How to Brew

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.

Adding the grain to the mash tun
Adding the grain to the mash tun

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.

Fuggles hop addition
Boiling and hop addition

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.

Cold break that forms when the wort is cooled.
Cold break that forms when the wort is cooled.

4. The yeast then gets to work eating up the sugars, and producing CO2 and ethyl alcohol as a byproduct.

Top fermenting ale yeast at work. Notice the Krausen formed around the top
Top fermenting ale yeast at work. Notice the Krausen formed around the top

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.

Bottles being filled
Bottles being filled

Simple, no?

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.

What is Home Brewing

Steps in the brewing process

The German Purity Law for Beer

What is Hops

Partial Extract using Liquid and Dry Malt Extract

Partial Extract using Liquid extract and Malted Grain

All Grain Brewing

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!