Engineers@Leisure: Beer-brewing: A beer lover’s tale of the art

January 21st, 2016, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: Vector


I like beer – a lot. When I was growing up, “beer” was restricted to a handful of brands from the South African Breweries (SAB) stable, thanks to trade boycotts at the time. My taste for beer grew from experimenting with those tastes. Some stood the test of time, some didn’t – do you remember Ohlssons, Schafft, Krönenbrau 1308, Colt 45?


Nevertheless, as the markets gradually opened up, new tastes were suddenly available, but there was a familiarity to them. They were mass-produced and too perfect. Craft beer breweries offer an alternative, and the home- or micro breweries trend that started in North America spread rapidly throughout the world, including South Africa.

Beer has been brewed on small scale for centuries throughout the world as well as in South Africa (take Sorghum beer for example). However, it has only been since the 1990s that home brewing kits, equipment and ingredients have been made available to those tired of the same old commercial beer, and ready to try their hand at brewing something pure and tasty.

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