Brewing Beer at Home
Do you enjoy drinking beer from time to time? If you do, you may want to think about trying to brew your own at home. You can purchase a kit to get you started and take a look at the information you’ll find at Beer Brewing Made Easy. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily create your own unique brew. Following are some very simple instructions on creating your very first home brew.
Things You Are Going To Need
Are you ready to get started? Great, then you will need a few things.
You will need to start by getting a brew kettle. Then, you will need the following:
- 5 gallons of water
- 2 cans malt extract
- Hop pellets
- 1 ounce bleach
- Primary fermenter
- 1 pkg dehydrated yeast
- 4 gallons water
- Bottle caps and bottles
- Siphon hose
- Bottling bucket
- Bottle filler
- 1 cup water
- 5 gallons water
- Racking cane
- 1 cup water
- ¾ c corn sugar
- 1-2 ounces bleach
Boiling the Beer
To get started, soak the malt extract in cans of hot water for about 20 minutes. This will serve to soften the extract, making it much easier to pour. Next, pour the 1.5 gallons of water into the kettle and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, you should add the extract and make sure to thoroughly stir until it has all been dissolved. This will become what is referred to as wort.
Now, put the kettle back on the stovetop and boil the wort for about 30 minutes, occasionally stirring it. About 5-10 minutes before the boiling process is complete, add the hop pellets.
Sanitize Your Fermenter
Before you put the mixture into the fermenter, you need to sanitize it by using a combination of 1 gallon of water to 1 ounce of bleach. Then, with a new sponge, sanitize both the fermenter and the lid. You will find this information on Beer Brewing Made Easy.
Once this process is complete, you can fill the fermenter with three gallons of cold water and put the lid on.
Cool & Ferment the Beer
Now that the fermenter is clean, you will add the wort by carefully pouring it without splashing yourself. The wort should be allowed to cool down to room temperature. Following the directions on the package, rehydrate the yeast and quickly add it to the wort. Do not stir the mixture- simply pour and then replace the lid and lock it into place.
Add some water into the air lock to the halfway point. Then, you should walk away and leave it alone while it ferments. It should be left in a dark, room temperature area where no one will bother it. Pay attention to the rapid bubbling due to carbon dioxide in the fermentation lock- this means that it’s working properly. The process should take about two weeks.
Bottle Your Beer
Before you bottle your beer, you want to take the time to sanitize your bottles and caps. You do this by mixing 1-2 ounces of bleach to 5 gallons of water. Soak the bottles for at least 45 minutes. You can use the vodka or a weaker bleach-water solution to sanitize the caps. Once they have soaked, rinse them thoroughly and make sure there’s nothing left in them before you begin to fill them.
Carefully sanitize your tools by using the bleach-water mixture. This includes the bottling bucket, bottle filler, siphon hose, and racking cane.
Mix together one cup of water and the corn sugar into a pot and place it on the stovetop for approximately 10 minutes to boil. Bring the fermenter to your kitchen and place it on the counter, placing the bottling bucket on the floor underneath. Carefully pour the corn sugar solution into the bucket.
Slowly and carefully siphon the beer from your fermenter to the bottling bucket, leaving behind some of the beer at the bottom of the fermenter so that you don’t bring the sediment with you. Place the bottling bucket on your counter once it’s full.
Take the bottle filler, racking cane, and siphon hose and attach them to the bottling bucket. Then, carefully begin to fill each bottle, leaving a bit of room in the neck and placing the cap on it as you fill each one.
Once the beer is bottled, if possible, place them in a cool, dark place and- if possible- allow them to sit for two weeks.