Beer Brewing

Looking for a hobby that has a great big payoff in the end? Brewing your own beer at home might just be what you’ve been looking for. It turns out that you can brew your own beer at home with a very small cash investment and only a moderate time commitment. The only other thing you’ll need is a space to store all your home made brew once you’re finished.

The basic ingredients you’ll need to make your first home brew is water, malt, hops, and yeast. With water being the main ingredient of your beer you’ll want it to be somewhat pure, however many famous breweries have a very high mineral content. The malt, which is dried out barley, wheat, or rye, is the second main ingredient. This provides your beer with its body, color, and satisfying flavor that beer is known for. Throw in a little hops and you’ve added the spice to the beer. It similar to basil leaves in homemade marinara. Without the hops all beer, whether brewed at home or not, would taste the same. The hops helps to balance the sweetness of the malt. Lastly the Yeast. Its really the magic ingredient that puts the alcohol in beer.

So there’s a brief introduction to beer brewing. In this quick hobby guide we’ll go into the beer brewing process in more detail so you understand how the taste is affected by the ingredients you chose. We’ll also cover what beer brewing equipment you’ll need to get started. After that we’ll cover the actual process of home brewing your beer, followed up by a couple articles on different beer styles and how to evaluate your home brewed beer. Before you know it you’ll be a beer expert.

So what are you waiting for? Ready to start your first home beer brewing project? Just think of how much satisfaction you’ll have when you hand your buddies an ice cold frosty beverage made entirely by you? You might even be able to turn a profit if your recipe is good enough 😉

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The Rest of the Beer Brewing Guide

Beer Brewing Supplies

Brewing beer is easier than you think. To get started, you need just a few simple pieces of equipment. You’ll also need a basic beer-making kit of ingredients. The kit will contain everything you need to make (usually) 2 cases (48 bottles) of beer. H...

Brewing Process

Once you have all your home beer brewing equipment ready and have purchased a basic kit of beer ingredients, it’s time to make and ferment your wort into a delicious handcrafted beer. Your kit will contain malt extract, either canned or dry. Malt extract i...

Brewing Process Part 2

This is part two of the beer brewing process. After this article you'll know how to make beer using all the proper beer brewing equipment . Once the wort is cooled, pour it into the sanitized fermenter so that it splashes and moves vigorously. This...

Grading Your Home Brew

Once your beer is bottled and carbonated, you’ll probably be very anxious to sample it. Resist the impulse to open a bottle too soon: the beer needs a full 2 weeks to develop the proper level of carbonation. If you’ve brewed a “clone,” like Bass, be sure...

How to Brew Beer

Wondering how to make beer? You need just 4 natural ingredients: water, malted grain (usually barley or wheat), hops and yeast. The process starts when the brewer mixes a measured amount of crushed grain with a measured amount of water heated to a specific...

Types of Beer

If you’re planning to give home beer brewing a try, you might want to learn a little bit about the various types of beer that are available in kit form. Here’s an example: if you want to brew a light, fizzy beer that’s similar to Budweiser, you need ...

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