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

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Need Help Selecting a Homebrew Starter Kit?

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

So you want to start homebrewing….

The decision to start making your own can be on a whim maybe you tried a friends homebrew and where surprised or maybe you want to know what actually goes into the beers, ciders and wines that you consume. There is lots of reasons to start brewing your own, modern home brewing has changed alot and its now possible to brew better than shop bought for a fraction of the price.

If you are unsure about how to start then we would love to help. Simply drop us an email (info@geterbrewed.com) or a message on social media and we will be very happy to help.

We can cater for a wide range of budgets and care about this industry longterm so we will only sell  equipment and ingredients that are the best we can source, you see we want people to brew successfully and consistently then they will in turn keep buying ingredients from us. We now have huge buying power and have passed the savings on to the home brewers.

We started a homebrew revolution in 2013 as keen home brewers ourselves wanting to make our own beers and wines, we now are proud to say we lead the way with innovative brewing equipment and a diverse range of ingredients that will allow you to brew anything you want.

So Join us or help a friend or even give the gift of homebrewing, Geterbrewed have homebrew starter kits for all levels of experience from hedgerow wine maker to professional brewery equipment and all the great stuff in between

Homebrewing has changed and its awesome, so why not save some money, have a lot of fun and get rewarded in the process:

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Geterbrewed All Grain Starter Kit

The Grainfather – All in One Brewing System Review

What is the Grainfather?

You must have lived under a rock if you’ve followed homebrew over the last few years and haven’t come across the Grainfather! If somehow you’ve not seen this before, the Grainfather is the All-in-one brewing system. You can mash, sparge and boil in a single vessel and they even include a super-efficient counter-flow chiller – not enough? The even have free recipe software and a Bluetooth enabled control box so you can plan your brewday and then control it from your phone.

Why an All-in-one Brewing System?

The biggest advantages of having an all-in-one system are things like space saving, time saving, more control, less to clean and the ease of using in doors.

The Grainfather is an electric, pump driven system which allows you to have a recirculating mash whilst maintaining the heat perfectly. This helps get the most out of your malt and is so easily repeatable – imagine making the best beer ever and being able to make it again and again! If you want the same level of control from a three-vessel system, you would probably need herms pots, insulated mash tuns, countless valves, elements and it would probably cost a hell of a lot more when you add it all up.

The Grainfather takes away none of the fun – sure it helps control a few things, but you’re still creating your exact recipe, still mashing in, sparging, throwing in the hops etc… it’s proper brewing and I doubt you’d find a single user that disagrees with this. It also pretty much cleans itself – just rinse out after use, heat some water, put everything you used back in. Then throw in their High-Performance cleaner, connect the chiller and switch the pump on. You can expect to be finished and tidied away within 4-5 hours without rushing or stressing at all. All of the fun, less of the mess.

Why the Grainfather?

There’s other all in ones on the market that cater for different budgets. Some benefits the Grainfather offers include the most advanced, user friendly controller on the market, along with the software to go with it. It makes use of a PID algorithm, so where as other systems power is either on or off, the Grainfather reduces power sent to the element as it approaches the desired temperature, so it doesn’t overshoot. It then regulates the elements to accurately keep it stable. You can reduce the vigour of the boil if you want to and even change what the system recognises as your boil temperature (handy for those who live high up). An added bonus for me is the ability to tell the controller when to switch on the heat. I often brew first thing in the morning so set up the night before and wake up to my strike water heated, ready to mash in. It saves time and allows me to be finished and tidied away well before lunch.

The chiller is a real step up from the standard immersion coils – you pump your wort straight into the fermenter via the counter flow chiller (essentially a heat exchanger), running cold water through the other fittings. It remarkably chills from boiling to room temperature on its journey through and you can pitch your yeast straight away when the wort is all in your fermenter. Depending how cold your ground water is, it can chill a 23l batch in as little as 10 minutes.

The build quality is excellent compared to some budget systems and the modular design allows you to upgrade your brewery when something that interests you comes along. They don’t leave customers behind – for example, the recent change from a manual control box to the Bluetooth connect box mentioned above is available for users with older models.

The customer service is also really important to the folks at Grainfather. They have guys in the UK as well as New Zealand and any issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently – the warranty is 2 years for your peace of mind. We know guys that have clocked up well over 300 brews in the two and a half years on the market and still going strong – that would be a life times use for many of us!

I could go on all day about the Grainfather, but a lot of it’s already been said elsewhere. The countless user videos on youtube, the blogs, forum posts and chatter on social media are overwhelmingly positive which is a real testament to the guys at Grainfather. It’s been designed by brewers for brewers and it really tells!

What about Grainfather Ingredients?

Geterbrewed have specific Grainfather recipe packs but you can also retrieve a full catalogue for recipes from the Grainfather app and use the custom grain kit recipe service to build those recipes

Genuinely one of the best options for anyone interested in getting into all grain brewing

Brewiks 1000 Review

So I landed in a snow dusted airport in Slovenia to a cool minus 13, I’m brewing on the new Brewiks 1000 in Maiester Brewery and I’m getting a lift from the airport by Damir the owner of the Brewiks brand.

I have got to know Damir and his family well since we meet them a few years ago, I love that the extended family all work together in harmony. They have a wealth of experience amongst them and we have built a strong and solid relationship, I know the Brewiks brand is world class as we have a Brewiks 200 and 500 litre system in our showroom but I was eager to test the Brewiks 1000

The short journey to the brewery allows Damir and I to have a good chat about his exciting new plans, I’m greeted at the brewery with the dull sound of the sub woofer belting out tunes , the aroma of freshly milled malt and a few friendly smiles from the brewers. The new Brewiks 1000 is an impreasive sight i thought ‘What a day to be alive’….read on as we brewed a double batch

We mashed in via an auger which came through the wall from the malt room, it was good to see a hose lock water connection port to moisten the grain as it enters the mash tun and to ensure the auger remains hygienic

So after we mashed in it gave me the opportunity to discuss with the brewers what it was like to upscale from the Brewiks 500 litre system to the new Brewiks 1000, right off the mark he said it’s easier and the best bit is the mashing and lautering works better. He talked about a better clarity of wort, I explained that we had added an underback to the Brewiks 500 system that we had and it made the clarity much better. The head brewer explained generally all the brewers felt it made alot of improvements and was easier to use, the only negative they said was the hop revolver it allowed direct steam to release when opened but they had already found a work around and added via the glass lid.

I noted the guys had added a hop filter between the pump and the heat exchanger and they said it was an added extra that the Brewiks team made to prevent the heat exchanger getting blocked with hop debris . They also explained that initially the heat exchanger was a little too effective and they had to slow the pump speed but now they have found a workaround, they changed the cold water flow hose diameter to 25mm from the hose lock tubing and add a ball lock valve to allow them to control the flow, so the pump speed is set to 80% and the flow restricted using the ball valve and it chills a 1400 litre batch with ease.

The turnaround time from the first batch to the second batch was 30 minutes and the hot water generated from cooling the first batch was used to mash in with the second batch, an impressive 5 hour brew time for the first batch also, so I started to try and find problems as so far it seemed to good to be true, so wanting to give an impartial review I found an issue , it needs a light in the inside of the boil tank and lauter tun. I was slumming it with a torch and although I’m scraping the barrel to find an issue it was one.

The touchscreen brewing technology with live time diagnostics including all temperatures and live power usage rates may seem intimidated but it was very simple to operate , i have to admit it did seem too simple to me and I kept thinking I had missed something but it genuinely makes it simple to operate.

The pump speed can be changed at the touch of the button as with the smaller models and the stepped platforms make over seeing the brew insanely simple.

As the first brew of the day completed I enjoyed some pizza delivered to the brewery and a pint of IPA straight from the fermenter, Slovenian hospitality is always awesome .

During the second mash in for the 2nd brew of the day I noticed the mash temperature drop as the malt was augered in , I got the boiling button and the temperatire shot back up rapidly, I flicked it to reservoir heating one degree out and it stopped bang on target mash temperature. A simple moving of hoses and I’m connected up for transfer to the lauter tun.

The brewiks boost heating system is a beast of a machine it heats 1 degree in one minute. So when we transferred to the lauter tun, lautering took half an hour, yep I couldn’t believe it either, so visually it has been manufactured robustly to allow for vacumm layering but that was designed for an hour and half of lautering yet it didn’t need it.

The system brought the wort to a vigorous rolling boil and the steam was maintained with the condenser and adding the hops was simple, we whirlpooled and the brewers explained that after whirlpool they let it settle for 10 minutes before they commence the transfer from the kettle to the heat exchanger, the key here is to avoid excess bitterness in your brew is to simply have all your pipes connected prior to commencing the transfer.

Effiency was 95% and when I challenged that with the brewing team they said a bad efficiency rating would be 90%. This system is built to last it oozes simplicity and works effectively and efficiently I was impressed!!

So if a light gets added to the next model and wheels to the steps for ease of cleaning this has to be the best system on the market for anyone considering a 10hl or 20 hl brewhouse.

Kegging – Start Kegging Your Own Beer

Kegging Your Own Beer
“Kegging is King” especially if you bring a keg to a party, we like to have friends around for beer and pizza nights and a keg is great means to excite people with your brews, plus you can have beer ready a lot quicker in comparison to bottle conditioning and……………………… its a lot less hassle than bottling!

Kegs genuinely require minimal maintenance, they do however require you to clean them , if everything is sterile as with a lot of things in brewing it helps to gain success and avoid infections

What makes up the Geterbrewed keg starter kit;
  • 1 x Cornelius Keg Brand New 19 litre capacity
  • 2 x Ball Lock Fittings
  • 2 x Thread FFL John Guest fittings to attach to Ball Lock for quick release
  • 1 x CO2 Regulator with quick release John Guest Fitting
  • 1 x Beer Line
  • 1 x Dispensing Tap Assembly
What are the Fittings on the Corny Keg?

Basically there is two ports on a Corny Keg, Beer Out and Gas In.

1. Beer Out, you attach a ball lock disconnect to this and it has a beer dispensing assembly connected to it, whether that be a tap directly added to the ball lock or if its run out into a length of beer line and then into a picnic tap or tower dispenser. The key point here is to avoid foam (fobbing), a lot of turbulance is created as beer exits the keg under pressure via the ball lock valve so you want sufficient beer line length to prevent this coming out of the tap, it needs to settle in a length of beer line . Also the beer needs to be cold, the warmer the beer gets the more the co2 wants to come out of suspension and foam up.

2. Gas In, you attach a ball lock disconnect to this (which has a gas line running to the regulator) and it connects the co2 tank to the Corny Keg via this assembly, the pressure is adjusted with the regulator and this allows you to set the psi

Points to keep in mind

  • Keep everything sterile
  • Try not to introduce oxygen when transferring the beer from the fermenter into the keg
  • The colder the beer the more easily it dissolves the co2
  • There is different carbonation levels depending on the style of beer
  • Carbonation can be set with the psi and achieved slowly over a few days or you can force carbonate (rolling the keg back and forth to force carbonate the beer quickly with co2)
What is the regulator?

It controls the flow of the CO2 into the Corny Keg, you may want to carbonate a beer over a few days at 12psi, this reading is on the dial to the right of the control when connected to the co2 tank, the dial above the turn controller reads how much co2 is in the container. Remember you dial up to carbonate but need to reduce that down to a dispensing pressure after carbonation is complete

What is the Dispensing Tap Assembly?

Its where the beer comes out , we have selected a picnic tap and have suffcient beer line to prevent fobbing or foam during dispensing

 

Handcrafted Irish Mash Paddles

Handcrafted Mash Paddles

We are very passionate about supporting local businesses so when we saw the opportunity to create some mash paddles we worked with a local hurl maker called ‘Scullion Hurls – a family run business from Loughguile’ (*Hurling is an Irish Sports Game just incase you have no idea what i’m talking about)

The hurl maker is also a passionate home brewer so he knows these have to be a strong product, we have made a few different versions of these but have now settled on using Irish Ash Wood for the mash paddles.

We use untreated & naturally air seasoned wood, the quality of the wood is strong and robust and will last for a lifetime if looked after correctly

Michael the Hurl makers has taken over from his father who started the business in 1979, they are part of the Economusse network which our brewery is also apart of and we work closely together attracting tourists to our working museums, a great visitor experience if you are ever in their area, they do a live hurl making demonstration. These mash paddles are genuinely excellent value and usually sell out quicker than Michael can make them.

Fermentation Temperature Control

fermentation Temperature Control

The fermentation temperature that you ferment beer, wine or cider at is critically important. A constant temperature is the most important factor, you don’t want large fluctuations in temperature, some people have poor results because they ferment in garages and sheds without a means of controlling the fermentation temperature. I say again the temperature you ferment at is critical!

So if you have to ferment beer, cider or wine at home what is the best way to control temperature?

A heat belt or heat pad is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to maintain a constant temperature, many all grain brewers build themselves a little fermentation chamber with a heat tube, these can be as simple as some insulation boards and an inkbird or ITC1000 attached to a heat tube, if you want to make lagers or ciders you may want to ferment at say 10 degrees, so you will need a cooling aspect (Fridge) to the set up also.

So how is this acheived?, its again a fairly simple process, usually the brewers use a second hand fridge and add a dual temperature controller, so you plug the fridge into the dual temperature controller and place a heat tube inside and plug it into the other plug outlet on the dual temperature control and set the temperature on the digital display.

Mangrove Jacks have designed a Dual Temperature Controller and we feel its the best solution on the market currently, it doesn’t require and DIY wiring and its safe and tried and tested. It can be used with a fridge set up, heat pad or heat belt. The fridge and the heating option can be plugged into the controller at the same time allowing them to work in partnership. There is no additional wiring or probes just plug it in.

Pay attention to recommended fermentation temperatures, you will have great success if you can control what temperature you can ferment at, take a Wheat beer for example if you use a good quality wheat yeast like Munich Classic from Lallemand and you ferment it at 17 degrees it will produce beautiful banana notes, take the same yeast and ferment it at 23 degrees, it changes and becomes spicy and has more notes of clove. The ability to control temperature will hugely improve your beers, ciders and wines.

A constant temperature is critical and will make big differences in the quality of your homebrew