How Do Hops Work?

How Do Hops Work?

How Do Hops Work? Bittering Hops One of the main uses of hops is for bittering. Bittering is used in beer to balance the sweetness of the malt. It also has preservative characteristics. Hops are the flower cones of a climbing bine related to the cannabis family. The...
New Wort Kits for May

New Wort Kits for May

May has so far been a great month for Wort Production here at Cannon Hill Brewing, particularly our dark beers! Coming into the colder months we tend to see the nights get heavier & darker. The same can be said about beers coming into Winter as we welcome some of...
Brown Beer Bottles, Why Are They Brown?

Brown Beer Bottles, Why Are They Brown?

Why are brown beer bottles brown? The easy answer is to protect beer from light. Only recently (in 2001) did we figure out how light causes the fault called light struck or skunked beer. Chemists at the University of North Carolina and Ghent University in Belgium...
The Importance of Fermentation

The Importance of Fermentation

Fermentation is the most important phase of the home brewing process. Fermentation is all about providing the yeast with the best conditions possible to allow it to convert the sugars contained within the Wort into alcohol, carbon dioxide and desirable flavours and...
Kegging & Carbonation

Kegging & Carbonation

Kegging and Carbonating Kegging and Carbonating, as well as Line balancing all really affect the quality of your craft homebrew. Understanding how to properly keg, carbonate and pour your beer will help give you reliable results every time. Often the limited,...
Cleaning For Brewers

Cleaning For Brewers

Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects for all food preparations; this is even truer for Brewing. In Brewing we provide good growing conditions for yeast which are also good conditions for other microorganisms, especially wild yeasts and bacteria. Cleaning...
Lager or Ale? What’s the difference?

Lager or Ale? What’s the difference?

The Difference Between Lager & Ale The common thing to all alcoholic beverages is fermentation. For beer this involves the conversion of sugars contained in malted barley into ethanol (the alcohol we drink) by a yeast called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. This plays a...
CO2 Refills

CO2 Refills

CO2 Refills We do CO2 Refills while you wait. This usually takes just a few minutes. We use only the best Food Grade CO2 for your refill without swapping your cylinder for somebody elses. At Cannon Hill Brewing you will also find in stock full CO2 Cylinders: Full CO2...