There are so many benefits to brewing your own, not only will it save you money compared to buying from your local supermarket, but it also makes a great hobby. The art of homebrewing has become so popular in recent years that enthusiasts can now enter the annual UK National Homebrew Competition and compete in a number of different beer categories including ‘Belgian Strong Ale’, ‘Fruit Beer’ and even ‘Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer’. With so many different types of beer available to brew, there’s guaranteed to be one for you. So whether you’re a seasoned brewer, or a newcomer wanting to try it out, we’ve got plenty of homebrew products to help you on your way.

Getting started

If you’ve never brewed your own beer before it’s best to invest in a homebrew starter kit, which includes the basics you’ll need to get started. As well as the starter kit, you’ll also need brewing sugar and your chosen beer kit which include options such as bitter, lager, stout and pilsner to name a few.

Our beer kits make a huge 40 pints so, once you’ve invested in a starter kit , this works out at just 25p a pint (excluding the cost of any brewing sugar and equipment). The full brewing process takes approximately 3 weeks so getting started now will guarantee you’ll have plenty to keep you going when the summer months are upon us.

It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to make sure you have enough space to produce your beer as well as space to store the keg whilst it’s brewing. Your storage space will need to be around 50cm x 40cm in size and at room temperature.

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Crafting the perfect pint

Don’t worry if you’re new to this; each beer kit also includes specific instructions to guide you every step of the way. We’ve listed the key stages below to give you an idea of what’s involved but always make sure you follow the pack instructions when you start your brewing. It’s also important to sterilise your equipment before you start the brewing process to avoid the risk of contaminating your brew (there’s nothing worse than having to tip it all away because it tastes like nail polish remover!).

Stage 1 – Mix the can’s contents into your sterilised container together with water and brewing sugar.
Stage 2 – Stir in the yeast and leave to ferment. The fermentation process allows the yeast to convert the sugar to alcohol and should take around 4-6 days.
Stage 3 – Decant your solution into a barrel (or individual bottles if you prefer) with a little sugar; about 1/2 a teaspoon per pint. This should take around 30 minutes.
Stage 4 – Pop in a warm place for 2 days.
Stage 5 – Move to a cool place to allow the solution to condition. For best results leave for around 2 weeks before pouring into your favourite tankard and enjoying the fruits of your labour!

Kept under the right conditions, your finished product will last at least 6 months (but we’re certain it won’t be around for that long!).

So why not have a go today? Pick your favourite tipple and get brewing. Cheers!

Browse the full homebrew range online at Wilko.com

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