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Home Brew Shop | Print |
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Fellow Home Brewers and Customers.  The AHA is sponsoring a Home Brew Shop of the Year Award  We here at Brew Depot / Beer Necessities believe that we are worthy to represent this Award for all our Customers here in Georgia.   If you agree and would like to help our store be the recepient of the Award please cllick the following link

Thank you in advance for your continued support

Cheers, The Staff at Brew Depot /Beer Necessities


New Products | Print |
Beer News

We are always trying to add new items to our product selection. Some of our new Beer Kits are very exciting

Autumn IPA, Salted Caramel Porter, Zombiefest, Black IPA, New England IPA, Pumpkin Spiced Porter, Toasted Coconut Cream Ale, White Chocolate Blond Stout and Imperial Nut Brown. So as you can see lots of new and interesting beers to be brewed.

We are also excited to be named the Retailer for Spike

Brewing EquipmentSpike Brewing

So Drop in and see us and all the new items



SBF Competition | Print |
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2020 Suwanee Beer Festival Home Brewing Competiton Details

Total Entries Accepted = 300 Once we recieve 300 Entries the registration will automatically close
Entries will be judged by the BJCP newest style guidelines (
Registration opens to submit entries on February 1th Registration
Close of Registration will be February 24th
(Entries will be received at Brew Depot 10595 Old Alabama Rd Connector, Alpharetta, GA 30022
2 bottles per entry, $10 per entry, max of 5 entries per Brewer
Main Judging Session Saturday 7th, with the Awards Presentation being held at 5:00pm at "From The Earth Brew Pub"
Mini prejudging session Monday March 2nd, Tues 3rd,Wed 4th abd Thursday the 5th and we are looking for Judges and Stewards
Additional Information regarding entering beers into competiton. For those Home Brewers entering their first time Sanctioned Home Brewing Competition there are some additional rules and policies that you need to know:
All entries need to be in 12 oz amber unmarked beer bottles, that means no labels and caps that have no markings (if caps do have markings, black them out with a magic marker)
Registration opens (February 1st). you will be required to enter your beer into the style and category that it is to me judged. The syle guide found at the BJCP web site should be used as a guide. For Example: American IPA Category 21 and Sub Category so you would enter 21A
During registration you will need to pay for each entry. There will be a link to provide payment (Visa, Matercard AMX). Each entry is $10. So 3 entries = $30 and 6 unmarked bottles 2 or each entry. You will also need to print out Bottle Tags that need to be placed on each entry. The bottle tags will be printable at the end of your successful registration.Typically rubber bands can be used to attach the bottle tag to each bottle.
Judging Score Sheets will be provided for each entry. The feedback provided in my opionion is an important feedback tool to help improve the quality of beer you are brewing. All Score Sheets (and ribbons) will be available to pick up at the Suwanee Beer Festival March 14th. For those that can not attend. Score sheets and ribbons will me maled to each Brewer to the address provided during registration.
Cheers and Good Luck
Robert Carlton, Competition Organizer
Killer Cider | Print |
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Now that we have officially moved from Summer into Fall it's time to make hard cider. It's always fun to take a drive up into the North Georgia Mountains and stop by a road side stand and pick up some apple cider made from the apple trees in Gerogia. Nothing like a little warm cider on the cool morning or evening to warm the body Or just a sparkling cider with just the right amount of alcohol to warn the insides. So here's our Killer Cider recipe that's so easy to make that everyone will enjoy:

Ingredients (for 1 gallon)

  • One gallon of apple cider (all natural is best) (flash pasteurized or cold pasteurized is fine)
  • 12 ounce can of 100% granny Smith apple juice concentrate
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 packet yeast Lalvin EC 1118 if you like it dry or Safale 04 beer yeast if you like it a little sweeter


Pour out enough cider to make room in the glass jug for the concentrate and the sugar and the yeast. Mix thoroughly and place your airlock and a stopper into the glass jug. Let it ferment for 7 to 10 days at room temperature 68 - 74 degrees. If you have a hydrometer check the gravity (it should be around 1.010 or lower). Syphon the hard cider into a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. if you want to make a sparkling cider add 5 oz of sugar and cap it. Let it sit at room temperature for another week and it should be ready to drink. If you want the cider to be a still cider (no carbonation) add 1/4 teaspoon of Potassium Sorbate to kill the yeast and do not add any additional sugar. Let it sit for a week to clear and it will be ready to drink.