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Brew-it-yourself

#SANBeerDay isn’t just about drinking beer – it’s also about learning what goes into making the world’s favourite alcoholic beverage. And there is no better way to do that than by brewing some for yourself. We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you get started.

Get learning

Check out our #SANBeerDay pale ale recipe here – courtesy of homebrewer Clint Breen

Q&A on how to get started in homebrewing

Homebrewing 101

Simply Brewing by Bevplus – make beer using equipment you have at home (video)

The Easy Guide to Making Beer (video)

Get shopping

Brew in a box from Bevplus

This is just about the easiest way to make a beer. The brewing is all done – all you need to do is ferment the ready made wort. You’ll need a fermenter (or plastic bucket) and airlock which can also be bought from Bevplus

Price: from R412

Grain Bucket

If you want to brew from scratch but don’t want to invest in lots of equipment, this mini kit has been designed with you in mind. You’ll need a large saucepan and can make 4 litres of pale ale, IPA or coffee stout.

Price: from R120

The Comrade from BeerGuevara

Again designed as a one-stop shop beer making kit, The Comrade contains everything you need to brew 15 litres of beer. It comes in three different versions and is designed for someone looking to start homebrewing as a long-term hobby.

Price: R1995

Get social

The best place to get help and advice is from the local homebrewing clubs. Their Facebook pages tend to be pretty sociable and friendly places to hang out. You might start out just wanting to brew a quick beer for #SANBeerDay but you might just get sucked in by the hobby. Happy brewing!

Gauteng and the North West: Wort Hog Brewers Club

Durban: Durban Home Brewers and East Coast Brewers

Cape Town: SouthYeasters Homebrewers Club

Winelands: Helderberg Homebrewers Club and Wijnland Homebrewers Club

Garden Route: Eden Brewers Club

Port Elizabeth: Yeastern Cape Brew Club