Author Archives: Jaco Swanepoel

About Jaco Swanepoel

Jaco discovered craft beer and home-brewing during a trip to Singapore in 2009. After noticing SA’s burgeoning craft beer scene in 2012, he accepted craft into his online life too, and started plotting his craft beer discoveries and adventures on He chirps and grams every now and then.

My first all-grain brew. A Robust Porter.

My Home-brewed Robust Porter Tasting

After much of almost exclusively my own anticipation, I finally cracked opened one the recently-brewed Robust Porters for a tasting. Aside from the fact that it’s the first dark beer I’ve ever brewed, it’s also my first all-grain result. Continue reading

A very vigorous fermentation, laced with lots of hops

Bottling the KickAss IPA

I firmly believe there are no such things as mistakes; only lessons. All Grain Brew #2 certainly taught me a few hops specific lessons.

As a novice beer adventurer I have no shame in admitting and, in fact, feel obligated to record these lessons, lest I have to learn them more than once. Continue reading

A fermenter full what will hopefully be an interesting Robust Porter.

Homebrewing a Robust Porter

It took months of research, tasting as many craft beers as I could lay my tastebuds on, to figure out what and why I do and don’t like (I’m still not sure). The aim: decide what to brew. Continue reading

All the parts required for making a DIY Mash Tun - hose connector not used

Build a Mash Tun for All Grain Brewing

The inevitability of drinking lots of beer, and possibly also growing facial hair, is that sooner or later you’re going to want to craft your own beer.

My South African craft beer adventure is about to include brewing all grain beer, but first I need some equipment.

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Wild Clover Brewery - Ollie the Hops Owl?

Celebrating the Hops Harvest

Wild Clover Brewery’s Hops Harvest Festival is taking place this weekend.

It’s the perfect excuse to gather fine brewers, and their beers, from the region and celebrate one of beer’s important ingredients by imbibing lots of it.

But hold on a hops-picking minute. What’s the story with hops?

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Get to know ALL the beers

Mission: Craft Beer

A good 5 months after realising that I will be returning from overseas to a craft brew market that has exploded since I last visited, I’m ready to publicise my ongoing beer adventure. is a blog, I’m not ashamed to admit, that will document my travels through the world of South African beer.

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