Learning how to brew a Non-Alcoholic beer can be done at home. No need to go to seek out a specialty store to get your fix. If you are into home brewing you will be able to make a non-alcoholic beer easily at your convenience to enjoy.
What You Will Need to Brew a Non-Alcoholic Beer
- Large Kitchen Pot
- Kitchen Strainer
- Kitchen Thermometer
- Oven Thermometer
- Large Funnel
- Rolling pin
- Large Heavy Duty Freezer Bag
- 3 gallon Container of Bottled Water
- Large Bowl
- Large Heatproof Bowl or Pot
- 3 lbs Light Dried Malt Extract
- 8 oz Crushed Crystal Malt
- 1 oz Northern Brewer Pellet Hops
- 1 Package Brewers Yeast
- 3/8 Cup Sugar
- Cold Water
- Pour the crystal malt into the freezer bag.
- Crush the grain with the rolling pin. You are trying to achieve a coarse texture of broken grains.
Pour a half gallon of water from your gallon water bottle into the large bowl. Place a mark at the 2 1/2 gallon water level.
Pour the remaining water into your brew pot. Make sure to leave at least three inches to the top of the pot.
Add your crushed grains to the brewing pot. You are about to begin the steeping process, this is how the flavors from the malt are extracted.
Turn the heat to medium high. Keep the fire on the pot until the you achieve a temperature 150F using your kitchen thermometer.
Turn off the heat. Cover the brew pot and allow the grains to steep for 30 minutes.
Strain as much of the grain as possible, pouring the hot liquid into the heatproof bowl or pot. Do not worry if there are few remaining small grains.
Pour the liquid back into the original brew pot. Place the pot back on the stove.
Bring brew pot to a boil. Turn off the heat.
Stir in the malt extract. Turn the heat on and bring to a boil. Watch carefully here to make sure you don't boil over.
Add about 2/3 oz of the hop pellets once you have a controlled boil. Maintain the boil for 60 minutes to get the most from the bittering potential of your hops.
Turn off the heat and add the remainder of the hop pellets at the end of the 60 minutes.
Cover the pot to steep the added hops for ten minutes. These additional hops will add hop flavor and aroma to the final non-alcoholic beer.
Heat your oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature with the oven thermometer.
Add the sugar to the brew pot. This is to prime the beer for the pitching of the yeast which occurs later. The pitching and priming make your non-alcoholic beer carbonated.
Place the brew pot into the oven. Heat the pot in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes to bring the beer to alcohol’s boiling point, which is about 173.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir as the beer heats to ensure even flavoring.
Boil at this temperature for half an hour to reduce as much alcohol as possible. During this time you can smell the alcohol cooking off until the alcohol becomes a very faint smell.
Add ice and cold water to your sink to make a water bath. This is the easiest method to cool the non-alcoholic beer.
Remove the beer from the oven after the 30 minutes are up. Give the non-alcoholic beer a final stir.
Place the brew kettle in the ice water. As the ice melts be sure to add more ice as well as cold water. The pot should only be partially submerged. Stir the brew pot a few times while cooling.
Add a little over half of the package of the brewers yeast to the cooled beer. This is called pitching the yeast. Once you have added the yeast to the cooled non-alcoholic beer, you should bottle and cap following the instructions provided with your bottling kit.
Wait a few weeks while the beer carbonates. Your finished product will be a tasty homebrewed, naturally carbonated, non-alcoholic beer.
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