beer & brewing
Beer is surprisingly simple.
It’s just water with malt added to give the sugar that the yeast feeds off, creating alcohol and carbon dioxide. Hops give it additional flavour.
At South West Homebrew, you can purchase all ingredients you need to make your favourite beverage.
Just a beginner? All the ingredients come in our homebrew starter kits, but once you get more adventurous you can start experimenting with enhancers, hops and different malts and grains to flavour your homebrew.
If you know a thing or two about beer, you'll know that hops is so crucial to making good beer that the Germans made it the law for it to be an ingredient of beer.
Hops are the essence of beer brewing. They are the tiny cone-shaped flowers of the Humulus lupulus plant. Hops provide both bitterness (IBUs) and a wide variety of flavour to beer. Each variety of hop produces a different ratio of acids, and other flavour compounds that are desirable in brewing beer. Floral, Citrus, Spicy, or Fruity qualities are just some of flavours and aromas made possible with different varieties of hops. In fact, many popular beer styles today are brewed to feature specific hop flavours. Currently, there is a wide assortment of hop varieties that provide an endless palette for experimenting with your beer brewing.
You are of course free to make beer whatever way you like but you're probably going to want to buy hops for your homebrew at some stage, especially as you begin to experiment with new tastes and flavours.
We have a wide variety of hops available - ask our knowledgeable staff about our hops range today.
Beer is brewed from malted barley. More precisely, by fermenting the sugars extracted from malted barley (mostly maltose). Malt is a general term used as an abbreviation for several things associated with maltose and malted barley. There are specific types of malted barley that are processed to yield a wide range of fermentable maltose sugars. These include Lager Malts, Pale Malts, Vienna Malts, Munich Malts, Toasted, Roasted and Chocolate Malts.
But what is malted barley? Malted barley, is the brewer's preferred grain for making beer. In it's most basic form, it is barley that has been allowed to germinate by soaking the grain in water. This prepares the starches to be converted into fermentable sugars.