Yes, there is a new brewery in town. Actually, it is in my shed and it goes by the name of Buccaneer Brewery! I thought up the name many years ago when I was still in the Navy. I wrote a post a while back called Gav’s Eco Beer, so have a look for my method of making it.
I have been a busy lad in the brewery today. I fixed labels that Kim made me to the Dark Ale that I bottled last weekend. I put 1kg of dextrose in to this batch, with a final alcohol content of 5%. This batch made 32 bottles. Dark Ale is a great winter beer, and I am looking forward to cracking this one open in about a month.
Then I bottled the Real Ale that I put in the fermenter last weekend. It took me about an hour, but it was pleasurable work. To this batch I only added 500g of dextrose, so the alcohol content worked out at 3.7%. I managed to get 32 bottles from this batch as well.
Then I decided to make some non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. I use a brewing kit made by Coopers as I find the flavour of this soft drink second to none. I have tried other brands of kit ginger beer, but they are horrible. The entire process only takes 3 hours from fermenter to bottle, and is ready to drink in 3 weeks. The kit made twenty five 750ml bottles.
I have to stop brewing now, because I have run out of bottles so I better get some more or just save up PETE soft drink bottles. In three weeks time I will try a bottle of each and let you know if I have been successful. On average a bottle of beer costs 46 cents to make with Ginger beer a little more expensive at 60 cents a bottle. Very frugal and very nice!