Brewing beer at home is easy. Is it really that easy? It is.
Experienced beer lovers, those who love to know about beer making know that beer making is more a matter of good organization, rather than a skill.
Trust us, if you can make an omelet, you can make beer at home. Before we elaborate further on this know that the four very basic steps of beer are: prepare, brew, ferment, and bottle. Is it really that simple? It really is that simple.
Before we elaborate on beer making further be honest and answer this question honestly: Are you more into making or just enjoying craft beer?
Because if you love beer, but you don’t want to be bothered with beer-making-related logistics you should organize a tour of craft breweries, and lean beer making to professionals: if you love checking craft breweries, but you also want to know how to make beer at home, keep on reading.
Preparation Comes First
Before you start you will have to gather your brewing equipment first. You have two options here:
- You can collect all items on your own, or
- You can buy beer making kit (yes, it exists)
If you decide to collect beer making kit on your own, here is what it should include:
- Brewing Kettle
- Fermenter + Air Lock
- Funnel (optional)
- Stir Spoon
- Beer Recipe Kit (or individual ingredients)
For this step, you will have to start with water. Heat the water until it reaches over 1700 degrees.
Bring the kettle to a boil, and once you get the liquid that is known as sugar water you are ready for the following step. To cool your wort you can use an ice bath or use a wort chiller.
Once you get all your supplies sanitized pour cooled water into the fermenter and add water. Aerate wort and add yeast.
You cannot make a great beer without proper yeast. Make sure that your fermenter is well-sealed and add a fermentation airlock, and store it in a dark cool place.
When you reach this step you know that you are one step closer to getting that perfect beer.
It takes two weeks after fermentation to start with bottling. Make sure that you clean everything, boil your priming sugar, and transfer your beer.
Leave as much sediment in the fermenter as possible. Now you can fill the bottle: attach bottle filler to a hose and bottling bucket spigot.
Make sure that you fill each bottle right to the top. Cap the bottle, and store battler at room temperature. For how long?
For perfect taste, you should store the bottle for up to two weeks. This way your beer will carbonate and have a richer taste.
After two weeks, you can open your beer. You can serve it at room temperature, or chill.
Open it like you would open any other beer and serve. If you notice a small amount of yeast sediment at the bottom of your bottle, don’t stress about it as this is something that happens with homemade beer.