Plaato Keg Management System - Review

About a year ago, I finally decided to make the leap and get into kegging. I always used to bottle my beers, but eventually got tired of washing bottles and the tedious work of filling them one by one. At home, I constantly keep 3 kegs in rotation depending on…

2019 Homebrew Highlights

2019 was my third year of homebrewing and I still feel like I am learning with each brew completed. I can honestly say that this is one hobby that I never seem to run out of ideas - I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. Inspired by andybrews.…

The New IPA: Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor

I am always on a quest to learn as much as I can about this great hobby. In that quest, I try my best to keep up to date with any new literature out there. I've been following Scott Janish's website for a few years now, and when I found…

A guide to home growing your own hops in the UK

If you are a homebrewer with a bit of space in your garden, you might have considered growing your own hops. Believe it or not, it's easier than you might think! In this article, I am going to take you through some of my learnings as I've grown my own…

Saison Dupont - Harvesting Bottle Yeast

Lately I've been working on brewing the perfect Saison. I am a big fan of Saison Dupont which, in my opinion, is one of the finest examples of Saison out there today. With this in mind, I wanted to see if I could harvest the yeast from the dregs of a bottle of Dupont and produce a decent beer.…

Brewing with South African Hops

With this in mind, I wanted to brew an IPA that took advantage of these great hops from my home country and allowed me to learn more about them at the same time. In this recipe, I use African Queen and Southern Passion - two hops that provide a unique flavour and aroma.…

Plaato Digital Airlock - Review

Over a year ago, an interesting new product came up on Kickstarter that piqued my interest. The Plaato digital airlock aims to give you access to real-time estimations of the specific gravity of your brew, any fermentation activity, the alcohol content, and even the current temperature. The idea behind the…

Brewfather - Looking under the hood

I come from a background in computer programming and love to tinker with code as often as possible. When I find a great app or website, I love to look under the hood and find out how it was made. As a homebrewer, I am a big fan of the…

Rye Not - American Pale Ale Recipe

During a routine visit to my local supermarket, I came across a can of Beavertown's 8 Ball Rye IPA. When I grabbed it from the shelf, I didn't really take much notice of the beer itself - but as soon as I got home and poured it - I was…

Beavertown Extravanganza 2018

After missing out on last year's tickets, I was lucky enough to attend this year's Beavertown Extravaganza. I have to say it didn't disappoint — it was a great event with some amazing beers showcased. Beavertown Extravaganza 2018 kicked off over two days at Printworks London in Canada Water. I attended…