DIY Beer: Make Your Own Beer
Making your own beer can be a fun hobby that all of your friends will certainly be impressed with. The process isn’t hard if you have the right tools and ingredients. Many basic recipes can be found online, but the following are a few things you need know as well as purchase before you begin.
The Brewing Process
There are two types of home brewing. This includes extract and all grain. Beer is created from the sugars that come from malted grains. All grain brewing involves extracting these sugars yourself through a series of steps. Extract brewing, on the other hand, is when you use a ready-made malt extract. This eliminates the steps involved with extracting the sugars yourself. Extract brewing is perfect for beginners, and it requires less equipment than all grain brewing.
Equipment You Need
There are people who have turned their garages or entire basements into what could pass as a professional brewery. They have the big shiny tanks, welded pipework, and fridges complete with tap handles that are always ready to serve up a foamy mug of beer. You do not have to spend a fortune on this type of set-up in order to try your hand at making beer. The best way to get started is to purchase a home brewing kit. It will have all the basics you need, and you can always add fancier equipment to your system after you’ve had some practice.
There are four main ingredients you will need. This would be grains or a malt extract, hops, water, and yeast. You also need bottles and a way to mark what is in them. A beer label maker like the Dispensa-Matic Bottle Labeler will allow you to easily mark each brew. Hops determines the bitterness, aroma, and fragrance while grains add color, and flavor. Yeast is used to encourage the fermentation process. Keep in mind that 90% of your finished product is water so use a good quality water rather than tap water.
Once you have all of these items in place. You can search for a recipe that sounds like it will taste great and be fun to create. Celebrate your accomplishments by inviting your friends over to sample you newest creations.
DIY beer might just be the best thing you’ll ever do.