How To Use A Brew Belt
The Beginner's Guide to Using a Brew Belt during Fermentation
Brewing your own beer from a homebrew beer kit is very easy. However there are times when nature needs a bit of a helping hand. One such occasion is during the colder winter months when it is a little more difficult to maintain the temperature required to assist fermentation. This is when we need a brew belt.
Primary fermentation is the first stage of making your beer. The ingredients are added to the fermentation bin and normally we just replace the lid and let nature take its course. The yeast reacts with the sugar in the malt and creates alcohol. This only happens though if the temperature is maintained at about 20 degrees centigrade.
In fact, using the favourite Woodforde's Wherry kit as an example, the instructions state a temperature of between 18-20 degrees C, that's 65-70 degrees F.
Now you may think that your home is around that temperature when the heating is turned on, or you can simply place the bin near to a radiator or heater, but what happens at night when that heat source is removed. If the temperature falls too low, then fermentation may stop altogether and you have ruined your batch of beer.
A far safer option is to buy one of these great little gadgets, the brew belt. For less than £20, you can just wrap it around your fermenting bin plug it in and leave it. It is perfectly safe, will maintain just the right temperature and ensure a perfect brew every time.
It is also very economical to run, using just 25 watts of power. After the first 4-5 days of fermentation, you can remove it and put it away for next time.
It simply slips over your fermentation bin almost like a lasso and pulls tight. If you want a little less heat supplied, move it a bit further up the bin where it will supply heat to less of the liquid. For more heat, do the opposite and slide it down so that more liquid is heated. Simple eh!
One brew belt will fit around 1 fermenting bin or two demijohns.
So what are you waiting for? Buy your brewbelt today.
About the Brew Belt
- A Brew Belt fits around any 5 Gallon Fermenter or two Demijohns
- Easy to use
- Suitable for all Beer and Wine making
- Complete with fitted mains plug
- Full Instructions Enclosed
- Double Insulated
- 25 Watts / AC 230v / 50Hz