Story of Arishtam
Highly Trained, Highly Effective
Fermentation is an art that predates civilization. It is believed that Mead, is older than huts made by primitive men. Farming was first undertaken to get a year-round supply of beer. Our Vedas are full of various recipes and insights of perfecting this art. Aristam is a branch of Vedic Ayurveda that talks about using alcohol as a delivery vehicle for medicines and curing ailments. Being a natural solvent that is readily absorbed, Aristam is able to extract the medicinal properties from herbs and is readily absorbed. Also the alcohol is able to mask tastes of the concoction much more effectively than boiled sugar syrup making the arishtam as the preferred form of medication.
We are passionate food artisans first and shopkeepers second. Our product selection is finely crafted and assorted imported articles from Germany, UK, USA, India, Singapore, Czech Republic, Argentina, New Zealand & China. We are dedicated to the mission of helping individuals and enthusiasts able to source quality product affordability and make their own signature craft brew. Our real passion lies in reviving Indian Vedic brews.
We also do conduct workshops and tailor-made experience journeys for our patron’s needs and aspirations. Do reach out to us if you have any queries around any aspect of fermentation and healthy living. This includes not only fermenting at home professionally tasting brews but also probiotics like pickles, cheese, curd, vinegar, kombucha, kefir, Sauerkraut, idly/dosa batter or bread. We are also in the experimental stage of a minimalist healthy lifestyle which includes vermicompost, indoor gardening, hydroponics, and creating a healthy biome and gut bacteria. Through our recipe or email, do reach out to us and we will be happy to help.
We use the post office which is the fastest and most economical shipping service and most items are shipped the next day morning. Also, it helps us cater to clients from semi-urban regions and North East which are not adequately serviced by regular courier service. For international shipments especially to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal & Africa, request you to email us the paperwork required. We will be happy to post your consignment, but you will be responsible for customs clearance and paperwork.
Do write to us if you want to use private courier, like Maruti Courier. They might be an incremental shipping cost
Every first Saturday we conduct workshops for first-timers. The charge is ₹ 2,500/- for one person and ₹ 3,400/- for a couple. Due to COVID Emergency, the next workshop will be on 6th June 2020.
Additionally, we do conduct on-site and web-tutorials for professional wine-makers and those with specific requirements. Fermentation is not only about alcohol. We conduct classes for Kambucha, Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, pickles and other healthy food transformations as well. I would recommend you to browse our recipes and the homebrewing book till classes are back on track.
All equipment and hardware (unless customized) come with a no questions asked return policy. All our hardware meets the stringent European standards for portable water, but we will be happy to replace or refund you if you are not satisfied. However, the buyer needs to pay for the return shipping and ensure that the product is in resealable condition.
The consumables & food ingredients, unfortunately, cannot be returned. Hence request you to try out with a small batch before placing a large order.
₹ 1/- We want to promote legally the hobby fermentation & food-craft. Hence no order is too small for us. We are flexible, you can even ask your friend in Delhi/Bangalore to pick from our store or we could use a courier company. However, you need to be of legal drinking age.
Home fermentation is your grandmother’s recipe and does not use any shortcuts, chemicals, preservatives or anything unhealthy. So there is not store in the world that can even think of beating it in taste and health benefits. It is a probiotic food that not only tastes good but is also nutritious and low on calories. Unlike the packaged food and beverage which is loaded with chemical food colors, preservatives and stabilizers.
We will guide you on how to change the taste, color, aroma, mouthfeel and even the ingredients to suit your tastes, your health, and nutrition needs. We have a lot of easy to use customizable kits. Also, we put a lot of emphasis on packaging, which will help you make the packaging which is best in the industry. This will help you throw an awesome party for your friends and family and boast of your latest hobby
Fermented food and beverages are natural, healthy and full of Vitamin B and other probiotic nutrients. They are good for those on a strict diet esp. a ketogenic diet or digestive problems. Fermented food help restore the gut bacteria and natural fauna of the digestive system making us healthier, stronger and with a stronger immune system.
Unlike packaged food, fermentation adds to the taste without any oil, sugar, food colors, preservatives or chemical essence or any unhealthy additives. This makes a home brew healthier that its commercial equivalent.
During fermentation, the yeast eats away the sugar and adds to the taste. Hence reducing calories intake and tackling hunger pangs. India is the Diabetics capital of the world, and a lot of diabetics are switching over to homemade apple cider vinegar and kombucha as an alternative to soft drinks.
If you have a pre-existing condition or allergies, it is best to consult with your doctor. Fermentation often results in drastically altering the food properties.
We primarily cater to small home brewers who like to DIY and customize their products. In the fittings section of the website you will find a lot of support to repair and customize your equipment. If you wish to service your equipment and are stuck, do reach out to us at [email protected] and we will try to help you out.
Warranty support unfortunately is not there at the moment for imported items. Shipping back to the international manufacturer often costs more than the product. That being said, we will strive to help you get the spare parts to help you restore your home brew equipment, beer kits and winemaking equipment.
Arishtam is able to offer competitive prices only by maintaining a very lean inventory. Sometimes the items are not in stock but are abroad or stuck in customs. Once they are back in stock, we will contact you and initiate dispatch. We will recommend you to opt for bank transfer payment mode for back order. This way you can release the payment once the items are in stock.
E-commerce does not come under essential services. As a result we are not operational during COVID-19 lockdown. We expect to be operational in full capacity by 10th May 2020. If you that is too late, please reach out us at [email protected] and we will try to refund or find an alternative for you. We exclusively ship via India Post, so it will be difficult to start shipping before the government postal service is restored.
You are in a perfect place. We are here to help out hobby brewers to pick up new skills. Our advice would be to spend some time on the recipe section or read the home brewing guide. There are tons of youtube videos and online recipes available to start. Pick the simplest one and try to make a small (one liter) batch. Don’t rob yourself of the pleasure of doing research for picking up a new skill and go for instant gratification. We also conduct classes on the first Saturday of every month (starting 6th June 2020). Do attend one or reach out to a friend who can guide you with a trial batch.
Being an eCommerce store, it is difficult for us to ship the fragile glass bottles to you. What we can instead offer is a host of fermenters that are more durable for your home brew kits needs. Alternatively, you can attach an airlock and cork/ grommet to your airtight glass jars and DIY a carboy yourself.
Yes we are supporting point to point couriers/pickup delivery service. However requesting you to coordinate/email us for the stock availability in the local store before you place the order. Also the couriers have to be booked at your end/app (the delivery guy needs to give the order reference number and customer name to pick up the order.). We typically open at 6 am on Saturdays and Sunday so your order should reach you before you begin your brew day.
The Vedic name Arishtam means freedom from injury/ disease. Our Vedas and ancient literature describes fermentation at great lengths. They detail out ways to extract the essence from the herbs, ensuring that the nectar reaches every cell & rooh (the spirit) of the recipient without being denatured in the process. The western medicine typically boil the herbs in order to extract its essence and then use a sugar syrup to mask its harsh tastes. Presently, homeopathy and many western medicines are altering their recipes to incorporate the tinctures. Like the ‘Vedic Arishtam’, they have discovered that alcohol is a good solvent capable of extracting the medicinal properties most efficiently from the herbs and has an uncanny ability to make the taste more palatable.
If you are following a good lucid recipe, using fresh ingredients then rarely will you end up with a stuck ferment. However in the unlikely scenario that you do not see any microbial activity even after 24-30 hours, please follow this troubleshooting guide.
Typically it takes 7-10 days to ferment at 25 Degree Celsius after which you can start bottling your home brew beer or wine.
Excessive carbonation aka bottle bombs usually happens due to a rookie mistake of bottling too early. Use a hydrometer before bottling to ensure all fermentable sugar has been converted to alcohol/ethanol by the yeast before you proceed for bottling. Also carefully weighing the priming sugar is usually what it takes to control the carbonation (about 8gm per liter).
India Pale Ale is a craft beer that is hoppy and crispy ale. As compared to lagers a.k.a. bottled beer, it is brewed at higher temperatures and is full of hop aromas and is bitter. To understand craft beers better refer to the beer style guidelines. If you are still perplexed with the jargon used, refer to our glossary of commonly used terms.
Methanol a.k.a. wood alcohol is generated from fermenting wood, pectin, skins of fruits, and distillation. There is a simple WHO-approved test to check for dangerous levels of methanol. The various strains of brewer’s yeast aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae that we stock will produce ethanol by fermenting glucose (grape sugar), maltose (grain sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar). Methanol is a toxic byproduct of fermentation, but its levels are so low that unless you distill your home brew, you should be safe. If you still want to test for methanol levels, please refer to this document.
If you have placed the order but changed your mind, don’t fret. Just drop us an email and we will stop the dispatch. Typically we prefer to ship an alternative or issue a coupon/credit note to compensate. However if you need a cash refund, then specify that in the email. We might charge a 2.25% Credit/debit card transaction fee that we have to pay to our payment gateway for this facility. (No refund charge for direct bank transfer payments). If your order has been dispatched, then cancellation would not be possible.
Most orders are dispatched the next day. Some orders especially of kombucha and live cultures are shipped every Monday. So that they get delivered on time and don’t die due to weekend office closures. All ingredients (except malt) are shipped via speed post and are usually received within 3-5 days. Malt and bulky equipment is sent via registered parcel service of India Post and usually gets delivered next week. We rely on Government Postal service because they are the most reliable parcel service for the Rural India, North East and Remote areas of the country. Do drop us a note if you want the items to be dispatched via Maruti Courier or Speed post and we will give you an estimate on the additional shipping cost.
Do note that if your product is on backorder, please get the confirmation on the expected arrival day (usually 30 days) prior to making the payment. For expensive equipment/kits, we often accept token advance to process the order.
So many products around you are fermented: curd, cheese, black tea, coffee, olives, bread, and pickle. Not all fermentation is alcohol.
For centuries, fermentation was the method of choice for the preservation of food, purification of water and enhancing the taste & nutritional value of the food ingredients. Making alcohol and getting drunk was never the central obsession of the society. It had more benign purposes like food preservation in the absence of refrigerator and preservatives.
You can make several probiotic food recipes like pickles, cheese, curd, vinegar, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, idli/ dosa batter or even bread at home which are fermented foods and do not contain any alcohol.
All international trade of plant and animal products require a compulsory phytosanitary certificate. Live plants and animals require quarantine, fumigation and treatments to ensure that pests, pathogens and other invasive species don’t accidentally get transported. For more details please refer to the plant protection and quarantine department website.
A 5gm of wine yeast costs 100/- and is good for about 5 Liters (6.5 bottles of 750ml each). Wine yeast can produce 15-17% alcohol in 3 days and is recommended for most beginners. We also deliver it all across India via our courier partner India Post. If you buy bulk packets of 25gm or 100gm, you can save upto 40% on the price of the yeast.
The beer yeast on the other hand costs 175/- for 5gm and is good for about 10 liters or 30 pints of ale beer.
You can track your order either through my account page or by providing your order number and email address
Since we ship through India Post, request you to log to India post website with the tracking number in the order status. It typically takes 24 hours for the tracking number to be activated. Green and orange zone services are as normal (a few day delay). If you are in the red zone, you might have to pick up the parcel from the nearly local post office by quoting the tracking number.
Typical home brew beer is consumed within a week to a month of bottling or kegging. However, some people regularly store home brew beer for up to 6 months successfully. Beyond this, the beer is still safe for consumption, just that it will not taste fresh. However, a couple of factors need to be taken into account to determine the shelf life.
- Storage temperature: Beer is like wine, higher the temperature the faster is the degradation in flavors.
- UV light: Even a couple of hours in direct sunlight can ruin a perfectly fresh beer
- Packaging: Microbrewery Growlers don’t last 2 days because the beer was oxidized during filling. If you packaging then in proper crown sealed glass bottles or stainless steel kegs, 6-12 months life is easy
- Oxidation: Once you open the bottle, drink within an hour.
Not more than a few days or max 10 days. Why?
Once the fermentation is over, the yeast dies and settles at the bottom. This yeast then starts breaking down and releasing umami flavors (soy sauce). To counter this, professional brewers brew in conical fermenters. In a conical fermenter, you can remove the dead yeast, and hence the umami flavors from yeast breakdown will not bother you.
Homebrewers on the other hand periodically rake their wine and beer from primary to secondary to tertiary fermenters to get rid of the off-flavors from sediments.
Fermentation is probably older than civilization and agriculture. It is a perfectly safe hobby that does not produce any poison or foul smell. When it comes to the safety aspect, follow the 4 golden rules:
- If the smell is funky, then it is better to discard
- If you see mold or a white-green-black floating film on top then discard
- If you are not distilling or fermenting wood or other inedible substances then one need not worry about methanol
- If the tastes odd, then discard. Better safe and sorry.
People have been fermenting beer, wines, and ciders for 5 thousand years across the globe with various simple crude setup. A modern kitchen is actually much more hygienic, and hi-tech than the early man’s setup. So one could do a safe fermentation in a crude setup, then they can definitely do the same in a modern kitchen. So be assured that if a recipe is followed, then a home brew will not make you sick or poison you.
Absolutely! Can you expect a commercial package to shower you with the same love, attention and care as a hand crafted beverage? Home brew are hand crafted jewels in form of a beer or wine bottle made with upmost standards.
Home brewers do not use molasses or artificial colors or flavors that is widely used in Indian IMFL industry. With natural fresh ingredients as input the output is simply wonderful.
Still, looking for answers? Please get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.