Brew Beer In 10 Steps | Equipment, Ingredients - 10 Steps To Make A Beer!
Brewing your own beer at home is not just a hobby, but can save money in the long run. The initial cost of a homebrew kit, which includes everything below, is typically $75to $150. Once you have the equipment, all that is needed for
future beer making are cheap ingredients. Below shows how to make an inexpensive beginner beer with a process called all grain brewing, using only malted grain and hops.
- Insulated cooler.
- Large steel pot.
- Wort chiller.
- Glass carboy.
- Plastic bottling bucket.
- 48 glass bottles.
- 5 to 10 pounds of crushed malted barley.
- 1 to 5 ounces of hops.
- Package of yeast.
- 3/4 cup of priming corn sugar.
- Step 1, mash: Let the crushed malted barley soak in hot water for an hour. During mashing, the enzymes in the malt break it down into fermentable sugars, which the yeast will later convert into alcohol.
- Step 2, sparge: Drain the liquid from the malt, then rinse the malt with more hot water to extract all the fermentable sugars. The liquid is now called wort.
- Step 3, boil: Boil the wort anywhere from one to two hours depending on the style of beer you're brewing and what flavors you want in it.
- Step 4, add hops: Add hops throughout the boiling water. Most beers have two to three additions of hops at various times during the boil. Usually you boil one addition of hops for 60 minutes - these hops are called bittering hops
because they add the bitterness to the beer. Other additions can come at the 30-, 15-, 10- and 5-minute marks depending on the style
- Step 5, cool wort: It is important to cool the hot wort that you just boiled as quickly as possible to avoid bacteria. Most use a wort chiller, a coiled length of copper tubing you stick into the wort, then run cold water through it to cool
- Step 6, move wort: Once the wort is cooled to 75 degrees or less, move it into a fermenting vessel. These vary, but the most common are large glass carboys.
- Step 7, add yeast: Add the yeast, which comes in various forms. There is dry yeast, which is sprinkled in the beer and liquid yeast, which is dumped in the beer and mixed in.
- Step 8, cool vessel: Put the fermenting vessel in a cool place out of direct sunlight and keep it around 70 degrees for two weeks, which is the norm for a basic homebrew.
- Step 9, transfer: After two weeks, transfer the beer into bottles or a keg. When you put the beer in its drinking container, add a little bit of priming sugar which stirs up a little bit of extra fermentation and carbonates the beer.
- Step 10, condition: Let the beer condition in its bottles another two weeks. This helps the flavor develop and the carbonation set in.
DimeSpring | Sources: Staff research; homebrew.com; northernbrewer.com; midwestsupplies.com | Ryan Smith / Graphic.