Brew for Africa
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Please note: We will close for our annual break on Thursday 24 December 2020 at noon, and we will reopen on Tuesday 2 February 2020.

Wine, Mead, Cider and Distilling

Although our primary focus is the brewing of beer, we also stock a growing range of ingredients for the amateur wine make, distiller, mead or cider maker. However, while making these beverages is fun and not all that difficult, please make sure you know how to use these products before you buy them. Good websites to get you started are Tony Ackland's Home Distillation website and the Grapestompers Tutorials.

Brew for Africa Alcoholometer
Brew for Africa Alcoholometer
Art. nr. B01182
Product Description
This alcoholometer is a hydrometer calibrated for distilled spirits. It has a Gay Lussac type scale, i.e. it directly indicates the alcohol percentage by volume. Note that this alcoholometer is only intended to measure the alcohol content of a pure distillate (i.e. an alcohol/water mixture) and is not suitable for measuring the alcohol content in wine, beer, liqueurs and other beverages containing other ingredients such as sugars, thickeners, emulsifiers etc. Scale 0-100% ABV. Calibrated at 20 degrees Celcius; for readings at other temperatures you need to consult a correction table. (Download it here in PDF format!)
R 290.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Ascorbic Acid (50 gr)
Brew for Africa Ascorbic Acid (50 gr)
Art. nr. B01291
Product Description
Ascorbic acid is a common anti-oxidant used in wines. It helps to preserve the wine's colour and flavour by preventing oxidation (which could lead to browning and spoilage). It is highly recommended for wines that discolor easily, such as apple or pear wines. It is also recommended for white wines where a slight discoloration can be easily detected. Dosage: stir one teaspoon into 25 litres of wine just before bottling.
R 55.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Bentonite
Brew for Africa Bentonite
Art. nr. B01056
Product Description
An effective clarifier for crystal-clear wines. Rehydrate dry bentonite by vigorously mixing it with just enough warm water (about 60°C) to create a slurry. Mix until smooth. Let sit in an airtight container (to prevent drying out) for at least 4 hours, then stir the slurry vigorously into the wine but do not splash (so as not to introduce oxygen into the wine) and allow 7 days for the wine to clarify. For 20-25 litres.
R 25.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Campden Powder (100 gr/125ml)
Homebrew South Africa Campden Powder (100 gr/125ml)
Art. nr. B11360
Product Description
Unlike other products sold as "Campden Powder", the formulation of this product is exactly identical to that of Campden tablets; it simply hasn't been compressed into a tablet. This allows for easy dosage: 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) is equivalent to 1 Campden tablet.

Campden tablets (and powder) are commonly used as an antibacterial agent and stabilizer in wine making.
R 50.00 (excl. shipping)
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Distillique DIY Fruit Wine Starter Kit
Distillique DIY Fruit Wine Starter Kit
Art. nr. B24377
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Product Description
This wine making starter kit is an excellent way to become familiar with the process of making wine from a variety of fruits such as apricots, blackberries, cherries, grapes, peaches or watermelon (and at least a dozen more!). The ingredients included in the kit are sufficient for about 20 bottles of 750ml each, but you will be making wine in batches of about 4 litres at a time. Detailed step-by-step instructions are of course provided.

The kit contains:

  • 1 x 5 litre PET plastic fermentation bottle
  • 1 x airlock bubbler with grommet
  • Wine yeast
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Pectolase enzyme formulation
  • Wine acid blend
  • pH indicator strips
  • PVC syphon tube
  • Straining cloth
  • Wine tannin blend
  • Sodium metabisulphite power
  • Potassium sorbate
  • French oak chips
  • 4 reusable corks
  • 8 PVC shrink capsules
  • Measuring spoon
  • Detailed manual and instruction guide

You will need to provide:

  • The fruit of your choice
  • A large glass or stainless steel bowl
  • Empty wine bottles
  • Optionally: more corks or screw caps for wine bottles
  • Basic kitchen implements (spoon, colander, etc.)

Note: all ingredients included in the kit are available from Brew for Africa, so refills will never be a problem! If you prefer you can also scale up to 20-23 litre batches by using one of our 25L fermentation buckets instead of the 5 litre PET fermentation bottle that comes with the kit.
R 525.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa H15 Distilling Yeast - Large Sachet (80gr)
Homebrew South Africa H15 Distilling Yeast - Large Sachet (80gr)
Art. nr. B11278
Product Description
This professional distilling yeast is primarily intended for grain fermentations. It is excellently suited for the production of whisky, but is also being used with great success for the production of craft gin and other spirits. It will produce good results with a highly acceptable flavour profile from malted barley, wheat and maize. (Note: for sugar wash fermentations better results will be obtained using turbo yeast.) Fermentation temperature range: 15-33°C. Alcohol tolerance: 15% ABV. For 1 to 1.25 hectolitres. (Datasheet available for download.)
R 95.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa H15 Distilling Yeast - Standard Sachet
Homebrew South Africa H15 Distilling Yeast - Standard Sachet
Art. nr. B11279
Product Description
This professional distilling yeast is primarily intended for grain fermentations. It is excellently suited for the production of whisky, but is also being used with great success for the production of craft gin and other spirits. It will produce good results with a highly acceptable flavour profile from malted barley, wheat and maize. (Note: for sugar wash fermentations better results will be obtained using turbo yeast.) Fermentation temperature range: 15-33°C. Alcohol tolerance: 15% ABV. For 25 litres. (Datasheet available for download.)
R 40.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa H18 Champagne Yeast
Homebrew South Africa H18 Champagne Yeast
Art. nr. B11277
Product Description
H18 is a professional Champagne yeast, originating in the Champagne-Ardennes region. It is especially suited for the production of high quality sparkling wines, but can also be used for the fermentation of still wines, both white and red, and for dry mead. It has a light, elegant character which respects the flavour and aroma characteristics of the fruit. Alcohol tolerance: 16% ABV. For 25 litres of must. Use in combination with a good yeast nutrient is recommended. (Datasheet available for download.)
R 45.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa H73 Red Wine Yeast
Homebrew South Africa H73 Red Wine Yeast
Art. nr. B11060
Product Description
A professional red wine yeast for all types of red fruits, e.g. red wine grapes, cherries, berries, raspberries, dark plums etc.. This is a non-specific.yeast, i.e. not tailored for just a single grape cultivar such as Merlot, Bordeaux, Cabernet etc. but instead will produce wine flavours driven by the fruit. For 25 litres of must. Use in combination with a good yeast nutrient is recommended. Datasheet available for download.
R 45.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa H96 White Wine Yeast
Homebrew South Africa H96 White Wine Yeast
Art. nr. B11058
Product Description
A professional white wine yeast for all types of white grapes and other light coloured fruits. This is a non-specific, neutral yeast, i.e. not tailored for just a single grape cultivar such as Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. but instead will produce wine flavours driven by the fruit. Medium-sweet flavour profile. Excellently suited for making fruit wines, ciders and even sweet meads. Fermentation temperature range: 12-28°C. Alcohol tolerance: 16.5% ABV. For 25 litres of must. Use in combination with a good yeast nutrient is recommended. Datasheet available for download.
R 40.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Liquid Glucose (150ml)
Brew for Africa Liquid Glucose (150ml)
Art. nr. B01144
Product Description
Some liqueurs require the addition of liquid glucose to add sweetness, body and mouth feel. Specific gravity: 1.33.
R 35.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Maceration Enzyme
Brew for Africa Maceration Enzyme
Art. nr. B01057
Product Description
Improves the extraction of colour and aroma from grapes and other fruits in white and red wines.. For 25 litres of must.

Warning: may cause allergic respiratory reactions or asthmatic symptoms if inhaled. Add to must immediately after crushing the fruit and leave for at least 24 hours.
R 25.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Pectic Enzyme
Brew for Africa Pectic Enzyme
Art. nr. B01276
Product Description
Pectic enzyme, also known as pectinase, breaks down the pectin in fruits, which in turn liberates the fermentable sugars and reduces "pectic haze" in wines. For 20-25L of must.
R 30.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Potassium Sorbate (50 gr)
Brew for Africa Potassium Sorbate (50 gr)
Art. nr. B01290
Product Description
Potassium sorbate is a common wine stabilizer. It is added to wines to stop the fermentation, to prevent microbial spoilage and to prevent further fermentation of sugars added after fermentation (e.g. when you back sweeten a wine). It should be used in conjunction with Campden tablets. Dosage: add 3 teaspoons along with 5 crushed Campden tablets to 25 litres of wine.
R 55.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa T520 Turbo Yeast (170gr.)
Homebrew South Africa T520 Turbo Yeast (170gr.)
Art. nr. B11374
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Product Description
T520 is a universal turbo yeast. Its new formulation (for improved performance and ease of use) will reliably ferment 5 kilograms of white table sugar (sucrose) or 5.5kg of brewing sugar (dextrose) in a 20 litre sugar wash. The best results are achieved with dextrose.

Fermentation will typically take place in five days while still producing a clean flavoured spirit. The speed of fermentation depends on the temperature. The recommended range is 20-30°C. At the low end of the temperature range the fermentation will take more time but will produce a cleaner spirit, while at the high end of the temperature range the fermentation may complete in a few days but will produce a sharper and harsher spirit less neutral in flavour.

For full instructions on how to use and other details download the product details sheet.
R 110.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Tannin Blend (50gr)
Homebrew South Africa Tannin Blend (50gr)
Art. nr. B11334
Product Description
A proprietary blend of highly reactive tannins for red grape and fruit wines. Increases the flavour of home made wines and improves the aging process. Formulated to work particularly well with Vitis Vinifera wine grapes and hybrid grapes, but also gives excellent results with a variety of other red fruit types.

Adding this dry powdered tannin blend at the beginning of red wine fermentation helps to preserve the natural tannins in the grapes so they can combine with anthocyanins to create an optimal and stable colour and improve mouthfeel. It will also help to inhibit oxidative enzymes (such as laccase) associated with brown discolouration due to oxidation. (Datasheet available for download.)
R 60.00 (excl. shipping)
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Brew for Africa Vinometer
Brew for Africa Vinometer
Art. nr. B01104
Product Description
Determines the alcohol percentage by volume in wines. Not suitable for beer or distilled spirits.
R 145.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Wine Acid Blend Blanc (50gr)
Homebrew South Africa Wine Acid Blend Blanc (50gr)
Art. nr. B11342
Product Description
This blend of citric, malic and tartaric acid is especially formulated for crisp white wines which are typically served chilled. This formulation is also optimally suited for malolactic fermentations intended to reduce acidity. Dosage and use: according to recipe.
R 60.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Wine Acid Blend Rouge (50gr)
Homebrew South Africa Wine Acid Blend Rouge (50gr)
Art. nr. B11343
Product Description
This blend of citric, malic and tartaric acid is especially formulated for smooth red wines. Because this formulation contains more malic acid than other blends, it is also optimally suited for malolactic fermentations intended to produce smooth, buttery notes in full, rounded wines. Dosage and use: according to recipe.
R 70.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Yeast Nutrient - Large Sachet (80gr)
Homebrew South Africa Yeast Nutrient - Large Sachet (80gr)
Art. nr. B11333
Product Description
A professional yeast nutrient rich in nitrogen and other elements essential to yeast growth and a good fermentation. For For 1 to 1.25 hectolitres of must or sugar wash.
R 105.00 (excl. shipping)
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Homebrew South Africa Yeast Nutrient - Standard Sachet
Homebrew South Africa Yeast Nutrient - Standard Sachet
Art. nr. B11059
Product Description
A professional yeast nutrient rich in nitrogen and other elements essential to yeast growth and a good fermentation. For 25 litres of must or sugar wash.
R 35.00 (excl. shipping)
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