Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions or concerns, please read through our list of FAQs. If not, feel free to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Beer FAQ’s

How long will it take to ferment a brew?
A batch will take between 7-10 days. However, taking a gravity sample using a Hydrometer and getting 2-3 consistent readings over 3 days indicates fermentation is complete.
Do I need a hydrometer?
Yes! Even if you aren’t concerned about the alcohol content of your beer you still need to check the gravity before you bottle to ensure the fermentation is complete.
Can I use normal sugar from the supermarket?
Yes you can, but you will get better results using brewer’s sugar, such as Dextrose. Dextrose dissolves a lot faster than regular sugar, thus making it more readily available for consumption by the yeast.
What temperature should I ferment my beer at?

Ideal temps:
Ale yeast 18-22 deg Celsius.
Lager yeast 12-14 deg Celsius.

I opened a bottle of beer and it was like champagne, why is that?

You may have put too much sugar in your brew when you bottled it or it had not finished fermenting properly.

Always use a hydrometer to check the beer has finished fermenting and use the correct amount of carbonation drops or priming sugar.

How can I clarify my beer?

Most beer benefits from using a clarifying agent. This is most commonly a gelatine based beer fining, used 1-2 days before bottling or kegging. Dissolve the beer fining in 125ml of lukewarm water and gently stir it into your fermented beer.

Do I need to sanitise?

Absolutely. Sanitisation is the most important part of brewing and should never be overlooked. The easiest no rinse sanitiser we sell is the Atomic 15 foaming sanitiser.


Distilling FAQ’s

How much alcohol will I get?

If you use 8kg of sugar and a packet of Turbo Yeast in 20L of water, you will get a wash of approximately 19% alcohol.

When this is distilled, you will end up with about 4.5L of 92% alcohol.
When you dilute this back to 40%, you will have approx. 10L of drinkable alcohol.

What does filtering with activated carbon do?

Filtering with activated carbon removes impurities in the spirit and water that is used to proof down the spirit or dilute the spirit.

By removing impurities the spirit or alcohol will become much smoother with less odour.

Can I use normal sugar for fermenting a wash?
Yes you can, but you will get better results using brewer’s sugar, such as Dextrose. Dextrose dissolves a lot faster than regular sugar, thus making it more readily available for consumption by the yeast.
Do I need a hydrometer for my spirit wash?

Yes! Much like beer, using a hydrometer to tell when your wash is finished. For best results and highest yield, making sure your wash has finished fermenting will also prevent boil overs and puking while distilling.

Do I need to sanitise?

Absolutely. Sanitisation is the most important part of brewing and should never be overlooked. The easiest no rinse sanitiser we sell is the Atomic 15 foaming sanitiser.


Fermenting FAQ’s

Do I need to sanitise?

Absolutely. Sanitisation is the most important part of brewing and should never be overlooked. The easiest no rinse sanitiser we sell is the Atomic 15 foaming sanitiser.

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