We’re a homebrewing and winemaking business in Yarraville, Melbourne and have been operating for over 25 years. We specialize in all grain brewing but cater to brewers and winemakers of all levels. We ship Australia wide and Internationally.
We also supply complete brewing systems based around the 200 and 500 litre Braumeister. These include heat exchangers, Wolf Mills, Tanks, Hot Liquor tanks, keg washers, oxygenation and carbonation systems and all fittings.
For many years we have supplied breweries with Wyeast liquid yeast cultures, crown seals and a range of general brewing products. John Preston, owner of Grain & Grape, began brewing with his friend Laurie Cahir in 1987. They soon migrated to all grain brewing and in the early days had plans of opening a brewery. Commonsense prevailed and they pooled funds to open Southern Home Brewing in Edithvale in August 1990. They became after ESB in Sydney, the second Australian Home Brewing business specializing in all grain. Soon after opening they were appointed a distributor of Wyeast Liquid Yeast cultures, a relationship which remains today, and began selling Zymurgy and the Brewers Association books, and thus began the ongoing search for better products. In 2010, Speidel in Germany invited us to distribute their innovative range of Braumeister products and so has begun a great relationship. The 20 and 50 litre units have been very successful and after a slowish start, sales of the 200 litre and new 500 litre units have really taken off. A 500 litre unit has allowed us to produce our own range of small batch fresh wort kits which we struggle to keep on the shelf.
Recent and ongoing investments in the business include a larger retail area, increasing our Saturday All gain demos to weekly, new area for our Mill Room, expansion into the warehouse next door, and a dedicated wort kit production facility (with 500 litre Braumeister Brewhouse). After 26 years in the industry we are very proud of the fact that we have put more money back into the hobby in terms of sponsorship of clubs, competitions and events than anyone. We know that we are not the cheapest and that allows us to employ knowledgeable and capable staff and to spend heaps and heaps of time just talking beer and brewing with our customers. We also know that we are far from perfect but to continue try to improve.
After 26 years we have become quite a fixture in the Melbourne and Australian brewing scenes and plan to be around for a lot longer.