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...
What is beer, anyway?
What is beer, anyway?
 Besides delicious, beer is...
Malted Grains
• Contribute fermentable
sugars, flavors, and color
• ...
What is beer, anyway?
 In addition to the four main ingredients, you can
brew with... just about anything!
 Fruit (raspb...
What kind of beer can you make at
home?
Answer: Anything but Bud Light
What kind of beer can you make at
home?
 Most home brewers start with ales
 They ferment best between 65 and 75 degrees
...
What kind of beer can you make at
home?
 Sounds a little intimidating... that’s a lot of
options
 Home brew stores sell ...
What kind of beer can you make at
home?
 We’re going to talk about
making:
 An ale recipe kit using
specialty grains
 W...
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.)
 Fe...
What kind of equipment do you
need?
 Brewing Accessories
 Long Handled Spoon
(plastic or stainless)
 Strainer
 Thief (...
What kind of equipment do you
need?
 Bottling Bucket
 Plastic bucket with
spigot
 Short length of hose
 Bottle filler
...
What kind of equipment do you
need?
 Measurement Devices
 Thermometer
 Hydrometer
 Test tube
 Cleaning Supplies
 Pow...
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
 Thorough...
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
 Onc...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 4: Add Malt
Extract
 Remove the heat
source and slowly add
the extract
 Add slowly...
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
...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 6: Cool the Wort
 Need to get the wort below 75o as fast as possible
Your Kitchen S...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 7: Strain &
Aerate the Wort
 Straining remove
grain and hop
fragments
 Aerating in...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 8: Pitch the Yeast
 Shake the yeast vial
and pour into fermenter
 Give a good stir...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 9: Clean Everything
 Take good care of the
equipment, clean after every
use
 Step ...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 11: Prep for Bottling
 Soak and scrub all bottles the night before
 Day of, clean ...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 12: Prime and Transfer
to Bottling Bucket
 Sanitize everything, let bottles
drip dr...
How do you actually make
beer?
 Step 13: Bottle and
Store
 Fill each beer to top and
put sanitized cap on top
 Seal all...
Cool! How do I get started?
 Don’t take my word for it
 Keep reading, there’s a ton of info out there
 The Complete Joy...
What to do after my first batch?
 Get another fermenter and try two-stage
fermentation
 Transfer from primary to seconda...
Resources
 Equipment / Recipes
 AustinHomebrew.co
m
 NorthernBrewer.com
 Knowledge
 HomebrewTalk.com
 TastyBrew.com
...
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  1. 1. HOMEBREW 101 How to Get Started Making Your Own Beer
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. What is beer, anyway?
  4. 4. What is beer, anyway?  Besides delicious, beer is... Malted Grains • Contribute fermentable sugars, flavors, and color • Typically barley, but also wheat, oat, rye, etc • Base and specialty malts Hops • Add bitterness, flavor and aroma to beer • A natural preservative • Lots of variety in level of bitterness and types of aromas Yeast • Convert fermentable sugars to alcohol and CO2 • Two types, ale (top fermenting) and lager (bottom fermenting) • Ale yeasts can add flavors Water • Cleaner water leads to better beer • Home brewers often opt for bottled drinking water
  5. 5. What is beer, anyway?  In addition to the four main ingredients, you can brew with... just about anything!  Fruit (raspberries, cherries, watermelon, etc)  Chocolate  Coffee  Spices (vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest, etc)  Sugars (like brown or beet)  Honey  Chili peppers (no really)
  6. 6. What kind of beer can you make at home? Answer: Anything but Bud Light
  7. 7. What kind of beer can you make at home?  Most home brewers start with ales  They ferment best between 65 and 75 degrees  Some common ale styles:  India Pale Ale (IPA)  Stout  Porter  Barley Wine  Brown / Red / Amber Ales  Wheat Beers (Hefeweizen)  Belgian Dubbel and Trippel
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. What kind of equipment do you need? Hint: Not this much...
  11. 11. What kind of equipment do you need?  Brew Pot  Stainless vs. Aluminum  $40 - $300+  Lots of sizes (4 to 30+ gal.)  Fermenter  Bucket or Carboy  6 gal. min. capacity  Both require an airlock
  12. 12. What kind of equipment do you need?  Brewing Accessories  Long Handled Spoon (plastic or stainless)  Strainer  Thief (Turkey Baster)  Auto-Siphon  6 foot hose  Cheap ($11) and super easy to start a siphon
  13. 13. What kind of equipment do you need?  Bottling Bucket  Plastic bucket with spigot  Short length of hose  Bottle filler  Bottling Accessories  Bottles – New or Used  Caps  Bottle Capper
  14. 14. What kind of equipment do you need?  Measurement Devices  Thermometer  Hydrometer  Test tube  Cleaning Supplies  Powdery Brew Wash  StarSan Sanitizer  Brushes
  15. 15. How do you actually make beer? Made (not so) painstakingly by YOU!
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. How do you actually make beer?  Step 2: Assemble Equipment and Ingredients
  18. 18. 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 20 to 30 minutes, per recipe  When finished, lift in and out like a tea bag  Let it drip, then discard  Return the pot to the heat and bring to a boil
  19. 19. 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...
  20. 20. 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, sanitize the fermentation equipment  Bucket, airlock, turkey baster, strainer, ladle  Just don’t go too far...
  21. 21. How do you actually make beer?  Step 6: Cool the Wort  Need to get the wort below 75o as fast as possible Your Kitchen Sink • Submerge the brew pot in an ice bath in sink or cooler • Will need to stir the wort to circulate • Replace the cold water as necessary Wort Chiller • Passes cold water through a ring of tubing for heat exchange • Connects to faucet with adapter • Place into wort for last 15 min of boil to sanitize Ice Cold Top-Off Water • Put 3 gallons in the freezer when you start • When you’re ready to ferment, it will be ice cold • Some brewers frown on it, and it’s not entirely effective
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Cool! How do I get started?  Don’t take my word for it  Keep reading, there’s a ton of info out there  The Complete Joy of Home Brewing  HomebrewTalk.com (Forums)  TastyBrew.com (Recipe Database)  Purchase an equipment kit and recipe  I buy from AustinHomebrew.com  Tons of recipes, $7.99 flat rate shipping
  29. 29. What to do after my first batch?  Get another fermenter and try two-stage fermentation  Transfer from primary to secondary after 7-10 days  Gets away from dead yeast, and allows for clarification  Come up with your own recipe  Software available to help build recipes  Mini-Mash and All-Grain brewing  Mini-mash is all-grain technique for a small amount of
  30. 30. Resources  Equipment / Recipes  AustinHomebrew.co m  NorthernBrewer.com  Knowledge  HomebrewTalk.com  TastyBrew.com  This Presentation  slideshare.net/mlamb200 5  CHS Homebrew Club?  If interested, email me at: matthewlamb@gmail.com

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