FAQs

INGREDIENTS

"My recipe specifies a malt that you don't stock. Which grain should I choose?"

Maltsters all have different names for their malts based on colour, barley variety, naming conventions and many other factors. We recommend choosing a grain variety that suits the style of beer you’re making, and the flavour you’re expecting from the grain.
For example, Gladfield American Ale is a great choice for hop-forward styles because it has a clean malt flavour which lets the hops really shine.
Barrett Burston Pale Malt on the other hand is a lighter colour Pilsner malt, which will make a lighter bodied, straw coloured beer.

Be sure to pay attention to colour (EBC), region and tasting notes when choosing grains for your recipe.

For more information, refer to this malt alternative chart

* side note: all the malts we sell are ‘2-row’ barley.

"I just got set up for All-Grain brewing. Which crush size should I select for my grain?"

Not all brewing systems are the same, therefore we like to mill grain to the correct spec for your equipment. Achieving the correct crush on your grain will allow for better efficiency, faster lautering, and an easier brew day all round.

We offer 2 options for crush size: COARSE or FINE. We generally recommend a COARSE crush for all-in-one systems such as the Grainfather, Guten, and BrewZilla, to allow for better recirculation and lautering.
Choose FINE if you are Brew-In-A-Bag brewer or use a traditional 3-vessel system.
If you’re not sure which crush to select, leave a comment in the order notes and we will crush to your specifications.

"I've found a recipe that calls for Crystal 20L but I can't find this on your site. Which malt should I use?"

L, or degrees Lovibond, is a colour value for malt that is common overseas. In Australia we generally follow the EBC (European Brewing Convention) colour scale. Thankfully, this is an easy conversion:
1L = 2.3EBC (approximately)

Crystal 20L  = ~46EBC
A suitable malt in this case would be Gladfield Light Crystal (typically 50EBC)

"What's the best way to store my hops and grain after opening the packet? I want to keep them as fresh as possible"

HOPS

We vacuum seal our hops as soon as we pack them to ensure delicate aromatic oils are not oxidised. After opening, we recommend you pack the hops you don’t use into a zip-lock bag with the air squeezed out and store them in the freezer. Better yet, consider investing in a vacuum sealer to bag, seal and store your hops as required.

 

GRAIN

We don’t always find the time to brew when we want to. For this reason, we offer the option to have your recipes vacuum sealed for maximum shelf life and freshness. Otherwise, we recommend storing your grain in air-tight containers in a cool, dry place. We sell 5L, 10L and 20L pails which are great for storing grain while keeping pests away.

FERMENTATION

"My airlock isn't bubbling. How do I know if my beer is fermenting properly?"

An Airlock isn’t a great tool for monitoring fermentation. Temperature changes, dry hopping, and settling of yeast can all cause an airlock to bubble – none of these are indicators of fermentation. The only way to be sure a fermentation is progressing is to monitor the SPECIFIC GRAVITY with a hydrometer. Not only will this help you to work out the alcohol-by-volume (abv) of your beer, it will also show you definitively that your beer has finished fermenting and is ready to be packaged. Monitor the specific gravity of your brew with a hydrometer and bottle/keg your beer when it is stable (no change) over 24-48hrs

If you are using a hydrometer and you do not notice any yeast activity or change in specific gravity, make sure of the following:

  • You’ve fermented within your yeast’s temperature range,
  • You’ve used enough yeast (we recommend 2 or more sachets for worts over 1.050 OG)
  • Your wort is fermentable. Worts with a very low pH, with excessive adjuncts, a high proportion of dark malts, or mashed too hot may all struggle to ferment.

"My final gravity should be 1.010 but I took a gravity reading today and my beer is only at 1.020. I think my fermentation has stalled"

The Final Gravity of your brew will depend on the fermentability of your wort, yeast viability, and the variety of malts (grist) in your recipe, among other factors.

Most darker malts do not contain starches to convert into fermentable sugars, and therefore will raise the final gravity of your beer. Keep in mind that some brewing software will not take this into account.

Yeast Attenuation

All yeasts will have a predicted apparent attenuation level. This refers to the percentage of fermentable sugar the yeast is able to convert into alcohol. For example, English Ale yeasts often have a low attenuation range (often 70-75%) while American ale yeasts often higher attenuating (around 80%). You can use these numbers to help predict the final gravity, and therefore the sweetness/dryness of your beer.

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EQUIPMENT

"What equipment do I need to start brewing All-Grain beer?"

Brewing great quality beer at home has never been easier, and there are many options for getting started.

We offer a range of equipment options, so consider which of these is more important to you:

  • A simple and quick brew day with fewer parts to assemble/disassemble/clean
  • Accuracy, repeatability, and automation
  • Maximum volume! Brewing big beers and double batches
  • Cheap and cheerful

We recommend that brewers who want to start simple consider going the Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) route. This requires only a few parts – namely a BIAB bag and a pot. A 20L Stockpot would allow you to brew half batch (10L) all-grain beers, and also “partial mash” (part grain / part malt extract) 23L recipes. Popular among our BIAB brewers is the 40L Crown Urn, which is a suitable size to brew 23L batches of a range of beer styles, and is very easy to use. Check out what a Crown Urn setup would look like HERE

If you want to be in complete control of your brew day, and want to be able to automate parts of the process, consider an all-in-one system like The Grainfather. At Hoppy Days we brew on the Grainfather all the time and love being able to program our brew days with the in-built Connect Control Box, the precise temperature control, and having connectivity with a phone or iPad.

If you want to brew batches bigger than 25L it would be worth considering a multi-vessel system, with a boil kettle 60L or larger. This would be an advanced setup and require one or more pumps and a chiller. Contact us and we can put together the right system for you.

** Important **
We definitely recommend you have fermentation equipment with temperature control before tackling all-grain brewing. At the very least, source a spare fridge or chest freezer and a temperature controller.

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Please email us if you have a product request for ongoing purchases. We will try to cater for everyone’s needs. If we can source the product, chances are we will be getting it at some stage as we add to our product list.

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ORDERING

"I have a few recipes I'd like to brew this weekend. How long will it take you guys to mill my grain?"

At Hoppy Days we do everything we can to get your recipes prepped as soon as possible. Because we receive a large volume of orders every day, we mill grain in the order that they’re received through our website. If you have a large order and/or multiple recipes you’d like milled, we encourage you to submit your recipes through our website ASAP and we will notify you when they’re ready for collection.

"I've noticed some products are out-of-stock. Any idea when these will be back in stock again?"

Just like any other industry, brewing ingredients are subject to seasonable availability. If a certain product is out-of-stock on our website, this is likely only temporary. Our website is LIVE – meaning any product we recieve is added straight away to our inventory. If you are chasing a product that’s not currently on our website, let us know – we’re adding new products every week. If we can source the product, chances are we will be getting it at some stage as we add to our product list.

"I can't find a shipping option at checkout"

We require that you complete the ‘Billing Details’ section in the Checkout before a freight quote can be calculated for you. Please ensure the ‘Shipping Address’ field is also complete – including postcode – if this has been ticked.

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Please note: you will need to complete the address field/s even for local pickup

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Please contact us if you have a question. We will get back to you ASAP.

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