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Extraordinary craft beer made from natural spring water and the finest hops

At our extraordinary craft brewery located at Black Horse Estate close to Magaliesburg in Gauteng, established by Bernard & Karen Botha early 2012, you will find Nuschka Botha handcrafting all our beer and boasting the title of one of South Africa’s youngest female brewers. Proudly brewing her next batch of excellent smooth and unique tasting Black Horse Beer that is served on tap and available at selected craft beer stores.

Our brewery consists of a mash/lauter tun, a boil kettle and six 400 litre fermenters.

Nuschka Botha
Brewmaster @ Black Horse
Tel: 082 453 5295 or email [email protected]

assisted by

Craig Groeneveld (Master Brewer Consultant)
E-mail: [email protected], Tel: 0846765548 (only for external brewing enquiries and consultations)

 

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INTRODUCTION TO BREWING BEER

 

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Beer is made from four basic ingredients: Barley, water, hops and yeast. The basic idea is to extract the sugars from grains (usually barley) so that the yeast can turn it into alcohol and CO2, creating beer.

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The brewing process starts with grains, usually barley (although sometimes wheat, rye or other such things.) The grains are harvested and processed through a process of heating, drying out and cracking. The main goal of malting is to isolate the enzymes needed for brewing so that it’s ready for the next step.

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The grains then go through a process known as mashing, in which they are steeped in hot, but not boiling, water for about an hour, sort of like making tea. This activates enzymes in the grains that cause it to break down and release its sugars. Once this is all done you drain the water from the mash, which is now full of sugar from the grains. This sticky, sweet liquid is called wort. It’s basically unmade beer, sort of like how dough is unmade bread.

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The wort is boiled for about an hour while hops and other spices are added several times.

What are hops? Hops are the small, green cone-like fruit of a vine plant. They provide bitterness to balance out all the sugar in the wort and provide flavor. They also act as a natural preservative, which is what they were first used for. (For more info on hops take a look at our article on the subject.)