5-7 days behind on orders and we fought through the orders and got ourselves back up to a super efficient service, this time around we don’t intend to allow that to happen again and may have to restrict the amount of orders we can process.


The GEB team

We have everyone socially distanced and protective measures in place throughout the warehouse. Our team are now working staggered shifts 7 days per week. Primarily this is for their safety https://www.geterbrewed.com/our-team/


Stock Levels 

Online Homebrew order stocks are generally very good, we have been increasing our stock holding in planning and have been providing forecasts to our suppliers to ensure constant supply, we have significant volumes on the way from all suppliers but some wholesalers simply state they can’t meet demand and they are shipping short , this is mainly on homebrew kits 


Amending Online Homebrew Orders

Please try and get your order right first time as amending orders at the moment isn’t possible, if you need to combine two orders email us and we will try our best to merge them and refund one shipping label


Shipping

We have been communicating with our couriers and they too are seeing a continued spike in demand, we are in the process of adding extra services and we hope to have these new express premium shipping options added in the coming week, that will also allow us to ship worldwide. When your order is dispatched you will receive an email in the customer notes we add the dpd tracking ref and you can monitor the progress via dpd.ie 


Communication 

We are trying to answer emails, social media messages as quickly as possible, we would ask that you only telephone if 100% necessary as its taking away from our ability to process orders quicker if we are answering calls. We appreciate your calls and sometimes you just need to run through a few questions to make yourself comfortable but until we get on top of this spike can we keep them to a minimum please. We are still providing technical help and trying to provide responses to your queries as quickly as we possibly can, you may get a reply at 10pm instead of during working hours that’s how hard we are working to keep you updated 


Collection at site

This is currently not available and we can only fulfil online homebrew orders, we are trying to protect our staff and keep them safe so we can’t have anyone calling to collect orders.


Your local Breweries

We supply a lot of commercial breweries and they have really had a tough time of it lately with the on trade business being hit so hard so when you can please support your local breweries and buy their beers! Never has supporting local been so important 

Home Professional Wine Making Kits

Wine Making Kits – If you love your wine you need to try one of these new revolutionary craft wine kits

The history of wine making for you will reveal many stories, often emotional memories of helping a loved one forage for hedgerow wines and wait long periods for rewards of your efforts. The new revolutionary wine making kits produce serious results and consistently without a hotpress in sight.

Wine has been made and enjoyed for thousands of years. Wine is a well loved alcoholic beverage made from grapes and has been big business since the 1950-60’s when strains of commercial wine making yeast started to really produce consistent results without spoilage. Modern day vintners strains of craft wine making yeasts are producing exciting results consistently.

So if you want to brew a wine and bottle it in a corked bottle, screw cap or indeed bag in box you can now produce really exciting results at home whilst being frugal. Lets be honest here though home wine making isn’t all about being frugal, you can produce consistently impressive results with total control of the contents and additives to create the wine you want to drink.

It’s a science called enology, some refer to wine making as an art form we simply see home wine producing as a very rewarding hobby and want you to experience the improvements and what’s available

The homebrew industry is about to receive a brand new range of wine making kits launching in the UK & Ireland. Geterbrewed are proud to be launching a vast new range of wine making kits for the home professional. So to become a craft wine maker you need the best ingredients are we are proud to be able to offer premium craft wine making kits to allow you to create your own high quality wines. You won’t need to take your socks off and start trampling the grapes it’s much easier than that with modern professional home kits.

Winexpert wine kits work closely with the very best grape growers from the World’s most prominent wine regions to carefully select and grade the best possible quality in terms of grape juice. These superior quality wine making ingredients paired with professional industry leading processing leads to beautiful flavours and impressive aromas and character replicating the any wine varietal.

Introducing the new ranges:

https://www.geterbrewed.com/wine-kits/

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/wine-kits/

  1. Wine Expert Private Reserve – Ultra Premium with region specific juice and made in 6-8 weeks

Most of these Ultra Premium wine kit contain crushed grape skins which adds great depth of character and during fermentation you can expect the grape skins to enhance the tannins, body, colour, mouthfeel and aroma. These craft wine making kits will take you up a level for sure

winexpert wine kits from Geterbrewed

Amarone Style Veneto Italian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi Californian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Chardonnay Dry Creek Californian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Pinot Gris Yakima Washington 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Pinot Noir New Zealand 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Merlot Stags Leap Californian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Nebbiolo Piedmont Italian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi Californian 14l Private Reserve Wine Kit

  • Wine Expert Reserve – Premium with country specific juice and made in 6 weeks.

This craft wine making range of kits will produce wine of exceptional quality, full of body, flavoursome and aromatic .

Chardonnay Australian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Pinot Grigio Italian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Riesling Californian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Sauvignon Blanc Californian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Grenache Rose Australian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Cabernet Sauvignon Australian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Cabernet Shiraz Australian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Luna Rossa Italian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Malbec Argentine 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Merlot Californian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Pinot Noir Chilean 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Shiraz Australian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

VCDR French 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

Amarone Italian 10l Wine Expert Reserve Kit

  • Wine Expert Classic Wine Kits  – Easy drinking with country specific juice and made in 4 weeks

Maintaining the high quality you expect from the winexpert craft winemaking kits these produce high quality results. Approachable and easy drinking replicating wines from the world’s best known wine making countries

Chardonnay Californian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Pinot Grigio Italian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Sauvihnon Blanc 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Viognier 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Riesling Washington 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Liebfraumilch Californian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

White Zinfandel Californian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Cabernet Sauvignon Chilean 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Diablo Rojo Chilean 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Grenache Shiraz Merlot Australian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Malbec Chilean 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Merlot Chilean 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Pinot Noir Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Sangliovese Italian 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Shiraz Californian Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

Tempranillo Spanish 8l Wine Expert Classic Wine Kit

  • On The House Wine Kits – If your after a simply and straight forward wine making kit this is a great place to start your wine crafting journey. They deliver results in just 4 weeks and produce everyday easy drinking wine to impress your friends and family
Geterbrewed On The House wine making kits

Sauvignon Blanc On The House Wine Kit

Chardonnay On The House Wine Kit

Pinot Grigio On The House Wine Kit

Riesling On The House Wine Kit

Californian White On The House Wine Kit

Blush On The House Wine Kit

Cabernet Sauvignon On The House Wine Kit

Merlot On The House Wine Kit

Shiraz On The House Wine Kit

Californian Red On The House Wine Kit

Pinot Noir On The House Wine Kit

Grainfather g70 Review by Lacada Brewery

Guest blog & Review from Lacada Co Operative brewery based in the North Coast of Ireland in Portrush

We’ve been very excited about the Grainfather G70 here at Lacada. We’re upgrading our nano-system and need a solution to brew about 50-55l of beer to trial new recipes. A few of us use the G30 for home brewing so the G70 could be the perfect solution. Its pricy but quality costs:-) 


Recently GETERBREWED offered us the chance to trial the G70 so we lept at the opportunity. 
With recipe ready we ordered a Fermzilla 55l for fermentation and bought a second hand fridge for temperature control, a snip at £50 from North Coast Auction Rooms.


Saturday would be brew day so we got down the brewery Friday evening to open the box, give the system a good clean and set a timer delay so the mash water would be ready Saturday morning.


On first inspection, it looks a quality machine, many of the G30 weaknesses have been resolved. A clear colourful PID, a  bottom plate filter and extra powerful pump. Connecting the device to the internet was simple and within seconds the G70  was downloading the latest firmware updates. 


With a recipe already recorded in the online Grainfather app, it was a simple process to kick off the brew day and delay temperature heating until the next morning.

Interestingly the mash/sparge volumes and estimated gravity were different to the Brewfather app but given this is a brand new product we  made the assumption that GF would be more accurate. 


Saturday morning, as planned, the mash water was up to temperature and we started to mash in. The recipe is a low abv NEIPA so the grain volume is at the low end of the G70 spec 8kg. With grain added we popped on the top plate (much easier than on the G30) connected the recirculation pipe and kicked off the mash timer.  We could hear the pump but see no liquid? Strange, it definitely worked last night…. 


Checking everything was connected and switched correctly. Maybe the filter was blocked? Removing the grain basket and lifting the very heavy G70 high enough so we could drain the liquid, we tried the pump once more and it started to work. Not sure why, but it had started to work again. Good news. With grain basket back in, we proceeded with the mash. 
The temperature for this mash is high, 70oC as we want plenty of body in the beer. The temp registered on the PID showed as being 68oC and the heater ono full blast. Within a few mins it had overshot to 73oC but minutes later it was backdown to 68oC. Theres no way the mash temp could fluctuate that much so we could only assume that the temp probe is inaccurate.


Mash complete, we sparged and moved to boil. It took over 90mins to get from 75oC to 100oC, a ridiculously long time so we can only assume the heating elements are under powered. I know similar competing products need special power connections or even two sources so not sure why Grainfather felt the heating elements on the G70 would be OK.


The counter flow chiller was excellent, a single pass for about 2 minutes recirculated back into the GF brought temps easily down to 80C for whirlpool / hopstand. It also easily chilled to pitching temp of 18C in a single pass at nearly full pump throughput into the FV.


However, again, the pump seemed to get airlocked when initially hooked up to the chiller and it took some manual lifting and tilting of the chiller and the lines to try to get it flowing again.


The bottom filter plate was very good when transferring to FV, and the bottom centre drain and bottom tap also very useful when cleaning as everything can be flushed right through and out the bottom.


The brew competed and wort transferred to the fermenter we cleaned up and reflected on the G70. Theres no doubt it looks the part, sure there’s a few questionable design decisions but its a solid professional looking instrument you’d be proud to own. 


However, the under powered heating element, inaccurate temperature measurement and the strange pump fault mean that this is not a product we’ll be buying. 


Many Thanks to Geterbrewed for allowing us to trial the G70.

Erol

The Grainfather Product can be found here: https://www.geterbrewed.com/the-grainfather-g70/

Gin botanicals for making gin at Get Er Brewed

Gin Botanicals 

There are hundreds of botanicals which can be used to flavour gin which is what makes it one of the broadest categories in spirits in terms of flavour, origin and styles. 

The most crucial botanical used, which is essential in the gin making process is Juniper Berries. Fact: Gin is derived from the word juniper! Regardless of all the different styles of gins, the one thing that they will all have in common is that they are all predominantly juniper flavoured. 

Gin Botanicals for making gin

The Coriander Seed, is nearly as common a juniper itself appearing in many gin products. Coriander has a long history of importance for both food and a perfumer’s ingredient. Depending on the distiller will depend on where the botanical is sourced from. The Coriander Seed all at once will give off a citrusy, nutty and a little spicy variety of flavour.

Angelica can be an unfamiliar major gin ingredient used with many not realising how commonly used this botanical is. Similar to Coriander, Angelica is closely related to the carrot family with the herbs which make up the Angelicus genus grow nearly everywhere in the northern hemisphere. The role of the botanical is to act as a binding agent in order to promote combining the other botanicals together to enhance the variety of flavours each one gives off.

The Lemon Peel is the most common citrus fruit used in gin, providing a distinct citrus aroma. Lemon peels, like other citrus fruit contain a large amount of limonence, the aromatic which is mainly responsible for the bright aroma associated with citrus.

When it comes to oranges, these can be divided into two sub categories- sweet and bitter. Both types of oranges can be found in gins. Typically, the peel of a Seville Orange (bitter) is used to dry and the peel of the sweet orange is used fresh.

The Orris Root, known to help hold the other fragrancies in place- a fixative in perfume for many centuries. They are left for as long as 5 years to dry, before being ground into powder, added to water and distilled. The Orris Root binds and stabilizes other flavours, resulting in being more likely to detect it by the effect it has on other ingredients.

Cardamom is another botanical becoming more common in the gin world! Its exotic aroma adds and expressive, spicy note. It is one of the most expensive spices, with very little needed to impart its strong flavour, Cardamom can be challenging to work with as its essential oils and aromatics are very volatile and degrade quickly.

Liquorice is a sweet, woody botanical which contains a natural sweetener. Liquorice root carries a unique taste with the often misconception that people assume that Liquorice root is similar to Liquorice sweets- which is in fact wrong!

Grains of paradise are rarely used outside of traditional African food cultures. The seeds have a woody, almost piney aroma, and slightly reminiscent of cardamom. 

Other important botanicals may include Lavender, which is increasingly becoming more popular in the use of some gin. As well as a fragrance, lavender is used as flavouring with many distillers normally opting to steep it in their pot at the last minute to avoid dominance over the rest of the botanicals. Fennel may be used by gin distillers to impart a liquoerice-like warmth and spice, becoming more common especially in contemporary style gins that emphasis herbal profile. As gin continues to expand in the world, new botanicals are starting to increasingly show up never before being distilled with juniper. 

We have our very own award winning Gin Distillery at Get Er Brewed called Frankie & Eileens so you can have confidence that we are supplying the finest gin botanicals available in the world

Frankie & Eileens Gin

Frankie & Eileen’s: This premium liquid is made up of a variety of 13 botanicals, left to mature in a copper still for 36 hours prior to starting the distiller process. The still (did we mention is hand-built locally with the copper sourced from Ireland) is then run low and slow to ensure the best cuts are made- as flavour is Frankie and Eileen’s top priority!

Botanicals used are Juniper, English Coriander Seed, Angelica, Lemon Peel, Irish Potato Peel and Pea Pods (which in fact work in harmony with the Macedonian Juniper Berries and Spanish fruit peels), Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Cardamom, Grains of Paradise, Cassis, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange.

Gin Botanicals available for Craft Distilleries in bulk can be bought here:

https://www.geterbrewed.com/gin-botanicals-en/

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/gin-botanicals-en/

We have smaller quantities of luxury Gin Botanicals available in the following links:

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/luxury-gin-botanicals/

https://www.geterbrewed.com/luxury-gin-botanicals/

Blog written by Lauren Shaw our new Gin Brand Ambassador and Sales Executive for Get Er Brewed.

The Grainfather G70 at Get Er Brewed

Get Er Brewed are excited to now offer the brand new and exciting half barrel electric all in one brewing system. The Grainfather G70 is the largest Grainfather made yet, it boasts a strong and robust build quality. The unit is complete with a wort chiller.

The all in one brewing system can hold an impressive 17kg of malt and has capacity to hold 70 Litres of wort. The new conicals are in development and will be launched later this year. Trials using the system have allowed flexibility with brewing one batch and splitting over 2 or 3 fermenters allowing experimentation with different yeasts and dry hopping.

Like the original Grainfather its wifi controlled and links seamlessly to the Grainfather community app. Allowing homebrewers the flexibility to create their own recipes or browse thousands of user submitted ones and build the ingredient recipe using the Get Er Brewed recipe builder. The app allows you to start heating the strike water in advance so you can start your brewday swiftly.

Perfect for a small test plant for a brewpub, restaurant or microbrewery or homebrewers with a serious addiction to shiny

The Grainfather G70

Two stage false bottom – the conical base allows a false bottom with an inner collar to sit in the recess of the base. I’ve personally tested this with 600g’s of hops and saw a full flow through the pump. This is very, very effective.

The Grainfather g70 bottom drain is below the false bottom so there is almost no dead space.

Bespoke 3.2kWh concealed element – We’ve made the absolute most out of the power available to us. The element covers around 80% of the base and is mounted using a thermal paste, rather than braised. This moves the heat efficiently upwards, losing very little to where it’s not needed and as it’s spread in such a wide area, scorching will be very unlikely (also most solids settle on the false bottom, so won’t touch the elements anyway). Being concealed, it’s super easy to clean too.

Convenient side entry recirculation. Rather than up and over, we’ve built a port into the side of the unit which means if the pump is accidentally switched on, it will fire the wort just to the other side of the unit, rather than straight up. The recirc pipe has a push fit, so couldn’t be easier to install or remove.

Ball value for sampling/draining. This runs in line with the pump so is particularly helpful when draining the cleaning water. It fires out at a rate of knots and empties the unit in no time.

Sight glass with clean-in-place (CIP) solution. This is really useful when sparging. Rather than relying on water calculations, you can just sparge until you reach pre-boil volume. The cap can be replaced with the included hose barb so you can connect the recirc pipe and flush the sight glass while cleaning.

Rolled edge filter plates. These mean the silicone seals are no longer required. They have a really smooth finish and plates themselves feel really robust and wearing. The shape of the G70 is a little different – it’s much wider and not that much taller than the standard Grainfather so we’ve seen comparatively quick draining from the basket, and less likelihood of stuck sparges as the draining surface area is bigger.

-Safety aspects including locked in support ring, heavy duty, no slip brackets to on the grain basket and protection from knocking the ball valve open.

Lifting bar with winch lifting hook. Make no mistake, this is a 2 person lift without a winch!

Huge wort chiller. This works an absolute treat. There is a more powerful pump, a very efficient false bottom and a bigger wort chiller, so in my experience, cooling times are about the same as the 30l Grainfather, despite the volume being more than double. Due to the size, this will need to be positioned away from the G70, so longer silicone tubing is attached as standard.

Heavy duty handles on G70 body. Also handle on glass lid.

Includes dust cover and tap connections.

3 year Grainfather warranty.

Check them out in the links below, we have a pre order deal available if you want to get in touch:

The Grainfather g70 UK

https://www.geterbrewed.com/the-grainfather-g70/

The Grainfather g70 Ireland

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/the-grainfather-g70/

Maris Otter – A Norfolk Heirloom Malt Variety

Brewing using the finest ingredients can create something special. Maris otter is a special base malt. Get Er Brewed work with Crisp Malt distributing their Maris Otter to breweries throughout Ireland and Home brewers across Europe.

Norfolk is one of the best locations in the world for growing malting barley, its perfectly located close to the sea which the Maris Otter crop benefits from a maritime climate that regulates the summer temperatures and provides moist air.

Tom Bambridge who farms 400 acres in North Norfolk explains; “This ensures a long, slow maturation of the barley with no intense heat”

“The other factor that makes for supurb barley is the light, sandy, free draining soil. This means the soil doesn’t hold onto nitrogen and results in a very low protein crop. We also have lots of naturally high levels of phosphate which aids in plant health”

Crisp Malt offer Maris Otter produced in both the traditional floor malting and Modern malting plants.

This consistently reliable base malt is prized all over the world for the incredibly rich and moreish ales that it helps create.

Maris Otter Malt
The Finest Crisp Malt

Furthermore, Crisp also malt a low colour extra pale version perfect for blondes and pale ales.

Available to homebrewers online:

https://www.geterbrewed.com/base-malts/

https://www.geterbrewed.ie/base-malt/

Homebrew Starter Kit Gift Ideas

Give a gift that keeps giving this year. Treat your friends and family to a Homebrew Starter Kit

Is Homebrewing Legal?

Yes!!

Legally brew and make Beer, Cider, Wine & Mead.

Has the quality of homebrew advanced?

Technology has advanced the quality of equipment and brewing ingredients. I strongly believe anyone can brew impressive beer, cider, mead & Wine

Get Er Brewed Basic Homebrew Starter kits aimed at beginners have syphon-less set ups that reduce the risk of things going wrong.

How to Select a Homebrew Starter Kit?

Firstly, set your budget because it’s important not to get distracted. Modern homebrew starter kits have developed a huge range of options to suit all budgets

Secondly, don’t over think it, homebrewing is easy just keep everything clean, follow the instructions and monitor temperature and it’ll be successful

Thirdly, If you need help ask!

In Conclusion its now possible to brew better than shop bought for a fraction of the price at home so look at this as a rewarding hobby.

The amount of active homebrewers is at a record high and continues to grow

Geterbrewed Homebrew Starter Kits

Many Craft Breweries have Homebrewing roots!

Many homebrewers started off homebrewing before progressing into a professional career in brewing. Therefore this gift has huge potential

https://www.geterbrewed.com/complete-brewing-kits/ https://www.geterbrewed.ie/complete-brewing-kits/

Need Help Selecting a Homebrew Starter Kit?

Just ask we really want to help you brew successfully, consistently and return time and time again

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment User Guide

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment

Want to get more beer out of every batch you brew? Want Microbrewery Equipment that delivers results? The answer is Brewiks but you also need to know how to use the Brewiks microbrewery equipment to its full potential.

Case Study of Brewiks Brewery;

Kevin McLaughlin has been our Head Brewery at Hillstown for over a year now. He has been able to consistently maximise output of each batch brewed to ensure we are utilising the maximum potential of the Brewiks Equipment we have.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment; two Brewiks 500 systems
Brewiks 500

If your going to make your Brewery a success you need to maximise output, because that means more money from sales

Like the idea of packaging more beer per batch? Then checkout how Kevin uses 20% extra malt in the mash and then dilutes the batch at the whirlpool stage with extra water ensuring full fermenters.

As a result you package more beer for less labour and maximise profits. Above all its critical that you use your equipment to its full capabilities. For example on a typical brewday see below:

Brewiks Microbrewery Preparation

  • Fill kettle with required volume of water.
  • Set desired temperature on the control panel.
  • Switch on elements (setting: PID and Normal)
  • Open mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves and switch on pump at 100% to speed up heating.

I like to preheat the strike water the night before to save time on brewday. I heat to 10-15 degrees C higher than strike temp (depending on ambient temperature) it drops naturally overnight for mash in

Brewiks Mashing In

  • Ensure strike water is at desired temperature.
  • Mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves should be open.
  • Pump is on and at max power (100%)
  • Add water treatment if required.
  • Slowly add the grain (mixing manually with the mash paddle when required)
  • Check mash temperature and record mash in start time.

I always mash for 1 hour with the mixer pump on max, this ensures maximum starch conversion and prevents “hot spots”.

Brewiks Mash transfer

  • Firstly, check all valves on lauter tun are closed and false bottom grid is in place and level.
  • Turn of heating elements.
  • Connect medium hose from outlet valve to whirlpool valve.
  • Pump should still be mixing at 100%
  • Open whirlpool valve and then outlet valve.
  • Rinse down the sides of the kettle periodically during transfer to remove any remaining grain.
  • Mix until mixing arm is exposed, then close mixing outlet.
  • As the last of the mash is transferring, rinse and remaining grain down the mixing inlet hole.
  • Once transfer is complete, close outlet valve and switch off pump.
  • Rinse down kettle until the base is covered.
  • Now open the mixing outlet valve and switch on the pump at 60% for a few seconds. This will flush out any remaining grain from the mixing arm.
  • Close mixing outlet valve and open outlet valve and transfer the remaining mash.
  • Close all valves and disconnect and rinse hose.

I like to presparge before beginning transfer, just enough to cover the false bottom, this helps build and even grain bed. 

It’s very important to ensure that you continue mixing during the transfer, this will help prevent any blockages. 

If the mash is light, it is possible to close the mixing outlet intermittently for a minute or so at a time, this can reduce transfer time slightly. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Wort transfer

  • Give the mash a mix with the mash paddle and allow it to settle for 5-10 minutes.
  • Connect the water supply to the sparge heat exchanger and the sparge pipe to the mash tun to begin sparging.
  • Attach the medium hose from the bottom valve on the mash tun to the inlet valve.
  • Fit the small hose to the outlet valve and loop it into the kettle.
  • Open the bottom valve and the inlet valve, ensuring the mixing inlet is closed first.
  • Open outlet valve and throttle the mixing inlet valve open slightly for a second or two to purge any air from the pump.
  • Place a coarse hop spider in the base of the kettle and loop the small hose from the outlet into it.
  • Now with the pump at its lowest speed (60%) switch on and begin transferring.
  • Transfer slowly by switching the pump on briefly for a few minutes and then stopping.
  • Once the base of the kettle is covered, switch on the elements with temperature set to boiling.
  • Continue transferring until desired volume is achieved.
  • Begin mixing by closing outlet and inlet valves and opening mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves, switch on pump at 100%
  • Disconnect all hoses and rinse out.
  • Shovel out spent grains and remove false bottom from mash tun.

This is a vitally important stage of the brewday and shouldn’t be rushed!! 

If the transfer stalls the grain bed can be reset and the process continued. 

To shorten the time to boiling temperature I like to mix the wort in between transfers. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment Boiling

  • Continue heating on boil setting with pump on 100% until the wort temperature reaches mid to high 90s.
  • At this point switch off the pump and watch for a rolling boil to start.
  • Connect water hose to the condensing flue.
  • Record boil start time and add hops as recipe dictates.
  • Monitor boil and watch for boil overs.
  • If it looks like a boil over is likely, briefly switch off the elements and turn on the pump to mix.
  • When boil time is up, switch off elements.

If you are having issues with boil overs, you can lower the boil temperature by pressing all the F buttons (F1,F2,F3,F4) simultaneously and changing the preset boil temperature (usually between 110-120°C). This is particularly useful with high gravity recipes where boil overs are more likely. 

To get the maximum volume from each individual brew I back dilute by increasing my grain bill and by 20% and adding 20% extra water at the end of the boil. 

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment Whirlpooling

  • After boil connect medium hose from outlet to whirlpool inlet (again ensuring all valves on lauter tun are closed)
  • Ensure mixing inlet is open and mixing outlet is closed.
  • Open outlet valve and whirlpool valve and begin transferring with pump on at 100%
  • If you have a whirlpool hop addition, add it to the lauter tun now.
  • Once all wort is transferred, rinse any remaining wort and hop residue out of the kettle.
  • Fill base of kettle with water and clean the mixing arm the same way as at the end of the mash transfer.
  • Switch off pump, close all valves, disconnect and rinse hose.
  • Remove condenser and lid, and clean them and the kettle. Replace after.

I try to allow the wort to settle for as long as possible before moving onto the next step (20+ mins)

If you are doing a hop stand addition, simply wait until wort cools to the appropriate temp and add hops directly to the lauter tun.

Brewiks Cooling and transfer to fermentation tanks

  • Connect the short hose from the outlet valve to the hot wort inlet.
  • Attach the medium hose from the inlet valve to a bucket of clean water.
  • Fit the long hose from the cold wort outlet to a drain.
  • Open inlet and outlet valves, ensuring mixing inlet and mixing outlet valves are closed.
  • Turn on the pump at 100% and flush out pipework with the water in the bucket (topping the bucket up as it empties)
  • Add non rinse sanitiser to the bucket and loop the end of the long hose from the cold wort outlet back into the bucket.
  • Cycle the sanitising mixture for a few minutes and then switch off pump.
  • Connect the medium hose from the inlet valve to the side bottom valve.
  • Turn on the pump at 60% and run until you see wort coming from the end of the long hose.
  • Spray sanitiser on the bottom valve of the fermenter and connect long hose from cold wort outlet to it.
  • Connect a 3/8″ pipe from the vent pipe of the fermenter into a bucket of water, this will act as an airlock.
  • Connect the mains water supply into the cold water inlet connection. Using a short length of hose, loop back from the hot water outlet connection back into the kettle.
  • Now take a wort sample for testing from the lauter tun side valve.
  • Begin transfer, monitoring cold wort temperature and adjusting pump speed to get the desired temperature (higher pump speed equates to a higher transfer temperature and reversely a lower speed will lower the temperature)
  • Continue transferring, regularly checking the transfer temp and the volume of wort left in the lauter tun.
  • Monitor the sight glass until you see trub flowing then close valves
  • Disconnect all pipes and clean down.
  • Check temperature of wort in the fermentation tank is correct and pitch yeast.

I like to transfer a degree higher than the required fermentation temperature, remember it’s always easier to lower the temperature a degree or two than it is to raise it.

The brewiks comes as standard with an analogue temperature gauge on the cold wort outlet, personally I have replaced this with a digital temperature prob and I get a more precise reading and can react quicker to variations in transfer temperature.

Pressurised Brewiks Fermentation Tanks

  • Set controller to “Col” and set fermentation temperature
  • Monitor the fermentation process over the next few days and take regular samples of the gravity.
  • When gravity reaches 6 points from the target final gravity, close the airlock, natural carbonation then takes place and as a result produces a softer mouthfeel
  • Keep a close eye as the pressure increases over the next 12 hours.
  • Monitor fermentation until complete then lower the temperature to half and maintain for 24hrs.
  • Now crash cool by setting the temp to -1°C.
  • After 48hrs of crash cooling you can drop the yeast out of the bottom valve.
  • Continue conditioning, monitoring taste and test carbonation throughout. We use a taprite carbonation tester

If your interested in learning more we have brewdays once per month at our production facility and the Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment can be found here: https://www.geterbrewed.com/brewiks-equipment/