Homebrew 101 How to Get Started Making Your Own Beer
We’re going to talk about... What exactly is beer, anyway? What kind of beer can you make at home? What equipment do you need? How do you actually make beer? Cool! How do I get started? What to do after my first batch?
What kind of beer can you make at home? Sounds a little intimidating... that’s a lot of options Home brew stores sell recipe kits with everything you need As a beginner, just decide what you want to brew
What kind of beer can you make at home? We’re going to talk about making: An ale recipe kit using specialty grains With a single-stage fermentation Using a technique called Extract Brewing and a Partial Boil
What kind of equipment do you need? Hint: Not this much...
What kind of equipment do you need? Brew Pot Stainless vs. Aluminum $40 - $300+ Lots of sizes (4 to 30+ gal.)
How do you actually make beer? Made (not so) painstakingly by YOU!
How do you actually make beer? Step 1: Clean Everything Mix up a solution of your cleaner, per instructions Thoroughly clean everything that will touch the beer Step 2: Assemble Equipment and Ingredients You’ll need the brew pot, fermenter, airlock, long spoon, strainer, turkey baster, hydrometer, thermometer Recipe kit + 6 gallons of bottled drinking water Set the yeast out at room temperature, up to 24 hours
How do you actually make beer? Step 2: Assemble Equipment and Ingredients
How do you actually make beer? Step 3: Soak the Specialty Grains Bring 2 to 2.5 gal. of water up to approx. 155o Once heated, place the grain bag in the water Typically steeps for 20to 30 minutes, per recipe When finished, lift in and out like a tea bag Let it drip, then discard Return the pot to the heatand bring to a boil
How do you actually make beer? Step 4: Add Malt Extract Remove the heat source and slowly add the extract Add slowly, and stir; it can scorch and needs to dissolve Return to heat, bring to a roiling boil Watch it! It contains a LOT of sugar and can boil over...
How do you actually make beer? Step 5: Boil the Wort and Add Hops Once you get to a roiling boil, reduce heat and set timer 60 minutes: Add bittering hops 15 minutes: Add flavoring hops 5 minutes: Add aroma hops While the wort boils, sanitizethe fermentation equipment Bucket, airlock, turkey baster, strainer, ladle Just don’t go too far...
How do you actually make beer? Step 6: Cool the Wort Need to get the wort below 75oas fast as possible Wort Chiller
Passes cold water through a ring of tubing for heat exchange
When you’re ready to ferment, it will be ice cold
Some brewers frown on it, and it’s not entirely effective
How do you actually make beer? Step 7: Strain & Aerate the Wort Straining remove grain and hop fragments Aerating introduces O2 which helps start fermentation Check specific gravity with sanitized hydrometer
How do you actually make beer? Step 8: Pitch the Yeast Shake the yeast vial and pour into fermenter Give a good stir with a sanitized spoon Seal the fermenter with sanitized lid, and add airlock
How do you actually make beer? Step 9: Clean Everything Take good care of the equipment, clean after every use Step 10: Wait Beer ferments for between 2 and 3 weeks In the third week, take three specific gravity readings at 24 hour intervals; stable gravity = time to bottle
How do you actually make beer? Step 11: Prep for Bottling Soak and scrub all bottles the night before Day of, clean bottling bucket, spigot, bottle filler, siphon
How do you actually make beer? Step 12: Prime and Transfer to Bottling Bucket Sanitize everything, let bottles drip dry Boil and dissolve priming sugar into 2 cups of water Add sugar water to bottling bucket Using the sanitized auto-siphon, transfer the beer from primary to bottling bucket
How do you actually make beer? Step 13: Bottle and Store Fill each beer to top and put sanitized cap on top Seal all bottles with capper Store in a cool dark place for 3 weeks