Most of us settle for the flavor of a particular favorite beer, despite the diversity of varied types, tastes, colors or character available through your own brewing. If this is the case with you, you need to find a brew pub. A brew pub will give you a new appreciation for a quality beer, outside your every day store bought beer. The best thing is those brew pub beers are made by home brewers.
Commercial breweries produce their beer in bulk, while a home brewer creates much smaller batches that can be adjusted quite easily to improve any aspect desired. This could be cause for you to want to try your own home beer brewing. Once you begin experimenting with home brewing, you could find yourself with a new favorite hobby. It is a hobby that is inexpensive to enter into while allowing you creativity with textures and flavors of your own personal beer blends.
Once you have made the initial decision to enter into the home brewing endeavor, you could become filled with trepidation as you are initially not certain as to what exactly is involved. You have no reason to fear as there are plenty of home brewing stores that can help you choose the appropriate equipment, instructions and ingredients. There is a wealth of information on the internet as well. So now you are ready to begin with your first batch of home brewed beer.
The very easy steps needed to get the brewing going include:
- Collect all the ingredients that you will need to process your beer from start to finish. Having the supplies on hand will help you be able to go about the brewing without having interruptions of searching for ingredients.
- You will begin with about one gallon of water. For brewing beer it does not matter if the water is tap water or bottled water. Often the minerals included in the water enhance the flavor of the beer. Start to water to boil in a 2 to 3 gallon size pot with a lid. The larger size is needed for adding the ingredients.
- While the water is coming to a boil in the large pan, you can add the brewing yeast to boiling hot water in a much smaller pan and mix it into a thick paste
You should have gotten the type of yeast that is especially used for brewing.
- When the water in the large pan comes to a boil, you should add the brewing yeast and water mixture.
- Upon completion of mixing the yeast into the boiling water, then introduce the malt extract into the mix. You should ensure that the malt is completely dissolved in the mix before proceeding.
- The hops, which will look like pellets when you purchase them, will be added to the mix next. The complete mix should then boil for five minutes before moving on to the next step.
- While the five minute boiling is occurring, you can make ready your equipment for fermentation by making sure it is well sanitized. Upon completion of the five minute boiling time after the hops addition, you should fill the fermenter ¾ full of cold tap water.
- The term “wort” refers to the strong beer you have boiled that is can now be fermented. The wort gets poured in the fermenter with the cold water, which should equal five gallons. If the fermenter mixture does not reach five gallons, you should add water until it does.
Your brewing equipment will be accompanied by the fermenting instructions needed to proceed with the process of fermenting your beer. Time will then have to do its job in allowing the beer to ferment. Your very first batch of home brewed beer could be well worth the wait for the completion of the fermenting step of the process.