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Materials You Will Need

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How To Use This Site

Equipment You Will Need

DIY Corner

Materials You Will Need

Water Treatment

A Walk Through A Brew

A Few Recipes

Creating Your Own Recipes

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is Sensible Mole?

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If your shopping list is quite lengthy following your read-through of the 'Equipment You Will Need' page, don't worry; we need surprisingly few materials to make real ale...

a lovely pint, better than pub beer at about a tenth of the cost!



Steriliser - I recommend Brupaks Bruclean because it cleans as well as sterilises (yes, there is a difference!).

Campden Tablets - as cheap as chips and one packet will last you ages.

Calcium Sulphate - also known as Gypsum. This is optional, depending on which water treatment method you're going to use.

Magnesium Sulphate - also known as good old Epsom Salts. Again, this is optional, depending on which water treatment method you'll be using. Use sparingly though or you'll find your finished ale has an extreme laxative effect!

Common Salt - again you'll only need this if you use the water treatment method that calls for it. However, some older brewers routinely add salt to all their beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

Last year's Sensible Mole Brewery Annual General Meeting

Grains, Hops and Yeast - as stipulated in your recipe.

Yeast Nutrient - this stuff gives the yeast cells something extra to chomp on in addition to the sugars in your wort, and ensures the initial fermentation gets off to a rattling good start.

Finings - this stuff clears the beer. I recommend Protafloc. I'm told Protafloc is used in Carlsberg lager. In answer to the question, 'Is it any good?' you have to ask, 'Have you ever seen a cloudy pint of Carlsberg?' If you use this, which is made from red seaweed, rather than the more traditional Isinglass (made from the swimbladders of tiny fish) you will gain Brownie Points from any Vegans in your social circle.

Brewing Sugar - also known as Glucose. Occasionally used in some recipes but more often used in the bottling process. Don't be tempted to use ordinary granulated sugar, which gives off a nasty aftertaste to your beer and unlike brewing sugar, isn't 100% soluble.

Carbonate Reducing Solution and Dry Liquor Salts - again, these are optional, depending on which method of water treatment you choose.

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