We are a group of enthusiastic and sociable home beer makers. Our aim is to share our beers, knowledge and experiences and we welcome new home brewers, whether experienced or novice. If you are starting out on brewing your own beer, we can advise you on equipment and help you with your first brew(s).
We meet monthly at the Warden Hill Community Centre in Luton, on a Thursday. Our format is to have a nominated style of beer for each month, sometimes with a standard recipe. Most of us compete regularly at shows, both local club and Federation shows and at major events such as the Wales and West, the National. (NAWB), the Homebrew Festival and the UK National Homebrew Competition.
Our 2016 brewery visit was to the Ampthill Brewhouse. Fourteen of us attended one of their Friday evening tour and tasting sessions. They have only been going for just over a year, with a community buyout of the previous brewery on the site. We were given a talk on the early days of the brewery and the process they follow by the brewer, Mary, accompanied by generous tastings of four of their beers. We also visited the Garden City brewery in Letchworth for our summer outing. They serve a good range of guest ales as well as their own and all within a short walk of the station.
We also have access to a supply of very reasonably priced pale malt and English hops and have our own commercial brewer within the group - Mick who modestly claims his Mix Brewery to be probably the smallest commercial brewery in Hertfordshire.
If you are interested in joining us, you are very welcome to come along to one of our meetings. You don’t need to bring a bottle, just some glasses! If you want to find out more about us, just drop me an email. Meetings are normally held on a the first Thursday of the month starting at 8.00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you.
Email to: Peter Robinson at BedsandHertsHomeBeermakers
Date last updated 18 July 2017
THE COST OF A PINT
I am often asked how much it costs to brew your own beer and frankly we don’t tend to think about it. I am indebted therefore to Quentin who is shall we say careful with money, for putting together a comprehensive cost analysis for our September 2015 recipe for Chelmsford bitter.