Brooklyn Brew Shop - Beer Making Kit Mosaic Single Hop IPA
Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit Mosaic Single Hop IPA is full of vibrant berry flavors and an earthy complexity, this floral and tropical IPA is the latest entry in their Single Hop IPA series. A beautifully simple brew that showcases the newly-bred Mosaic hop, this beer is an aptly named piece of modern art.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Make Beer?
Beer has been made for thousands of years, and up until prohibition in the US, it was just another part of keeping a house. Almost everyone made beer or at least had a friend that did (possibly because it was safer than water in a lot of places).
They think you should brew because there's nothing better than inviting friends over, giving them a beer, and saying "I made this!" It's carbonated. It's alcohol. It's beer, and because you used fresh, whole ingredients and brewed it the way people have for centuries, it's really good beer.
Does It Taste Good?
Beer Making QuestionsOther Than A Kit, What Else Do I Need To Start Brewing?
Yes! Homemade beer tastes great. When you brew using the same grain, hops, and yeast that craft breweries around the world use, you can make some really good beer -- beer that's as good if not better than what you'll find in stores. When you make it at home, you know where it was made, and you have access to the freshest beer you'll ever taste.
How Much Space Do I Need To Make Beer?
They originally designed their Beer Making Kit for New York City apartments, but they soon discovered that people across the country didn't want to dedicate an entire kitchen (basement, or garage) to making beer. And although they think their kit is pretty nice to look at (especially when it's full of beer), they never wanted to see it if they didn't have to. That's why their kit takes up less than 1 square foot of space. They usually leave theirs in a closet or under the sink while it's fermenting. The only rule is you want to keep it somewhere dark.
How Is Their Beer Making Kit Different From Others?
Their Beer Making Kit takes the brewing process used in craft breweries around the world and scales it down to fit on the stovetop. They wanted to simplify brewing without dumbing it down by making it feel more like cooking. If you want to turn it into a science project, you can do that with their kit, and if you just want to make beer -- real beer from real ingredients -- this is the only kit designed specifically for you.
Can I Use Their Mixes To Experiment With My Own Recipes?
Absolutely! One of their first customers turned their Grapefruit Honey Ale into a Ginger Honey Ale by grating fresh ginger into it while brewing. Brewing has a long history of people putting, what might be thought of as, strange things into beer, and you're limited only by your imagination. The same goes for leaving certain things out of your beer. If you can't find chestnuts (or are allergic to them), leave them out of the Chestnut Brown Ale. You'll still end up with a great, full-flavored English Brown Ale. All of their flavors are for you to brew, play with, and make your own.
Where Does Alcohol Come From?
Yeast is creepy, but it's also really cool. It turns sugars into alcohol. While brewing, you're extracting sugars from grain (usually malted barley). The liquid you're left with will become your beer.
What Are Hops?
Hops Do A Lot For Your Beer. They're Bitter, So They Balance The Sweetness You Get From Malted Barley. They Also Contribute Fresh Aromas To Your Beer That Can Range From Citrus, Pine, Flowers, Grass, Pepper, To An Old Man's Couch (Yes, Really). There Are Dozens Of Varieties Of Hops In Existence, And Every Year New Ones Crop Up.
If you've ever made pasta, you should have everything you need to start brewing. Except for what's in the kit, you'll just need 2 or 3 stockpots (6 - 8 quarts are ideal), a large strainer, and a funnel.
Two weeks after you brew, you'll need bottles with swing-tops or a couple six packs of regular, non-twist-off beer bottles with a capper and caps.
What Do I Do If My Beer Is Over-Carbonated?
My Mix Is A Little Old. Is It Still Good?
Bright light, extreme heat, and oxygen can be enemies to beer making ingredients, but thankfully they pack their ingredient mixes really well. As long as your mix is not kept in extreme conditions (ie: hot car or cold freezer), your Beer Making Mix will be good for up to a year after you received it.
What Do I Do If My Fermenter isn't Filled To The One Gallon Mark With Liquid When I'm Finished Brewing?
While your beer boils, water evaporates. You want to keep it at a low, rolling boil. If your boil is very vigorous, extra water will evaporate from your beer. This means when you fill your fermenter, the liquid won't go all the way up to the One Gallon mark. To fix this, just add cold tap water to the fermenter until you're up to the One Gallon mark. Then proceed as normal.
I Just Finished Brewing, And My Beer Looks Crazy. Did I Mess Up?
A lot goes on while beer is fermenting. Your beer is becoming alcohol before your very eyes. It will change over time, and it might not even look like beer for a few days. So don't worry if your beer looks cloudy. Everything will settle to the bottom. Don't worry if your beer looks green for the first few hours. Hops are green, and they will settle to the bottom. In the end, don't worry. Beer will be beer.
There's Crud Around The Inside Of The Fermenter. Is That Bad?
That crud is just yeast and sediment from your beer. It's a sign of an active fermentation, so it's definitely not a bad thing. If it gets in your blowoff tube, clean it out with a sanitizer solution and flush it with warm tap water. It may appear a little cloudy afterwards, but that's fine. Switch to the airlock if your beer's activity has slowed down.
How Do I Know If My Beer Is Ready To Be Bottled? Is An Extra Week In The Fermenter Reason To Worry?
Once you're finished brewing, keep your beer in a dark place and try your best to forget about it (the occasional peek is fine). After two weeks, check on your beer. Look at the surface of your beer for any sign of bubbles. Even the tiniest can mean your beer is still fermenting, so if you notice any, just come back in a few days. It's better to wait an extra week than it is to bottle too early. Bottling too early can contribute to over carbonated beer.
Bottle conditioning means you're carbonating your beer in bottles with a little sugar, usually in the form of honey or maple syrup diluted with a little warm water. You'll find bottle conditioning used in traditional breweries around the world, but it's also what you do at home. Over-carbonation can happen for a few reasons. The first possible reason is that your beer was bottled before it finished fermenting. See the question on knowing when to bottle to avoid this problem. Another possible reason is that too much sugar was added when bottling your beer. This can happen if you boil off too much liquid when brewing but still add the full amount of sugar for one gallon. See the question regarding what to do if your fermenter isn't filled up all the way to prevent this from happening. If your beer is over-carbonated, move all your bottles into the fridge. Colder temperatures will help stop additional carbonation while helping the beer absorb some of its CO2.That Was Great. Can I Reuse My Kit?
Sure! They made their Beer Making Kit with a high quality glass fermenter because glass doesn't harbor any bacteria that may otherwise be bad for your beer. All you need to do is clean your equipment with sanitizer and figure out what you'd like to brew next. All you need is another Beer Making Mix and a new packet of No-Rinse Sanitizer.
About Brooklyn Brew Shop
They started the Brooklyn Brew Shop out of the Brooklyn Flea in the summer of 2009 to get space-strapped New Yorkers brewing. With the idea that making beer (real beer from real ingredients) can be simple, tasty, and most important, fun, they created stylish, easy-to-use Beer Making Kits designed especially for stove-top brewing and ingredient mixes for seasonally inspired beers. Their goal is to get everyone brewing by simplifying the beer making process without dumbing it down..