As an Australian home brewer, you know all too well how extreme the seasonal temperatures can be. From scorching summer days perfect for a crisp, thirst-quenching beer to crisp winter nights ideal for a warming, full-bodied ale – the beers you brew need to change with the seasons. Let’s look at some top styles and tips for brewing seasonally in Australia’s diverse climate.

Seasonal Beers for Cooler Nights

When it’s chilly outside, nothing beats a kitchen filling up with the rich aromas of darker, heartier brews. Here are some cozy winter beer styles:

Morgans Classic Stout Beer Kit

The Morgans Dockside Stout kit makes for an ideal cozy winter brew. This style produces a rich, full-bodied stout with notes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. To enhance the flavors even more for winter, try:

  • Add 1kg of your favourite brewing sugar blend to brew to full strength.
  • Brew with the Brewing Revolution 1kg Ultra Blend or Morgan’s Roasted Dark Malt for unique flavours.
  • Add a little liquorice extract for a distinct flavour and surprisingly sweet taste.
Morgan's Dockside Stout

Coopers Real Ale Beer Kit

For an English-style winter warmer, try the Coopers Real Ale kit. This fuller-bodied amber/brown ale can be customized for more of a cold-weather vibe by:

  • Steeping 4-8oz of biscuit, brown, or amber malt to enhance the nutty, toasted bread flavors
  • Boosting the original gravity by adding light dry malt extract to increase abv slightly
  • Utilizing an English ale yeast strain for a classic English ale fermentation profile
Coopers Real Ale

No matter if it’s the height of summer or the depths of winter, the right seasonal beer styles can make for the ultimate home brew. Adjust your recipes and brew days based on the forecast, then simply sit back and enjoy the perfectly matched beer for the weather outside.

No matter which kit you start with, paying attention to specialty grains, sugars, and yeasts can transform Morgans and Coopers beer kits into satisfying cold-weather brews. Experiment until you find that perfect winter home brew recipe!

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