2012 Health Benefits of Beer

Making Your Own Beer

If you consider yourself one for adventure and experimentation in the kitchen, then there is no challenge more fitting than learning the steps towards making your own beer. Indeed, why should you continue drinking commercial beer with all its “static” and “unimaginative” traits when you can brew one for yourself? With so much creative license, you might just be surprised that homemade brews can be just as good, if not better, than commercial varieties.

The history of people making their own beer dates back hundreds of years before beer became a commercial product. Today, there are many in Europe and the U.S. who embrace the art of brewing beer in their own homes. It’s not that difficult really; all that you need are the basic beer ingredients – malt extract, yeast, and sugar – and you are off to making your own beer.

Begin by sanitizing all the equipment that you will be using for the process - Remember that beer-making is a process that relies on the action of yeast to produce good beer; the last thing you need is for some other microbial action to muck it all up. Your basic equipment for beer-making consists of a 10-gallon pail for fermentation, a siphon hose, twelve 2-liter bottles with lids, a thermometer, and a large pot.

Once you’ve ascertained the cleanliness of your equipment, you can now begin making your own beer. Pour 10 liters of cold water into a 10-gallon pail. In parallel, boil 7 liters of water and add a can of malt extract that you can purchase from your local supermarket. Cook this solution for approximately 15 minutes after which you can add 7 cups of white sugar. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add the mixture to the water in the 10-gallon pail while the mixture is still hot. Finish the mixture by adding bottled water until the resultant solution has returned to room temperature. You should have about 5 gallons of total liquid in your 10-gallon pail. Add the yeast and cover loosely to allow it to begin fermenting.

As it is, your beer-making venture should complete in 7 to 10 days. To test if it is ready for bottling, taste the beer. If you are a regular beer drinker, you should know what a ready-to-drink beer should taste like. If you taste sweetness in the liquid, this means that the mixture is still full of sugar and will require a few more days to continue fermenting. Set it back to allow the fermentation process to continue and make sure to make as few disruptions to the mixture until it is ready.

To finish your beer-making venture, bottle the product using a siphon to make sure you don’t disturb the yeast at the bottom of the pail. You can also extend your knowledge of making your own beer by experimenting with a few other ingredients like hops, molasses, and other herbs to give your beer a unique taste.

Though these are just basic instructions, as you can see the process of making your own beer is not that difficult to do. Give it a try and take pride in being able to make your own special batch of your favorite brew. Whether it ends up as a full-blown business venture or just a fun way to pass a day, you can be confident that making your own beer will make your days extra colorful in every sense of the spoken, and perhaps slurred, words.