Are you Winter Ready?

Are you winter ready Good Brew news.

Settle in for some hibernation, booch buddies.

We’ve shivered through the last days of autumn with winter now here.

This Goodbrew news will be dedicated to tips and tricks for all things winter:

  1. Getting your home brewing setup winter-ready.
  2. Preparing your immune system for the sniffles.
  3. And how to keep warm on long winter nights (not like that you cheeky monkey).

Keep Your SCOBY Toasty in the Winter Months

Three different Good Brew fermentor jars with taps.

That gorgeous little SCOBY that’s growing in your homebrew kit gets cold too! Just like your other pets, it needs a little extra love and warmth as the colder weather rolls in.

The glorious sweet little bacteria working to make your at-home kombucha is kinda fussy about the temperature, they thrive at 23 degrees celsius, but they can survive at 10 degrees on either side of that.

Heating, drafts, fireplaces and long cold winter nights can all cause fluctuations in temperature in your home. So finding a spot where your booch is consistently in that sweet spot around 23 degrees is key to a happy, healthy and harmonious SCOBY.

The moment when we have to be most careful about the thermostat is just after feeding your SCOBY. The bacteria that emerge to eat and ferment your kombucha matters! Good bacteria grow in a warm environment, and bad bacteria love the cold. Here are our tips for the best spots in your home for a winter ready home brewing set up.

Where You Place Your Fermentor Matters

The fridge. The coldest place inside is the warmest place outside. By placing your fermentation jar on top of the fridge, or on a shelf above your fridge, the heat that rises from the inside provides a warm space for your SCOBY to grow. Wrapping the fermentation jar in a thick blanket adds an extra layer of insulation.

The hot water system. It’s worth hunting down that mysterious cupboard in your house. It provides warmth not just for toasty winter showers, but for your SCOBY too. Pop your fermentation station in that warm little space in a box or milk crate insulated with a scarf or blanket. Make sure the opening of the jar is still covered by a breathable, dust-defying cloth.

The humble milkcrate. The easiest, simplest, most sustainable option is a thick warm blanket or scarf tucked into a milkcrate. Snuggle your fermentation jar in to keep the ‘booch warm and growing. The fermentation process generates its own heat and the insulation from the blanket guards it against any drops in temperature. And of course, it never hurts to give your booch a hug – we all need one for the colder months.

Preparing Your Immune System for Winter

Look after your gut and your gut looks after you.

Jars and bottles of the Extremely Alive Defend Flu Shot drink.

The Flu Shot from Extremely Alive.

Our sister company, Extremely Alive, combines years of research in medical science with ancient brewing techniques to produce kick-ass wellness tonics that leave you feeling invincible. Exactly what we all need as the dreaded lurgie floats around in the colder months.

The flu shot is designed to help potentially fortify your defences against colds and flus by recharging your cellular soldiers and boost your internal defences.

Made with the same ancestral SCOBY as all our living kombucha, the Extremely Alive tonics pack a punch against cold and flus. Prevention is the best line of defence this winter.

Boost Your Winter Defences Here

Mulled Wine Kombucha

Warm up your kombucha and your winter nights.

Glasses of mulled wine kombucha with cinnamon and orange.

Our simple mulled wine recipe makes a booch-iful non-alcoholic version of this winter favourite.

Gently dry heat a few star anise, a stick or two of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg powder, a few cloves and a quarter cup of sugar in a saucepan.

As your sugar caramelises, stir continuously, gently pouring in a cup of water. Check for sweetness, add a little more sugar if needed, simmer and enjoy those gorgeous aromatics.

Once sugar is completely dissolved, take your mixture off the heat, and let it cool. A few orange slices popped in for colour & a little flavour too.

Be careful, you’ll kill your living kombucha if you add it to a hot mixture! Once it’s below 50 degrees celsius, pour in your own homebrew, or one of the Goodbrew’s living kombuchas. We recommend the hibiscus, ginger and lemongrass living kombucha. The perfect flavour match for a this wintery and comforting brew.

Home Brewing Workshop

June’s workshop focusing on all things winter.

Straining tea for brewing kombucha.

Do you know how to keep your home-brew happy during the colder months? Are you new to home-brewing? Do you want a winter hobby that isn’t baking any-more-damn sourdough? Ferment with intent at our monthly home-brew workshop.

Thursday 24th June at 7pm at 54 Hope Street, Brunswick VIC 3056 – Melbourne

Due to the current Victorian / Melbourne lockdown, workshop availability may change. If the workshop needs to be postponed, tickets remain valid. If you purchased a ticket and miss out on a workshop, you can use your ticket for our future workshops.

Limited spots available in our heated Brunswick HQ. Detailed, hands-on, practical know-how to start up, reboot or improve your SCOBY’s living conditions.

All workshops taught by our CEO ecopreneur, Deano, teaching from decades of international brewing experience.

Book Your Spot Now

May all your brews be good brews

MAY Your Brews Be Good Brews… News :)

Good Brew Company coloured lyrebirds.

We believe that a healthy culture inside leads to a healthy culture outside.

So for this edition of the Good Brew news we are celebrating the community of stockists, innovators and fellow eco-business owners who believe the change you want to see in the world, starts with how you do business.

As the days get shorter, and we all start to hibernate, keep in mind small businesses are still recovering from 2020, lets support & grow all our good connections.

good brew crew

We Love Our Stockists

From Brunswick to Ballarat,
from Hawthorn to Hepburn springs,
even from Richmond to Rye,
our living Kombucha is fridged, bottled,
and on tap in these gorgeous venues.

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Go forth, eat their food, shop at their stores and support the small businesses who love your guts, the community and our planet.

Learn from the Expert


Dean O'Callaghan of The Good Brew Co standing in nature.

Brew-your-own kombucha workshop Thursday 29th at 7pm.

There are still a few tickets available for our incredible, inspirational and inspiring workshops!!

Our Ecopreneur CEO Deano shares his decade+ of brewing expertise and industry insights into how to brew your own Living Kombucha.

Held at GoodBrew HQ in Brunswick Thursday 29th April at 7pm.

You want more? Yes! We too are into abundance. You’ll get to take home your very own SCOBY start kit, to start fermenting the minute you get home.

Limited spots, get in there!

Bought a ticket and you can’t make it this Thursday?
Don’t worry! Your ticket is good for future sessions.

Book in and Learn to Brew Here

Kombucha Gummies

Is there nothing that can’t be done with a SCOBY?

Red kombucha gummies on a plate.

Are you guys making gummies out of your scoby yet? Send us some of your ideas for next months newsletter and if it’s any good we’ll give you a shoutout next month and some free stuff.

We have been sampling a bunch of kombucha lollies & gummies here at Goodbrew HQ, and these look hands down the best.

if your kids don’t love kombucha yet, but love fruit roll ups, this is the perfect hack for getting some probiotic goodness into their guts. !! 🙂

Kombucha Gummy Reipe Here

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New Summer Series Flavours and 750ml Bottles

New Summer Series kombucha flavours from The Good Brew Co.

We’re stoked to announce our special new Summer Series flavours, available as 750ml bottles. We’ve also got these snazzy new 750ml bottles of all of our other kombucha flavours. Buy the special new Good Brew bottles online, from our HQ or see your local stockists, and come past our Brunswick HQ (54 Hope St, Brunswick) for $5-6 refills of any flavour on tap!

Our new Summer Series flavours are:

Along with our classic flavours:

Victoria Only Deliveries for Kombucha Bottles

Due to the extremely alive nature of our organic kombucha, we ship within Victoria only as the bottles can’t remain out of the fridge for too long.

If you see a kombucha company offering cheap kombucha shipped throughout all of Australia, be careful of what is actually in these bottles. These companies may be selling “dead” kombucha, which has had the beneficial bacteria goodness stripped out to make it shelf stable.

For large stockist orders, we can make an exception and arrange refrigerated transport. Please contact us to discuss and place your stockist order.

Our Next Kombucha Workshop is on 25/2/2021

Our COVID-safe kombucha brewing workshop are back with a bang! The next one will be held on Thursday, 25/2/2021 and are held monthly on last Thursday of the month. If you can’t make it to our February workshop, swing by the next one.

At our fun and informative workshops, you’ll learn to brew kombucha like a pro and impress all of your DIY mates. Each ticket holder receives a kombucha SCOBY, along with delicious nibbles and other treats to enjoy at the workshop.

Tickets are only $53.95 each so book yours now. If you already have a scoby, get in touch with our helpful crew to receive a $14 discount coupon code.

Book Your Tickets Now

Our Kombucha Brewing Workshops Are Back!

A kit to brew real kombucha with sugar and tea.

Like an abundance of toilet paper, our kombucha brewing workshops have triumphantly returned.

Learn to brew real kombucha like a pro at our informative, friendly and humorous workshop. You’ll learn special tricks of the trade, have your questions answered and also receive:

  • A kombucha SCOBY/starter to take with you and start your own brew.
  • Details about the possible health effects of kombucha.
  • A brief introduction to coconut water kefir, jun and fermented vegetables.
  • 2 free kombucha bevvies fresh on tap.
  • Fermented foods to snack on.
  • 15% off any takeaway products from The Good Brew Company.

Tickets are only 53.95 and if you already have a kombucha SCOBY, you can contact us for a discount on your ticket.

Book Your Tickets Now and Find Out More

When Is the Next Workshop?

Our next kombucha brewing workshop will be held on Thursday 25/6/2020.

Doors open at 7pm and the workshop segment starts at 7:30pm and runs until 9:30pm.

The entire event runs until around 11pm.

Where Are They Hosted?

Our workshops are hosted at our Good Brew HQ, 54 Hope St, Brunswick VIC 3056.

Street parking is available. Don’t forget about the environmentally friendly options either – easily accessible public transport is nearby including trams (Sydney Rd) and trains (Anstey Station), plus we’re always keen to see cyclists rock up.

Everyone’s Health and Safety is a Priority

The health of our customers, staff and everyone for that matter is incredibly important to us (it’s part of why we love providing nourishing fermented beverages).

Hand sanitiser will be available upon entry for you to clean your hands. If you want to take some hand sanitiser with you, we also offer 100ml spray bottles or bring your own container to get a bulk deal discount per 100ml.

Social distancing is still important to protect our community. If you’re unwell, please be cautious and stay home / continue isolating appropriately. We can always send a kombucha SCOBY/starter or a complete brewing kit to you, with fast and environmentally friendly shipping options available. Our team are at the ready for calls, emails and the social messages to discuss brewing kombucha or jun if you need some help, so feel free to contact us.

Now Offering Free Shipping on All Products to Local Suburbs

A kombucha SCOBY and brewing instructions near plants.

The good brew company is at her heart, a social enterprise.

We are very focused on helping society through this mess that is changing all of our lives.

One of the best ways we can help ourselves is to be more in tune with our guts and our health. Deano will be releasing some videos this week on those topics but in the meantime, we want to get you all brewing and drinking delicious fermented probiotic goodness at your own home.

So we are now providing…

Free Shipping on All Products to Local Suburbs

We’re now providing free shipping for all of our products to individuals, businesses and organisations in the following local suburbs:

  • Brunswick 3056
  • Brunswick West 3055
  • Brunswick East 3057
  • Coburg 3058
  • Coburg North 3058
  • Carlton 3053
  • Carlton North 3054
  • Princess Hill 3054

You will automatically receive the option of free shipping when you order online from us and enter a valid postcode.

We’ll be performing local deliveries by environmentally-friendly bicycles or vehicles for larger orders. Our staff are practising social distancing and can drop off orders at your front door.

This offer is valid for the foreseeable future and we may increase the offer to cover additional suburbs, depending on the COVID-19 situation.

Still Open and Shipping Products Aus-Wide

Yes, we’re still open and sending SCOBYs, brewing kits and brewing ingredients out every day. Visit our homebrew supplies and SCOBYs store page to order directly to your door. Our staff are available if you have any questions about brewing yourself or your order, so please contact us if you need a hand.

You can get everything from us that you need to brew your own kombucha at home, including fermenters/containers, cloths to cover ferments, organic tea, organic sugar, organic infusions (hibiscus, lemongrass and ginger or orange blossom, passion flower and turmeric), jun or kombucha SCOBYs. Most of these items are also available in our jun brewing complete kits and kombucha brewing complete kits, saving you money.

Free Shipping for Kombucha and Jun SCOBY Starter Kits Throughout Australia

All of our kombucha starter kits and jun starter kits still include free shipping throughout all of Australia.

Please note that the starter kits may experience some delays in shipping times as Australia Post adapts to the COVID-19 situation.

In Person Kombucha Brewing Workshops Cancelled Until Further Notice

Our amazing and informative kombucha brewing workshops are unfortunately cancelled until further notice, due to the current craziness of the world. We’re still serving customers while performing social distancing and shipping our brew kits throughout Australia.

We have staff in the available every day from 10am until 5pm so you can still contact us for any brewing questions.

Stay healthy and look after your guts!

Deano and the team,
0406 154 886