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How to Make Your Own Beer

While it’s easy to appreciate store-bought beer, it’s a satisfying accomplishment to make your own brew at home. Making your own beer not only gives you more fulfillment, but in the end you can make the beer to suit your own tastes for maximum enjoyment.

Must-Have Equipment

Making beer at home may seem complicated, but you’ll soon find that it isn’t as difficult as you might think. You don’t need pricey, elaborate equipment. Here is what you will need:

  • large pot (it should hold 3 gallons or more)
  • tubing & clamp – required for siphoning and bottling
  • fermenting bucket – preferably a 5-gallon plastic bucket with lid
  • air lock & stopper – sized appropriately for fermenter
  • bottle filler – should fit the end of the siphon tubing
  • thermometer – floating type with the range of 0-100 C or up from 32-220 F
  • bottles – 12 oz, not the twist off variety
  • bottle brush, caps and capper
  • sanitizing solution – to clean everything before use

Ingredients for Homemade Brew

For a 5-gallon homemade brew of simple ale, here are the ingredients required:

  • 6 lbs of unhopped pale malt extract
  • 2.25 oz of hops
  • 1 package of yeast (preferably liquid)
  • 2/3 priming sugar (corn sugar)

For those who may not be familiar with some of the ingredients: malt is the ingredient that serves as the sweet base that the yeast will need to make alcohol. Hops are that which bring bitterness to the brew. Liquid yeast was chosen for the recipe because it makes for high quality beer.

Getting Started

Now that the equipment and ingredients are ready, it’s time to start making the beer. The process consists of four steps.

  1. Brewing

    Both the malt extract and hops are boiled with water for about an hour to sterilize the extract and dispense the bitterness of the hops.

  2. Cooling & Fermenting

    The mixture, known as wort, is cooled at room temperature. It is then siphoned to the fermenting bucket, where the wort is combined with water. When the mixture is at room temperature, the yeast is added. The bucket must be sealed throughout the fermentation period, which lasts for about a week or two.

  3. Priming and Bottling

    After the fermentation, the mixture is siphoned to yet another container for bottling. Before the mixture is bottled, the priming sugar should be added.

  4. Aging

    After bottling, the beer has to be aged for 2-6 weeks. This step is important because it is during this time that undesirable sediments will settle out of the beer. The yeast will also ferment the sugar, resulting in carbon dioxide that makes the beer bubbly.

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    As you can see, making your own homemade brew is within your reach. Try it out for yourself and see what beer you’ll make!

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