From Passion to Successful Hobby: Brewing IPA, Kellerbier, and APA at Home


There’s a certain magic in transforming simple ingredients into something extraordinary. For my husband and me (Aleksandar & Marija), that magic comes in the form of home-brewed beer.

What started as a casual interest has turned into a beloved hobby, filling our home with the rich aromas of malt and hops and our hearts with the joy of creation.

Lessons Learned and Memories Made

Brewing beer at home has become more than just a hobby for us. It’s a journey of learning, experimenting, and sharing.

Each brew day brings new challenges and discoveries, but the rewards are always worth it.

From the first sip of our homemade IPA to the smooth finish of our Kellerbier and the balanced notes of our APA, we’ve created more than just beer.

We’ve crafted memories, deepened our appreciation for the brewing process, and found a new way to enjoy our favorite beverage together.

The Beginning of Our Home Brewing Journey

It all started one evening when my husband and I were enjoying a craft beer .

We were intrigued by the complex flavors and unique aromas that each beer offered. This curiosity led us to explore the world of homebrewing.

We began researching the process, gathering equipment, and selecting our first recipes.

Brewing IPA: The Bold and Hoppy Adventure

India Pale Ale (IPA) is known for its bold hop flavors and aromas. Brewing IPA at home was our first big challenge, but it turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience. Here’s a brief overview of the process:

  1. Selecting Ingredients: We chose a recipe that highlighted our favorite hops—Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo.
  2. The Brewing Process: Brewing IPA requires careful attention to the hop additions. We added hops at different stages of the boil to achieve a balanced bitterness and aroma.
  3. Fermentation: After boiling and cooling the wort, we transferred it to a fermenter and added yeast. The fermentation process took about two weeks.
  4. Bottling and Carbonation: Once fermentation was complete, we bottled the beer and let it carbonate for another two weeks.

The result was a refreshing, aromatic IPA with a perfect balance of bitterness and fruity notes.

Exploring Kellerbier: The Traditional German Experience

Next, we decided to try our hand at brewing Kellerbier, a traditional German beer that is unfiltered and naturally cloudy. Kellerbier is known for its smooth, malty flavor and subtle hop bitterness.

  1. Choosing the Recipe: We opted for a classic Kellerbier recipe that emphasized traditional German malt and hop varieties.
  2. Brewing Process: The brewing process for Kellerbier was straightforward but required patience, as the beer needs to mature over time to develop its full flavor profile.
  3. Fermentation and Lagering: After primary fermentation, Kellerbier undergoes a lagering phase at cooler temperatures, which helps to mellow the flavors and achieve a smooth finish.
  4. Enjoying the Beer: The final product was a beautifully balanced beer with a rich malt backbone and a crisp, clean finish.

Crafting APA: The American Pale Ale Journey

American Pale Ale (APA) is another favorite of ours, known for its moderate hop flavor and balanced malt character. Brewing APA at home allowed us to experiment with different hop combinations and brewing techniques.

  1. Selecting Hops: We chose a mix of Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops for a citrusy and piney aroma.
  2. The Brewing Process: Similar to IPA, APA brewing involves multiple hop additions, but with a more restrained bitterness.
  3. Fermentation: APA ferments at slightly higher temperatures compared to Kellerbier, which brings out more fruity esters from the yeast.
  4. Bottling and Tasting: After a few weeks of fermentation and carbonation, we enjoyed a well-balanced APA with a refreshing hop aroma and a smooth malt finish.

The Birth of Sande’s Brewery

Our hobby quickly turned into a passion, and we found ourselves brewing more frequently, experimenting with different ingredients and techniques.

Friends and family who tasted our beers were impressed and encouraged us to take our hobby to the next level. And so, Sande’s Brewery was born.

What started as a simple experiment in our kitchen evolved into a full-fledged home brewery. We dedicated a space in our home specifically for brewing, investing in better equipment and expanding our knowledge through research and practice.

Sande’s Brewery became a symbol of our journey, representing our dedication to the craft and our love for creating exceptional beer.

Sharing Our Passion

Brewing beer at home has become more than just a hobby for us; it’s a way to connect with others and share our passion.

We started hosting tasting sessions, inviting friends and neighbors to try our latest creations.

Their feedback and enthusiasm fueled our drive to continue exploring new styles and improving our recipes.

We’ve also become active members of the home brewing community, participating in local events and exchanging tips and experiences with fellow brewers.

The camaraderie and shared passion within this community have been incredibly rewarding, providing endless inspiration and support.

The Future of Sandes Brewery

Looking ahead, we have big plans for Sande’s Brewery. We’re excited to continue experimenting with new beer styles and refining our brewing techniques.

One of our goals is to start entering home brewing competitions, showcasing our beers and gaining recognition for our efforts.

We also hope to one day open a small taproom, where we can share our creations with an even wider audience.

Our journey into home brewing has been an incredible adventure, filled with learning, creativity, and joy.

From that first successful batch of IPA to the creation of Sande’s Brewery, we’ve discovered a passion that brings us together and allows us to create something truly special.

We look forward to many more years of brewing, sharing our passion, and celebrating the art of homemade beer. Cheers to the journey ahead!

Story Teller: Marija Kostadinovska

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