'Water Biscuit' SMaSH

Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Beer Kit
Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Beer Kit

Pick this one if you're looking for something to replace the commercial lager you enjoy. Everything you need to make 4 Litres of our 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH beer at home - even if you've never brewed before!

Kit Includes:

R 120.00
Malted Grain and Flaked Corn is delivered 'pre-milled' and mixed

About

The name of this beer started with a quip in the menu of one of our local craft beer taprooms. It likened the malty yet simple taste of one of the hugely successful commercial beers to that of "water crackers" (those simple, yet satisfying, biscuits you serve with cheese and wine). When we set out to design a beer for those moments when you arent really looking for the more robust flavours of most craft beers, we jokingly used "Water Biscuit" as a placeholder for the name. Often a true word is spoken in jest ;)

This ale is designed as Single Hop and Single Mash (SMaSH) beer. SMaSH is a long-standing tradition among brewmasters that aims to explore the specific characteristic of a particular choice of malt and hops by only having one of each. In our 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH, we've taken the best parts of our 'Pail' Ale to create a honed taste you'll enjoy having a couple of (in moderation of course).
Why not get one of each and compare for yourself?

If this is the first beer you're making, you might be surprised that its a little darker orange colour than you’re used to. This is simply a result of the brewing method when making a smaller batch, but has little bearing on the flavours you'll brew.

Similarly, your first batch (or tenth :) may not come out exactly as we designed the beer, but as long as you don’t contaminate your beer while making it, you will make a very satisfying, tasty beer. Trust us. We’ve tried brewing a number of test batches as badly as we could, just to see how badly we could mess up, and every time we still made good beer. Our recipe gives detailed information on things that change the beer - feel free to try the things that appeal to you and craft the beer you want.


What's in the Kit

Short answer: everything you need for your beer that you don't already have in your kitchen. For the items you need from your kitchen, check the top of the recipe page.
The rest of this page has the long answer.

Bag of Hops

South African Hops (Yellow Dot)

Hops is what gives beer its bitterness. We use a South African variety of hops that imparts a clean, smooth bitterness with subtle hints of red berry, citrus and wood.

As with our choice of Pale Malt, this choice of hops will be very familiar to you if you've had any of a variety of local Craft Beers

This hops is packaged with a yellow dot on the bag

Pale Malt

Milled Pale Malt

Pale malted barley makes up the majority of most Craft Beers. Our Pale Malt is locally grown and malted by South Africa's very own SAB Maltings. Malting is the a process whereby raw barley is prepared for beer making by starting its germination process to break down proteins and foster enzymes. These enzymes will help convert starches into fermentable sugars that will ultimately put the alcohol in your beer.

This choice of Pale Malt wil give you a beer that you're already very familiar with. All our grain is freshly milled just before shipping to help you make the best beer possible

Brewer's Yeast

Brewer's Yeast

Our kits contain a specially engineered brewing yeast that is guaranteed to make a far better beer than that baker's stuff you get at the supermarket.
In more technical terms, our choice of yeast has a high 'attenuation'. This means that it's able to covert most of the sugars into alcohol giving you that 'dry' taste you expect from beer. It has a low 'ester production', so it doesnt make those weird banana/bubblegum flavours. It also has good flocculation, which means that it doesnt remain suspended in your beer after fermentation thus giving you a clearer beer.

Priming Sugar

Priming Sugar

No one wants to drink flat beer. We include a carefully measured amount of dextrose priming sugar to add to your beer just before bottling. This additional priming sugar with continue to ferment in the sealed bottles for a couple of days, releasing CO2 and naturally self-carbonating your beer without making an explosive mess on your ceiling :)

Dextrose is chosen as it is highly 'bio-available' resulting in fast natural carbonation without altering the taste of your beer

No-Rinse Sanitizer

No-rinse Sanitizer

The most important part of making your own beer is keeping out any microbes or wild yeast. This ensures that all of the fermentable sugars are consumed by your brewers yeast and not something else that will produce 'off flavours'. As long as you keep everything sterile, you'll make good beer.

To help with this we include 25ml of concentrated no-rinse sanitizer that is specially formulated for the food industry not to leave a residue once it dries. Mix half of this (at a rate of 2-3ml per 1 litre of water) to use on Brew Day and save the second half for Bottling Day


This sanitizer is highly concentrated. Dilute before handling. Avoid contact with concentrate and wash immediately and thoroughly with water after accidental skin or eye contact with the concentrate. Flush eyes thoroughly with water if contaminated and consult a doctor. Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children and animals. Keep out of direct sunlight.
Once correctly diluted it is relatively safe to get on your hands but will cause drying of the skin.
Should you need to seek medical assistance, the concentrate is approximately 45% Hydrogen Peroxide and 20% Peracetic Acid and is thus a strong acid with corrosive, oxidizing, anti-microbial agents
Beeswax Pellets

Beeswax

During the mashing step of brewing, you need to achieve very specific temperatures in order to facilitate the enzymes in the malt converting starch into fermentable sugars.

Our kit leverages an ancient brewing technique that relies on the fact that beeswax melts around this perfect temperature. We thus include a couple of beeswax pellets to help you hit the right temperature. Of course if you have access to a good thermometer you can use that too - albeit with less 'craft'. You also have twice as many pellets as you need, in case you mess up.

Tube (Airlock and Siphon)

Tube in Fermentor

We include a length of tube in the kit that fulfills two purposes.

For the first case, fermentation produces a lot of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) gas. You want to let this CO2 out of the fermentor while not letting any oxygen in. Yeast needs to respire anaerobically (i.e. without oxygen) to produce alcohol. Our solution is to insert the one end of the tube into the hole in the top of the fermentor and put the other end in a glass of water to create a one-way airlock

In the second case, you want to gently transfer your beer into your bottles without introducing air into it. This is needed in order to keep your beer fresh. You can use this same tube to siphon the beer out of fermentor without creating any bubbles

5L Fermentor

This is the bucket for your grain!

Our kit is shipped in a 5 litre food-safe bucket that can be used to ferment your beer. It has a hole in the lid to insert your airlock


Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Beer Kit
Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Beer Kit

Pick this one if you're looking for something to replace the commercial lager you enjoy. Everything you need to make 4 Litres of our 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH beer at home - even if you've never brewed before!

Kit Includes:

R 120.00
Malted Grain and Flaked Corn is delivered 'pre-milled' and mixed
Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Refill
Grain Bucket 4L 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH Refill

Looking for more 'Session' Beer? Use the fermentor and tube from your previous kit and just order ingredients for another 4 Litres of our 'Water Biscuit' SMaSH!

Kit Includes:

R 105.00
Malted Grain and Flaked Corn is delivered 'pre-milled' and mixed