What is so special about our home brewing kits?
face it: Home brewing is complicated – until now! The 'Braufässchen'
home brewing kits are the fastest and easiest way to brew your own beer
or cider. With just a few steps you come to successful brewing. With the
step-bye-step instruction and the perfectly weight-up ingredients you
just need about 10 minutes until your beer is ready to ferment. After
just one week your home-brewed beer or cider can be tapped directly from
the keg. Cheers!
Why is brewing with the 'Braufässchen' home brewing kits so much faster than in a brewery or with other home brewing kits?
'Braufässchen' we completely rethought the process of home brewing.
Currently most approaches for home brewing use the same processes than
conventional breweries, only on a smaller scale. We thought, that it
should be possible for a small scale to allow a unique approach.
Therefore we went back to the drawing board and reinvented the process
of home brewing. The two main innovations to make home brewing faster
and easier are to brew directly in the keg and to brew under pressure.
How did you simplify this process?
beer/cider is brewed in a single-step process directly in the keg.
Firstly this has the advantage, that the keg is already aseptic. So no
cleaning is necessary. Furthermore we developed a pressure control
valve. During fermentation, the yeast converts the malt sugar into
alcohol and carbon dioxide. The valve regulates the pressure during this
process. This is necessary in order to bring in just the right amount
of naturally arising carbon dioxide as sparkling carbonation in your
beer/cider while also preventing overpressure within the keg. This is an
approach which is only suitable under small scale conditions. Big
breweries can’t brew this way as it would be very difficult to maintain
the pressure in a big vessel. Brewing under pressure also stabilizes the
fermentation and is one method of reducing unwanted by-products.
What exactly is the difference between brewing with 'Braufässchen' and conventional brewing?
the beer has to be transferred after the fermentation either in bottles
or in a keg for storage and carbonation. The storage usually requires
several weeks and is necessary to remove unwanted by-products like fusel
alcohols. These by-products are generated if the conditions for the
yeast are not perfect. During storage the yeast has no sugars to ferment
and will therefore metabolize most of the by-products. With
'Braufässchen' we selected special yeasts and malts to provide the best
fermentation conditions possible. This prevents the formation of
unwanted by-products in the first place. For carbonation breweries
usually add either sugar or carbon dioxide during storage to carbonize
the beer. This is not necessary with our kits as the pressure control
valve keeps just enough of the natural arising carbon dioxide during
fermentation. For us it is very important to leave the beer as natural
as possible. Therefore in contrast to most big breweries the beer
doesn’t undergo any technical treatment like pasteurization or
filtration. During the cooling period in the fridge the yeast settles on
the ground and the beer is naturally filtered. We want the beer to stay
as fresh and natural as possible.
Which other measures did you take to speed up the brewing process?
of all we put a lot of effort into finding yeasts which can ferment
fast and without producing unwanted by-products. The production of
by-products is biochemical process and is due to a process which seeks
equilibrium between several factors. So you can either try to remove
by-products later (what most breweries do) or try to prevent the
formation in the first place. For breweries the last one is very
difficult due to the big scale. We put a lot of effort into finding the
right combination between fermentation conditions and yeast so the beer
is fermented very fast and tastes delicious. For example we have figured
out special ways of preparing the malt and the wort for 'Braufässchen'
so that the yeast finds the best conditions (nutrients) for
fermentations. Another important point is the fermentation temperature.
As all reactions in biochemistry, the fermentation of sugar to alcohol
depends on the temperature. As our kits work with ambient temperature we
have a faster brewing process in general. But a faster brewing process
in the wrong conditions would also mean more by-products and undrinkable
beer. Therefore the tricky part was to find the right yeast that can
ferment in ambient temperate without producing unwanted byproducts. When
we were developing the 'Braufässchen' concept we were screening
hundreds of different yeasts together with different malts to find the
most suitable yeast-wort combinations. This was the most work intensive
part of the whole product development.
How can you guarantee that every beer brewed with 'Braufässchen' will be a success?
not only eliminated all unnecessary and complicated steps of home
brewing. We also removed the most common sources of error. The most
critical steps for the success of home brewing are hygiene and the
recipe. As we provide all equipment, we can guarantee that everything is
properly aseptic and remove the possibility of contamination or
unwanted by-products normally due to not properly cleaned equipment. We
take care that all ingredients are properly weight and conditioned
suiting the recipe. Also we’ve optimized the entire procedure, so
neither the water you use nor the fermentation temperature can seriously
alter the final result.
What is the scope of delivery of a 'Braufässchen' home brewing kit?
brewing kits contain specific components: the empty five-liter keg as a
fermentation tank, step-by-step instructions, the pressure control
valve and all necessary ingredients to brew five liters of your favorite
beer or cider. Beer kits include around 650 g - 750 g of malt extract, 9
ml of hop extract, 4 g of yeast and flavours and wood chips, depending
from your beer style. Cider kits include juice concentrate, natural
flavouring, dry yeast.
You can download the instructions here and get the first impresions.
Do I need any additional equipment to brew beer or cider?
everything is included. You only need to add water. One part of the
water needs to be boiled so in fact you need something to boil water
(for example a pot and a stove). But we assume this should be on hand.
How long does it take until I can enjoy my beer or cider?
one week your beer/cider is ready fermented and you can enjoy your home
brewed beverage! The beer/cider has to ferment for five days at ambient
temperature. For proper fermentation the temperature is crucial. We
recommend to keep the keg at temperatures between 19° and 21° C. After
the fermentation your keg has to rest for two days in the fridge. We
consider it as very important that the beer will be ready within one
week as this makes it much easier to brew your own beer on demand. For
example, if you want to invite your friends for a BBQ next week, you
know exactly when you have to start to brew. So it is very easy to brew
exactly the right beer for any occasion..
Does the Brewbarrel fit inside my refrigerator?
its external dimension it’s exactly like a normal five litres party
keg. The dimension of the keg are optimized so that it fits to most
regular refrigerators. The dimension are: height 27 cm (10.6 in) and
diameter 18 cm (7.1 in).
Which water should I use for the fermentation?
can use tap water if it’s clean. But if there is chloride in it, or
much chalk you should use bottled water without carbon dioxide.Use a
measuring cup to measure the water. It’s very important to use the right
amount of water. If you are not sure if your tab water contains
chloride ask your water company or use bottled water to be on the safe
side. Chloride is added to the tab water in some regions to prevent the
spread of bacteria. The same mechanism of action which prevents
bacterial growth would also prevent the yeast from fermenting your
What alcohol amount do I get with the 'Braufässchen' home brewing kits?
The alcohol amount ranges between 4.3 and 6.0 %. Due to temperature and other factors the alcohol amount may vary a little bit.
Why is the beer more cloudy than the beer in the bottle?
home brewed beer is as natural as possible. This means, that there is
no technical treatment applied to your beer. Usually breweries use
either chemical or technical filtration to make the beer crystal clear.
By this a lot of the natural flavour components of the beer are lost as
well. Also the beer/cider is not pasteurised and therefore as fresh as
How long is the ready fermented beer/cider edible?
beer/cider is durable for about two to four weeks after the
fermentation time as long as it is kept refrigerated all the time.
During the storage in the fridge the beer/cider will be naturally
cleared and during some maturation processes gain new flavour
components. So it’s no problem to keep it longer in the fridge as the
minimum two days. It will only become clearer and develop a more
How fast should I empty the keg after opening?
you first released the pressure you should drink your beer/cider within
a few days. Even though you can reseal the barrel by turning the
pressure control valve after the initial opening there will be oxygen in
your beer/cider. Like with wine oxygen will also alter the colour and
taste of beer. Therefore you should keep the beer/cider refrigerated and
finish your barrel within a few days.
During fermentation foam is escaping from the pressure control valve. Is this good or bad?
can happen during the first days of fermentation. In the first days
there is a lot of sugar and the yeast is growing exponentially.
Therefore the yeast is very active and produces a lot of CO2. Due to
this a lot of foam will rise. Some of this foam may escape with the
overpressure through the pressure control valve. This is no problem at
all. Indeed it is a sign that your yeast is healthy and your beer/cider
on the way to becoming very delicious. After a few days there should be
no more foam escaping through the pressure control valve..
How durable are the ingredients?
you receive your Brewbarrel the ingredients have at least a minimum
durability of six months. Please store the Brewbarrel ingredients on a
cool and try place. Especially keep them away from direct sunlight and
heating. All ingredients have their own best before date. Please check
this before brewing.
Can I reuse my keg to brew another batch?
this is not possible. With our home brewing kits we want to make sure
that every beer/cider will become a delicious success. As cleaning and
hygiene is key for successful brewing we do not recommend to reuse the
keg. It is very difficult to really get the barrel clean and therefore
it is indeed easier to recycle your old one and buy a new set.
What is the target group for the 'Braufässchen' home brewing kits? The experienced home brewer or the novice?
our home brewing kits we want to create an easy solution for everyone
who has always thought about home brewing but never had the time to
undergo all the efforts necessary. Usually you have to buy a lot of
equipment and make yourself familiar with the techniques behind home
brewing. Also you have a lot of cleaning effort and mostly the first
batches of your home brewed beer are not so delicious. We are offering
an opportunity for everyone to brew beer with very little effort. You
get all ingredients already weighed and have an easy step-by-step
instruction and a guaranteed brewing success. We want brewing to be
likable and fun and by this open home brewing to a much wider audience.
Our home brewing kits are considered for people who are just interested
in home brewing or want to try new beer varieties easily. Of course it
can also be interesting for experienced home brewers to easily try new
recipes with little effort.
Do I have to pay alcohol taxes?
home brewing kits itself do not contain any alcohol. But please inform
yourself about the regulations in your country and state on home brewing
and if you have to pay taxes for home brewing. Usually your local home
brewing association can be very helpful in answering this questions.