by Jody Walkinshaw on March 05, 2023

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of micro-breweries and distilleries in Australia. Consumers are increasingly interested in craft beer and spirits, and are willing to pay a premium for high-quality, locally-produced products. This has led to a growing market for small-scale producers, who are able to experiment with new flavours and ingredients and offer a unique range of products.

According to the Independent Brewers Association, there were over 600 independent breweries operating in Australia in 2020, up from just a handful in the early 2000s. The craft beer industry in Australia is estimated to be worth over $1 billion annually, with growth projected to continue in the coming years.

Similarly, the boutique distillery industry has also experienced significant growth in Australia, with a focus on producing high-quality gin, whisky, and other spirits. There are now over 200 boutique distilleries operating in Australia, up from just a handful a decade ago.

Four important tools for a successful boutique brewery or distillery in Australia include:


  • Thermometer: A high quality thermometer is an essential tool for any brewer or distiller. It helps in monitoring the temperature of the mash or wort during the brewing process. Accurate temperature control is crucial for successful brewing, as it affects the enzyme activity, yeast growth, and fermentation rates.
  • Fermentation Vessel: A fermentation vessel is used for fermenting the wort or mash into beer or spirits. It should be airtight to prevent contamination and allow for the buildup of carbon dioxide during fermentation.

  • Glass Hydrometers: Glass hydrometers are used to measure the specific gravity of a liquid, making them an essential tool for monitoring the progress of fermentation and estimating alcohol content. Carlton Glass Company is a leading supplier of scientific glassware, including glass hydrometers.

One popular feature of the Carlton Glass Company hydrometers is their wide range and reliable accuracy, with readings available in increments as small as 0.0005. This level of precision is especially important for small-scale producers, who need to be able to monitor the fermentation process closely to ensure consistent results.


  • Still: A still is an essential tool for distillers, used for separating alcohol from the fermented mash. The two most common types of stills are pot stills and column stills. Pot stills are used for making whiskey, rum, and brandy, while column stills are used for making vodka, gin, and other spirits.

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