Welcome to the first of our series of home brew tips. To create a delicious home brew beer, it’s vital that you clean and santise correctly.
When you begin a new batch, it’s common sense that you would need to clean your equipment of dirt or residue from a previous brew, but it’s also so important to sanitise thoroughly as well.
Home Brew Beer & Fermentation
Brewing beer includes the process of fermentation. If you don’t sanitise all your equipment, including bottles, surfaces and hands, some unwanted bacteria will also be fermenting in your brew and this can have some nasty results. You want to prevent the introduction of bacteria that could ruin your batch.
If any of your equipment gets scratched or damaged, these should also be replaced immediately as they can harbor unwanted bacteria. Remember, anything your brew is going to come into contact with, needs to be thoroughly cleaned and properly sanitised.
Cleaning AND Sanitising Homebrew Equipment
These days there are quite a few products out there that claim to ‘clean and sanitise’ at the same time. In our experience we have found it’s better to be safe than sorry and do a thorough cleaning first, then sanitise second.
We recommend that you get some cleaning and sanitizing products specifically designed for home brew beer. Most are non-toxic, don’t add any flavours to your batch and don’t need to be rinsed, which will make your life that little bit easier.
Check out our cleaning and sanitising products HERE.
Keep an eye out for our next home brew tip, coming soon…