Beer Homebrewing Basics

 

Homebrewing is the old-fashioned process of making beer, usually on a small scale for private, non-commercial uses. Most supplies, including fermentation vessels and kegs, can generally be bought online or locally at large specialty shops. There is some additional info and guidance that you’ll need to start to begin to learn how to brew beer. If you plan on start brewing professionally at home then follow the link below.

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Basic Brewing Equipment and Ingredients

Your first purchase will likely be a full Kit including a brewing bucket, hydrometer, and airlock – these are essential if you plan on brewing your beer.

A hydrometer is a device that measures the specific gravity and alcohol concentration of your work before it is transferred into the fermentation tank. Airlock, on the other hand, is used to create an airtight seal around the inside of your fermentation vessel. These two pieces of equipment are often used together in the same recipe, but there are instances where one is preferable to the other.

Kegging requires quite a bit more care when it comes to sanitizing and filtering the final product – if you want to keg your own beer then you’ll want to buy a keg and kegerator to get the full benefits of home brewing. When you buy a Kegerator, you’ll also need to buy a fermenter to ferment your beer in. The fermenting vessel fits inside the kegerator where it keeps steady pressure and temperature.

Learn more about bottling the beer and beer bottling kit.

Yeast is essential for brewing – it will rise to the top when it is exposed to oxygen and feed on sugar while it waits to become active once the fermentation process starts – that is how it starts to produce carbon dioxide. Without yeast, your beer would simply be carbonated, but since this is the case with all homebrewers, no one wants their beer to be flat, flabby, and stale – so make sure that you have the correct equipment and ingredients before starting.

Ingredients

Once you have your main equipment gathered, then it’s time to start the whole process of brewing. You’ll need to get some beer malt which is the light, golden amber syrup liquid extracted from the grain. When YOu brew the first time, ales work best because they do not require much stable lower temperature like pilsener or lager does,  and are generally sweet bitter enough to keep the fermentation yeast flavors hidden. Once you’ve chosen your malt, then it’s time to get your yeast and beer supplies. This part of the process involves contacting a local homebrew shop to pick up your malts and hops from. The malt can be purchased pre-made or you can buy some of the malts and mix it yourself; the amount of malt and hops that you end up with depends entirely on your budget.

Once the fermentation process has begun, then the fun begins! The actual brewing process requires a bit more attention. Most professional home brewers keep a stainless steel fermentation tank to ensure that the beer remains pure throughout the brewing process and to ensure that it stays as dark in color as possible. There are several different methods to achieve this, but stainless steel fermentation tanks are generally the easiest and most sanitary way to go.

Once the fermentation process is complete, you will have to bottle the beer. One of the popular beer storing methods these days is kegging. Kegging not only makes it easy to move home brew beer from the refrigerator to tailgate parties without the fuss, it also allows for a higher production rate, which results in a fresher, more delicious tasting beer. The easiest way to keg your beer is via a Kegerator.

Homebrewing Kit And The Different Types

beer brewing kit and different types

If you are interested in learning how to make your own beer, then it’s worth considering purchasing yourself a homebrewing kit. A homebrewing kit contains everything you need to make beer including the ingredients, hops, water, and malt extract. homebrewing is the informal, methodical brewing of alcoholic beverages, mead, beer, and even ciders for personal, noncommercial purposes. The process takes away the need for bottling and dispensing and also simplifies the task of cleaning up when you are done. There are many different kits available on the market.

If you are just beginning, it is a good idea to opt for one of the starter kits homebrewing kits. It may include an instructional manual and some starter equipment. The benefit of these kits is that they give you the ability to learn how to brew beer at home without having to buy all of the materials and Equipment separately. You can try different recipes and see if you like them before purchasing all of the equipment and ingredients. This way you can sample a range of recipes and see which one you like best. Another benefit of these kits is that it allows you to be your own experimental brewer without it costing you a lot of money.

If you have experience but not the amount of experience needed to create great tasting beer, then you may wish to consider buying one of the specialty homebrew kits available. These homebrew kits are specially designed to give the enthusiast more of what they want, allowing them to add various ingredients and spices to the beer to suit their individual tastes. Some of these specialty kits contain a wide variety of malts, hops, and other flavor-enhancing additives. Other kits simply contain malt extract and are not as versatile.

The main advantage of these kits is that they allow you to ferment your beer at home. You control the process of fermentation and you can experiment with new things. Once you have finished the fermentation process, the beer is stored in the refrigerator. These beers can also be used as gifts for other occasions such as baby showers and even for special occasions. Many people enjoy drinking these kinds of beers because they taste so naturally good, unlike the ones made at the breweries which usually taste artificial and have a strong dominant flavor.

There are many advantages to using homebrewing kits. One is the fact that you don’t have to buy expensive malts, hops, or anything else to ferment your beer. Another advantage is that you can try new things without spending a lot of money. The last advantage is that there are starter kits available, so you can get started right away.

Whether or not you enjoy making your own beer, you will definitely enjoy the convenience and versatility of these starter kits. With the exception of the actual grains you will use, everything else is included in the package. Even the instruction on how to make the beer is included so you can get started right away.

How to Make Your First Batch of Homebrew Beer

It is really amazing that beer-making at your home is very easy to do. So with little effort, everyone can start brewing their own beer at home without the need of going to the local store to buy bottles of beer. And once you start making your own beer you will do it forever, I guarantee that.

With beer making kits and many beer making recipes they are out there, you can create a huge beer inventory for yourself, your family, and friends.

When you search on the internet you can find many suppliers of beer making tools and ingredients. These can be pre-hopped, un-hopped malt extract that comes in over thirty various options of grains you can crush up and steep for your beer. There are many types of brewers yeast and other additional ingredients to give your own beer a special taste according to your imagination.

Then you just need some room to set up all your tools, kits, and ingredients and you are ready to make your first batch of homebrew beer. Once you have all the tools you need to brew your beer the right way, you can start making your first batch of homemade beer.

Decide what type of beer you want to brew first. I think this decision is very hard to make because there are so many types of beer you can produce.

You can have a beer that is light, dark, pale, and amber or there are German recipes, Czech, English, Irish, American, and many more. Your determining factor should be the flavor, so you should decide what flavor you want to do first. Read through the over 600 Beer Making Recipe E-book and start with the one you like the most.

Before you start brewing make sure your equipment is clean. The best is to sanitize it. Do this before and after every beer batch, you make at home. This will avoid many health problems later.

Simply wash everything with warm water and let everything dry. Now you will be ready to do your first batch of homebrew beer.

Basically, you mix the water with the malt extract. Let it come to a boiling point. Use either the pre-hopped or un-hopped extract based on your recipe.

After you do that you need to cool down the mixture, so put the brew kettle into a sink full of cold water. When the temperature falls below one hundred, you can ferment it in a sanitized container;

The last step will be adding the brewer’s yeast. This is what gives the flavor to the beer. You can get any type of this yeast, so choose the one that you think will give a great taste or just follow the beer-making recipe.

Now, when you add everything you should, let the beer sit and ferment for 8 to 10 days. Then let it stand at room temperature for about two days after all the bubbling stops.

When it’s done, you are ready to put your beer into bottles. So first pour the beer into a bucket and add 3/4 cup of sugar. Fill the bottles you have purchased to about an inch from the top and apply a beer cap.

In this state, you still need to leave the beer to get carbonated for 10 days. You can place your new beer batch into a fridge and let it cool down. Beer really tastes the best when it’s chilled.

When you want to have a good time and relax, just open one of the bottles of your first batch of homebrew beer, sit back and enjoy the great tasting, chilled bottle of beer.

How to Brew Beer at Home

Here is a quick guide with home brewing tips and tricks.

Yeast is a living organism which literally creates the alcohol that we find in beer.  This helps to keep the beer clean, and obviously makes it into what we love to drink today.

There are generally 7-10 steps in the brewing process, and we can go over them briefly below.

The first step is malting, which prepares the barley for brewing.  Next is milling, which helps to make the grains easier to absorb water, and sucks the sugars out of the malt.

Mashing comes after that, which concerts starches in the beer to sugars, and that will be fermented (or turned to alcohol.)

From this point on there are a few more steps, such as lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering, packaging, and (of course) drinking!

There are some very specific guides out there which have pictures, video, and other means of helping you understand exactly what you have to do to brew your own beer.

It’s nice and fun to get a kit which simplifies things, but it’s way better to have an expert teach it to you as if they were at your own home.  From what we’ve seen, it really helps the person to learn much faster than they would have otherwise, since it gives you a recipe that is tried and tested.

Nothing is more frustrating than brewing beer over the course of a few weeks, only to be disappointed by the taste or consistency of it.  You can avoid that by using a step-by-step guide, which we will try and share with you in the upcoming post next week.

I hope this helps to give you an introduction, there will be much more info which will skyrocket you into becoming a home beer brewing expert, so look out for that!