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all grain brew demo with National Homebrew Club in the Mad Monk Midleton

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

“The Mad Monk in association with the National Homebrew Club isholding…
All Grain Brewday – Saturday 29th March 10:30AM – Mad Monk Midleton

Starting at 10:30 we will be brewing 1 (or more, back to back) batches of beer in the Mad Monk.
This will continue until 3pm or 4pm, but you are more than welcome to drop in and out at any time.

You will see the complete brewing process process from whole grain to wort (unfermented beer).
Milling the Malt.
The Mash.
The Boil.
Cooling the Wort.”

More here
All are welcome.
There’s plenty of free parking in Midleton, or if you’d like to have a beer you can get a bus from town, or take the train. The station in Midleton is about a 15 minute stroll from the Mad Monk pub.

all grain small batch kits from True Batch Brew

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

I’ve been getting set up for small batch brewing at home, and I found a new company selling
kits for exactly that. The company is called True Batch Brew and they have a kit with just about everything you need to do an all grain brew at home. You’ll end up with about 4/5 litres of beer. There’s a pale ale or a stout kit, with refills for both available too.

Here’s what you get in the kit:
True Batch all grain kit, via Bradleys

You’ll need a stock pot of at least 8 litres size, and it would help if you had another of similar size.
I had one large one and two smaller which was a little bit more work.

I got the kit in Bradleys on North Main st. You could also get it in Hollands of Bray or on the True Batch Brew website.

It takes about 3 or 4 hours to get the beer made and into the fermenter, and you’ll need to leave it for another couple of weeks before you can try it.

I tried it out this morning, following the instructions – you can see pictures from the brew here.

I’ll have a review on the National Homebrew Club forum soon.