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Competitions

I’d encourage any homebrew to enter competitions. If your sense of competition isn’t enough to make you enter, feedback is very useful and you can often go along and taste a great selection of other beers for inspiration and mild inebriation.

Please have a look at the BJCP schedule for an overview of the big global comps.

Scottish Craft Brewers Competition in 24 January 2016. This is a limited styles competition.

London and South East Craft Brewing Competition is held on April 30th 2016.  have a national homebrew comp in April. Also on FB. Turn up, hang out, drink beer. BJCP judges.

The Homebrew Festival is held on June 10-12 at Market Bosworth Rugby Club.

Unnamed Brighton Competition – HBB will be running a USA styles comp on 2nd July 2016. Watch this space for dates.

The National Homebrew Competition is held in September. Not really worth attending.

Sourfest is held in Ireland on September 26, 2016. See also on Twitter.

Bexley Homebrew Festival is held in Kent on September 26 2016

Black Friday was held in November 2015. LAB organised. Watch the LSECBC FB page for 2016 event dates.

 

 

Meetups

Here’s a Guardian article giving you a few pluses of going to a homebrew meetup so I don’t have to do the sales thing too much here.

Most groups involve tasting each other’s beer and giving some feedback about the quality of the brew. You go to learn, socialise and have a bit of fun. Local groups should also organise a crawls, trips to breweries, festivals etc.

More links to National Homebrew Clubs here.

Homebrew Brighton meets up once a month on the first Tuesday in a different pub. See FB, Twitter and the mailing list for more information.

South Downs Homebrew meets up on the second Tuesday of the month in The Snowdrop in Lewes

Portsmouth Home Brew Club meet up once a month in different pubs.

Kent Amateur Brewers meet up 1st Weds of the month in The Bottle Shop in Canterbury.

LAB (London Amateur Brewers) meet up on the first Monday of the month at uBrew.

Drinking

“Craft” beer pubs in Brighton

“Craft beer bottle shops in Brighton

Good traditional pubs in Brighton

Water

For buying filtered or mineral water in Brighton please see supplies page.

So this is a rough approximation of Brighton brewing water treatment from a sample taken around a year ago so even if you had the same water source as where this sample was taken from it may very well have changed since then.

Results have been taken from two sources. My water (with a house water filter) done in Jan 2015 and Richard from the Brewclub done in 2014. We’re both based in Brighton so you should get a rough idea of the water. If you’re looking for a more accurate measurement I’d highly recommend Murphy and Sons’ treatment – lab manager Paul Taylor is a keen homebrewer and a very helpful, nice chap to boot.

Under each table, you’ll see some information about how to treat the water. Please note, Richard’s has slightly different treatments as he has opted for the DWB treatment which is specially prepared CaCl/CaSO4 mix.

Most homebrew software has some basic water treatment calculator functionality but I’ve found those and others online a little lacking in some areas. Recently I’ve tried out Bru’n Water which seems extremely in depth and also has some useful pointers as to why you should have this particular ion and how much of it. Give it a go if you want to go into more depth.

Bitters and Pale ales (Richard)
Ions (all figures in ppm)AMSDWBRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH7.11n/an/an/a
Nitrate29.8n/an/an/a
Calcium93.8104197.8180220
Magnesium2.835.8050
Chloride6892.344.92205.22150250
Suplhate9319320.37306.37250400
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)-192236442060

AMS – 26ml per 25 lts liquor to be used, all liquor to be treated.

DWB – 13g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Bitters and Pale ales (James)
Ions (all figures in ppm)AMSCaCl flakeCalcium SulphateRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH6.85n/an/an/an/a
Nitrate46n/an/an/an/a
Calcium478095222*180220
Magnesium33050
Chloride568433173150250
Suplhate7819225295250450
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)-160189292060

*note this theoretical value is slightly over the upper target value to the right (220).

AMS (CRS) – 22ml per 25 lts of liquor to be used, all liquor to be treated

Calcium Chloride Flake – 4.3g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Calcium Sulphate – 9g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Stouts, Porters and Mild (Richard)
Ions (all figures in ppm)AMSCaCl flakeSaltRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH7.11n/an/an/a
Nitrate29.8n/an/an/a
Calcium23.5104127.5120140
Magnesium33050
Chloride3442157.544.92278.42250350
Suplhate4720.3767.3750150
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)-96236140100200

AMS – 13g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Calcium Chloride – 2.5g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Salt – 6.5g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Stouts, Porters and Mild (James)
Ions (all figures in ppm)CaCl flakeCalcium SulphateSaltRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH6.85n/an/an/a
Nitrate46n/an/an/a
Calcium70.52095185.3120200
Magnesium33050
Chloride12610533264250350
Suplhate48257350150
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)189189100200

Calcium Chloride Flake – 6.5g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Calcium Sulphate – 2.3g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Salt – 4.3g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Lagers and Pilsners (Richard)
Ions (all figures in ppm)Lactic Acid 80%Calcium SulphateRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH7.11n/an/an/a
Nitrate29.8n/an/an/a
Calcium20104124120140
Magnesium33050
Chloride44.9244.920100
Suplhate4820.3768.370100
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)-188236483060

Lactic Acid 80% – 18.5ml per 25 lts of liquor to be used, all liquor to be treated

Calcium Sulphate – 2.5g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Lagers and Pilsners (James)
Ions (all figures in ppm)Lactic Acid 80%CaCl FlakeCalcium SulphateRaw LiquorTheoretical Wort values pre fermentationTargets LowerTargets Upper
pH6.85n/an/an/a
Nitrate46n/an/an/a
Calcium23.52095138.5120200
Magnesium33050
Chloride4233750200
Suplhate4825730200
Alkalinity (as CaCO3)-156189332060

Lactic Acid 80% – 15.5ml per 25 lts of liquor to be used, all liquor to be treated

Calcium Chloride Flake –  2.3g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Calcium Sulphate – 2.3g per 25 lts of beer to be made, to be mixed in with the mash

Supplies

Local Shops

Easybrew Brighton – 27 Oxford Street.

I’m not quite sure this place merits first position here but they do have homebrew supplies and they are in Brighton and as such are the only place round here that does. The shop itself has been closed and boarded up for years, but next door in the bike shop they have a small, dusty display of a very limited selection of products. I’ve had limited experience with them but there are some quite terrible reviews on Google which have put me off this rather sad, strange place. Brewday emergencies only.

Johnsons – 2 Gratwicke Rd, Worthing.

Johnsons is a friendly homebrew store Westwards from Brighton. The people who run the store are friendly and a million miles away in customer service from the Brighton LHBS. The selection is much bigger but still fairly limited. Prices are a little higher than online stores. A little archaic, relic of a previous Boots kit era. Hops weren’t refrigerated when I went in there. No fresh yeast I recall either.

Wilko – 1-8 Guildbourne Centre, Worthing

If you’ve been into one Wilko, you know the score. Young’s kits, Wherry, basic supplies. Cheapest of the local lot if you want what limited products they have on offer and don’t mind bypassing the proper Worthing LHBS to save a few quid.

Homebrewers Heaven, Newhaven.

 

Don’t know much about these folks just found them recently in a Google search. Fairly limited (close to Wilko) in terms of selection on the website at least. May be worth a phone call to see if they have something more available in the shop.

Recommended Online Stores

Maltmiller – Good for grains, some speciality kit there and alternative yeasts. Good value.

BrewUK – Very wide range of products. Grains a small amount pricier than MM. HBB club discount. Please ask Greg and say you’re from Homebrew Brighton.

The Homebrew Company – Irish store. Got some crazy cheap cornies from here and it looks like other stuff is quite reasonable as well. VAT free and cheap postage to the UK.

Water

More in the water section.

Recommended sources of brewing water in Brighton:

Tesco – Ashbeck – 5l: £1

Taj – 5l: £1

Fishey Business –  Boundary Road, Portslade – Reverse osmosis water – 5l: £0.60, 10l: £1.20, 25l £3

CO2

CO2 cylinders:

GP Barnes – Shoreham. No deposit (at time of writing in October ’15). No delivery.

Adams Gas was also recommended but there’s a deposit.

Tinkers at Seven Dials in Brighton also sells CO2.

 

Fittings:

Anybody!?

Plumbing and Electrical Supplies

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HBB Wiki Home

Welcome to the Homebrew Brighton Wiki.

A knowledge base for everything about beer and brewing in Brighton, Sussex and SE UK. We get quite a lot of info put up on the FB group so why not gather that all up and chuck it somewhere useful. Please note, any opinions here are just that, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Without further ado…

Supplies

Information about where to buy malt, hops, water, gas and other homebrew accessories.

Water

Treatment and makeup

Drinking

Pubs, festivals and bottle shops.

Meetups

Share your beers, even the bad ones!

Competitions

Feedback and comp fun.