How to Make Homemade Beer
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In many parts of the world, learning how to make homemade beer is a tradition that is keenly passed from generation to generation resulting in age-old beer-making secrets and recipes. The reason for this homemade fascination with beer is simple; instead of suffering through the industrial brews that the line the shelves of many supermarkets, learning to make homemade beer empowers the brewer to add his own personality to the beer giving it a unique flair that one will never find with commercial varieties.
Here are simple steps to help you learn how to make homemade beer so you can finally start enjoying the sweet taste of your own brew.
You Will Need:
§ A pot where you can “cook” up to 3 gallons of liquid and a second storage vessel that can hold up to 10 gallons of liquid. The increase in volume will be due to the frothing once the fermentation process begins to occur.
§ Thermometers for temperature measurements
§ Empty bottles
§ Malt or malt extract. About 40 ounces of extract should be sufficient
§ Yeast, a packet should be sufficient
§ Sugar, the normal ratio is about 1 cup of sugar to six ounces of malt so with 40 ounces of malt, about 7 cups of sugar is required
How to Make Homemade Beer
Brewing beer is essentially a fermentation process where the malt and sugar are mixed with the yeast to produce alcohol by-products. The water acts as the medium through which the fermentation process can happen. To make your first homemade beer, try to following the succeeding simple steps:
1. Sterilize all the utensils. You want yeast and nothing else to touch the beer in all its brewing stages.
2. Put 2 gallons of water in the smaller pot and bring to a boil. Slowly add the malt right at that moment when the heat makes bubbles appear. Once the mixture starts to intensely boil, add the sugar into the water-malt mixture.
3. When all the sugar is dissolved, mix this solution with 3 gallons of fresh water. The preferred method is to add the hot solution to the standing fresh water. Make sure to do this process quickly to preserve the presence of the bubbles in the solution.
4. Add more water to lower the temperature slowly. When cooled down to room temperature, add the yeast to the solution. Remember to not add the yeast to the hot mixture as it will die.
5. Keep this solution stored in a cool, dry place and undisturbed for up to 10 to 14 days. At around this time frame, start tasting the beer until you get the desired taste. If it is still sweet, it means that there are still sugars for the yeast to ferment so continue the fermenting process in these steps to learn how to make homemade beer.
6. Complete the process by bottling the beer. Sterilize the bottles, add a tablespoon or two of sugar to each bottle and siphon the beer into the bottles up to the neck. Dissolve the sugar and store for another 10-14 days in a cool dry place.
And just like that, you can not enjoy the products of your labor since you have learned how to make homemade beer. The beauty of homemade brew is that you can experiment by adding various ingredients to bring the beer to life or give it a new personality. Try and see which combination of ingredients will give you the beer that you like best and perfect this as your own recipe. Who knows, when learning how to make homemade beer, you might just be able to market a recipe that your friends, your community, and many others might learn to love.