Frequently asked questions about micro-brewing at Tortured Gum Brewery.
Q. What does Brew-On-Premise mean?
A. We allow people to brew their own beer using our commercial grade facilities and ingredients.
Q. How does it work?
A. You book a time, come in and choose and pay for your brew/bottles etc, then we will guide you through the brewing process. It takes about 1½ hours to complete, then you leave the beer with us for 2 – 4 weeks. During this time it ferments, we filter and carbonate it ready for you to come back and bottle it.
Q. Do I need to make an appointment?
A. Yes, you will need to call to ensure we have kettles available at the time you wish to visit. Simply make an online booking to make an appointment.
Q. I have no idea how to brew a beer – is it easy?
A. You will be amazed at how easy it is to brew incredible beers at Tortured Gum Brewery. We always have expert staff to help you through the process and our easy to follow instructions make it incredibly easy.
Q. Why does the beer have to be refrigerated?
A. Your beer contains no chemical or preservatives and are unpasteurised, so re-fermentation may occur given the right circumstances. Sugars in Beer can ferment at temperatures 7oC and above so refrigeration is required to keep the temperature below this mark.
Q. Can I share my brew with someone else?
A. Absolutely. Bring your friends down – it is a lot of fun and if fridge space is limited, sharing your brew amongst friends makes it a lot easier.
Q. Can I use my own bottles or kegs?
A. You can use your own bottles or kegs, however bottles must be clean (no mould or dirt inside) and we prefer not to fill screw top bottles as we cannot guarantee they will hold the carbonation.
Q. How long does the beer last?
A. As long as it's refridgerated, pretty much indefinately (or depending how long it takes you to drink it!). Many of the darker and heavier beers will continue to improve with age.
Q. Can children come along?
A. Of course, however we ask that you keep an eye on them whilst here as we have a lot of activity and certain areas of the brewery could be dangerous.
Q. Are you set up to accommodate people in wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties?
A. Absolutely. Our premises are designed with easy access – and our staff are more then happy to help out wherever needed.
Q. Why is the beer so cheap?
A. Tortured Gum Brewery doesn't have to fund expensive advertising campaigns as the big brewers do. Because you participate in the brewing process a reduced excise tax rate is applied as well. You are also only paying for the beer and not the bottles, cans, boxes etc, unless you wish to.