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Our ibrew system is refreshingly simple, but you may have a few questions, so here are some answers to those most frequently asked...

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Q: I bought an ibrew lager system. Can this be used for brewing anything other than lager?
A: Yes, one of the advantages of the ibrew system is that it can be used to brew any style of beer – or even cider. Refill pack are available under the ibrew brand name and all of the products offered can be brewed in the ibrew system.

Q: I suffer from headaches from drinking commercial lager, which I put down to the chemicals that they use in their brewing process. What ingredients and chemical are used to make an ibrew beer?
A: All ibrew beers are made purely from malt, hops, water and yeast. No chemicals are used in the manufacture of any of the ingredients. Hopefully, responsible drinking of our beer will not give you headaches!

Q: Can I make wine in the ibrew beer brewing system?
A: Unfortunately not, fermenting wine in the beer system fermenter will expose the wine to too much air from the large headspace and cause the wine to oxidise. We would recommend that you purchase one of our ibrew wine starter systems, which can be used to brew a wide selection of different styles of wine.

Q: I am having difficulty in finding a local retailer of ibrew systems and refills, where can I buy one?
A: The simplest way is to buy online, you can view the full range of complete homebrew systems and refill cans available, delivered to your door. We would suggest that you use our ibrew store locator to find your nearest homebrew shop, where a huge variety of beer, wine and cider kits are available along with a wide range of equipment to help you get the most out of this exciting and rewarding hobby.

Q: I have brewed the beer in the fermenter for the seven days specified in the instructions. How do I know if it is ready to transfer to the two dispenser bottles?
A: As long as you have followed the instructions and kept the beer at room temperature then your beer will be ready to transfer. You can taste a small amount of the beer – it should taste dry (not sweet) and may have a distinctly yeasty flavour at this point – this is natural as the yeast has not dropped out yet and suggests that fermentation is finished. A more accurate method is to use a hydrometer. Your homebrew retailer will stock these and explain how they work.

Q: If I wanted to add a flavour to the ibrew beer – such as raspberry or honey – can I do this and if so when do I add it
A: As long as the flavour you are adding is free from harmful bacteria then you can add this to your beer – we would suggest that it is added with the ibrew can contents at the start of the brewing process.

Q: My beer tastes like vinegar. What have I done wrong?
A: You have found the most common problem that can occur when brewing your own beer. Your beer has become contaminated by bacteria. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to save this batch, please throw it away. To avoid this problem it is vital that great care is taken to sterilise any equipment that comes into contact with the beer.

Q: I want to brew a stout that is just like the best selling brand – how can I achieve this?
A: The thick creamy head that appears on “That” Stout is formed by the use of nitrogen gas in the dispense system. Nitrogen forms much smaller bubbles than Carbon Dioxide. Your homebrew retailer should be able to locate supplies of 8g Nitrogen gas bulbs suitable for use in the ibrew system.

Q: The ibrew beer that I have made is so good that I want to shout about it – can I buy tee shirts or any other ibrew branded material?
A: We were very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the beer! We will be producing ibrew merchandise and will add these to the website soon.

Q: I have made a batch of ibrew bitter but will be away overseas for some while, how long will the beer keep in the bottles?
A: Once bottled the ibrew beer will keep for at least three months in the bottles supplied as long as they remain sealed or have the tap attached with gas bulbs in place.