Making beer at home is simple once you have the proper equipment and directions. In fact, the hardest part to making beer at home is just waiting for the fermentation to complete. Don’t be like the rest of those uninformed people out there who are just fine having to drink commercial swill. This article will show you step by step the process of making beer at home. The process for making beer at home may seem daunting at first, but actually it’s pretty easy. In a nutshell it consists of nothing more than boiling the mixture of hops, barley and water, called the wort. Then placing it into a fermenter with yeast. After fermentation, you bottle it. That’s all there is to making beer at home. When first starting off making beer at home I recommend you buy one of the commercially available Beer making kits available out there, MrBeer is a very popular and easy to use one.
First off you’ll need to sanitize all the equipment you will use to make your own beer at home. This is a crucial step as any bacteria or other nasties will have weeks in a perfect environment to grow, thus ruining your beer. Then add the beer kit mixture to water in a large pot and bring it to a boil, the packaging of the home beer kit will specify the amount of time to do this. This mixture is now called the wort. After boiling the wort for the required amount of time (specified on the beer kit packaging) you add the hops. Hops adds bitterness and flavoring. A crucial addition when making beer at home. Once the wort has boiled for the set amount of time you need to add this mixture to the primary fermenter, topping off with additional cold water to get to about 76 degrees and 5 gallons total. When making beer at home it’s crucial that you hit the 76 degree mark, too hot or cold and you’ll kill the yeast.
Now add the yeast, this is called pitching the yeast. Even the type of yeast you use can influence the final flavor of your homemade beer. Then place the airlock on top. This will seal out nasty bacteria, which you certainly don’t want in your own home made beer. Experimenting with different types of yeast is one of the benefits of making beer at home, you can make a brew personalized to your own tastes! The mixture will bubble for about a week, this is the yeast going to work. After the bubbling stops, about a week, move the mixture to the secondary fermenter, being careful not to disturb the sediment on the bottom. The agitation caused by moving will cause a second fermentation. The wort will stay here for another week. Note: some kits, like the MrBeer only require one week fermentation in the primary fermentor. After the second fermentation is complete it’s time to bottle the beer. Usually you do this by adding a small amount of white sugar to each bottle, filling it with beer to about 2/3rds of the way and sealing with a cap. The remaining yeast will eat the added sugar. causing a natural carbonation of the home made beer. Do not fill the bottles to the top, they can explode! After about a week you can chill and enjoy the beer. Personally I would wait at least a month though for the best tasting homemade beer. If you, or someone you know is a beer lover and are unsure as to whether you can do this, try a MrBeer kit, they are inexpensive and have everything necessary for making beer at home. Now pop one open and enjoy!!
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