Brewing your own beer is a dream that many beer enthusiasts would love to come true. The fact of the matter is that brewing your own beer is not as hard as one would think.
You start out by soaking two cans of malt extract syrup in a tub of hot water for around twenty to thirty minutes. This is going to make the syrup a little easier to pour.
While your two cans of syrup are soaking, fill your brewkettle with 1 and ½ gallons of water. As this water starts to boil, take the brewkettle off of the heat. You are now going to add the two cans of malt extract to the water. When they are both in the water stir the mixture until it has all dissolved. Once it has dissolved, you put the brew kettle back on the heat.
Now you need to boil this mixture for about thirty minutes. If the mixture starts to boil over, you can stir it up to relieve some of the heat. About five or ten minutes before time is up, add your hop pellets to the mixture. The hop pellets are going to give the brew a great aroma.
While the beer is boiling, you need to sanitize your fermenter with a solution of 1 once of bleach and 1 gallon of water. To sanitize this, take a sponge and soak it in the solution. Now you are going to sponge down the fermenter and then wash it thoroughly with hot water. After you are finished, fill your fermenter with about three gallons of cold water and then cover it with a sanitized lid.
When you are done boiling your beer, you want to carefully pour it into the water filled fermenter. This is extremely hot so taking caution is very important. When the beer has cooled to around room temperature, you need to follow the instructions that came with your yeast package in order to hydrate your yeast. When you’re finished with that, you can open the lid and pour your yeast into the fermenter. You want to do this very quickly so your beer isn’t exposed to very much air.
The fermentation should take around twenty-four hours, but it might take a little longer than that. One of the best signs of fermentation is when you see carbon dioxide bubbling through the fermentation lock. This bubbling should be very apparent for a couple of days and then start to slow down. Two weeks after the fermentation is finished, you should be ready to bottle your own beer.
When you’re ready to bottle your beer, you’re going to want a different solution for sanitation. Mix about 1 ounce to 2 ounces of bleach to 5 gallons of water. Fill your bottles with the solution and let them soak for around forty-five minutes. After they have soaked, wash each bottle out with hot water and make sure the bottles are clean. Now you’re going to want to sanitize your racking can, siphon hose, bottling bucket, and your bottle caps.
Once all of that is done, dissolve around ¾ cup of corn sugar in a cup of tap water. Boil this for around ten minutes and watch it for boilovers. Now you’re going to want to put your fermenter on a raised surface and leave your bottling bucket on the floor. Pour the corn sugar solution into your bottling bucket. Now you can siphon your beer from your fermenter into your bottling bucket. You want to do this carefully so you don’t splash or agitate the beer and leave sediment on the bottom of the fermenter. Keep your beer contained and away from outside air as much as you can. Now you can put your bottling buck on your raised surface and start bottling. Congratulations! You’re a homebrewer.
Bottling your own beer is a really cool hobby that you can do with little investment and a short time span. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have your own beer in as little as a month!