Brew Academy

Learn The Steps.

Yes, you too can brew a great tasting beer! Your friends can home brew, we can home brew, so should you! 

Learn the steps

Brew on your own, pairs or groups, our sessions are designed for those with little to no brewing experience, where you will learn the fundamental steps of creating an all-grain beer from scratch. Showing you the complete process; preparing the water, mashing in, boiling the wort, adding the hops, chilling and fermenting your beer.

Your friends can home brew, we can home brew, so should you!

How it works

Each station accommodates two people, you are welcome to brew on your own, or in pairs. Groups are welcome too! Our sessions are designed for those with little to no brewing experience, where you will learn the fundamental steps of creating an all-grain beer from scratch. Showing you the complete process; preparing the water, mashing in, boiling the wort, adding the hops, chilling and fermenting your beer.  Some classes focus on specific styles, showing you all the tips and tricks to getting that style right.

Booking

Make a booking through our booking system, click on the preferred day and time. Classes run once 4 or more stations have been secured. Our friendly staff will give you a ring or email confirming your booking or to chat through suitable dates.

  • You can run your station on your own or in pairs.

  • Three of you? Book two stations, who doesn’t want more beer to share!

  •  Groups are welcome, book multiple stations assigning two people to a station. · Bigger groups please make contact we have great corporate, birthday and wedding packages.

  • The session takes 4 – 4.5 hrs, it’s a busy session, be prepared to be hands-on.

  • Brewing is hungry and thirsty work, a meal and a paddle is included with the learn to brew experience.

Bigger brewing stations are coming, to be the first to know please keep an eye on our website or join our FB page.

What beer will I be brewing:

  • Classes run Fridays and Saturday, we tend to focus on a style for that lesson, showing you the tips and tricks on getting that style right.  
  • Our tried and tested recipes are ideal for beginners who want to ensure great brew day results.
  • Can I use my own recipe? Yes, you can. Send us the recipe at least a few days before your brew date – allowing us enough time to secure ingredients and enter it into the Grainfather Community App.
  • Our Tap Room will features a few of our brews – come and have a taste!
  • We use 25L breweries, you take home approximately 20L of beer.

Some of our Beer Styles:

  • Pilsner: A crisp, easy drinking Bohemian Style Pilsner with fruity notes & mid-range bitterness and slight malt sweetness. (NHC Bronze winner)
  • American Pale Ale:  American hop combination to produce a medium-bodied beer with low to medium caramel, and carries with it a toasted maltiness. Characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney, resinous American hops.
  • India Pale Ale: Hop forward, easy to drink IPA with citrus and juicy notes which are sure to jump out at you.
  • Porter: Session-able drink with mild bitterness, huge roasted malts & chocolate fragrance, with some coffee fragrance present.
  • Oatmeal Stout: The mouthfeel is creamy, velvety, smooth.  The flavour showcases malted milk, chocolate, and espresso.
  • Pale Ale: Fruity, crisp session ale with good malt to hop ratio.

What to bring on Brew Day:

  • Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes. And wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little grubby.
  • Your drivers’ licence, passport or 18+ card (Photo ID) – this is for Customs records.
  • Smartphone, that has enough space to download the Grainfather community app
  • Fun and a smile

Fermentation:

  • Most brewing duties are completed on brew day, depending on the style you choose you might need to come in for the finishing stages, like dry-hopping, clarifying and cold crashing. Dry-hopping takes about 10min, you or your brew partner (captain) can pop in at anytime during opening hours.
  • Most brews will be ready for bottling or kegging within two weeks from your brew date, sometimes a little longer – we will give you a text or ring to book you in for a bottling session.
  • Can I take the wort home? Yes, if you have a fermenter and want to nurse this yourself bring it along to brew day.

Dry hopping, Crashing and Clarifying:

Depending on the style and recipe you choose will determine if and or when you or the brew captain would need to pop in to complete these steps. Each duty takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. You don’t need to book a time, just pop in during opening hours.

Or, if you prefer and have the facility you can simply hire our equipment and finish it off at home.

Kegging or Bottling

  • Both have their pros and cons, you get to decide
  • A time needs to be scheduled to keg or bottle your product; this can be done on brew day.
  • Some craft beer styles are best fermented for a longer period of time, if you are brewing for an event, consider the timing needed for the finishing stages – chat to us we can help?!
  • We have a range of mini-kegs & bottles that you can purchase or hire.
  • Traditional bottling of home brew beer, aka bottle conditioning, will mean that you’ll have to store your bottled beer at home at room temperature for 3 weeks before your product is ready.
  • WE use a counter pressure bottle filler, which means your beer is carbonated and ready to drink straight after bottling.
  • If you bring in your own keg or bottles, please ensure that they have been cleaned properly.  Vessels that have not been cleaned properly can spoil your brew.

Please note: Beer that is left in our fermentation/ temperature-controlled room longer than four weeks can pose a risk to other beers and will be disposed of on your behalf, unless a special arrangement has been made.