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Hint 1
Its very common to see inconsistent results with standard tins of homebrew. You cant have the same tin of brew go all the way around the country and produce consistent, quality results in every state. What brews well in cooler climates, may not brew well where its warm.

Instructions, ingredients and overall quality of brew, greatly determine how well it will work in the area in which you are brewing it. Take this into account when brewing your next brew and get the kits and ingredients that best suit your area.

Hint 2
When bottling your brews, try using different coloured caps to identify the different batches. Plastic caps and crown seals are available in a variety of colours that make it easier for you to see which brew is which.

Many people use green caps for ciders, black for stout and a variety of other colours that makes the bottling process more defined.

See the products section under Bottling Products > Caps & Seals for a list of whatís available.

Hint 3
Use the right yeast for where you live.

If you live in hotter areas, some yeasts may be better suited to produce the results you are after.

People who live in Northern Australia need to use different yeasts than people who live in Southern Australia, as temperatures are usually far warmer than southern climates.

In addition to general climate differences due to location, seasonal changes in all parts of the country also affect what you use and when. This means that you may even have to change yeasts during the different seasons to produce the same results from any of your brews.

In our experience Still Spirits Heat Wave turbo yeast is the most uniform yeast that covers temperature ranges from 15 deg. C up to 40 deg. C. It seems to be relatively consistent and does seem to be the yeast of choice for warmer climate brewers.

Power 23 Yeast is another good yeast that is also being met with good success, as it produces a high yielding alcohol @ 23% alc. vol. from the first fermentation, which then increases overall yield. However, it may be more temperature sensitive when brewing so it?s worth following the instructions.

Either way, brewers must know that in the majority of cases, the cooler your brew is, the longer it will take to brew. Always check your brew with your hydrometer to make sure you are getting consistent results.

Hint 4
It is very simple to calculate the alcohol percentage of your brew by using your hydrometer.

All you need to do is take your Starting S.G. (specific gravity) & Final S.G. and calculate it according to the below formula:

Start S.G. Ė Final S.G. = (XXXX)

(XXXX) Divided by 7.36 = % Alc. Vol.

Add 0.5% to allow for alcohol produced from the priming sugar and you will have your overall % Alc. Vol.

Ie: 1038 - 1006 = 32

32 divided by 7.36 = 4.35 %

4.35% + .5% = 4.85% (Alc. Vol.)

If you keg your beer and gas it using Co2, donít add the .5% as no further alcohol is produced.

Hint 5
You can control the alcohol content of your brew by increasing or decreasing the amount of brewing sugar you use.

However, reducing just your sugar level may result in a thinner, lighter bodied beer with less taste.

To compensate for this, most pre-mixed Mid-Strength recipes have additional malts or starches to help maintain flavour and body to the beer.

Recipe Kits like TUBS Mid-Strength range have compensated for any lack of flavour by supplying a high quality blend of brewing sugars along with a 100% malt extract brew. See the DOWNLOADS section for more information on TUBS.

Hint 6
TUBS Recipes allow the brewer to modify the flavour of their brew if they wish. Many people choose to drink their brews early without giving them the proper maturation time. This greatly affects flavour as TUBS are full of quality ingredients that improve out of site over time.

If you drink TUBS brews early, you will find a strong hop flavour that can be quite overwhelming. If you do choose to drink TUBS within 2-3 weeks of bottling, you can use what we call a cheats method to reduce this flavour.

When mixing your TUBS brew initially and soaking your hop bag in a cup of boiling water, instead of adding bag and all to your fermenter, take your hop bag out and just add the water to your brew. This will reduce the hop flavour and make it less strong if you choose to drink your beer early. For more information on TUBS, go to the downloads section and download the brochure called TUBS brew packages.

Hint 7
By using standard unfiltered tap water to fill your fermenter you can sometimes develop problems with your brew after you have done everything else right.

By hooking up a carbon filter to your tap, you can eliminate problems with your brew that could be caused by water. Carbon filtering can also give your beer a cleaner taste, as itís like drinking a more purified form of water.

A cheap carbon filter for filling your brew can be obtained for under $25. The carbon must be fully replaceable and should be changed every 10 brews, depending on how bad your water is.

If you have had problems with brews and you canít explain the reasons why, then maybe you should look at a cheap carbon filter that will certainly enhance the flavour of your beer, as well as help your brewing process be more successful.

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