BrewSmith

Like many who have gone before him, Adrian MacGeraghty’s drinking journey began with things such as cleanskin wine and the homebrew attempts of his buddies. While those endeavours weren’t quite exciting enough to truly kickstart his own homebrewing adventures, in 2011 he and his wife Carolyn decided to give homebrewing a go with the aid of a book and a ready-to-go kit – a path oft trodden by those before them.

Yet, after a few too many unimpressive results, the pair became frustrated with the inconsistency of the brewing kits on the market, and began to think: "How difficult could it be to create a kit ourselves?" Research commenced, with the purchase and assessment of kit after kit after kit, trying to find what would work best for people like them; people who may not have the space for storing 30 litres of homebrew, but were keen to try different recipes all the same.

What they created is Brewsmith – homebrew kits for those keen on flavour, but might not have the space to brew much quantity. Their compact brewing kits produce enough for two six-packs, allowing customers to work their way through different styles and techniques rather than being stuck with huge volumes of a beer that may not have turned out how they wished.

The packs, which start at $80 or $65 for cider, range in style from Australian pale ale, to chocolate porter to honey wheat – one of their biggest sellers. In a starter kit, you’ll find brewing grade malt extracts, hops, specialty grains, premium brewing yeast, and the necessary equipment to kick off your brewing habit, including a glass fermenter. Once you've got that, follow up "refills" containing ingredients for further brews go for $20 a pop.

The idea, Adrian says, is that people can give different styles and recipes a go in a limited space such as a Melbourne apartment or share house, without having their brewing setup take over. In essence, it’s the perfect way to dip your toes in before developing a full blown homebrewing habit – a hobby anyone familiar with it will know can quickly balloon until it's taking up an entire garage and making dents in your bank account.

Since launching in late 2012, they have expanded their range to include products such as a bacon making kit, a malted barley and coffee bean blend they call Beerspresso, home brewing tools and expansion packs for the base recipes. Tried the IPA? Why not amp it up with their espresso version?

While more flavours and variations will no doubt be added in years to come, for Adrian and Carolyn the priority will always be quality. After the frustrations of the testing stage, they developed strong relationships with Australian malt companies and hop producers to ensure their kits offered the best quality of product possible.

So, when successfully bottling your first golden ale or chocolate porter, remember to thank Adrian and Carolyn for making the mistakes first, so you don’t have to.

Brewsmith kits and monthly memberships can be purchased at www.brewsmith.com.au.

Kerry McBride

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PO Box 8042
Ferntree Gully
VIC 3156

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BrewSmith Regulars

BrewSmith Simple Cider

Brewer's notes: This recipe is easy and delicious; use your own high quality apple juice and taste the real flavour of cider. Takes about 20 minutes to prepare! Just add the included yeast, nutrient, and all-natural sweetener and you’ll have delicious cider in about five weeks. … Read more
Style
Cider
ABV
4.4 to 6.3% (depending on juice)
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BrewSmith Chocolate Paradise Porter

Brewer's notes: While dark beers generally get a bad rap as being bitter and thick, this one is sweet, strong, and full of deliciousness - without being heavy. Includes a bag of specialty steeping grains which give the beer a beautiful dark colour, and a nutty-sweet coffee flavour. … Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
5.3% (approx)
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BrewSmith Hoppy Heart IPA

Brewer's notes: Originally, IPAs date from a time when beers were being sent from British brewers to places in the British Empire including India. Hops and alcohol are two things which help keep beer unspoiled, fresh, and delicious. This beer has them in abundance. Lots of crystal malt keeps it sweet and fruity, yet the bitterness and floral aromas of the hops balance it well. Top it off with some smooth alcoholic heat and this is one ultra-flavourful beer.… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.1% (approx)
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BrewSmith Honey Bomb Wheat

Brewer's notes: A strong, sweet and hoppy beer with subtle wheat flavours and a big hit of honey aroma. Drink this one anytime, it’s light enough for hot days, but still rewarding on the cool ones. Use local honey and let the delicious natural flavours shine through. … Read more
Style
Honey Wheat Beer
ABV
6.4% (approx)
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BrewSmith Summer Citrus Blonde Ale

Brewer's notes: A light and refreshing citrus blonde ale for those who just can't wait for summer. Really easy drinking with coriander seed (included) and fresh lemon zest (add your own) finish off this recipe. … Read more
Style
Blonde Ale
ABV
5.1% (approx)
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BrewSmith Aussie Wattle Pale Ale

Brewer's notes: All Australian hops and fresh ground wattleseed add flavour and body to the beer. You’ll taste a slight nuttiness and a rich mouthfeel from the wattle. A delicious and versatile beer – this one is easy drinking but has real depth of flavour.… Read more
Style
Wattleseed Pale Ale
ABV
4.4% (approx)
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Brewer's notes: A light and refreshing citrus blonde ale for those who just can't wait for summer. Really easy drinking with coriander seed (included) and fresh lemon zest (add your own) finish off this recipe. … Read more
Style
Blonde Ale
ABV
5.1%
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BrewSmith Specials

BrewSmith XIPA 2018

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Homebrew recipe suppliers BrewSmith are back with a very limited edition new release. They've created less than 50 packs of the 2018 XIPA, a beer they say is "about pushing into new directions. Trying something different. Taking some risks and making something unique." Says the team: "We’re using an overlooked hop variety and finding some flavours we haven’t seen in an IPA before. Compared to Hoppy Heart IPA, the 2018 XIPA is a much bolder beer. It’s more bitter and resinous… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.3% (approx)
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BrewSmith Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped July 3rd, 2017
BrewSmith has been concocting recipes and selling kits that allow people to enjoy a taste of brewing at home on a small scale – even if their home is just as small – for a number of years now. But for winter 2017 they've come up with something rather larger: their first Russian imperial stout kit, one that requires so much grain it barely fits into the cotton bags in which they send it out. They say that if you follow the recipe they've included you'll end up with a beer that "develops a… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.0% (approx)
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BrewSmith Galactic Golden Ale

Tapped September 21st, 2018
Brewer's notes: Ready for the golden days of summer, our seasonal summer brew is packed with a heap of Galaxy hops. Expect delicious citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Also includes a set of steeping grains to boost the body and enrich flavour. This is an excellent summer beer, and we’d love to have it year round but Galaxy hops are in short supply, so, this is a limited edition! Recipe packs available until they sell out – then we’ll need to wait for the new crop next season. So stock up!… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%
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BrewSmith Red Rye Ale 2018

Tapped May 8th, 2018
The homebrew-with-ease suppliers BrewSmith has decided to rework one of its more popular recipes, that for its hearty rye red ale. In many ways, it's still the same beer: built upon a base featuring the same four different specialty grains as before. But the hops have changed. According to the BrewSmith team: " This year, we’re adding more hops (and a different variety) to pump up the aroma and make it a true all-rounder. It’s still as big and hearty ... but with more delicate tropical fruits… Read more
Style
Red Rye Ale
ABV
Estimated 5.9%
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