Brew Your Dream Beer-
Beer is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is a party drink of choice for the majority of the human kind, and a source of passion for many a man and woman across the globe. While some of us enjoy it (and imbibe it) more than others, most of us can agree that there is nothing like a glass of cold brewsky on a warm summer day.
Beer comes in infinite varieties; its taste palette is ever-expanding, especially in the modern era with the craft beer boom of the past decades and the accessibility of ingredients to the average Joe. Nowadays you have lite bears, dark bears, fruit bears, chocolate beers, and pretty much any other combination you can think of (bacon beer, anyone?).
The point is: people spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about beer and coming up with ways to improve the beer drinking experience. With the necessary know how and an abundance of various ingredients at their disposal, more and more people are brewing beer at home in search for that elusive perfect beer. You can customize your favorite beverage to the tiniest details so your palates would sing with joy with every sip.
You may think that making beer is complicated, that you need a whole bunch of costly equipment and more room than your home affords you, but you actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In the following lines we will provide you with the basic info about home brewing, and you can use them as a take off point for your further research in your quest to create the brew of your dreams.
How to start?
Thanks to quite an easy beer-making procedure (compared to many other drinks) and a relatively small space that you need for storing the ready brew, it is not too difficult to make your own beer. Today, when you can get all the necessary information on any field of human endeavour and everything can be ordered on the Internet, it is not a problem to get all the ingredients necessary for making beer at home. Even better, you can just look for a home-brewing kit that fits into your budget and simply order it.
As in many things that we do, the best option is to start with smaller amounts and a beginner’s set for home brewing. Usually, you are also given numbers for all of the amounts of ingredients inside the set. In order to ensure that the first time does not discourage you if you do not manage to do everything as it is described and your beer turns out to be of a bad taste, you should not go for large quantities. Also, many beer home-makers give useful tips on how to make beer in the home environment and they most often give precise amounts of each ingredient and water.
What do you need?
If you do not want to buy a brewing kit, but rather decide to go for each ingredient separately, you will need dried malt extract, hops, brewer’s yeast and crushed crystal malt. Also, you will need about 3 gallons of water for the first time. When it comes to different tools, a must-have is a rolling pin for the grain crushing process and, of course, a bottle cap sealer.
How to keep it?
Once you have finished with the first line of your beer, given that the whole brew boiling process was done in an appropriate way, you have to keep it rest in a sealed container for a week or two. After that, the beer is ready to be poured into bottles and closed with the cap sealer. It is very important that they are filled to the brim. However, there must be a small space between the liquid part and the cap, to enhance the process of carbonation, i.e. the process of getting CO2 during the priming reaction with sugar. For the beginners, it will be tricky at the beginning to get to know how to keep the level of carbon dioxide on an optimal level. If the amount of CO2 is too small, the beer will not have the foam and the crown we all like. As opposed to that, too much of carbon dioxide will lead to an overfoamed beer and it could kill other nuances in its taste.
After bottling, beer should be kept at a room temperature, to keep the carbonation process alive. After a few days, you can remove them to a darker and colder place. When you are sure that the carbonation process is over, you can put them into the fridge, call your friends and try your first batch of homemade beer.
Jenny Hahn is a serial blogger writing about everything from the melting of the ice caps to her favorite checkered socks. Sydneyan by birth, she loves to travel and explore the world first hand, especially the various ways she can satiate her ever growing caffeine addiction. Follow her travels and musings on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.