Home Brewing Resources

The links listed here are all resources that I find useful and highly recommend.

Ingredients Information

Bear Flavored's Hop Guide

Bear Flavored's Ultimate Guide To Hop Varieties / Hop Cheat Sheet

Beer Legends Hops Guide

Detailed information about hops varieties and substitution guide

learn.kegerator.com - Hop Profiles

Detailed hops profiles and info for selected hops.

Brewing Recipe Calculation Tools


A nice software tool for designing beers, not free but free trial available


The brewing calculator that I use. No longer under development but still available at BrewersFriend and Softpedia

Hopville's Beer Calculus

Another recipe calculator, this one is a free online one

Kit & Extract Beer Designer

This is the calculator I started with, great for recipes using hopped extract kits. It's an Excel spreadsheet application for designing kit and extract recipes. It has kit data that the usual brewing calculators don't have, but it is not for AG.

Home Brewing Forums

Aussie Home Brewer Forum

Australia based home brewing forum

HomeBrewAndBeer.com Forum

Online Forum (Australia based)


Very active online forum (USA based)

Jim's Beer Kit Home Brewing froum

UK based home brewing forum

RealBeer.co.nz Forum

New Zealand based online forum

Learning Resources for Home Brewing


Basic Brewing Radio and Basic Brewing Video - brewing videos and podcasts

How To Brew

Highly rated beginners home brewing book (online free book)

The Brewing Network

Internet radio shows about brewing

Instructions for specific tasks

How to make a yeast strater

Another good instructional video from billybrew.com

Yeast Harvesting

Best instructional video on yeast harvesting that I've come accross

Home Brewing Suppliers in New Zealand

Baylands Brewery

Brewery and brewing supplies shop. Originally was called 'Liberty Brewing'.

Brewers World

Brewers World Whangarei is a family business, owned and operated by Brent Kallu and his wife Rebecca.


New Zealand online shop for home brewing supplies


Home brewing equipment and supplies in Upper Hutt connected with Te Aro Brewing Company. Originally started as 'All Grain Home Brewery Supplies' by Karl Hayes in Lower Hutt.

Great Expectations

Home Brewing suppier based in Lower Hutt

Home Brew Shop

Home brew supplier based on Palmerston North

Home Brew West

Online brewing supplies store with two brick and mortar stores in Auckland.

League of Brewers

Nelson based homebrew supplier, online shop.

New Zealand Craft Brewing

Specialising in malt extract

The Brew House

Wellington based home brewing supplier

Home Brewing Bloggers


A must read brew blog by a homebrewer who does some worthwhile expereiments - very interesting!

The Mad Fermentationist

A log of the homebrewing experiments Michael Tonsmeire, The Mad Fermentationist. Author of American Sour Beers. Flavor Developer for Modern Times Beer.


    • Chris on 11 March 2012 at 2:53 pm
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    Great site with lots of useful comments. I’d love to use the Kit & Extract Beer Designer spreadsheet but the forum is no longer accepting registrations. Any chance you could either email it to me or perhaps post it here?

      • on 27 March 2012 at 9:54 pm
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      Hi Chris,
      The AHB forum is accepting registrations but you have to send an email to the forum administrator by clicking on the link ‘Contact the forums administrator’.
      But I’ll email it to you anyway.

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