The New Homebrew Movement

G’day,

So, you’re a lover of a cold glass of beer, but you hate that it’s costing you more and more to buy a carton of your favourite brew.

What if I told you that you’re able to get that favourite beer for a third of the price!!

No, it’s not off the back of a truck… It’s HOMEBREW.

Now before you start carrying on about how ordinary homebrew is or how it tastes like bananas.

Have you tasted any lately??

The homebrew you can make today is nothing like the homebrew your old man or grandad used to make.  The major homebrew suppliers have taken all the hard work out of brewing with their research and years of experience to create cans of liquid goodness.

The choices of hopped can malt extracts available today are amazing and they just about cover all styles of beers made available by commercial and craft breweries from all around the world.

The variety of fresh hop pellets, malts, grains and yeasts that are accessible today to your everyday homebrewer would have been unheard of, 20 years ago.

So for prices ranging from $25-$50 you can make 2 ½+ cartons of preservative free beer that will bring a smile to your face and make your mates envious.

Call in and say hello to Mick or Todd at Burleigh Homebrew and we’ll show you where to start.

THE STORY OF BEER

 

What is beer?

Let’s start at the beginning. There is an alcoholic beverage produced by extracting sugar from green, then fermenting the sugar to make alcohol. It’s one of the worlds oldest and most popular drinks, and comes in and enormous range of flavours and colours.

What is it made from?

How do you make beer? With for simple ingredients that unlock a world of possibilities.

Hops | Grain | Yeast | Water

Yep, that’s all you need. With not a single ingredient wasted, the recipe is a testament to simplicity and the ease with which its made is part of the reason why it remains such a popular drink.

 

A RUNDOWN OF THE INGREDIENTS.

Grain

Grain, usually barley, is mixed with water and allowed to germinate. This process, called malting, transfers the grain into malt. This malt is the base for the alcohol to form, it is also responsible for much of a beer’s sweetness.

Water

Every beer starts with good water. And since it makes up 90% of the finished brew, it’s important the Brewers H2O choice is spot on.

Hops

Hops, which are technically a flower, were originally used as a preservative. But today they’re included during brewing to add flavouring, aroma and bitterness to a beer.

Yeast

Yeast is the magical ingredient in a beer. While it doesn’t add a whole lot of flavour, it does extract sugars from the malt, then turns them into alcohol.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BEER

 

3500 BC

Beer is first brewed with barley by the ancient Sumerians and Mesopotamians. They call it a divine drink.

2500 BC

Ancient Syrians produce a range of beers recorded in the Ebla tablets.

1550 BC

Ancient Egyptians were also keen on beer, remains of their malt has been found in the tubes of pharaohs, probably put there to give them sustenance in the afterlife.

The Middle Ages

A huge amount of beer is brewed in monasteries. In some places, monks are allowed to drink up to 5 litres a day.

822 AD

The first recorded use of hops in beer. Before hops, beer was made better with bog myrtle, St John’s wort and elderberries.

1516

Bavarian Duke, William IV, enacts the purity law Rein, which stated the only allowed ingredients of beer were water, hops and barely. Yeast came later.

1796

An ex-convict named James Larra opens Australia’s first pub, the Mason Arms, in Parramatta. The same year, John Boston brews our nation’s first beer in Sydney.

1856

Refrigeration revolutionises the brewing industry, and leads to the proliferation of lager.

1980s

Golden ale is invented by British brewers in an attempt to turn drinkers off lager and onto ale.

1987

The style of ‘dry’ beer was invented in Japan, leading to imitations being created all around the globe, such as Tooheys Extra Dry.