Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to home brew my own craft beer?

It’s fun, and addictive! There’s a great sense of pride and accomplishment felt when you serve your friends a great tasting home brewed craft beer and are able to say, “I made this.”

It’s how the monks used to brew — it’s healthier, fresher and it’s the real deal.

Does it come with instructions?

Absolutely.  7 steps all clearly explained.

How is this different from other home brew-your-own beer kits I've seen before?

Our home brew craft beer kits are different. We walk you through a very similar process that many of your favourite craft brewers would follow, except on a small batch scale. Sure, it’d be easier to make beer from a can of extract or powder, and just add water, but this route is not brewing your own craft beer. The difference is in the outcome. Our kits allow you to make real craft beer.

Is it good beer?

Occasionally, when we hear the term home brew, we’re reminded of the Beer our Uncle Bob made down at the ole “U-Brew Beer & Wine Shop.” Bob bragged about how he made 75 bottles for $14 bucks, needless to say, you probably weren’t that impressed. No art was involved. Much like preparing a gourmet meal, all grain brewing offers the fresh flavour outcome. For the more adventurous, all grain brewing also offers the ability to change the flavour of your craft brew. We love our craft brews, in fact we have one customer who thinks Saison is the best craft brew he has ever tasted!

Do I need an extra equipment beyond The Brewer's Market Craft Beer Kit?

We’ve kept it as simple as possible for you to be a successful brewer. That being said, you’ll need a few simple kitchen tools to make your beer. You likely have all or many of these items in your home already. Have a kitchen? Ever made a soup? See, you’re well on your way to making a high quality craft brew.

How do I calculate the alcohol content?

There are a couple of ways to test this. The easiest way is to buy a refractometer and measure your alcohol level. Easy is expensive. The most common solution for many craft brewers is to invest in a simple glass tube called a hydrometer. We’ve measured it for you so don’t worry!

What’s the optimal fermentation temperature for my beer?

It’s best if you have access to a cool, dark area in your home that will be somewhere between 15 and 20C. This is where your craft brew is happiest but temps up to 24C will be OK.

How is the alcohol content produced?

We thought you’d never ask! Very simply, with all grain brewing your goal is to release all the sugars from the grain, then boil and spice with hops, and pitch the yeast which will consume the sugars and produce alcohol.

What kind of home brewed craft beer should I make?

Our craft beers on the lighter end of the scale are the Wheat, Lager and Pale Ale. Naturally, the medium range is taken by amber ale.  On the dark end of the scale you will find the stout and porters. Our stronger craft beers are Belgian Dubbel and the Saison.

How long will the ingredients stay fresh?

Ingredients should be stored in the fridge until you are ready to use them, but remember to use the hops and yeast at room temperature.  It’s best to use your mixes within two months or so to keep them fresh.

What kind of bottles should I use?

Just about anything that has a solid seal. You can ferment in the growler included in the kit, you can use our flip lid glass pint or holy pint bottles, or you can use plastic bottles with a good seal.