Making Cheese Is Easier Than You Think!

Written by Home Make It — September 18, 2018

Cheese making is easier than you think!

A New Season With A Spring In Our Step!

Written by Home Make It — August 30, 2018

A New Season With A Spring In Our Step!

Last minute gift ideas for Dad on Father's Day include Home Make It Gift Vouchers, Course/Workshop Vouchers, Brew Kits, Home Brew Equipment & Ingredients, kits for Cheese Making, all he needs for Sausage & Salami Making or Coffee equipment, & more! Have a look at the range in store & get a 10% discount on selected items - just mention this newsletter!


Homemade Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit

With this kit you will be able to make your very own fresh range of sausages & salami just the way you like them! 


  • 1 X #8 Manual mincer
  • 1 X #8 Metal knife & 6mm mincer plate set (Sausage making)
  • 1 X #8 Metal knife & 12mm mincer plate set (Salami making)
  • 1 X #8 Funnel clamp
  • 1 X #8 Funnel 15mm (Sausage making)
  • 1 X #8 Funnel 25mm (Salami making)
  • 1 X Salami pricker

Complete Instructions included.

Ingredients not included. For best results we recommend purchasing one of the many Home Make It™ Homemade Sausage Recipe Kits or Homemade Salami Recipe Kits available. There are many flavours to choose from and the recipe kits include ingredients & instructions required to make great sausages and salami!



A perfect compliment to antipasto, delicious on its own or in a sandwich, traditional Giardiniera is a simple & tasty pickle of capsicum, celery, carrots & cauliflower. Americans are known to add spicy chili for an extra kick.

For six to eight 500ml jars, you will need:

A Large Bowl

1 Medium Saucepan

6 - 8 x 500ml Jars

2 Large Red capsicums

2 large Green Capsicums

1/2 Bunch of Celery

2 Large Carrots

1/2 Head of Cauliflower

1/2 Cup Sea Salt 

1 Sprig of Oregano, 1 clove of Garlic (chopped in half) & 1 Bay Leaf per jar

Optional - pitted olives, pickled Jalapeno chili, chili flakes, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, celery seeds, or other fresh herbs and spices (add to taste)

For the pickling brine:

4 cups of White Wine Vinegar

4 cups of Water

2 tablespoons of salt

Extra virgin Olive Oil

Roughly chop vegetables into the size that suits you, or use a mandolin slicer for finer results. Place in a bowl, sprinkle with salt & mix through. Cover with water, tightly cover in foil or cling wrap, & leave overnight. This draws out extra moisture & gives a better pickle. Rinse & drain. Prepare the jars by adding garlic, herbs & spices. Add the vegetables - you may want to layer them or just mix for a more rustic look. For the brine, mix the vinegar & water with 2 tablespoons of sea salt & bring to the boil. Pour the boiled brine - carefully! - into each jar to cover the vegetables, leaving a little head-space. Top with olive oil & seal with a lid. For longer storage, place each jar in a large pot of water & boil for 10 minutes. Otherwise, keep in the fridge & consume with a few weeks.


Home Brewing

Extract brewing is the starting point for many home brewers. It often kicks off as with a Brew Kit given as a Father's Day or Christmas gift, with a basic hopped wort extract (Draught or Lager) & a kilo of brewer's sugar included. Extract brewing requires little equipment, & only a little time to produce great tasting results. Mix the ingredients with water right in the 30L fermenter, dilute to 23 litres & pitch the supplied yeast - easy!

There are a few tips that will immediately improve the flavour & aroma of your finished extract beer. Instead of basic sugar, use a kilo of malt mix or dry malt extract, or try a tin of liquid malt extract. You could also add an amount of corn syrup extract, or maltodextrin. This will provide unfermentable longer-chain sugars that will add body & texture, & enhance malt flavours, for a fuller, richer beer. 

You can also step things up by adding small amounts of specialty malts, such as Crystal Malt, to boost flavours & aromas, as well as to adjust colour. This can be as simple as steeping 100g - 200g of crushed malt, in a French press or a small grain bag, or even in the wort extract tin, and straining the resulting "tea" into the fermenter, or you can try a Partial Mash.

Partial Mashing is a process where a portion of the wort is made by mashing a small amount of base & specialty malts, but most fermentables are still malt extracts or simple sugars. You would do this to obtain the character of base malts, for example Vienna Malt, that can't be found in extract form, as well as for the individual contributions of specialty malts, like Chocolate Malt, or Cookie Malt. 1 to 2 kilos of grain are added to a grain bag & steeped in a pot of water at around 65°C for up to an hour. 

You can improve hop character in a number of ways - pop your favourite hops in a French press with hot water, & add the resulting "tea" to your fermenter, or dry hop by adding hop pellets directly into the wort after primary fermentation has completed, usually in a hop bag. This makes it easy to get to know what impact varieties of hops can have on your preferred styles. Traditional hops will add a floral, spicy or herbal note, while New World (American, Australian & NZ) hops bring a range of fruity flavours & aromas, from citrus to passionfruit or grape-like characters.

White Labs Cream Ale Yeast Blend WLP080

Another fundamental improvement is to choose a specific yeast strain. Extract kits are supplied with a generic yeast, often tried & tested, & certainly adequate for many applications. Specific strains provide more creative control, with fermentation flavours that will bring out the best in any style of beer. Dried yeasts are easy to use, but offer a relatively limited range, while liquid yeasts are available in a huge number of varieties with unique profiles & properties. Whether you are making a crisp lager, a hoppy pale ale or a complex Belgian saison, there is a yeast strain that will best serve your purposes.

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Anything that comes into contact with cool wort must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised. Wort is rich in sugars, & provides moulds and bacteria an ideal home to proliferate. Brewing yeast is highly competitive, but the slightest contamination can have disastrous impact on a beer's flavour, aroma & longevity. Organic soils can be washed off with basic detergents - you may prefer a low-suds fragrance free cleaner - but these need to be rinsed. A second, sanitising step is then required. No-rinse sanitisers can contain hydrogen peroxide or acid/surfactant blends but are safe to use when made up in to the correct solution as directed. Fermenters, spoons & paddles, hop bags, bottles & caps, & gravity fillers - all these need to be sanitised before use.

It's also important to avoid dissolved oxygen in your finished beer. Oxidised beer will be darker, & exhibit cardboard flavours, with muted hops & malt character. While aeration is crucial just before yeast is added, to promote yeast growth & healthy fermentation, steps to avoid unnecessary exposure to air need to be taken during & after the fermentation process. For extract brewers, the hotly debated topic of hot-side aeration (that is, during the mash & boiling of the wort) is not much of an issue. However, there are many opportunities for oxygen to make its way into your finished beer.

Splashing while transferring to a bottling bucket or into bottles or kegs, frequently opening the fermenter to check progress or sample the brewing beer, poor seals, a dry airlock - all these are to be avoided. In an ideal set-up, all transfers would be closed, with bottles & kegs purged with CO2, but simple measures will reduce oxygen ingress. Use silicon tubing to fill vessels from the bottom up, rather than splash from a height, sample from a spigot rather than the top of the vessel, & cap on the foam when you bottle (trapping CO2 escaping from the beer, rather than air, in the headspace). 


Better Than Basic Draught

1.7 kg Coopers Draught or Morgan's Australian Draught

1 kg HMI Ale Mix (600g Dextrose, 300g Light Malt Extract & 100g Maltodextrin)

100 g Viking Crystal 50 - crushed

12g Morgan's Finishing Hop Pellets - Amarillo, Galaxy or Saaz (for example)

SAFAle S-04 (yeast often used for English style ales)

30 Litre Fermenter

Large Saucepan

Grain Bag or Large Sieve/Strainer

Warm the tin in some hot water in the sink or bowl, to make its contents more runny & easy to pour. Use filtered tap water, boiled & cooled to minimise any chlorine or chloramine. With around 10 litres of water in the fermenter, mix in the tin of extract & the Ale Mix & stir thoroughly.

Steep the 100g of crushed Crystal malt in hot but not boiling water (around 75°C, if you can manage) - you can use the empty tin that's now handy, or use a small pot or saucepan with a small grain bag. Strain the results into your fermenter and top up with cool water to around 20 litres. A smaller volume (say, 19 litres) will give you a stronger, tastier beer, or you can dilute to 23 litres for a lower alcohol "session" strength.

Pitch in your yeast, aiming for a temperature around 18°C. You can add your finishing hops at the same time, or wait until the bubbling foam or krausen of fermentation begins to settle. This yeast (S-04) will tolerate fermentation temperatures from 15 to 22°C, but again, aim at 18°C. In around 2 weeks you will be able to bottle (adding two carbonation drops to a 640-750 ml bottle), & after a couple more weeks you will be drinking your beer.


Intro To All Grain Brewing Workshop - Book Now!

If you are looking to step up your brewing from basic kit & kilo, you can join us for a fun & interactive workshop providing an introduction to the world of all grain brewing. Learn how to make great homemade all grain beer from scratch & impress your family and friends! A brew will be made on the night while we discuss the process, ingredients, equipment and recipe development.

Special Offer:  Customers will get to take home a free HMI All Grain Kit on the night - valued at $20!


Reservoir store

Wednesday 12th September 2018, 6pm-8pm

Bookings accepted until Monday 10th September 2018

Book online, call 9460 2777 or email


Clayton store:

Wednesday 5th September 2018, 6pm-8pm

Bookings accepted until Monday 3rd September 2018

Book online, or call 9574 8222 or email



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Look Out, It's Father's Day!

Written by Home Make It — August 14, 2018

That's right, Father's Day is almost upon us - Sunday, 2nd of September! If your Dad is a maker, Home Make It has great gift ideas!

Winter Rolls On... (But The End Is In Sight)

Written by Home Make It — July 31, 2018

Winter rolls on. It's been a busy season for salami makers, with cold days, & colder nights. But, the solstice has passed, the days are getting longer, & the weather is beginning to warm up. Now is the time to look at longer lasting methods of preservation.

Now is also the time to take advantage of the last of the winter crops. Sauerkraut is one popular method of preserving cabbage, but it can't compete with Korean Kimchi for its sheer flavour punch. Find a simple method for making Kimchi below.

Winter also suits the brewing of lagers that enjoy lower fermentation temperatures & take a little longer to mature - just in time for the warmer weather ahead. An easy recipe for a classic Pils-style lager is included in this newsletter.

Winter Is Coming!

Written by Home Make It — May 22, 2018

Winter is coming & the cooler months offer the ideal opportunity for making it at home! Salami & cured meats, cheese & beer - now is the time to get the supplies you need. You'll find all this and more at Home Make It, Clayton & Reservoir.

It's Mothers Day!

Written by Home Make It — May 8, 2018

A busy month of May, with Mothers Day, Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival, Good Beer Week, the continuing chestnut season, & the approach of salami-friendly weather, with a new resident brewer & some interesting new items in stock.

Vino or Passata ? Let's do Both !

Written by Home Make It — March 1, 2018

~ Change in Opening Hours ~

Now that 2018 has kicked into full " making mode " Home Make It has extended it's trading hours. From this Saturday and all through the year, we will be open from 9am to 3pm every Saturday. More time to test wine, talk recipes & solve any issues with your produce. Please note, we will not be trading on Sundays. 


~ Labour Day Holiday ~


Please be aware that Home Make It stores will be closed for the Labour Day public holiday on Monday the 12th of March. Making is a hard but rewarding job, sometimes we need to just sleep in! 

~ The Tomatoes Are In ~ 

From what we are hearing this weekend is going to be a huge sea of red. Skins & seeds will be flying & drums will be coming up to the boil while family & friends frantically tighten lids. Passata time! Every day we have multiple customers fly in the door in a mad panic. Sauce day is underway & they've forgotten the bottles or lids, need an extra burner or pot. So please, check your lists & come in before the day to get your Passata supplies. See you soon.


~ Tomato Day ~ 

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On Saturday the 10th of March, 2018 our friends at The Craft & Co Farm are having a celebration of the Tomato. Roll up to the lovely vinyard surroundings & be ready to go hands on in this Passata fest. All participants will take home a bottle of the red gold after each session. Workshops will be held at hourly intervals from 11am to 2pm & spaces are first in, first served.  Register at the Home Make It stall.  And why not make a day of it, with the kitchen cooking tomato themed dishes all day & even the bar serving up some delicious bloody mary's. For times & bookings for lunch, head over to their Facebook page. There will also be live entertainment in the marquee from 1pm, with the fabulous Richard George, acoustic singer and guitarist.  


 ~ Vino ~ 

The sun, soil, water & vines have conspired again to give us the grapes we need to make this year's Vino. From what we have seen & tasted so far the grapes are fantastic, with good acidity & sugar levels. Just remember the golden rule, BUY GOOD GRAPES - MAKE GOOD WINE ( if you give us a call we can guide you to the right growers ). This rule will cost you a little bit more money, but save you a lot of time & heartache. Our wine tasters are polishing their hydrometers, calibrating their PH meters & preparing their taste buds as we speak, awaiting your home made wine for evaluation. For a small gold coin donation we will check your wine & use every ounce of our experience to help you get the best out of your grapes. And if you need any equipment or additives for your wine..we have it.  




~ Cade's Brew News ~

I'm an avid reader & I love a beer. So I was very excited when contacted by the Moreland City Council to hold a talk on Home Brewing in the grand old Brunswick Library. We had a great turnout & lots of laughs ( not to mention  samples ) were had before our time was up. A big thanks to the Brunswick Library for having us & the attendees for coming and providing an enjoyable evening.


In last years IPA home brew competition run by the might Merri Mashers Homebrew Club, we got together with our friends at The Craft & Co & offered to up-size the winning brew on their 1000 Litre commercial brew system. Well it definitely went well & Julian's winning Red IPA came out a treat. As part of their wonderful " Free Keg Friday's " offer, The Craft & Co will be putting on this hoppy monster this Friday from 5pm. Julian, the comp winner who's beer was " upsized " will be behind the bar pouring his beer as well. I'll see you there !



 After an amazing festive season where we pretty much sold out of every Fresh Wort Kit we had made ( good for us, but not for our customers ! ), we've been trying to get back on board & re-stocked. We have good stocks of Porter, Session Ale & IPA in stock at the moment and more to come shortly...including some new & exciting brews. Need some hops to dry hops these tasty cubes of malty goodnes ? We have them


 Happy Brewing ! 


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Turning your Fruit into Gold

Written by Anna Hartson — February 6, 2018

Oh how home makers love this time of year ! The grapes and tomatoes are ripening, sheds and equipment all over are being cleaned. Whole weekends are locked away in our calendars with family & friends. It's time to make Wine & Passata. 

~ Passata, The Red Gold ~ 

Anytime now the Tomatoe Tsunami will arrive. A glut of soft , ripe Roma's that are destined for the Passata bottle. 


Here at Home Make It we are here to help you get those Roma's into the bottle in the easiest possible way.

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Be it electric or manual Passata machines, bottles of every shape & size or simply an easier way to fill your bottles. We have it.   


So gather your family & friends, discuss your recipe & we will see you soon. 


 ~ Wine....Already ? ~ 

It is truly scary how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday that our shop was filled with familiar customers eagerly awaiting a verdict on this years grapes. Well it's that time again & we are only a few weeks away from the grape varieties of all sorts hitting the market. 

We pride ourselves at Home Make It in being able to offer you, the home makers all sorts of options to make your Wine better.

Our Crusher Destemmers which will save you hours & enable you to process your grapes, 

These Italian made Stainless Steel variable capacity tanks will let you ferment your Wine in a much cleaner & controllable environment. 

Our extensive range of Wine Yeast, Tannins & Oak will take your Wine to the next level.   

~ Honey I Shrunk the Brewery ~ 

Beer is a huge growth industry all over the globe & now it can be in your shed or place of business as well ! We are selling our purpose built Nano brew system that is situated at our Clayton store. We are installing something a bit smaller, so this needs a new home. It is a great unit, and really built to last. It has removable lauter basket ( lifted by included hoist ) 


The Nano Brewery is made up for the following;

  • Electric grain mill
  • Electric Hot liquor tank with 
  • 100 Litre Kettle with burner and gantry
  • Pump and plate heat exchanger
  • Mash agitator with variable speed
  • Timer and temperature probe
  • Recirculation pipe

This is a perfect unit for a home brewing enthusiast or a small business wanting to produce their own craft beer.  

Please contact Steve for any inquiries.

 ~ 2018 Courses Are Here ~ 

Learn the basics of making your own Craft Beer at home.  

A new year, learn to make something new. That's the way it should be ! We have organised our first round of Courses for the year online, so jump online and plan yours today. 

The secrets of the ancient arts of Salami & Sausage making can be yours. 

Learn how to make wine from grape to the bottle. 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

 It's premium brewing & partaking ( research & development ) weather at the moment in Melbourne & there are couple of fantastic Home Brewing competitions coming up I want to point out. Even if you are not a member of a Home Brew club, entering one of these comps. is a  great way to gauge how your brewing is progressing. the judges are most often qualified & the feedback is very thorough. 


Beerfest is the creation of The Melbourne Brewers home brew club. It will be run on February 24-25th in Ferntree Gully. Even if you don't brew, get on down there for the Food Trucks, Homebrew demos & sampling of the judged beers. 

The Merri Mashers home brew club are holding their fabled IPA competition in March. These Northsiders hold a great competition with some amazing prizes on offer.  So grab your best home brewed effort & sling it into them by the close off date. Home Make it are a drop off point for the comp. Or simply head down to the Terminus on Sunday the 25th of March to partake in the raflle, taste the delicious Mashers collaboration beer brewed at Himmel Hund Brewery or just come & talk beer.  

On the ingredients side of things, we are very well stocked with grains, hops, yeasts ( dry & liquid ), and all sorts of hardware.  

Our fridges are full of Hops


 We have some great fresh White Labs waiting to go into your beer

We have Viking grain ( loose & by the sack ) to satisfy any recipe

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Merry Making XMAS

Written by Home Make It — December 19, 2017

“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

~ Oren Arnold


~ Last Minute XMAS Gifts ~ 

We have just a few days until we shut the home Make It doors for the festive break, so now is the time to come and see us for any last minute Christmas gifts.

Be it Beer, Cheese, Wine, Preserving, Gift Vouchers, Salami or even a good old Book. We have a DIY foodie gift that will tick every box. 

~ Xmas Closure ~ 

2017 has been a BIG year, and here at Home Make It we need a little rest. So please note that we will close this Saturday at 12 noon & will re-open the doors at 9am on January the 8th. So mark that in your calendar ! 


~ 2018 Courses ~ 


We will have the exact dates & times for all of our 2018 DIY Food & Beverage making courses as soon as we come back, so keep an eye out. 


~ Eat , Drink & Be Merry ~


Lastly the Home Make It team would like to wish every one of you a Merry Christmas. Eat well & often, drink in moderation, laugh alot & be safe. Thank you so much for all of your support & we will see you in 2018 bigger & better !  




The Home Stretch to XMAS

Written by Home Make It — November 30, 2017

~ Find the Perfect XMAS Gift ~ 

Here at Home Make It we try & service as many Home Making Hobbies as we can & firmly believe that a making gift is the best gift. So here are a few little favourites of ours guaranteed to put a festive smile on any face. 

Our Napoli Electric Pizza ovens make summer entertaining a breeze


These Spanish made Burners will have you whipping up a Paella in no style 

You can be putting your own Sausages on the BBQ this summer with one of our Sausage recipe kit.  

Make your own probiotic drink with our fresh Kombucha mothers

Passata season is nearly here. Be prepared with our Tomato Sauce kit

Can't choose ? Let them with our Gift Vouchers


~ Mission Kabana ~

Here at Home Make It, when we get a new product in we make sure all is above board & works well. So when our fantastic new Kabana Recipe kits hit store, we had a mission...Mission Kabana! 

Our Kabana mix has all the spices & salt you need to mix with 5kg of meat. So I grabbed some of our small natural casings, and made a quick trip to our local butcher for some pork. A quick note that quality meat is the key here, find a good butcher & you're half way there. Once minced on my trusty Gahre manual mincer, I pulled on the gloves and mixed the spice mix through through. Next I filled my casings & started thinking about the next step...smoke.


I do a lot of smoking at home so I have a smoking cabinet at home, but getting some smoke on your Kabana any way possible is fine. As long as you get your internal meat temperature up to 72 degrees centigrade to get rid of any harmful bacteria. I cold smoked mine for two hours, then placed them in the oven at 110 centigrade for just under two hours. Once done, I rinsed then with cold water and let dry out. 

Now all I had to do was Vacuum seal my produce & I had amazingly tasty, smoky DIY Kabana that will keep for months ( they won't last that long ).  

~ Craft & Co Crafty XMAS Market ~

Last Sunday we were proud to be part of the wonderful Crafty Christmas Market at The Craft and Co. Home Make It had a Pop up Store on the day, perfectly fitting in with the  DIY foodie ethos of the Craft and Co. We met many great producers, familiar & new faces. A great day had by all.  


~ Frankston Wine Guild Classes ~ 

Our Friends at the Frankston Wine Guild are a great place for Home Maker's to meet, talk wine & compare their own home made efforts. For any makers out there considering learning how to make wine, this may be of interest. 


~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

Our locally Made Fresh Wort Kits ( made at The Craft & Co ), are moving out the door as fast as we can make them. But fear not, we are ramping up production very soon & even adding some new recipes to the mix. Last week we whipped up a batch of Pale Ale wort, just in time for a XMAS brew. In store any day now.  

Our fresh new batch of White Labs fresh brewing yeast has hit our warehouse and will be in store by next week. Following closely behind it will be a small shipment of those lovely bugs from The Yeast Bay, for all those funky/sour beer fans. Watch our social media channels for when they hit store. 


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