Tomatoes done, Now for The Grapes !

Written by Adrienne Marson — March 31, 2017

~ Grand Day of Passata in Northcote ~

On Sunday 19th March we headed down early to All Nations Park in Northcote for the annual Melbourne Tomato Festival. A fine Melbourne day greeted the thousands that came down & it was wonderful to see young & old enjoy all that was on offer. The Home Make It team were doing hands on Passata making all day & nearly a thousand people cut, pulped & bottled Passata with us. We nearly got through 2 tonnes of nice red Roma tomatoes on the day & cannot wait until next year. Here a few of the moments from a wonderful day. 

Adrienne with a pallet of Roma tomatoes.

 

One of our packed Passata sessions, 140 makers per session.

 

Many hands ( and our FLB electric machines ) made light work on the day.  

 

We came, we chopped & we filled.

 

This one's not even going to make it home. Fresh is best ! 

 

~ Want a Passata Machine Bargain ? ~ 

We used 14 of our rugged Fabio Leonardi electric passata machines at the Festival & we are looking to sell these at a fantastic price. They are the 1 horse power version with SP5 attachment. These usually retail for $720 & have been used only on the day of the festival. When Salami season comes around you can easily put on our FLB mincer attachment and it's a mincer !  Call your local store to grab yourself one of these before they're all gone. 

 

 ~ The Grapes Are In ~

Mother nature has given home wine makers some really good produce this year to work with, our in store wine testers are really optomistic about this years wine. With such produce it's important to treat it with respect & ensure it lives up to it's potential. Here are a few essential  items in our Wine department that will make your wine all it can be...

 

To save hours destemming your grapes before crushing, have a look at our Baesso Crusher Destemmer. This Italian marvel will not only crush your grapes, but take the stems off as well. 

From Baesso as well, our manual ratchet range of Italian wooden cage presses will extract every valuble litre out of your grapes. They are built to last & will be a major player at the family wine sessions for years to come. 

Lastly, the Demijohn. These glass vessels come in every size from 5 litres up to 54, looking after your every storage & racking need.

 Don't forget we offer free wine testing here at Home Make It. If you are unsure of a certain aroma or off flavour in your wine, bring a sample of your wine in & we'll do our best to point you in the right direction. We have a huge range of Yeast, Tannins, PH level adjusters, finings & much, much more in store to help you get the best final product.   

 ~ Meet Our Team Part 2 ~ 

Here's the second installment of " meet the team " that look after you at Home Make It.

First up is the Manager at our Clayton store, Lou.

 

Name: Luigi

Nickname: Lou

Time at Home Make It: 2 Years

Hobbies: Renovations, Gardening, Holidaying

Thing I make at home: Wine, Beer, Salami, Sausages, Pasta,

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island: Pepper corn, Three Lemon seeds and Three Shiraz seeds.

 Next is Carla from our Clayton store & Wholesale division. 

Name : Carla Correia

Time at Home Make It : 3 years

Hobbies : Cooking and spending time with my family and my puppy.

Things I make at home : Salami, Sausages, Capacollo, Tomato Sauce, Beer, Bread, etc…

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island : Some chickens, veggies and fruit.

 

  

~ Easter Closure Dates ~ 

 

Please be aware of the changed business hours over the Easter period. 

Friday 14th April - Closed

Saturday 15th April - Open 

Sunday 16th April - Closed

Monday 17th April  - Closed

 

~ Darebin Wine Pilot Program ~ 

Would you like to share your home wine making skills with a younger person?

Darebin Council is running a pilot project matching older home winemakers with younger people eager to learn. If you live in Darebin and are planning to make wine at home in 2017 (or even next year) and are keen to share your skills, we are looking for you! Council will take care of recruiting and screening all applicants and matching up mentors and mentees. Your generosity will be rewarded with a gift voucher to the value of $500. Contact 8470 8593 to register your interest or for more information

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~

If you are in the market for an upgrade for your brew equipment or simply looking at all the options on the market for electric all in one brew systems, come into Home Make It & cast your eyes over the Camurri Brauer units. Temperature control, programmable recipes & a mash mixer make this a dream brewing machine with a small footprint. We will be letting these off the leash very soon for some public brewing demonstrations, so keep an eye out ! 

 

If you are planing a brew fest on this upcoming Easter long weekend, our Viking grains 20% off sale might be just what you need. Up until the Easter long weekend we will be slashing 20% off our Viking grain range in stores. That includes 25kg bags & loose grain made up to your recipe. Jump on it while you can & stock up. 

 

In late February we sponsored the champion beer prize in Melbourne Brewers annual Beerfest competition. This year Brad Hurley picked up the title & here he is picking up his bounty yesterday. He took away a Robobrew unit & 3 of our Home Make It All Grain recipe Kits. Happy boy indeed, well done Brad !  

Beerfest Winner - Brad Hurley 

Last month Merri Mashers hosted it's IPA Competition, with IPA's flying in from every corner. Julian Robinson from the Merri Mashers walked away with the Home Make It choice award for his exceptional Red IPA. Home Make It & our good friends at Craft & Co wanted to offer a special prize, so we are going to brew Julian's Red IPA on the 1000 litre brewhouse at Craft & Co. in May. Look out for this dark, hoppy beast on tap in June. Well done Julian ! 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

Click on our sale banner below for this week's Specials .   

 

~ Vouchers ~

Gift Vouchers and Course Vouchers make an ideal gift for. Available In-store or ONLINE

 

Long Weekend of Making

Written by Adrienne Marson — March 8, 2017

~ The Perfect Long Passata Weekend ~ 

Pina's Passata shelves  

 

This weekend brings together two important ingredients for a day of making. The tomatoes are super ripe & in - we have the Labour day long weekend. If our conversations in store with customers are anything to go by, thousands of families will getting together and slicing, dicing, plunging & boiling this weekend. We are open Saturday (9-3pm) & Sunday (9-1pm ) so if you run out of bottles, caps or your machine has finally given up the ghost..we'll be here to supply you with your needs! 

 

Don't forget we are less than two weeks away from the  Melbourne Tomato Festival in Northcote. We will be doing free hands on Passata making workshops all day, where you will get to take your own Passata bottle home!  Don't forget to grab your ticket here and we will see you there.   

~ Making Makes your Day ~

 A couple of weeks back the family was struck down and housebound with the Flu. We were all feeling quite sorry for ourselves. I had an plan. Our garden was full of cherry tomatoes & basil.  We would start from scratch & show the kids how to make our own bespoke pizza's. We had made some Passata the week prior & we went full steam ahead from there....

Small batch of Passata to start off. 

Next up some Mozzarella. Super easy using only milk, Rennet & Citric acid. 

Next up the kids made easy work of the pizza dough. 

The charocal oven is hot & Pizza is ready to go in. 

All ready to eat & it didn't last long ! 

 

~ The Grapes Are Nigh ~ 

We have started to get customers coming in excited & telling us they have had the call from their suppliers that their grapes are nearly ready. Over the next few weeks they will need all sorts of yeasts, cleaners, crushers, Fermentation vats & Stainless steel tanks. Don't forget we also offer wine tests to best gauge what your wine needs to be at it's best. The tests are free, but we do ask for a gold coin donation to help us keep up to date with our testing equipment. If you are a first time wine maker and are a bit unsure of where to get some quality grapes, just drop in or give us a call & we can recommend a starting point for you. 

  

All set to go after a trip to Home Make It 

 

~ 80 Gram Aranchini Makers are Here ~

The much asked for, smaller 80 gram Arancini maker from Italy has now arrived onto our shelves. This size is just right for finger food & will take a fraction of the time you spend doing it by hand.  

 

~ The Home Make It Team ~

You may come into Home Make It often, be served by us and be one of our regulars. But do you really know what makes us tick ? To help you out, here is our first installment in " getting to know our team" . I've given all the members of the HMI team a list of questions anbd here are the first two. 

First up is the Manager at our Reservoir Store Pina Busa

 

Name : Pina Busa

Nickname : Pina Colada

Time at Home Make It : 5 yrs

Hobbies : Cooking

Thing I make at home : Passata, Salami, Pizza, Pasta, Pizzelle

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island : Salami/Capocollo/Home made pizza 

 

Next up is Cade Butler

Name : Cade Butler

Nickname : But

Time at Home Make It : 2 years 

Hobbies : Cooking, brewing beer,sport except for soccer & golf , smoking various produce, listening to & playing music 

Thing I make at home : Passata, Salami, Capocollo,  Pizza, Bacon, Beer, Cider, Cheese, Kombucha & various other fermented goodies. 

Ingredients you’d have on a desert Island : A few pigs, Vegie patch, barley, hops & a fire. 

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

We have the 23 litre & 50 litre Camurri Brauer in stores now for you to come and have a look at. These pictures do not do them justice as these are amazingly well built. Below are a few pictures of the Camurri in all it's stages of production.  

 Fully programmable & holds four recipes

These rakes stir your grain, making the process more efficient.

Raise the basket up & rinse your grain.

 

20% off Viking Grain 

Starting next week we will be offering 20% our grain range in store - offer ends 15th April. This will include loose grain and bulk grain in 25kg sack. If your brew shed is looking a bit empty ingredients-wise..now's the time to stock up like a brewing squirrel before winter. 

Kits Kits Kits 

 

Our Wort kits are a convenient way to get an all grain brew 

Our grain kits offer an easy recipe solution. Available in Pale Ale, IPA, Red IPA & Porter. 

SS Brewtech 

We have really good stocks of the SS Brewtech Kettles & Bucket Fermenters in stock at the moment. Come in to grab your shiny new brew toy now. 

 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

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~ Vouchers ~

Gift Vouchers and Course Vouchers make an ideal gift for. Available In-store or ONLINE

 

 

 

 

 

Here Come's the Fruit

Written by Adrienne Marson — February 17, 2017

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

- Miles Kingston 

 

~ Home Make It Road Trip to Festival Land ~ 

Last Sunday the Home Make It team packed it's bags & jumped in our cars to travel to two festivals. Team 1 headed down to Mirboo North to the annual Mirboo Italian Festival  to show our wares & do some Passata making demonstrations for the public. Team 2 headed to the Clayton Street Festival to show our wares & get hands on with Passata & Sausage making demonstrations. Both Festivals were a real treat to be part of, & we met alot of new faces. A huge thank you to the organisers of both days for having us !  

 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival & Passata at the Preston Market ~

 

We are a month away from Melbourne's biggest celebration of the almighty Tomato, the Melbourne Tomato Festival (or MTF if you are texting or time poor). This Saturday we head to the bustling Preston Market to team up with Guy Grossi for some live demonstrations. We kick off at 10.30am, so come down, pick up some tips from Guy or just wander over for a chat. 

If you haven't already secured your ticket for the MTF, head over here for your tickets. It is always a great day for young & old. 

 

~ All Your Passata Needs ~ 

The tomatoes are nearly hitting that ripeness sweet spot, and makers everywhere are soon going to start purchasing their boxes of Roma's. We are all stocked up with all the goods you need to turn all those tomatoes into a cupboard full of bottled Passata. 

Our new table machine is an amazing little Passata workstation. Limited stock, so get in quick.  

Make getting the sauce into your bottles a lot easier with these new 10 litre filling bowls. These come with a filling nozzle, which saves time & spillages.

We have pots ranging from 40 to 120 litres for boiling your sauce & your bottles.

These 4 ring burners will get any pot on the boil in no time.

 

~ Crowdsaucing ~

As we did last year, we the team over at CERES fair food with their Crowdsaucing initiative. You organise family and friends to get together, and they will supply local organically grown tomotoes to you. The rest is up to you ! If you haven't made sauce before or have not had time to organise it this year, here's your chance. You even get a nice little discount on Passata goods at Home Make It if you are a Crowdsaucer ! 

~ Learn to Make Wine with Us ~ 

The grapes are nearly ready to pick here in Victoria, and if you have always dreamed of turning some quality grapes into a wine one day..we can help you. Our Advanced Wine Making courses are starting shortly ( March ). This hands on course runs you through the process in detail from grape to bottling your creation, all the problems in between & how to fix them. There are a few spots left, so jump onto it while you can.

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~  

The Camurri 23 litre brew system with it's lauter basket raised

The 50 litre Camurri and a top down view of it's mash agitator

Exciting news on the brew front with Home Make It taking delivery of the brand new brewing range from Camurri in Italy. Camurri is one of Europes biggest commercial beverage equipment suppliers & the build quality is second to none. We have brought in a few sizes of their all electric brew systems, but we'll look at the 23 & 50 litre units today. These Italian stainless steel beauties have a programmable controller that allows full temperature control & step mashing. There is also a mash agitator inside the stainless steel mesh basket which increases sugar conversion greatly. These units have two electric elements to ensure a stable mash temperature & a nice vigorous boils as well. Expect to see these in stores next week. 

We have brought in stainless steel conical tanks in 3 sizes, 50, 100 & 200L. These tanks feature a dump valve at the bottom of the conical & a stand. 

 

 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

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~ Vouchers ~

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Festivals & Tomato Jam

Written by Adrienne Marson — February 3, 2017

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

~ Melbourne Tomato Fest ~ 

From what we have seen in our gardens, to what we have been hearing in store from our customers, the Tomato's are a tad slow this year. But be patient, they will come ! On March 19th they will be in abundance at Northcote's All Nation Park as the annual Melbourne Tomato Festival takes place. Fine food, drinks & mountains of Roma Tomatoes will be waiting for you & the family. So pencil the date in & come and join us in our free & day long, hands on Passata making marathon. To be apart of the passata making event Registering your interest is a must!  Places go quickly. Grab your festival tickets here.

 

~ Ticket Give Away ~

  

We want to spread the love here at Home Make It, so we have some tickets to give away to 3 lucky customers. Come into any Home Make It Store, spend $60 or more on any Passata goods from now until the end of February & automatically go into the draw to win one of 3 Double Passes to the Melbourne Tomato Festival on March 19th.

 

~ Road Trip To Festival Land ~

Next Saturday the 12th of February the Home Make It team is splitting up, then hitting the road to 2 amazing cultural Festivals. One half are heading down to Gippsland, to the Mirboo North Italian Festa. A day packed full of Italian food, wine, comedy and activities awaits all that come. Entry is free, so bring all the family & friends.

The other half of the team are stopping in Clayton for the Clayton Street Festival. This a celebration of all cultures, and features food, dance & music from all over the globe. We will be hosting a pop up store, and doing some hands on Passata & Sausage making demo's from 12 onwards. Feel free to pop down & say Hi. 

 

~ Carla's Tomato Jam ~ 

Tomato's are not all about Passata, and after a chat today in the office I have sourced a tried & true recipe from one the HMI team. With a glut of our little ripe red friends on their way soon, put some aside & whip up this simple gem of a recipe from Carla. You won't regret it. 

Carla’s Tomato Jam Recipe

Ingredients:

1kg Tomato

500gm sugar

Cinnamon stick

One lemon

Method: 

Wash and dry the tomatoes.

Using a sharp knife, score the bottoms of each tomato in a cross, then plunge the tomato into boiling water for about 20 seconds.

Remove skin and roughly chop the tomatoes.

Slice a piece of the rind from the lemons, about 80mm long.

Place the chopped tomatoes, lemon rind, cinnamon stick and the sugar in a large, heavy-based saucepan.

Stir over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the jam comes to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until the jam reaches setting point. You might be looking at 1.5 hours of stirring time

When setting point is reached, allow the jam to stand off the heat for 15 minutes.

Remove any scum from the surface and ladle the hot jam into sterilised, warm jars. Seal and set aside to cool completely.

Enjoy.

 

~ Sauce in a Few Clicks ~

 

If you are doing relatively small runs of sauce making, or have a lack of space, then these machines are just the thing for you. In Stainless steel or Racing Red plastic, the "Click Click" (named after the noise they make) machines are a popular & cost effective solution to small scale Passata making.   

 

If you really love the idea of a small scale Passata operation, maybe our starter Tomato Sauce Kits are the thing for you? All you have to do to upscale is add more jars & you are set to go. Might even be the perfect Valentines gift for that DIY foodie making better half! 

 

~ Awaiting The Grape ~ 

As with the Tomatoes, the grape harvest is still a little while away this year due to this ever changing climate. We do have some good growers we recommend each year, so if you are after some grapes for your home made Vino this year..drop us a line late next week & we should be able to point you in the right direction.  

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 


Today a tall attractive Red dropped into store. Not Christina Hendricks, but our very own Red IPA Fresh Wort. If you love a big IPA with a bit more of a malt backbone & some American hops, this one's for you. Simply pour, pitch & throw lots of hops at it & you'll have one your friends will be jealous of. We also have our Pale Ale & Session American Pale ale Worts in stock too. 

It's nearly time to re-order our liquid yeasts from TRUMP-land, so we need to make a bit of room & sell off our current stock. Can you help us please ? Until they are gone, all of our Whitelabs & Wyeast are 15% off in-store. These are all in date and most have about 2 months or just under on their use by dates.

Also new into store are the wonderful SS Brewtech False bottoms. These beauties are slightly domed to give a very small dead zone under the mesh & come with a connector set to connect to your SS Brewtech Boil Kettle port ( where the trub dam & pick up usually sit ). We currently carry the false bottoms for the 57 & 76 litre kettles. We only have limited stock, so get in quick if you want to turn your kettle into a mash tun :)

 

Speaking of SS Brewtech, we have just received in an order & have really goods stocks of Kettles & the good old Brewbucket

 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

Click on our sale banner below for this week's Specials .   

 

~ Vouchers ~

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My New Years Resolution......To Make More

Written by Adrienne Marson — January 20, 2017

A happy new year to all the makers and makers to be out there. A new year always brings new ideas, goals & new skills to learn. So let's all make 2017 the year of making. Make time for yourself, family & friends to get together & make something. You will find it gives back much , much more than grabbing the same item off the shelf. 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~ 

It's that time of the year, as the sunshine pushes up the plants & we start to see some action on the tomato front, that means that the ever growing Melbourne Tomato Festival is nearly upon us. On March the 19th, All Nations Park in Northcote will be transformed into a mecca for fine food & drink, music & of course Passata making. Gather up your friends & family & join in the fun with us. We will be doing hands on Passata making demo's all day for the public to join in on, so please don't wear all white. It won't end well. This festival is getting bigger & better every year, so jump in early to grab your tickets here on the MTF site

~ Red Means Go Time for Passata ~

 

All over the country people are tending to their plants, watering carefully & building intricate staking set ups for their Tomato plants. Yes, the Passata making day is nearly here. Are you ready ? We have received our shipment from Italy & our shelves are ready for the sauce. Pot's, crates, bottles, electric machines,  manual machines & gas burners. Don't leave it to the last minute, come in & see us soon. 

~ Mirboo North Italian Festa ~ 

We are three weeks away from one of Victoria's biggest Italian Festa's, the Mirboo North Italian Festa. There is something here for young & old. Music, comedy, cooking demo's, food galore & even some good old fashioned grape stomping to keep you busy. This sounds like the perfect excuse for a Sunday drive down to scenic Gippsland. Home Make It will be doing demonstrations & will host a pop up store on the day. Please come along & have a chat. See you there !

~ Clayton Street Festival ~

On the same day, The City of Monash is hosting the annual Clayton Street Festival. From 12pm to 5pm the Clayton Street festival will be hive of fun & activities for all ages. Home Make It will have a pop up shop on the day, as well as holding Passata & Sausage making demonstrations throughout the day. As always, feel free to come along & have a chat. See you there ! 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

Another year, and another brewing adventure. From a simple extract brew, moving up to all grain brewing or even starting your sour beer experiments. We can help. 

Our fridges are full of fresh hops for you , and we have good stocks of WhiteLabs, Wyeast, Safale, Saflager  to finish off your brew. 

Our grain station is ready for your next mash & we have plenty of 25kg sacks here in stores for those who like to buy in bulk. Don't forget that we have the all new Grain Recipe kits in store too, come in & give them a try ! 

Yesterday we had another batch of Fresh Wort Kits made at The Craft & Co, this time a big dark Red IPA. These will be in store next week , ready for you to throw mountains of hops at. We have good stocks of our Pale Ale Wort Kit & American Session Ale Wort Kit in stock at the moment too. 

 

~ Courses ~ 

Check out our workshops for 2017 - we have some new ones now available!!!!. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

Click on our sale banner below for this week's Specials .   

 

~ Vouchers ~

Gift Vouchers and Course Vouchers make an ideal gift for. Available In-store or ONLINE

 

 

 

 

 

I'm Dreaming of a Crafty Christmas

Written by Adrienne Marson — December 13, 2016

~ 20% Off XMAS Sale ~ 

There is still two weeks left until Christmas & we are slashing 20% off most items in store right up until Christmas eve. So if you are in the market for a last minute gift or two , stroll down to Clayton or Reservoir & grab a bargain. At these prices, it's worth stocking up on your home making supplies & equipment for 2017 too ! 

 

~ Via Delle Indie Essences ~ 

The famed Via Delle Indie essences are renowned for their quality & we are happy to say that they are available instore & online. We have brought in 10 varieties of this Italian made essence, colloquially known as " Strega " .     

~ 2017 Melbourne Tomato Festival on the Move ~

Now that Melbourne is starting to get some decent Spring/summer weather, my tomatoes are on the way up. Meanwhile, The Melbourne Tomato Festival is on the way south. The 2017 MTF is heading to All Nations Park in Northcote, a wonderful central space close to PT and simply a lovely large space to bring the whole family to. We are proud to be sponsoring this event again , and Home Make It will be there in force, with hands on Passata demo's all day ( so please don't wear white ). So lock in the 19th March 2017, and bring the whole family down for a day of celebrating sauce making , food , drink & fun. This day is getting bigger & bigger each year, so follow this link to grab your tickets in case they sell out. 

We also got our hands on some passes & are running a little competition to give them away. Come & see us in store & spend $60 or more on any passata items & you'll go in the draw to win one of three dbl passes we have. 

 

~ Craft & Co Crafty Market ~ 

If it's fine artisinal produce you are after, look no further than our friends at The Craft & Co this Sunday the 11th of December. From 10am to 2pm they will be hosting some of the best craft producers around at it's Crafty Christmas Market. There are amazing products covering the whole spectrum of craftiness, and even a hamper packing service if needed. If all this bespoke craft starts to get you planning your own foodie journey, we will be there with a stall of DIY making goods to start you off. See you there. 

 

~ A Recipe for a Classic ~  

For many family's, special gatherings & meals at Christmas time would not be the same without the most regular guest on the table, the Pannettone. A light & airy sweet bread originating from Milan, the Panettone is a not only edible , but also a symbolic gift you give loved ones during special times. Sure you can buy one, but where is the fun & love in that ? So we've come across a great article & recipe on the Fresh Loaf website that documents a bread makers first try at Panettone. It's a great read & recipe. So before you buy your Panettone this year, try this recipe & you won't look back. It's always better home made :) 

~ Xmas Trading Hours ~

We will be trading right up to Christmas eve Saturday the 24th of December until 1pm & will be back on board on Monday the 9th of January. 

 

 ~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

We now have good stocks of our new All Grain recipe kits in stores. Comprising of four tried & tested grain recipes, our Grain kits contain fresh Viking & Gladfield grains & are sealed in bags to retain freshness. these are a wonderful base for your beer & to round out your brew we will give you 15% off any hops or yeast when you grab one of these. At only $20, these are also a great XMAS gift idea for that brewer in the family, or your Kris Kringle. 

$38 for a bag of Viking Pale Ale ? Santa's sack has nothing on this ! 

We are currently taking 20% off any grains sold in store, be that a recipe we make up for you from loose grain or by the 25kg sack. So until XMAS we would like to extend this to a very special offer on our Viking Pale Ale malt, we'd like to offer 25kg sacks of this versatile base malt for an amazing $38 per bag. Buying by the sack is a massively cheaper way to brew, and means you have the flexibility to brew whenever you want & never leave the brew shed !

 

15% off all Liquid yeast. 

To tide all you brewers over for XMAS, we also have a huge range of USA's finest liquid brewers yeast in Wyeast & White Labs. So run into one of our stores before XMAS & you can grab some cheap grains, discounted yeast & bargain hops for that holiday brew. 

 

20% off Hops & some new arrivals ! 

The last piece in the brew puzzle are hops...and yes we have discounted these too. Our entire hop range is 20% until XMAS. A good chance to stock up your fridge, from our fridge. We have just had some new hops arrive also , with a new batch of Mosaic, Chinook , Simcoe & Columbus popping into our fridges any day. 

~ Love Wine & Looking for Some Work ? ~ 

“Home Make It is a retail store specialising in the sale of equipment and supplies to make homemade food and beverages. Home Make It is seeking a Retail Assistant on a Casual basis for its Reservoir store and Clayton Store.
 
Home Make It require the applicants with experience in making homemade wine. Suitable candidates will be able to competently and confidently provide wine analysis by both mouth feel and equipment. They should be able to confidently measure Ph. and Baume, as well as find fault with wines and provide guidance to our customers. The applicants would also be required to sell the appropriate additives as required.
 
Ideally the applicant would have retail experience and a passion for homemade food and beverages, such as passata, salami, sausages, pasta, cheese, preserves, homebrew and wine.
If you are interested in applying, please send an email to adriennem@homemakeit.com.au.

 

~ Courses ~ 

We still have some workshops left for 2016.... and now have update our site to have all of our courses for 2017 available too. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

~ Specials ~

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5 Fridays Until Christmas

Written by Adrienne Marson — November 25, 2016

~ XMAS 20% Off Sale ~ 

Scarily enough it is only 5 Friday's away from Santa slipping down our chimney's. Here at Home Make It we have kicked off our 20% sale in store & there are many bargains big & small to be had. A DIY foodie gift is truly the gift that keeps on giving, so come in and see us before the big day. Here are a few more gift ideas for under the tree, or simply to add to your " Make It " shed.

Napoli Electric Pizza Oven

Sico Vacuum Sealer Range

 

Stainless Steel Fruit Press

 

Easy Drainer Bottle Rack 

 

Weck Preserving Jars

 

~ Get Organised for Passata ~ 

Summer is but a few days away & that means our tomato plants will start rushing upward & outwards. With our 20% off XMAS sale on, it's a perfect time to get in early for Passata season. Whether you need a new manual or electric sauce machine , some big pots or just some bottles, come in & take advantage of this sale. Not only will you be all organised come March, but you will also have some extra dollars in your hand.

 

~ Time to Brew For Beerfest ~ 

 Today the postman dropped off the poster for the 2017 Beerfest homebrew competition, That means it's time to fire up the home brew system, sort your recipes out & try and brew a winner. Run by the Melbourne Brewers club, this is a wonderful event held in the lovely town of Kyneton. So if you think your'e go-to brew is a winner, this is for you. 

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

Now the weather is nice & warm it's a perfect time to brew some sour & funky beers. The bacteria love a nice warm environment to do their work in. We have got some perfect bacteria's & blends for your sours in stock now. From White Labs, to Wyeast & even Yeast Bay, we have you covered.

 

This 20% off XMAS sale is driving our grain prices down to even cheaper point. For example, a 25kg bag of our Viking Pale Ale or Wheat malt is $44 after this discount. Amazingly cheap. But if you have a recipe & want us to weigh out & mill some grain for you ? No worries , we'll take 20% off that as well. So come in & see us to fill your XMAS stocking with 

20% Off All Grain In Store

 

All of our hops are also 20% off in store at present & are well stocked. Even our new Home Make It Fresh Wort Kits are 20% off, making these 20 litre cubes of all grain goodness only $36. You'd be crazy not to take advantage.

   

 

~ Courses ~ 

We still have some workshops left for 2016.... and now have update our site to have all of our courses for 2017 available too. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

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Early Bird Catches The Worm

Written by Adrienne Marson — November 11, 2016

" Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling. "

Edna Ferber

~ Lets's Start The XMAS Sale ~ 

Time is ticking & there are only 6 Friday's until Christmas, so we have decided it's time to kick off our XMAS sale. Starting on Monday the 14th, we will be offering a massive 20% off goods in store. So whip out your wish lists & come and see us. Stock usually flies out  at these prices, so get in early! Please note that this sale is in store only at present , but will roll out to our online store in December. Please note that this sale excludes Beer tins, Essences, brewing grains & brewing yeasts.

 

~ Gifts That Keep On Giving ~ 

One of the most emotionally testing activities on this planet is trying to cram all of your Christmas shopping into a short peroid just before the 25th of December. Just trying to compete with what feels like a million regretful drivers for a car park is reason enough to get in early & grab some gifts that keep on giving. The kind of gift that will enable the production of bespoke Beer, Cheese, Pizza, Sausages, Fermented produce & even more. We have hand picked a few below which we think will make everyone happy for years to come ! 

Paella Pans

Any time of the year a Paella pan is an easy & delicious way to feed the family & friends. Load it up with rice, stock, spices & vegetables of your choice. Finished off with maybe some chicken or seafood & you have a massive feast fit for a king.

 

Garcima Paella Burner & Pan  

The perfect entertaining piece, this Paella burner will make your outdoor cooking a breeze. Hot into stores , so hurry before they all go ! 

 

Ezidri Dehydrators

The Ezidri dehydrators are truly a gift that keeps on giving. Especially now in Spring & coming into summer where fruit & vegetable abound. Any excess you have will last for months when dried & sealed up. 

 

Silicon Lids

These silicon lids from Charles Viancin are a versatile and multi use tool in your kitchen. These beauties are microwave & oven safe to 220c & safe to put in the dishwasher. When put on a smooth rim, they will create a vacuum seal on your saucepan, bowl, fry pan or even glass jars. So you can use these lids to cover a steaming dish on the stove top , or replace cling wrap when putting leftovers in the fridge.    

 

Salami & Sausage Making 

Our Sausage & Salami kit is an excellent gift idea for that BBQ master and budding chef in your life. What better to slap onto your BBQ or platter than your own home made sausages & Salami when entertaining ? Add on our Salami & Sausage recipe kits, & life becomes even easier !  

 

Brewing Kit

Whats better than a summer's day & a nice cold beer ? A beer you made of course! At Home Make It we have made it as easy as possible to start off on your home brewing journey.  Our Brewing equipment kits give you all the tools you need to brew, what you brew is up to you. 

 

~ Visit Australia's Largest Amateur Wine Show This Weekend ~ 

Clear the diary for this Sunday and get ready for a tasting tour through over 600 lovingly made wines at the Eltham Wine Guild's annual Wine Show. For $15 you will get your own wine tasting glass on your way in, where you can sample over 600 wines. That's amazing value & a real treat for home makers & wine lovers in general. We will be there too on the day, so please feel free to come over & have a chat.  

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

 Spring is my favorite time of the year by a long margin. Summer is coming, the garden is as happy as it's ever going to get & it's a really good time to brew. This is the Goldilocks zone of brewing where it's neither too hot or cold to ferment your beer. A perfect time to brew like a man possessed & stock up for the Christmas holidays. 

Yeasts

To help you out in that regard we have shops full of tools to do the job. Our fridges are full of yeasts of all types, from dry Safale & Saflager to fresh Whitelabs, Wyeast & Yeast Bay liquid yeasts. We literally have any recipe covered with our yeast range at the moment. 

Hops  

We have heaps of hops ( try saying that quickly 5 times ), in our fridges at the moment to satisfy anything you want to brew. If you want American, English, European or Australian hops simply drop in grab your pellets.

Wort Kits  

Do you need to make an all grain beer, but have no time ? Our very own Pale Ale Fresh Wort kit may be just the answer. 20 litres of malty & hoppy wort , all ready to pop into your fermenter. No brewing, no cleaning up & no diluting with water. Easy as that ! You will also get 15% off any hops & yeast you need for the brew. Next week we will also have the next addition , a nice sessionable American Pale Ale recipe. This one will finish up around the 4.2% ABV mark & is jammed with tasty Simcoe & Cascade hops , so it will be perfect to impress the friends around the BBQ this summer. 

All grain recipe kits

 In line with our Fresh Wort Kits, we now have our own All Grain Recipe kits. These are made for an average 22 litre brew size. We have also used the same grains in the same ratios as we do when we make our Fresh Wort kits. So if you get one of our Wort Kits & like the result, you can try your own from scratch! It maybe the very thing that gets you on the road to all grain brewing. 

 

~ Courses ~ 

We still have some workshops left for 2016.... and now have update our site to have all of our courses for 2017 available too. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

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Carlton Italian Festa and a Race that Stops the Nation

Written by Adrienne Marson — October 26, 2016

~ Carlton Italian Festa ~

 

Blue sky & here they come

Dom showing the kids how to whip up some Pasta

Nothing warms the heart ( and hands ) more than a piping hot coffee

 

On Sunday the Home Make It team made it's way to the iconic Lygon Street for the Carlton Italian Festa. Marquees were brought in, a pop up stall erected & our friends from The Craft & Co fired up the BBQ's to cook some home made pork & fennel sausages for the impending crowds. After Melbourne hit us with a winterlike morning, the weather settled down & the park started to fill up with families, music & the waft of coffee & food. We met many new & familiar faces & we can't wait until next year's Festa. See you there!  

 

~ Melbourne Cup Pizza's & Burgers ~

 “Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me.”Mark Twain after attending the 1895 Melbourne Cup.

On Tuesday the nation truly does stop to observe one of the biggest sports events worldwide, the Melbourne cup. We are especially lucky in Victoria, where the public holiday & long weekend make it perfect for catch up's, family BBQ's and DIY foodie projects. To celebrate this, come down to your local Home Make It store this Saturday the 29th & we will have some home made goodies for you. From 11am to 1pm we will be serving Pizza's at our Reservoir store & burgers at our Clayton store. Looking forward to seeing you.  

 

Burgers will be sizzling at Clayton this Saturday 

Freshly made Pizza's will be on offer Saturday at Reservoir

 

~ Stores Closed Monday 31st Oct ~ 

Please be aware that Home Make It stores will be closed this Monday the 31st of October & Melbourne cup day. We will be back on board on Wednesday the 2nd of November. 

~ New Kitchen Gadgets ~ 

We have just got some really exciting new products into our store that will make life in your kitchen that much easier ! First up are a couple of eye popping manual coffee grinders that look the goods & do the job. 

As summer rolls around, there's no easier ( and tastier ) way to entertain & feed the masses in style than a simple yet decadent Paella. We now carry Spanish made polished steel Paella pans in 38cm & 42cm sizes.

If you've ever cursed while trying to produce julienne & ribbon spirals with your veges, then we have the gadget for you. The Spirelli from Gefu makes this job easy & quick.

 

~ Cade's Brew News ~ 

We now have our first Fresh Wort Kit in stock at Home Make It, an easy & time efficient way to ferment & enjoy an all grain beer at home. We have brewed this with all Australian hops & Viking Malt from Finland. The best thing is we have packaged these in 20 litre containers , so all you have to do is pour into your fermenter & add yeast. Simple & delicious!

  We have just got a fresh batch of White Labs & Wyeast into the country & will see it into our stores any day now. We also have still got decent stocks of the amazing yeast/bacteria blends from  The Yeast Bay in stores. Get in quick before they're gone! 

 Smoky Gose for Summer recipe

One of these days summer will be finally arrive & here is a simple little recipe for a Gose. Salty , sour and not too high in alcohol, a Gose is a perfect summer beer. 

2.2kg Viking Wheat 

1.3kg Viking Pilsner

900g Gladfield Sour Grapes

25g Tettnager hops

30g Coriander seeds

30g SMALT salt flakes

Whirlfoc kettle fining

WLP029 Kolch yeast or Wyeast 1007 German Ale yeast

Method: 

  • Single infusion mash at 64c
  • 20g of Tettnanger hops in the boil for 60 minutes
  • 1/2 tablet of Whirlfloc into the boil with 10 mins left
  • 30g of crushed coriander seeds into boil with 10 mins left
  • 30g of SMALT smoked sea flakes into boil with 10 mins left
  • Ferment with Wyeast 1007 German Ale or WLP029 Kolch yeast for best results

Enjoy !! 

Have a happy long brewing weekend :) 

 

~ Courses ~ 

We still have some workshops left for 2016.... and now have update our site to have all of our courses for 2017 available too. Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

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From Lygon Street to the Hilton

Written by Adrienne Marson — October 19, 2016

~ Carlton Italian Festa ~ 

It looks like Melbourne will be kind to us this Sunday with the weather. So clear the calendar for Sunday the 23rd & bring your loved ones down to Lygon Street for the annual Carlton Italian Festa. A day full of fine Italian food, drink & laughter awaits you. Home Make It will be hosting it's own pop-up store on the day & running demo's throughout the day. Make sure you don't forget to come & say hello to the Home Make It team. 

~ Foods on us for the Melbourne Cup ~

 A public holiday for a horse race ? Many say it's crazy. But it's part of Victorian culture now & the long weekend means alot of family & friends get together, which we love! To celebrate this we are putting on some food for our customers on Saturday 29th of October from 11am to closing at 1pm. So come in and see us!  

 

~ ANHC Adelaide ~ 

Last week we woke up with the sparrows and jetted off to the city of Churches for the bi-annual Australian National Homebrew Conference, or ANHC. It was held at the Hilton & for the first time Home Make It hosted an exhibitor stand, and it was wonderful to be part of such a wonderful event. There were hop producers, leading international brewing yeast suppliers, renowned authors & some commercial brewers from some of the best breweries all over the globe. It's a weekend of many instructional talks, networking and knowledge swapping. We will see you in two years time in Melbourne ANHC. And if your'e a keen homebrewer looking to build your knowledge base, you should come along too. I know I'll be there!  

 

~ Eltham Wine Show ~

On Sunday the 13th of November, our friends at the Eltham Wine Guild are holding their annual wine show at the Veneto Club in Bulleen. If you are a fan of quality wine & consider yourself a DYI foodie fan, head off to this wonderful day.

~ Oktoberfest with Bayside Brewers ~

On the 6th of November we are proud to be sponsoring our friends at the Bayside Brewers as they hold their annual Oktoberfest event. It is a day of celebrating traditional German & " New World " craft beers. There is over 20 different bespoke beers on offer & for just $25 you will get 10 drink coupons to taste a fair few of these. There will also be loads of amazing food on the day , so dust off your lederhosen & come down to Hickinbotham Winery to celebrate this age old festival. See you there !  

~ Clear Your Diary for our DIY ~ 

We have just organised all of our DIY 2017 foodie courses and have just placed them on our online store for you to look at. It may sound a bit early to be thinking of our 2017 calendar, but it will roll around quick & what better Xmas present than to give a loved one a new foodie hobby? We have two new workshops this year - Bacon making & a hugely exciting Sausages & Beer workshop.  Get in early and book your spots now.

 

~ Home Make It Ebay Store ~ 

To compliment our own online store, we are nearly ready to launch our Ebay store. Keep an eye out on our social media channels for news shortly. 

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~

As well as attending ANHC , it's been a busy little time on the brewing front. Last week we woke early and headed off to the Craft & Co to fire up the brewhouse. Our mission...to brew Home Make It's very own Pale Ale Fresh Wort Kit. All went to plan & we will see these in stores for this weekend. So if you're an extract brewer keen to try an all grain beer, or just plain time poor, come & see us. We have brewed these ones at 20 litres, so there is no dilution..simply pop into your fermenter & pitch yeast. As an added incentive, buy one of our Fresh Wort Kits & you will get 15% off any hops and dry yeast to finish off your brew. In the coming months we will also be pushing out some more Wort Kits, including IPA, Red IPA & a Porter. 

  

In the following weeks we will also be releasing All Grain Kits to coincide with our Wort Kits. So if you take home one of our Wort Kits & love it, the exact same grains & ratios are in our Grain Kits. So you can take up the challenge & do it all yourself from scratch. The same offer of 15% off hops & dry yeast will also be offered when you buy one of our All Grain Kits in store. 

On the ingredient front, our shelves are stocked full of Extract, Recipe Kits, Home Brew Equipment Kits, brewing grains & the lovely SS Brewtech gear. And in our fridges, fresh Wyeast, White Labs, Yeast Bay & hops galore await your arrival. On the hops front, we have just received a fresh batch of Galaxy, Amarillo, Hallertau & FINALLY WE HAVE SOME CITRA !! All these will be into our fridges any day. 

 

~ Courses ~ 

We still have some workshops left for 2016.... Click on the links for all the workshop dates and for more details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Courses for the remainder of 2016 include:

 

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