Welcome to the Bridestone Brewery's Homepage
My name is Shane Swindells, in September 2009; I decided to start brewing at home again.
I had dabbled in brewing kit and country wines and kit beers in the mid to late 80's making what I thought were fantastic tasting drinks that made your legs bandy, the innocence of youth, little did I know!
Thinking back those home brew wines and beers were little more than rough tasting coloured liquids, with plenty of alcohol, that made you feel ill the next day, now my only use for them would be feeding the slugs in my garden.
With that thought I decided if I was to start brewing beer again it would be the real deal, All Grain Home Brewing, where I could tailor the brew to my own specifications.
Before I did my first brew I spent hours and hours reading books, trawling the internet, and thinking how can I do that better and being an engineer the site of big shiny pots, temp controllers and pumps that were being used in peoples HERMS and RIMS home breweries was irresistible.
Before I was prepared to delve into the world of shiny I had to make sure I had the touch to make a decent beer, therefore enter Mk1 Brewery "The Iccle Brewery" this consists of a plastic 5 gal bucket with a kettle element in it, a plastic bucket for fermenting in and a converted cool box as a mash tun, very inexpensive and equipment available to anyone, and if your here because your interested in starting all grain home brewing then its probably your first port of call.
A couple of brews in and things were going very well the home brewed beers were tasting very good and I no longer desired to nip to the pub for a pint, because I knew I would be disapointed when I got there, therefore my desire for shiny took over, and now I am building my "Work In Progress" RIMS home brewery, a 150ltr all stainless steel vessel semi automatic home brewery. Its a work in progress because I envisage I will be unable to stop tinkering with the design, and it will end up a labour of love, somewhere down the line this will also turn into a semi automatic HERMS home brew set up.
I take it you are here because you are:
Well I hope to provide you with interesting useful information, tips to get your brew's better, and provide details of my home brew days on this site, call back regularly to see whats going on.
(This site is currently under construction) Last Updated 02/01/2012