So, you’ve decided to brew delicious beer at the comfort of your own home, but don’t know how to get started. Worry no more – we are here to help!
Making a homemade beer is such a rewarding and amazing task. By brewing your own beer, you’ll save money and have a better appreciation for quality beer. Here’s how to get started;
What you need
- Malt extract (dried or liquid)
- Specialty grains
Sanitization and Preparation
One success to making a beer is through cleanliness. So right before brewing, make sure to clean all of the equipment that will come in contact with the beer. The easiest method is to use a powdered cleanser or a no-rinse sanitizer.
The use of bleach is also good, though the cleaning process is way harder since you really need to rinse thoroughly before you brew. It is advised not to use a scrubber because pathogens are likely to live there. Now, prepare all the ingredients you will be using.
Boil water, steep in grains, and add other ingredients
Put your desired specialty grains in a grain bag and steep in a big stock pot in 10 liters or 3 gallons of hot water (about 66 degrees Celsius or 150 degrees Fahrenheit) for around thirty minutes.
Add the malt extract and bring anything to boil. Typically, the hops are added at different intervals to add bitterness, smell, or flavor.
Allow the wort to cool and transfer to the fermenter
Chill the wort once you’ve boiled the water. Do this by putting the whole pot in a bathtub or sink that is full of ice water. Transfer it to the fermenter when it is around 27°C or 80°F. As soon as fermentation has begun, reduce air exposure because it will result in off aromas and flavors. Use a big strainer and scoop out the hops.
Add some water to make 5 gallons. Now, add the yeast. Put the lid on the fermenter and attach the air lock to the top. You should place the fermenter in a dark room that keeps an evenly consistent temperature.
Then, you wait for two weeks. Bottling is relatively easy. Carefully clean 50-60 beer bottles, fill each one and put a cap on each through a capping tool. Allow the bottles to sit for a number of weeks. Afterward, it is now ready to drink!
Experiment with some beer enhancements!
Aside from hops, there are other beer enhancements you can try to make your beer more desirable and delicious. Such suggestions include:
Molasses: Add one or two cups of molasses to the malt while it is cooking. This will give a more full-bodied, darker taste to your beer. Fancy molasses are known to be lighter, whereas black strap molasses are richer and darker.
Herbs: A good options especially for balancing the malt’s sweetness. Among the common herbs you can try are yarrow, nettle, caraway, aniseed, sweet gale, mugwort, Labrador tea, and juniper. Usually, herbs are added during fermentation and cooking.
With these steps and tips in mind, you are sure to make a beer with a taste you always wanted.