Beer has been one of the most popular beverages for centuries and it doesn’t come as a surprise at all. It provides pleasure to many people and comes in various flavors and textures. Most beer lovers can agree that nothing can beat the taste of a good craft beer. It has much more flavor than a regular beer you can buy in your store and this is the reason why it has had a huge comeback over the last decade.
Nowadays you can buy a unique, craft beer in most stores and enjoy yourself. Still, this pleasure can be a bit pricey sometimes. In fact, a six-pack of craft beer can cost almost $10 in most liquor stores.
The good news is that there is a much better way to enjoy your favorite beverage and spend less money. You can try brewing your own! You may feel confused at the moment and think this task is daunting and challenging. To tell you the truth – it’s not that difficult at all. This article will help you understand the process and provide easy steps and details you may find useful.
Step 1: Be Prepared
Having the right equipment is the most important step. This may seem quite obvious but many beginners struggle when they see all the options and feel overwhelmed. Maybe you think that you need to invest a fortune to get started brewing your beer but it’s not true. Buying a home brew kit is the easiest way to go since it’s basic, simple, and user-friendly. You can always invest in new, fancier equipment if brewing beer becomes your thing after a few months.
Step 2: Sanitize
Make sure you sanitize all your gadgets as well as anything that comes in contact with beer after it boils. This step is especially important nowadays, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be responsible. You can use an easy non-rinse cleanser and a brush. It’s quick and easy but it makes all the difference.
Step 3: Gather Your Ingredients
Let’s learn about the main ingredients of beer. There are four basic ones and you can always choose whether to add malt extracts or not depending on your recipe. Here are the supplies you must gather:
Step 4: Brew Your Own Beer
Fill your brew kettle (about 5 gallons) with 2.5 gallons of water and heat it. Steep your grains for around 20 minutes and then remove them. Don’t squeeze your grain bag, just let the fluids drip out of it into the water.
Once you bring your kettle to boil it’s time to add malt extracts and remove the kettle from the heat. Wait for the extracts to dissolve, return to the boil and add hops.
When you are done, it’s time to begin the fermentation process. Add the yeast (preferably dry yeast) and seal your fermenter. Store it in a dark place.
Now you see that making your own beer at home isn’t that difficult at all. It’s a great hobby and a very rewarding task. People have been brewing beer for a long time and it’s time to engage in this entertaining process. After all, you and your friends will get to enjoy a drink you made by yourself from scratch, which is priceless.