Beer Brewing Systems
There are so many different home brewing systems out there- however, there seems to be a lack of information on how to choose the best one. If you’re like most new home brewers, chances are you want to get your brewing equipment as soon as you can and get started, right? Check out Beer Brewing Made Easy to learn more about brewing your own beer at home.
When I got started brewing my own beer at home, I already had 20 years of experience making wine- so I had most of the necessary equipment. However, if you’re just getting started, it’s best to get started with a basic brewing setup- most people do. This will give you the opportunity to make good beer on your stove with just a little bit of equipment.
Once you’ve made a few extract kits, you might want to look into “all grain” brewing. You can find information on this at Beer Brewing Made Easy. Of course, you will need to do some research on this process first so that you are fully aware of what you are doing. You will need a hot liquor tank, chiller, and a mash tun to do this type of brewing. This can be as simple as a standard ice chest with a braided steel screen or as complex as a refurbished keg. The process of “all grain” brewing involves mashing your own malted grain and then rinsing them to get all of the fermentable sugar from them.
On the other hand, extract brewing is when all of this has already been done for you. Liquid Malt Extract, known as LME, and Dried Malt Extract, known as DME is the result of this process. When it comes to all grain brewing, you get more control of your beer and will have a much better experience. For more information, check out Beer Brewing Made Easy.
Buying Your Equipment
Of course, you’re not required to buy all of your supplies and equipment from a home brew supplier. Believe it or not, you can visit your local hardware store/lumber supplier and build your own. Typically, homebrewers do prefer to make their own so that they can customize it the way they choose. When you make your own, you can craft a magnetic stir plate for liquid yeast and a copper chiller for your wort. You can do just about anything you want to create your very own equipment to brew your very own beer.
Advanced Systems for the Homebrewer
For the advanced homebrewer- or even the beginner that wants to get started quickly. This includes what is known as RIMS, or Recirculating Infusion Mash Systems and HERMS, or Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash Systems. You can easily purchase these from Beer Brewing Made Easy or you can make your own. Even the full-size breweries use these type of systems to test some of their new recipes on a smaller scale. Systems such as these are what most homebrewers fantasize about.
A major part of the brewing process is fermentation. Once you have made your wort and chilled it, you can move to the fermentation process. There are several different options for this, including basic buckets all the way up to conical fermenters cooled with glycol that have a digital temp control. Once you have an understanding of the fermentation process and you know how to control it, you can go from good beer to great beer.
Once your beer has gone through the fermentation process, it’s time to bottle it. Before bottling though, you must make sure to take the time to wash and sanitize your bottles and caps. You’ll need approximately 50 bottles for a 5 gallon batch of beer. On the other hand, you can keg your beer if you prefer. You’ll need to take the time to learn the process of kegging your beer from Beer Brewing Made Easy.
Of course, no matter which type of system you choose- “all grain” or “extract”- you are going to be making great beer right away. Just think about it- you’ll never have to buy beer from the store again. You’ll have your very own personal supply of beer that you can share with your loved ones.