Thursday, July 29, 2010
A Beginners Guide To Home Beer Making
When you're ready to try home beer making, you will need the following, together with the equipment in your brewing kit:
A malt extract, water, and brewers yeast.
Liquid extracts are usually in the form of syrup where as dry extracts are dry and can be stored longer than the liquid form. Eventually you will discover there are many different extracts to choose from all of which will make your brew taste different. Once you have successfully made your first batch you will need to restock on ingredients, especially if you have started off with a beer kit. Find a retailer online that offers a selection of ingredients so that you can experiment making different tastes. A common fact that most beginners dont know is that home beer making can be effected by the water the brew is made up of. Its best to use spring or bottled water even though some people report they get good results with tap water. Yeast is another big part of home beer making. Yeast is what ferments the malts and the sugars into the alcohol. This is what releases the carbon dioxide.
There are many different ways to make beer and the more resources you read youll soon discover how differently people go about home beer making. The only way to do it without confusion is to find the recipe that you like best then stick to it, following a guide each time you brew. Youll soon see that there are certain recipes that take longer than others and some will take no time at all.
Figure out which one you like the sound of and that fits into your time schedule but bear in mind the brewing process should not be rushed or you will end up ruining your batch or making your self sick. (Please note: Its very important to be careful and sanitary. You need to make sure that all the equipment that you use is sterile).
Home beer making is a great hobby that once mastered youll be able to share with your friends. As with anything practice makes perfection, so dont assume that your first home beer making attempt will be an award winning beer. Stick with it, follow a guide book from someone who has mastered the techniques from whom you can learn best practices, and very soon youll have a couple of bottles of home brew that you can be proud of.
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New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit