So you want to know how to brew your own beer? Well, you have come to the right place. I will do my best to explain the brewing process, as well as provide tutorials, hints and tips for new comers, and experienced brewers as well.
Brewing is a pretty simple, and easy hobby. If you can boil water, you can make beer! The main ingredients in beer are Barley, Water, Hops and Yeast.
Here’s what it involves:
1. Malted Barley grain is Mashed/ Steeped in hot water to release the sugars in the grain.
2. After the mash/ steep process, the grains are removed, and the resulting sugary liquid, called Wort, is boiled. Hops is also added at this stage for bittering and aroma.
3. Once the boil is done,the wort is cooled to fermentation temperature, and yeast is added. The cooling process should be done as fast as possible to avoid any wild yeast or bacteria infecting the beer.
4. The yeast then gets to work eating up the sugars, and producing CO2 and ethyl alcohol as a byproduct.
5. Once the fermentation is complete, the beer (which will be flat at this stage) is bottled with a little bit of sugar. This sugar is consumed by the yeast in the bottle and results in a carbonated beverage.
So to start with, I recommend new brewers begin by doing what is called an Extract brew. This is the best way to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of brewing since it is relatively simple, and does not need any specialised equipment. All you need is a large pot, a stove, and fermenting vessel.
Extract brewing involves using Liquid Malt Extract instead of malted grains. The next step will be Partial Extract brewing, which means you will use half extract and half grain, and the final step will be All Grain brewing.
I recommend taking some time to read through the following articles on this website.
If you have any questions on how to to started, or where to buy equipment or ingredients, please post a comment below, or send me an email and I’ll help out as best as I can.
Cheers, and happy brewing!