Do you know how to make beer? Home brew beer doesn't need to be difficult, nor does it have to be on the same scale as commercial beer brewing. With our easy beer making instructions and home brew beer recipes there should be no more mistakes. In 12 easy steps you too can soon be enjoying your own homemade beer.
Making homemade beer is lots of fun! If beer brewing was done back in the times of the Ancient Egyptians, then it must have been a simple process! And it is! Sometimes, people like to make things appear more difficult than they actually are. After reading our simple beer brewing instructions you will soon be brewing your own beer at home!
The best think about making home brew is that it costs so much less to make beer than to buy it. It is also a hobby that doesn't cost a lot to set up. There are no large capital outlays for buildings and equipment and the only labor costs are for those yourself.
How to Make Beer? Take some barley, and just before it starts to sprout roast it to make a malt. Boil this with water to extract the starch, let it ferment, add some hops and Bob's your uncle! You have made some homemade beer! See our step-by-step beer instructions below on how to make beer at home, and then try our homemade beer recipes.
These days, if you want to learn how to
make beer at home or on your homestead, you can buy beer
kits that come complete to make up your first batch.
They are not too
expensive and will give you all the equipment necessary to make your
home brew beer.
Pour the mixed powder solution into the drum. Add air lock and mixing spoon and screw on the lid. Tilt the drum backwards and forwards so that all beer brewing equipment comes into contact with the sanitizing solution. Open up the tap and allow some of the solution to pour through. Now empty the drum of the solution. Do not rinse.
If you don't have any of the sanitizing powder, take 5 gallons of water and add 5 tablespoons of chlorine bleach. Use to sterilize, empty out and rinse with boiling water to remove bleach.
2. Take a can of wort concentrate and place unopened in a pot. Add boiling water to pot in order to make the concentrate more pourable.
3. Take a large pot and add 2 liters of water and bring to the boil. Add this to your fermenting drum. Open the warm can of wort concentrate and pour into drum. Add contents of the malt/sugar bag and stir thoroughly.
4. When fully mixed, use the empty wort can to add enough water to drum until you have 20 liters of liquid for your beer brewing.
5. Stick the self-adhesive thermometer onto the side of the drum to test the temperature. The drum should be between 22-28°C before you add the yeast. If the liquid is too cold, you may want to add warm water to the mix to raise the temperature slightly. If you add the yeast when the temperature is too high, anything over 30 degrees and your yeast will end up causing your beer to taste really bad! You are looking for an ideal temperature of 25°C (75°F). When the ideal temperature of 25°C (75°F) has been reached, add more water, bringing it up to 23 liters.
6. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort solution. This will start the fermentation process for your beer brewing.
7. Screw lid on
tightly and push air lock into place. Partly fill the air lock with
clean water. The lock allows carbon-dioxide to escape while stopping
bacteria and wild yeast from entering. Set
aside for 5-7 days allowing
the mixture to ferment. Fermentation
should start in 4 to 24 hours.
If the weather is cold it could take a little longer. In this case, open the fermenter, stir it with a sterilized stirrer, close it back and observe for half a day. If the airlock still hasn't started bubbling the yeast was most likely dead. Add another pack of yeast. Additional yeast packs can be bought from your home-brew supplier.
You will see activity in the air lock where bubbles appear. It is time to bottle your home brew when there are no more bubbles, or when there is less than one bubble every 2 minutes. If you are not sure, use the hydrometer which came with your home brew kit. Failing to wait until this happens will cause your beer to explode if bottled too soon.
bottles, bottle caps and filler tube. This can either be
filling the bottles with an inch or two of water and placing them in
the microwave and allowing the water to boil, or by boiling them in
pots of water on the stove. Usually, however, your home brew kit will
also have some sterilizing powder.
Sterilize by pouring approximately 0.1 - 0.2 liters of sterilizing liquid into each bottle. Shake the bottles containing the liquid so that the fluid covers the entire surface inside the bottles. Rinse your bottles with clean water. The filler tube and bottle caps can be sterilized by placing it in a bowl of boiled water.
9. Fit the filler tube onto the spigot and open the spigot. Allow the beer to enter the tube but don't allow the beer to escape from the valve at the bottom. Draw off this beer into a cup and discard.
10. Now start filling the bottles. Add some sugar before filling the bottles. Add a teaspoon of white sugar to each bottle. Adding sugar will give your beer its fizz and is also important for secondary fermentation.
11. Fill the bottles to just below the top, leaving about a 1/2 inch gap. Lower the bottle and the valve will close. It should be easy to control.
12. Once your bottles are filled, cap them with crown seals as soon as possible. Use a hand capper and a hammer to seal the cap on the neck of the bottle. Store the beer at an even temperature, in an upright position out of direct sunlight for at least 8 weeks before drinking.During this time the beer will clear and gases will develop. Beer made in this way has no expiry date. The longer you store it, the better it becomes.
This beer recipe makes 5.5 gallons of beer.1.5 kilos of light fried Malt extract
Put the crystal grain, crushed or coarsley ground and the Malt extract into a large pot with about 1.5 gallons of water, also the hops tied loosely in a nylon stocking. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for half and hour.
Strain onto the sugar in a sterlized, new trash can. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
The spent grain and the hops still in the stocking, should be washed in several lots of cold water and then this water strained into the trash can until a total of nearly 6 gallons is reached.
From the mixture, called the wort, fill a pint container 3/4 full and cool it off quickly by dipping it in cold water or in the fridge down to 75-80 degrees F. Add the packet of yeast, stop with cotton wool and keep in a warm place.
Leave in the trash can for 3 days, skimming off froth, if any, twice a day. If possible, have the can on a box or table high enough to allow the wort to be syphoned into carboy.
After 3 days, the first energetic fermentation will be over and the wort can be syphoned into the previously sterilized carboy, being careful to leave behind the sediment.
Fix the airlock, don't forget to fill this half full of water and be sure that all is air tight. This will be evident when you see bubbles of gas passing through the air-lock.
After 5 days add the finings as instructed on the packet, two days later the beer can be syphoned into the bottles, priming each bottle with a rounded teaspoon of sugar and cap.
This sugar will provide the conditioning - that is the gas which makes the froth and bubbles in your glass of beer, so don't be too generous with the sugar as a lot of beer will be lost when opening the bottles.
Keep bottles in a cool place or at least in the shade for 2 - 4 weeks. By which time your beer will then be ready to drink and be enjoyed.
Have more bottles on hand as you will often have breakages. Not because you are clumsy but from time to time there are bottles that are defective and when you force the capping on the bottle they break.
Make sure that your bottles are spotlessly clean. Although you can sterilize your beer bottles in the microwave as mentioned there is nothing doing it the old-fashioned way. Wash the beer bottles in hot soapy water, and sterlize them afterwards by filling them with water to which a sterilizing agent has been added. Leave to stand a few hours. Then empty and rinse with cool, boiled water.
Now that you have read our beer making instructions and know how to make beer, it's time to get started!
If you are absolutely sure that your equipment was sterlized correctly check the source of the water. If you are using rain water it could be that you have some dead critter floating in your tank that is contaminating the water.
|Countryfarm Lifestyles Tip: Home brew does not travel well. If you take a few bottles to friends they will be cloudy and very fizzy. Rather invite your friends over to your place to taste your homemade beer instead!|
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