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Brewing Summer Citrus Blonde Ale

“It’s pretty good” is a tough compliment to get from one of our family members who is quite the alcoholic beverage beverages connoisseur –– but that was the nod of approval given to our recent batch of ‘summer citrus blonde’ we brewed up! We thought tasted pretty darned good too, much better than the other home brews we have done in the past.

We received a brew kit in the post from Adrian at in exchange for a review on our website. We don’t usually do reviews in exchange for products, but hey who are we to say no to good homebrew beer? Brewing at home and reusing the same beer bottles can save a lot of carbon emissions compared to buying beer commercially. Plus it allows you a glimpse into the amazing world of fermenting!

The kit had most of the things we needed to make a dozen ‘summer citrus blonde’ beers, we just had to organise the beer bottles, caps, lemon peel and crushed coriander seeds. We really liked the funky glass brew bottle...

We sterilised the equipment and some empty beer bottles we collected, and then just followed the instructions and boiled up the mix including the fresh hops. It then fermented for about a week and a half…

Then we transferred it into bottles…

Then pulled out our nifty ‘capping’ device to put new lids onto the bottles, and let them sit for about a week before enjoying our tasty homebrew. You can watch some great how-to-videos of the whole process.

The only problem was the 12 drinks were enjoyed pretty quickly, so it would be great to have two fermenting bottles, or a bigger bottle so the rewards of our efforts could have been enjoyed for longer!

Do you have any experiences of tips about home brewing to share?

Reader Comments (3)

We do quite a bit of homebrewing and recently posted about it on our blog:
October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaree
Thanks for this recipe, I'll defs go give this a go! It looks so refreshing!
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJake
that 5 liter bottle is too small. the average size is 25-30 liters per batch and thirsty brewers usually do 60 liter ferments in one go.

a quick tip to save money is to go to Bunnings and look at their water containers. they usually have a 25 liter round barrel just like brew shops have. they either come with a red or black screw top lid and you can buy taps that screw into the bottom for a dollar or two in the same section of Bunnings.

you'll save up to 50% off the price in brew shops
March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrew Freak

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