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Brewing Beer At Home: A Beginner’s Guide

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If you’re a beginner and need help getting started with brewing your own beer at home, this is the blog post for you! We’ll go over what equipment you can use, how to get started with recipes, some of the best beers to start out with, and more. Reading this will be sure to give you a great head start on creating your first batch of home-brewed beer.

Equipment

The first thing to check off the list is equipment! Here is what you need to get started brewing beer today. You will need a brew pot: You can purchase this at any home brewing store. It should be big enough to hold the number of gallons that you are going to make, but not too big to have excess water in your beer. Northern Brewing has all the supplies you will need to become a master home brewer. You can buy individual items or entire brewing kits to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Next, you’ll want a fermentor: Fermentors come in all shapes and sizes, from buckets or glass carboys for small batches up to plastic picnic coolers for large batches. If you’re starting out with just one gallon (about four liters) of beer then your best bet is probably a bucket or carboy. They don’t cost much more than their smaller counterparts – like $20-30 versus $15-25 respectively – and they take up less space when they’re not in use.

Here’s a video on how to know which fermentor to buy: Watch Here

Once you’ve selected a fermentor, add your malt extract to it and fill with water up to the line that corresponds with how much beer you want to make – for example, if you’re making five gallons of beer then mark the bucket at five gallons (about 18 liters). The right level will be about an inch below the top edge of the bucket or carboy.

The next step is boiling: Heat enough water on the stove top so that when combined with what’s already there, gives a total volume slightly less than what was marked on your fermenting vessel. We’ll say we need four more cups which would bring our total volume up to six cups (or three quarts) while still leaving us an inch of room below the top edge. You can also use this same amount to make a smaller batch (or two gallons).

*For a great overview of the entire process, check out this video: Watch Here

Your First Recipe

Ready to make your first batch? Try this simple recipe: Ingredients:
  • 60g of crushed crystal malt (60L)
  • 15g of Kent Golding’s hops pellets (15H)
  • Brewmax liquid ale yeast vial for 20 liters or more.
  • Water to fill the fermentor up to a total volume of 22 liters.
Total cost only around $27! That’s it, you’re all set with your equipment and ingredients, now we’ll need some time to rest before brewing day!

Instructions:

After you gather your ingredients, here is how they are put together:

  • Place the crushed crystal malt in the fermentor, and mix it around a bit.
  • Sprinkle Kent Goldings hops pellets on top of the malt so that they are evenly distributed across its surface (make sure you use 15g or more).
  • Fill up your water jug with cold tap water – this is for topping off to reach 22 liters before brewing day. Pour some out onto your sanitized hands so that there’s no way any bacteria could contaminate anything else while working with food products.  Add boiled filtered coolant if temperatures outside are higher than 30 degrees Celsius, as boiling point fluctuates depending on altitude. You can also add ice cubes if needed, but make sure you wait until brew day starts before adding them. The next step is to add cold tap water to the fermentor and mix it around. 
  • Attach your malt pipe or airlock with a rubber seal, cover your fermenting bucket with its lid, and store it in a cool dark place for 24 hours at least before bottling day.

Ready to bottle your home-brewed beer? Here’s what to do:

  • Make sure your fermentor is still sealed and that the temperature inside remains steady.
  • Use a siphon to transfer the beer from the fermentor into your bottling bucket, filling it up until you feel resistance on the tap’s plunger or see foam coming out of any part of the hose.
  • Add about 0.25 tablespoons worth of sugar per liter in case there doesn’t seem enough carbonation yet (or add more if desired). Stir gently with sanitized hands before sealing up tight with an airlock again for another 24 hours before storing in a cool dark place at least overnight. Then enjoy!

First Beers To try

Here are some great beers to start with as a first time home brew master:

  • Irish stout
  • Cream ale
  • Kölsch
  • Belgian witbier

Preparation: Brew a batch of beer. Serve with lemon and lime wedges if desired. Enjoy!

Want to go in-depth with your home beer brewing? Check out all the recipes on 

https://beerandbrewing.com/beer-recipes/

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