If you find yourself looking for something interesting to fill your free time, you may want to take on the creative hobby of home brewing your own beer. Home brewing is all the rage and is the fastest growing hobby around the world. You don’t have to be advanced to take on the challenge of home brewing because it’s extremely simple to master the technique. This is a fun activity to take on your own, or you can gather your friends and neighbors together to learn the art of the craft and create a variety of tastes.
Getting started is easy because beer making kits are readily available on the internet, at liquor stores and local shops that specialize in this creative type of hobby. The kits are also simple to use and allow the consumer to make a standard batch of beer that is approximately 5 gallons.
Beginner home brewing kits usually come equipped with the standard ingredients such as a can of malt mix, a two gallon fermentation tank, brewer’s yeast, a sanitizer and booster. The sanitizer is the most important part of the kit because it prevents infections caused by bacterial contamination. The kits can start around $75 and up, depending on how much you’re willing to invest in the hobby.
What to Expect?
Home brewing is a fun hobby that allows you to experiment with a variety of tastes. If you’re interested in making a light beer, heavy beer, or flavored beer, you can choose that as your preference. Do your research and be creative when home brewing. Remember, this is your hobby, and you can take it to your own level.
If you have the space, set up a separate room with your intended supplies that are needed to create the beer. This can be done in the basement, garage or designated room in the house. Choose a room where you can escape and get the creative juices flowing to design unique and interesting tasting beers. It’s a way to make your hobby extra exciting and interesting.
How Long Does it Take?
The average batch of beer usually takes five weeks to make. This includes the day that you begin to brew the beer to the time you are ready to sample it. The beer needs time to properly ferment and age, so you need to experience patience when home brewing.
After your beer has been brewed, you will need to make sure that the vessel has been properly sealed. This starts the initial fermentation process. Once the phase has been completed, the beer is ready to be transferred to the other vessel for additional fermentation. This takes approximately two weeks for proper aging and clarity. After this process, the beer is ready to be bottled. The beer will need an additional seven days or more until the carbonation has taken place. At the end of this process, you are ready to invite your family and friends over to sample your home brewed beer. The first batch is typically experimental and you will know the areas that you need to tweak afterward.
Start out simple and advance to different varieties and flavors. Home brewing is an exciting hobby where you are likely to meet other enthusiastic home brewers. Once you’ve honed in on your home brewing skills, you can take it to the next level and enter competitions and join home brewing clubs.
Some successful home brewers have been known to get into micro-brewing and process their own commercial beer. The most important goal of this hobby is to have fun, and you are sure to reap the rewards when sampling your home brew with others.