Beer Homebrewing Basics

beer homebrew guide

 

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.

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