Brewing beer at home has been a common practice for around 7,000 years. Recipes were handed down through families and cultures as a matter of course. While homemade wine has become largely more popular, there are still those who brew their own beer at home. In this age of calorie counting and health consciousness, many home brewers have begun actively seeking ways to make their beer more healthy. Here are some ways to make your own low calorie beer at home.
Topping the list of ways to make a low calorie brew is to make some minor changes to whatever recipes you have that you particularly like. It is not very difficult to make small changes to your recipes and still achieve a flavorful result. Adding more water before fermenting is probably the simplest and most effective change you can make to reduce calories.
Another change you can make is to reduce the amount of malt that you use. Several of the ingredients in beer are calorie rich, and malt is no exception. Cutting back on the malt will, however, give your home brew an altered taste.
Something else you can change is the amount of sugar you use. Of course, sugar has calories, so the less you use, the less there will be. You should not, however, use any kind of sugar substitute in your brew. Sugar substitutes are made primarily of chemicals, which could result in you brewing something that is not even beer. You must use real sugar for the fermenting process, and even lessening the amount will alter the taste.
If reducing the sugar or malt is not something that you want to do, you can add Beano to your home brew. Beano will convert much of the carbs from your yeast, which will result in fewer calories. Beano will also alter the taste slightly, making it crisper. By simply adding three crushed tablets at the same time as the yeast, you will not have to reduce the other ingredients, although it probably wouldn’t hurt, much.
Taking into account the amount of time and ingredients needed to brew you own beer, you should simply experiment. Try making several batches of the same recipe and reducing something different in each one. Remember to make one batch using the Beano trick. Then sample each to see which one you like better. You should also keep in mind that just because one recipe is your favorite, it does not mean that that recipe will taste good with reduced calories. Try other recipes as well, using the same method of reducing one high calorie ingredient. You might find that the recipe you are not as fond of tastes better with the fewer calorie brewing. Of course, be sure to label them correctly and keep careful notes about each individual test. How sad would it be to finally achieve the best one but not remember how you got it?
You might also simply search for recipes that are already written for fewer calories. Since many home brew recipes are handed down, ask someone that might have one they are willing to share. You might also search through some different archives to find a ‘new’ recipe. Keep in mind that in some eras, beer was thought to have medicinal benefits. If a hunt through regular recipes does not yield anything new, you could try searching through some medicinal recipes. You should also remember that they are not likely to say ‘Low Calorie Recipe’ on them, so be prepared to read through the list of ingredients. If you are an old hand at home brewing, it should not take you long to notice whether a particular recipe will produce a low calorie beer.
There is no need to settle for inferior taste when brewing your own low calorie beer. By experimenting a little and doing a bit of research, you should be able to make a low calorie beer that will taste every bit as good and hopefully better than anything you can buy in the store.