My New Book - Brew In A Bag

I’ve written a book! If you can make soup, you can brew fantastic craft beer at home. Fact. Aimed at the novice brewer this is a step-by-step beginner’s guide to brewing delicious all-grain craft beer at home using equipment you’ll…

Adding Oak Chips to Your Beer

I was recently given a bag of wonderful oak cask chips from Scott at Cooper Workshop up in Ayrshire. They take used whisky casks from all over Scotland, break them down and feed them through “Bertha” their 2001 Heizohack wood…

Woodstock Summer Saison

The ‘Saison’ beer style originated from beers brewed during the cooler and less active months in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, and then stored for drinking by the farm workers during the summer months. Each worker was…

I’ve only ever brewed ales as I do not have anywhere that remains at a consistently cool temperature enough to brew a lager or pils. I have a shed and also a fridge big enough to lager the beer once…

Bottle or Keg? And How To Bottle...

Beer needs packaging in order to store it and serve it. Really there are three main options open to homebrewers and they are: Bottling Plastic keg eg, King Kegs Cornelius kegs The choice comes down to a number of factors…

New Bottle Labels & How To Attach

A friend has knocked me up a really simple label template in Photoshop that means I can change all the copy for each beer I choose to bottle. Ideally these should be printed on a laser printer to avoid the…

This is a beer I just brewed to mark the cool 12-12-12 date. 12 hop drops of 12g each including a 12 day dry hop. Brewer: Woodstock Batch Size: 19.00 l Style: American IPA (14B) Boil Size: 29.11 l Style…

Woodstock Pale Ale

This is a really good, simple beer that I like to have on tap at all times. It is based on a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone recipe with a couple of minor tweaks. Can be brewed with US-05 or…

Christmas day is just five weeks away so I’ve left it way too late to brew a typical big Festive beer but I do fancy having a play around with some of the flavours and maybe serving something a bit…

This was a fun experiment to brew using just one grain and one hop variety. Actually turned out amazing and maybe my favourite beer of the year so far. I’ll be brewing this again in the next week Brewer: Woodstock…