Beer & wine making
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What is it?

  • Making beer and wine from the basic ingredients are popular and very traditional activities.  A wide range of different beers and wines can be produced.

  • They are also a way of saving money since the final product is usually much cheaper than the commercial alternative.    

  • It is not difficult to learn how to make good beer and wine, but attention to hygiene and careful handling of the making process are important.

Find out more


breWorld UK Homebrew
Craft Brewing Association
Daves Brew-it Yourself Web Pages
Homemade Wine - Winemaking for Beginners



We have not managed to identify any magazines dealing specially with beer and wine making at home.  More general home and garden magazines have articles from time to time. The organisations above may also be able to help.

Getting started

  • Find a local beer or wine making group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of home beer and wine making.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • People of all (adult) ages and both sexes can make beer or wine, though these are activities more commonly done by men. 

  • Many people make beer and wine at home, either on their own or together with family members.  But other may join with neighbours, or belong to a local group for advice and social contact.

Equipment or clothing
  • Basic raw materials (e.g. malt, hops, sugar, yeast ,or fruit for fruit wines) are essential;  they can be bought partially processed in the form of kits.  

  • Containers are needed to hold the drink both during the making and when in store.  

  • Suitable recipes and products to sterilise the equipment are vital.

A place or facilities
  • Most beer and wine making is done in the kitchen at home.  

  • Groups may borrow a larger kitchen or similar space for more bulk production.

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