The Good Life starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal was about a couple who wanted to go back to the simple life and grow and make things for themselves in an increasingly complex world. Whilst we can’t all have chickens and goats in the back yard, the recently opened Redcar Home Brew Shop in Queen Street at least provides the means to have a small taste of the Good Life and brew our own beer and wine. Redcar hasn’t had a Home Brew Shop for many years and owner Mike Manning decided it was about time that the people of Redcar had the chance to take up a hobby where everyone can enjoy the end results. If cooking can be a hobby, then why not brewing beer or wine? Brewing your own doesn’t involve a great deal, just a reasonably small outlay for the kit and if you haven’t got one, some kind of fermentation vessel, some sugar and water and a bit of patience. 40 pints of beer can be brewed in seven to ten days, while some wine kits can brew 30 bottles in five days! The beer works out at about 30p a pint and the wine at about £1 a bottle, well worth a little bit of effort in these tough recessionary times. Free leaflets are available to help the new brewer in their steps to brewing and all the kits contain instructions on how to start your beer or wine. If you are just starting out and are looking to brew your first beer, you want to start with a basic kit to make something that doesn’t take a lot of effort. Once you’ve gained a little more experience you can move to beers like stouts and ales, along with spiced beers and even specialty drinks like chocolate stouts. It’s something that you should do some research on in order to get into it the right way. The shop has a range of top quality brewing kits including Muntons, Youngs, Geordie, Tom Caxton, Winebuddy, and many more. For the more experienced brewing hobbyists there are a wide range of products and ingredients to ensure that the end product is one they can feel proud of. And with some decent BBQ weather (we can hope) it would be great to invite people round and enjoy the delights of a bottle of lager or Pinot Grigio all made by your own fair hand. The shop in on Queens Street in Redcar, diagonally opposite Barclays Bank and is open 7 days a week. Get yourself a slice of the good life and get brewing your own.
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