Everything you'll need to know about brewing and bottling
Once you have booked your brew session you'll be faced with the tricky task of picking your beer style. From a fruity, hoppy Pale Ale to a Belgian Tripel. When you arrive for your brew session, all you need to do is let your brewer know what style of beer you would like to make and how alcoholic you would like the beer. They will work with you to customise your beer to your tastes.
Then comes the part where you get your hands dirty. Your brewer will guide you through every step to help make a bespoke beer for you. You can bring along up to 3 friends to help out and enjoy the brewing process with you. Your brew session will take around two and a half hours.
You'll get the chance to try some beer while you brew. Each person in your group will receive 3 tokens. Each token gets you a half pint of beer from our 18 tap Growler Fill Station. The tokens are for you to enjoy some beer while you are brewing. Tokens can't be exchanged for take away beer or merchandise. If you would like to try some beer during your brew session, we strongly suggest you don't drive to the brewery.
At the end of your brew session we'll move your beer into our temperature controlled fermentation room. It'll be stored between 18 & 20 degrees celcius. The yeast will go to work turning the sugars to alcohol. It usually takes 5 days for fermentation to complete.
Once the yeast has done its work, we'll move your beer into our cold conditioning room. The yeast will sink to the bottom of your fermentation vessel and the flavours will marry together. At this stage we can add some more hops to your beer to give an extra hoppy aroma. Once the yeast and hops have settled, we'll transfer your beer into a keg and gas it up ready for you to bottle.
Your beer will be ready for you to bottle 3 weeks later (7 weeks for lager). You will be given guidance on the quickest way to bottle and label your beer. Most bottling takes around 2 hours. Then all that's left to do is take your beer away, cool to your desired temperature and it's ready to drink.
Bespoke labels are included in the price of your Craft Beer Kitchen package.
If you would like us to produce a label for you, we can customise our template label. Just let us know what your beer will be called and if you would like a picture added. Please send your picture and beer name to email@example.com at least seven days before your bottling date. We'll do the rest.
For those who are a dab hand at graphic design, you are more than welcome to send over your own artwork. The dimensions for the labels are 80 x 124mm and the rest is up to you! Please send the labels in .jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days before your bottling shift.
Here's our simple guide to designing your own label
- Using Microsoft PowerPoint open a blank presentation
- Click 'Design' and then 'Slide Size'
- Change the height to 8cm and the width to 12.4cm
- Design your label any way you would like it to look. We advise against putting your design too close to the edge. Sometimes details can be lost.
- Click File>Export>Change File Type and select JPEG
- We recommend saving the PowerPoint file as well. Just in case you need to make changes later
- Attach the JPEG file to an email and send it back to us with your Craft Beer Kitchen booking number.
At the Craft Beer Kitchen, we have a loyalty scheme in place where the more you visit, the more rewards you get. Simply download the Stamp Me app to your phone and after your 12th visit, you’ll get to book a free, 80 litres, all bottled brew session.
Terms & Conditions
The loyalty stamp is only available to the named person for each brew session. Stamps are non-transferable. One stamp will be rewarded for each brew session. Stamps can only be collected during the brew session.