Our Brew Day at Stewart Brewing

We love home brewing and a few of the team have attempted it in the past. (Lets just say they found various degrees of success in their efforts!) A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to take part in a brew day with the the guys at Stewart Brewing. We had a great time and laid the foundations of a beautiful, single hop, red ale which should be with us in a few weeks time and you can read the recipe and more about our day in next months FERMENT. You can find more information about taking part in a Stewart Brew Day in thier purpose build brew kitchen by clicking here.


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First stop was of course the brewery shop which has a taproom where you can try the freshest of Stewart’s beer brewed just next door. Go for the Jack Back which was the number one tap when we visited.


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Through to the brewery floor where we started to decide on a recipe and we decided on our mosaic red.


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We weighed and ground the malts by hand – which was thirsty work, even watching – luckily we all had pints in our hands…


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We had already chosen to add mosaic as our hop of choice, but we thought we’d have a sniff around and add a bit more to our single hop brew. Eventually deciding on adding a little Ella to bolster things.


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We removed our malting bag which smelt just like Bovril (Yum!) and the James plunged in the malt extract as Heather stirred it in.


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It’s worth adding that this was all under the supervision of our brewmaster of the day James Hardacre – a keen homebrewer who told us about his next project which was going to involve sushi rice…


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While we waited we were whisked around the brewery on a quick tour…

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And where told the story of how Stewart’s came to where it is today.


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We finally got a chance to taste our brew in its most primitive form – it tasted super sweet and sickly and needs a few more weeks before it turns into the final product. We’re relying on James to add in the extra hops and yeast around about today.


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A final round of drinks and that was us done. We had a fantastic day and would highly recommend any beer enthusiast going along. Thanks again to the guys at Stewart Brewing – we can’t wait to get our hands on our delicious beer. Watch out for Heathers article in next months FERMENT when you might have a chance to grab a crate too!

Thanks for reading!


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