Brew your own beer like you've never imagined it before! You might already be familiar with this type of activity. If not, then you should be. Brewing your own beer makes you feel proud of yourself. Once you've tried this and you've perfected the proper way of home brewing, you might actually say that your beer tastes better than those high priced, top selling branded beers in the market.
Fermentation is used in the process of home brewing beer. You can make your own beer as a hobby that you enjoy, for your on personal consumption, or even for tasting and comparing with your friends. If you are new to this sort of activity, it is recommended that you search for exact home brew instructions online from people who have already done this sort of home brewing beer themselves. The process you use to brew your own beer is an exacting thing; one misstep and you can greatly affect the flavor of your resulting beer. Because of this, you need to take precautions in each step of the process and keep all tools that you use sanitary.
As we stated before, you can make use of homebrew recipes that you can find online. The ingredients associated with the general recipes aren't complicated to find or really pricey. You can find kits designed for use specifically in home brewing, and a lot of times these can be found locally. Even better, some of these kits include some of the tools you will need in processing the raw materials.
The following is a listing of the most well-known ingredients needed in home brewing beer:
- Liquid malt extract (or powder form)
- Hop pellets
- Some specialty grains (usually included in the kits)
- For the fermentation process, yeasts
These are the basic ingredients needed to start brewing your dream beer. Before you carry on with your home brew instructions, let me just remind you to sanitize every equipment that you would use to perform this activity.
After you get the ingredients that you will need to brew your own beer at home, you will need to ensure that you have (or go get) the equipment necessary in the process. First of all, you will need to have a large brewing pot. This container is used for heating the malt, boiling water and mixing these things with the hops pellets. Next, you will require a container for the non-fermented beer (or wort, pronounced wert). This needs to be large, as you will find most recipes yield 2-3 gallons of finished product. Inside this container, you mix in the yeast. From here, the mixture is placed in bottles to ferment and allowed to sit.
Fermentation takes 7 to 10 days, approximately. After that, when you transfer the fermented beer on the bottles, it will stay there for another 7 to 10 days before you could actually taste the sweet success of your home brewing activity.
Making your own alcoholic drinks can be fun and challenging at the same time, and will not take up a lot of time or space. Usually one burner on your stove will be enough space, except for storage, and in about two hours, up to five gallons of home brew can be in the keg or ready for bottling.
Are you interested in home brewing? Maybe you have already followed up that interest and have already brewed some alcoholic beverages at your own home. Either way, you may want to consider joining a home brew club. Whether your beverage of choice is beer, wine or grain alcohol, and regardless of where in the country you reside, there is going to be a home brew club to match your interest.
Many times people follow directions for so long they tend to ignore the possibility there are other ways of doing things. Different methods and different ingredients can be used to achieve a whole range of different results. By joining a home brew club, you will access to the successful methods and ingredients that other home brewers have come across. The associations are designed for this type of sharing as well as gathering and sharing their finished products as well as discussing potential legal issues surrounding the home brewing industry.
You will be able to ask questions to more experienced brewers and run ideas past them to see if they think a particular technique will work before you try it yourself. What better way to learn than by educating yourself based on the the successes and failures of those who were not long ago in the same position that you are now?.
Many members of a home brew club are more than willing to share their knowledge and experience, despite the intense competition of brewing the best. Whether it be beer, wine or spirits that you want to improve your knowledge on, someone will be there to lend a helping hand.
A few times a year, you will probably find that regional competitions get organized, at which home brewers from a particular area have their best work judged. You will be going up against some pretty experienced people should you enter but do not let that put you off. This is one type of competition in which taking part is truly more important than winning. You are guaranteed to have great time!
Having the time and confidence to brew your own beer at home is great, although first you will need to stock up on the all important brewing supplies. There are many possibilities on the market, and if you don't know which kit is right for you, you could be in a lot off trouble on brewing day!
The first thing that you need to know is how much beer do you actually want to produce? If you want to make around five gallons of beer then your brewing kit must be able to yield this amount. There are brewing kits that would give you this and there are those that won't. Thus, when purchasing home brew supplies, make sure that you read the details attached to the items. It is also advisable for you to ask someone who works at the shop to help you if you need clarifications regarding home brewing products.
Some equipment that you will require include a fermentation bucket, bottling bucket, plastic hose, airlock, brewing kettle, airlock, and other relevant items for both brew day and bottling day. Just remember that these items need to be used for brewing alone... this means that you should not use your brewing kettle to make spaghetti Bolognese the night after you brew your beer, as doing so will contaminate your equipment and spoil your beer when you try to brew a new batch in the future.
Extra supplies that you might need include a siphon to transfer your beer to the bottling bucket, and then into the bottles. For bottling, you will also need bottle caps and a sturdy capper to properly seal your bottles.
Grains, malt extracts and yeast are also essential because they are basically the source of your beer. How would you produce beer without them? Similarly, if you want to add flavor to your home brew beer you need to put in flavorings and spices such as licorice stick, spruce essence and dried ginger root. Aside from these, hops such as Cascade Leaf Hops can also be used to add taste to your home made beer.
To control the temperature of your beer and therefore improve its quality and consistency, you need a thermometer that gives an accurate measurement. In addition, you should include a hydrometer in your list of beer making must-haves because this instrument keeps track of the beer wort's density rather than water density. By doing so, the hydrometer is able to determine if the beer is fermented enough for bottling.
Then most importantly, the proper cleansers and sanitizes to clean all of your equipment before you use it. Even the slightest microbe to infect your beer will result in a bung batch... so be thorough and follow the instruction.
In sum, brewing your own beer can be a whole lot of fun... but before you can engage in it you must know the 101 on home brew supplies.