Homebrewing in India

I am sure many of you have been to a brewpub or a microbrewery in your city.
Liked the Belgian Wit, Chocolate Porter, and Pale Ale that you had ?
How about making the same beer at home !!! Exciting ?

Welcome to the world of homebrewing.

Many people around the world make hundreds of different types of beer at home.
Search for "Homebrewing" on the internet there is a lot of literature to help you. 
From recipes to techniques and the science behind homebrewing.

I started homebrewing around 2013.
Back then homebrewing is almost non-existent in India. It was difficult to get hold of equipment and ingredients to brew.
So I started this blog to help others who want to brew beer at home.

Fast forward a few years and ingredients are easily available online and several homebrewers can be found in all major cities across India.
Now this blog is a collaborative effort of share homebrewing knowledge unique to India.

So feel free to get in touch with me and share your recipes, ideas and experiences on this blog.

Check out the Getting Started, Equipment and Ingredients pages.

43 comments:

  1. Really Informative post...

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  2. hi.. where are you based out of? which city? I work for Pune TOI..

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  3. Hi,

    I have sent you a FB message. Can you please respond and we can connect?

    Thanks!

    Cheers,
    BG

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  4. I am wondering how people do Home brewing in India. Because this process require lot of skills, if you want tasty and delightful beer than you need to adopt new tricks and techniques.

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  5. Hi Sapan
    Are you planning a workshop in September. Would like to join with my wife. Second half of september suits me.
    Anil Sethi
    anilsethib10@gmail.com

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  6. Is it legal to homebrew in India ?

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  7. Hey Gaurav,

    There are no laws in India for homebrewing as far as i know.
    It is illegal to sell / distribute any form of alcohol without a license.
    I suggest to read local laws in your state to see how much alcohol can be stored at home.

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  8. Hi Team Brewof,
    the recipe shared at http://indianhomebrewer.blogspot.in/ I think must be a very good one but will be more useful if the procedures are explained step by step

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  9. Hi Tuti,

    First of all, I am not associated with brewof or any other website.
    I do not sell anything.
    I only setup this site to help homebrewers across India.
    Email me if you want detailed instructions.

    - Sapan

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    1. Hi Sapan
      Its pleasure to read about Homebrewing in India and your work on this blog.
      Please write me your email address for sharing and learning.
      Thanks

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  10. Hi Sapan,

    Thanks a lot for the visual aids, great information is available from your blog as well. Just like others i was presuming that there are no brew supplies in india for home brewing. Great thanks to you and your blog through which i have come across those websites who actually supply such equipments and ingredients.

    Looking forward to hear more from you and many more visual aids to educate us.


    Regards,
    Arun Kumar

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  11. Hey Sapan,

    A huge thanks for sharing so much about beers....specially the LOCAL sourcing part...it was really difficult to find Hops, malts and yeast sources in India.

    I can finally start brewing again...and without fear of running out of limited imported supplies!!

    Great efforts...really looking forward to more of your updates!! It would be great if you could upload a couple of videos of YOU brewing beer.

    Cheers!!

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    1. Thanks Akash,
      Send me an email. Let me know the city that you live in. I can get you in touch with local homebrewers in your city.

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  12. Hi guys,

    My name is Daksh and I am from Delhi.I know a few local shops for home brewing supplies as well as i have some spare equipment and supplies.

    If anyone needs it feel free to contact me.
    My number is 9711107834.

    cheeroos!!

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    1. Hi Daksh,

      Thanks can you please tell us where the equipment can be bought in Delhi ?
      I can add that information to the blog, so it benefits all homebrewers in Delhi.

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  13. Hii Sapan,
    Were can i get safbrew wb-06 apart from brewof.com and diybrew.in? its out of stock in both the websites?

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    1. Hi Pravin,

      There is no other way to get yeast in retail packing in India.
      You may want to ask someone who is travelling from abroad to get it for you.
      Untill then I suggest you try to make Belgian Wit or American wheat beer, if you like wheat beers.

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  14. Hi sapan
    This is really thanksfull information you shear now one did this so once agin thank you. I will lots making enquiry about hops, malt where i get this will u guide me plZ
    Thank you
    My mail- mns.ghumare@gmail.com
    8446471902

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    1. Please check the list of suppliers here - http://indianhomebrewer.blogspot.in/p/ingredients.html

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    2. Hi,
      Thank you for replay. I am come in next month at pune will u meet me. Thank you

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  15. I want to know is there any home brewing shop avalable in pune for purchasing instruments

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    1. my mail is waghobadada@gmail.com

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    2. All shops online and offline are listed here -

      http://indianhomebrewer.blogspot.in/p/ingredients.html

      There is a guy in Pune show sells equipment and ingredients. Number in the link above.

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  16. Hi Sapan,
    I leave in Kolkata, have been brewing red grapes and apple wine since 2013 quite independently at home. My success rate is around 80%. So far a friend of mine helped me procure supplies from Canada. But the happy days are coming to an end as he is going to come back to India soon. I will be happy if you can give me a lead from where I can get the homebrew supplies here in kolkata, of course if there is one.

    arup2201@gmail.com
    9830253999

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    1. Hi Arup,

      I don't know if you can get any homebrew supplies in Kolkota.
      But this page mentions the source that we know - http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/ingredients.html
      But these sell stuff mostly for beer brewing.
      Not sure about Wine.

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  17. Hi Sapan,
    Thanks for your revert. I am in touch with Sagar in Pune, he has wine making supplies besides all beer stuff. I am also interested in beer making, but need to educate myself first regarding the fundamentals and techniques of beer making. Please convey if you have suggestions for me... I am a good learner.

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    1. Hi Arup,
      Just send me an email on sapanmaniyar@gmail.com, and I will send you all the required information.

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    2. Hi Arup,
      If you have any technical query regarding setup, ingredients, recipe, temperatures, yeast or anything else, do visit our forum.

      http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/blog-page.html

      I assure you that all your doubts will be cleared by our members.
      Cheers!

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    3. Thanks Sapan, I am actually busy setting up my brewing tools. I will have questions and certain clarifications for sure, presently studying the book by John Palmer. Hope to start by the end of this month.

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  18. Hi Sapan
    Can you please clarify about the legality of homebrewing for self consumption in India? I have been looking for any legal document clarifying this matter but have failed to find any.

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    1. If you send me an email on sapanmaniyar@gmail.com, I can send you some information on that.

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  19. Are there any home brewers here from Goa ? I would love to meet up and get more first hand info on different beers that can be made at home. also whether all the equipements and ingredients are available in Goa or do i need to source them from pune or mumbai.

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    1. Most equipment is locally available in all cities. - http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/equipment.html
      Ingrdients can be ordered online - http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/ingredients.html

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  20. Do you have any experience for home brewing of apple Hard cider or Wine

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    1. Very limited experience in brewing cider. I once made a cider with Real Apple Juice. Turned out fine. Just throw in some cider yeast in apple juice and let it ferment for a month.
      But I have no experiencing in using fresh squeezed apple juice.
      There are others who have made spiced ciders, etc.

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  21. Hi sapan,
    I am looking for sum 1 in Pune who can help me with the basic and also with the equipments

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    1. Hi Anurag,

      Send me an email on sapanmaniyar@gmail.com and I will help you with some basic instructions.
      Also read - http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/getting-started.html for basic process.
      For ingredients and equipment have a look at -
      http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/ingredients.html
      http://www.indianbrewer.com/p/equipment.html

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  22. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

    Keep up the good work :) from TheStillery, a night bar in stuart Florida

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  23. I am looking for someone in Pune or Nagpur who can help me with the basic and also with the equipment's.

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  24. Hi!! I am big time wheat beer lover but I live in Delhi and all the microbreweries are located in Gurgaon only. I am looking from New Delhi who can help me in brewing beer at home. So if you are around please help me

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    1. please email me on mukesh550@gmail.com I am looking forward to team up with you asap.

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  25. Hello,

    I am brewing a 10 litre IPA and I have Citra hops and Magnum hops. How many ounces should I use to ensure its not too bitter?

    Thank you
    KP

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