How to Make Beer in 12
Easy Steps with Excellent Home Brew Recipes
you know how to make beer? Home
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
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
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
to Make Beer?
Take some barley, and
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
below on how to make beer at home, and then try our homemade
HOW TO MAKE BEER AND BEER BREWING EQUIPMENT
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.
* Fermenting Drum with Spigot
* Large Pot
* Bottle-Filling Tube
* Air Lock and Grommet
* Hand Capper
* Crown Seals
* Malt/Sugar Carbonation Drops
* Wort Concentrate
HOW TO MAKE BEER WITH HOME-BREW KITS
kits can be
obtained from home brew suppliers, large supermarkets and some hardware
stores. This is probably the easiest way to get to know how to make
beer if you are a novice beer maker. Kits that include a fermenter with
a clip-on lid are the best.
All beer kits contain everything you need to produce
homemade beer. They contain full written instructions on how to set
things up, with additional instructions printed on the labels of the
It is wiser to buy a home brew kit from a home brew
supplier, as they are all experienced home brewers and will be more
than willing to share their knowledge with you if you have any concerns
HOW TO MAKE BEER, THE PREPARATION
1. If your home beer
brew kit hasn't been assembled, fit
the spigot into the bottom of
the fermenting drum. Fit
the grommet to
the lid. Now wash all the
equipment you will be using very well with the sanitizing powder that
comes with the kit. Use according to instructions on packet.
mixed powder solution
drum. Add air lock
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
sterilize, empty out and rinse with boiling
water to remove bleach.
HOW TO MAKE BEER, THE METHOD
2. Take a can of
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
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
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
and your yeast will end up causing your
beer to taste really bad! You are looking for an ideal temperature of
(75°F). When the ideal
temperature of 25°C (75°F) has been
more water, bringing it up to 23 liters.
6. Sprinkle the
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.
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.
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.
tube onto the spigot and open the spigot. Allow the beer
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
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.
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
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.
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
Here is another Method for How to Make Beer
This beer recipe makes
5.5 gallons of beer.
1.5 kilos of light fried Malt extract
0.5 kilo of crystal grain
1 packet of hops (2 ounces)
1 packet of A.H.B. imported Beer and
Stout yeast or Vierka Lager yeast
1.5 kilos sugar
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
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
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
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.
Here's Yet Another Beer Making Recipe
5 gallons rain water
2 oz hops
1 gallon rain water (additional)
1 lb. raw brown sugar
2 lb. malt extract
1/2 teaspoon dried yeast (as used in bread making)
2 teaspoons plain gelatine
the 5 gallons of rain water and stand it aside to cool. Place the hops
in a cheesecloth bag and boil them in the extra gallon of rainwater for
30 minutes. Meanwhile, fill your fermenting container with tap water
and add a sterilizing agent (about 2 pinches of metabisulphate is
enough). Leave to stand.
When the hops have boiled for 30
minutes, remove from stove and lift out the bag of hops and squeeze out
the liquid. Add the sugar and malt extract to the hops water. Stir to
Empty the fermenting container and rinse out with
about half a gallon of cooled, boiled water. Put the brew
the container and add the other 4.5 gallons of cooled, boiled water.
When the temperature of the brew is 75 F. sprinkle with yeast and stir
gently to dissolve. Place air lock on container. Don't forget to add
water to the air lock.
After 24 hours dissolve gelatine in 1/2
cup hot water and add to fermenting liquid. Fermentation may take up to
a week in cold weather, sometimes only 24 hours. When there are no more
bubbles coming through the air lock, the fermentation is complete and
the home brew is ready to be bottled.
MORE ADVICE ON BOTTLING HOMEMADE BEER
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.
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.
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE GOOD BEER
of beer will
have a thin
layer of sediment on the bottom
of the bottle. This is normal and does not alter the taste
in any way.
Adding a kilogram of castor
per 22.5 liters of fermentable liquid will result in around 5 % extra
alcohol per volume over using an average beer kit. Using only half a
kilogram of sugar will result in around 3.5 % of alcohol per volume.
Water quality is very
important in beer brewing. Don't use town water as it will have
chlorine in it. Try and use rain water instead.
Know how to
read and use your hydrometer. The specific gravity at
the time of bottling is around 1006, preferably lower. You can measure
the specific gravity before the yeast goes in. That will give you the
original specific gravity, minus the specific gravity at bottling
(1006), divided by 7.36, plus 0.2, will give you the alcohol content of
your finished home-brew.
this, you can determine the final
alcohol content at the start by adding the desired amount of sugar.
Now that you have read our
instructions and know how to make beer, it's time to get started!
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH MY BEER?
hasn't started to ferment: Be
patient. It may help if you move the container to a warmer place. You
may have killed the yeast by adding it when the liquid was too hot. If
after a week there are still no bubbles, boil the whole brew up again
and add more yeast.
is flat: You forgot to
prime each bottle with a teapoon of sugar.
bottles exploded: You
primed the bottles with too much sugar or you bottled it too soon
before the first fermentation was completed.
tastes bad: The home
brew may have been contaminated by wild yeast at some stage of the
brewing process. Perhaps you forgot to put water in the air lock or
used unsterilized utensils or equipment.
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.
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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