Brewing Quality Beer at Home
There is no reason to buy beer when you have the patience to brew your own
Every good man should be able to make his own beer. Having your own signature beverage that is very popular can be satisfying and fun all at the same time. This article will serve as a brief introduction toward achieving a skill that can lead to some great conversations and creativity. Brewing beer does have a basic system on which to work from, but the possibilities do become somewhat endless when you find the key processing moments of influencing the taste, alcohol level, texture etc.
The beginners starting kit will cost about 80$ and the ingredients should range between 25$ – 45$ depending on what type of beer you want to brew, filling a 5 gallon container. The basic recipe involves water, malt, hops, yeast and malt extract. How long it takes again depends on the style you’re brewing, but usually the whole process lasts for about 5 to 6 weeks. Patience is definitely a virtue in this game but it’s worth the wait. You will be surprised when you taste the difference between beer you buy at the store and the batch you brewed.
It all starts with boiling the hops and malt extract together in water for about an hour. This will release the bittering qualities that reside in the hops, while the malt extract becomes sterilized. Grains are soaked in the mix before you start the boil, adding taste and color components. The hot mixture is called wort. After the boiling part is complete the mixture is left to cool down to room temperature, then poured into a fermenter, preferably one with an airtight seal, where more water is added along with the yeast to start the fermenting. Leave it for about 2 weeks.
Needless to say; keep the work areas and containers as clean as possible. At room temperature the wort is very susceptible to bacteria. After the fermenting process is complete the beer is transferred into another container where it can be poured into bottles. Before it’s poured into the bottles, sugar gets worked into the beer, sugar cane for example. Now the beer gets drained into the bottles and using a bottle cap device, seal the bottles and let the aging begin.
The yeast will ferment the sugar and in turn create carbon dioxide. Yes the bubbles come naturally. Two to six weeks is the typical waiting time to let it age, but if you’ve got time then let it be a little longer. Just like wine it tastes better when aged properly. When you’re satisfied with the aging just pop it in the fridge and drink after cooling. There is no comparison between your homemade brew and the bigger companies. Everything is different and you might never drink beer you have to buy again.
The fun part for most home brewers is creating recipes. They throw in things like spices and chocolate for really unique flavors you won’t be able to buy. The challenge of achieving a great tasting beer can be very motivational and shows brewing in a very different light. There is no telling what is going to emerge from the next batch once your creative side starts boiling too.
Always be safe with the boiling process. Underestimating how warm it gets can be dangerous. Another tip a long time brewer suggests is to keep a log for every batch. If something goes wrong and the beer doesn’t taste up to standard then using the log as a guide can help find the problem area. Knowing what you used and when you used what in detail has great effect upon the next batch that’s coming.
Last but not least, upgrade the kits you use after you feel you’re getting better. If you expect the beer to taste better with some experience under your belt, then keep up with the tools needed to get there. You might discover custom equipment that could make a big difference. In the end brewing is just like any art out there, limitless. Improvement is always in play and you never stop learning. Plus you actually get to savor what you created. Treating friends and family to custom made, rich tasting, homemade brewed beer may go onto bigger things.
This is a tasty hobby to have.