Brewing your own beer can give you a different buzz altogether. The process may be long and it no doubt requires meticulous care, but the end result can be just as satisfying!
Things You'll Need
- A Large Pot
- A Fermenter
- An Airlock
- A Bottle Filler
- Bottle Caps
- A Capper
- A Sanitizing Solution
The Basic Ingredients
- Malt Extract
- Brewer's Yeast
- Priming Sugar
Let's Begin, Shall We?
Step 1: Start by Sanitizing
Sanitize every single thing, right from the room where you will be brewing your beer, to the instruments that you will be using. Even sanitize your hands to get rid of the bacteria.
Step 2: Mash Those Grains
To make the wort, also known as unfermented beer, crush the grains, put them in a grain bag and steep it in hot (NOT Boiling) water with the lid on, for around half an hour.
Step 3: Boil for Flavor
The malt extract and the hops add flavor to the wort. So take out the grain bag and start boiling the wort. After a while, add the malt extract and the hops to the concoction.
Step 4: Let it Ferment
After about an hour of boiling, take the wort off the burner and chill it. Now transfer the brew into the fermenter and cover it with an airlock. Then pitch the yeast and store it for a few weeks.
Step 5: Bottle it Up!
The brew that you get post-fermentation is called Flat Beer. To carbonate it, you will have to add priming sugar and bottle it up with the help of a bottle filler. Use a capper to seal them with bottle caps.
Once you've bottled up the brew, you will have to wait for at least 2 more weeks before you can start enjoying your very own, homebrewed beer.
Quick Tips for Beginners
- Sanitize everything that has to do anything with the brewing process, because stray bacteria can easily render all your efforts useless.
- For starters, stick to a particular recipe. The experimentation can come in once you have mastered the basics.
- Once you've got the hang of the malt extract method, you can move on to try out an all-grain recipe.