Imperial Yeast – Geterbrewed are the new Irish Distributor

Imperial Yeast

Imperial yeast geterbrewed

Organic Liquid Liquid Yeast grown in Portland, Oregan and shipped on ice to Ireland for distribution via Geterbrewed

We are always looking for innovative new product ranges to excite the brewing community and when we reached out to Imperial Yeast about becoming their Irish Distributor we felt that it was a good match so we have a huge range of their organic liquid yeast packs arriving this Friday.

As with all our yeasts they are correctly cold stored and when we ship liquid yeast we send a free ice pack to ensure that it arrives with you in optimum condition

Imperial have certified organic brewing yeast, we all know how proud a brewer can be of their beer and they want to ensure that the ingredients used are the best possible, imperial produce high quality organic yeast that is GMO free and 100% natural. The first yeast company to be certified organic and produced in an environmentally friendly way.

So what does it mean to pitch right? If you want to notice an improvement in your fermentations immediately then you need to make sure you are pitching the correct amount of yeast cells, You can’t see yeast cells with the naked eye but you can have confidence in imperial yeast that they have. There is 200 billion cells in the Imperial Yeast Pouch

You don’t need to make a starter in a 5 gallon ( 23 Litre ) batch if the gravity is below 1070

What’s the best way to open and pitch the Imperial Pitch Right home brew pouches?

  1. Store refrigerated until ready to pitch.
  2. Shake and kneed pouch to homogenize slurry.
  3. Sanitize the sealed pouch.
  4. Open and pitch entire contents into the well-aerated wort.
Checkout the extensive range of yeast strains here;

The Belfast Craft Beer Festival 2018

This year well…. to summarise the weather saved the day, the sun was shining, the queues got longer and the breweries well they sold out….yes I said sold out!!

Belfast beer festival Geterbrewed

I have to say i’m pleasantly surprised by this and feel had the sun not of been shining i’m not so sure the organisers would have been back for another year.

This is the third year the event has run at Custom House Square Belfast and we had a stand at the event with our own brewery Hillstown Brewery and one of our brewers has started to cuckoo brew with us, so he brought 11 new beers under his Barrahooley brand. I’m kinda proud of what Sam achieved as he worked his nuts off on the run up to the event brewing specials for the Belfast beer crowd and they flew out all weekend. He gave up a corporate job to follow his passion in brewing.

Highlights for me were the Juniper Gin Gose from Lough Gill Brewery, the NEIPA 5 from Rascals plus Boyne Brewery & Barrahooleys Imperial Stout Offerings. I’m not a massive cider fan but I was really impressed with Mckeevers Rhubarb & Honey Cider.

My guys did a blueberry sour for Hillstown Brewery and we showed off the NEIPA we brewed with the Porterhouse brewery called Hazy Border, this was brewed during our brewing seminar and I was super pleased with the feedback.

A mention to Samuels Brewery also as I spoke to Gary, he left a job working for Tennents to try his hand at launching a brewery In Northern Ireland, this is some undertaking to be fair to him, he is contract brewing at Knockout brewery and whilst he isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel he wants to try his hand at offering beers with actual flavour here so fair play, he’s driven and I hope to see more of this happening

I enjoyed the craic on the friday night and have to say the music was cracking the food was great & the crowd was really enjoying the atmosphere so I drank a little too much on the friday and decided to work the saturday night but still had a laugh and it was great to put some faces to the names we often interact with on social channels.

Next year is booked and with the lift in the marketing and promotion this year and the success of this years event i’m sure next years will be bigger and better.

We need more support for the local craft beer scene, sadly only about 2% of beer consumption is craft beer in Northern Ireland and we need to get away from the Macro strong hold on draft beer to help the local Micro breweries grow, so if you see a beer festival promoting local craft beers go along and show the guys some support.

I have an understanding of what it takes and believe me when I say it they need your support to survive.


Cork vs Screw Top – Homebrew Wine packaging

Now it used to be thought that only cheap wines had a screw top enclosure and that fine wines needs a cork to allow the wine to receive a very small amount of oxygen to smooth out the tannins.

Well nowadays many fine wines are available in screw top and hence why we have started to hold large stocks of screw top wine bottles for home wine makers to use

Benefits of using a Screw top Wine Bottle?

  • Easy to open
  • No Need for a cork screw
  • Protects the wine completely from oxygen
  • Cheaper
  • No chance of floats cork pieces in a screwtop

At the end of the day fine whiskeys costing hundreds of pounds use a screw top and that isn’t an issue so why would using a screwtop on a wine bottle seem cheap?

We recommend you try the new range of screw top wine bottles , its the taste of the wine that matters so why worry about the closure, with a screw top you know its protected plus they are reusable

Home Brew Beer Kits

We started selling homebrew beer kits five years ago in a commercial way, prior to that we had been homebrewers for a longtime, we’ve shared the success of brewing with the frustrations of brewing. We now want to use that experience to help others make the best beer they possibly can

We have to say that in recent years there has been significant changes in the home brew beer kit market. That makes me question the existence of the cheap substandard kits that had previously been in the market place, have they served their purpose and furthermore are they actually damaging the current homebrew market? I am starting to think so, you see we want home brewers to consistently brew better beer, we want your beer to excite and reward your efforts, at the end of the day if you brew successfully you’ll do it time and time again and tell your friends if you have a nightmare well we all know you wont make it again, too many home brew shops are focusing on the sale and not on the education

Let’s look at homebrew beer brewing and see whats right for you…

Modern day home brewers are spoilt for choice, you can now enter the market at any level and brew with success, even the modern beer kit pouches allow you to make rehydrated extract kits with success, there is three levels you can enter the beer making world at;

1. Beer Kits (Isomerised hopped liquid malt extract is rehydrated by you the homebrewer in a fermenter at home and yeast added and it ferments out in a plastic fermenter) You then transfer to a bottle or keg for secondary fermentation/ carbonating.

2. Extract Beer Kits (includes steeping grains) Again this process includes liquid malt extract but you usually have some steeping grains which replicate the mashing process in all grain brewing, it adds a fresher taste to the beer and as you boil and add your own hop pellets you get a feel that you are alot more hands on. This process requires slightly more equipment than a basic beer kit but does produce a better beer in all fairness

3. All Grain Brewing This is the way you should aim to be brewing beer, you are using four key ingredients Water, Malt, Hops & Yeast. You Mash (Steep in hot water) the grains to convert the starches in the grain into fermentable sugars (wort), sparge to rinse the grains of all the residual sugar and You then boil the wort and add hops at different stages to create your hop bitterness and hop flavours. The wort is cooled and then put into the fermenter and yeast added.

Thats a crash course on the three options open to you, today i’m going to focus on the simpliest way at level one, BEER KITS

Geterbrewed took the decision recently to discontinue a wide variety of homebrew beer kits, we felt they just weren’t of a high enough standard and were actually damaging the hobby of brewing at home, we have choose to focus on a narrower range that we know are tried and tested and of a standard that will make your brewing very rewarding.

When I started this business I wanted to offer a customised service that allowed people to design their own beer kits and recently we have been able to do that with our customised beer kit and then we followed it up with our customised grain kit for all grain brewers. Now we could have bought cheap liquid malt in bulk and made our own kits up like other retailers have tried and failed at but instead we sourced the finest liquid malt pouches we could and trialled all different ways of introducing the hop bitterness, we are very pleased to be the only homebrew shop that can allow you to select the bitterness of your homebrew beer kit to the closest 10 IBUS (International Bittering Units – thats how we measure the level of bitterness in beer). You then add a element of real brewing as we have innovative hop tea bag technology, what that means is we seal hop pellets in a nylon hop bag that can be added to your fermenter to give real hop flavour and aroma. This hop tea bag adds an aroma which prior to now wasn’t experienced in a beer kit. You can choose from a range of brewers yeast that make a massive impact to the flavour of the beer plus we have a range of additional flavour additives that can be added to achieve a beer perfect to your taste, we can help you clone your favourite beer with this service also

Check it out here;…

TOP TIP – Look no matter what beer you brew remember to SIT (Sterilise, Information, Temperature) If you have everything clean and you read the instructions and monitor a steady fermentation temperature you’ll brew successfully.

The other beer kits we have in our range are from UK Manufacturers, we don’t believe in shipping the likes of Coopers Beer Kits from Australia to the UK, to be honest that journey cant be good for the ingredients and they use the same generic yeast in every beer kit and quite frankly their is alot better out there.

Look at the likes of Mangrove Jacks they are storming the beer kit market with their new offering of beer kits, they actually aim for the craft beer lover they are creating styles like Berliner Sours and Barrel aged beer kits offering not to mention an amazing limited edition range of the likes of Simcoe Single Hop and Grapefruit IPA, they have hop pellets and brewers yeast strains, finally a beer kit manufacturer who isn’t afraid to take a chance.

The classics are still there if you like a traditional real ale beer kit then there is commercial ales replicated in a beer kit format from Woodfordes & St Peters, these kits are consistent sellers and have helped many a home brewer start their brewing journey, a ruby red ale from St Peters in a really popular seller in our bricks and mortar shop as is the Woodfordes Wherry Ale Kit but the remainder of the muntons beer kit range is now dated and screaming for a revamp so we have removed them, we hope they move with the times.

Homebrew wholesalers in the UK have created some ranges on their own and Ritchies created the Festival World Range, it is a range of really solid popular worldwide craftbeers, they product a great quality beer kit and many have ranges of brewing yeast and hop pellets to really lift the flavour profile. Hambleton Bard have also replicated their own range of beer kits in the form of Bulldog Brews, with DIPA’s and the like in the offering.

If you are genuinely wanting to try it and you have no experience, drop us an email ([email protected]) we will be happy to help give you advise plus sometimes a call to reassure you is all it takes to give a little confidence so we can have a quick chat on the telephone if that helps.

Basic Starter Homebrew Beer Equipment is very cheap and usually as you take the step to the next stage you can continue to use that equipment as you add to your collection.

Brew the best beer you can don’t be fooled by a super cheap beer kit as it will destroy your opinion of a very rewarding hobby. Make better beer and stay excited about the beers you brew, ever hear the phase ‘its got that homebrew twang’ well I have and its those bulk bought liquid malt tins and cheap beer kits that create this taste. Geterbrewed are passionate about the quality we want you to be excited about the beers you make so you will share and tell your friends and family and continue to brew with us