Everybody experiences tough times financially now and again. You may be forced to decide between buying bread and cheese for sandwiches or beer. That is a pretty tough decision, and either choice is going to leave a person longing for the what they did not buy. Instead of being faced with that kind of a decision in the future, a person can make their own beer at home.
The best part about making your own beer is you can make it just the way you like it. Once the perfect recipe has been mastered, you can keep it a secret or share with your friends. The possibilities are endless when you are in control of the entire beer making process. There are literally hundreds of recipes to choose from.
The easiest route to starting your own home brewery is to buy a complete beer making kit. This will include all the utensils and pots needed to brew the beer. It is imperative any kit or used pots are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before using. Many experienced brewers advise against using aluminum pots to boil the ingredients because it can leave a funky taste to the beer.
Beer kits will generally include the malt and yeast needed to make the beer. However, the home brewer will most likely want to add more sugars. Sugars are what break down to form the alcohol in the beer. The extra fermentable ingredients can be simple table sugar, brown sugar, rice syrup or malt extracts.
Follow the instructions in your beer making kit to begin the brewing process. Typically, the recommended amount of water(usually about 2 quarts) is brought to boiling temperature. Once the water is boiling the malt extract, sugar and other fermentable ingredients are added to the water. Stir the ingredients thoroughly and allow to sit on low heat for about 15 minutes. Pour this mixture into the fermenting container. Add four gallons of cold water and stir. Add the yeast, stir again and seal the container.
It takes several days of fermenting before the beer is ready to be bottled. Average fermenting time is anywhere from 6-10 days. The fermenting process should be completed in a room that is kept between 66 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The beer is ready to be bottled when there are very few bubbles in the beer when stirred.
The bottling process can be handled a couple of different ways. Some people add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to each bottle they plan on filling while others choose to add a sugar solution directly to the beer before it is bottled. Sugar is necessary to complete the fermentation process and to add carbonation to the beer. Once the beer is bottled and capped it needs to be placed in a cool dark place for at least two weeks.