How To Make Your Own Beer
Knowing how to make your own beer has alluded some, yet everyone has always wanted to do it. There is a bit of cash you might have to put down to make your own beer, but come on: It's yours. This alcoholic beverage has accompanied man on his journeys throughout the world since (probably) 6,000 BC, making it the oldest (and best) drink. Could you even possibly imagine the joy of having your own beer, a beverage so rewarding, that we made a sport after it?
Humor aside, making your own beer is serious business, so here's what you'll need:
- Brew pot
- Plastic hose
- Beer bottles (optional)
- Bottle brush (optional)
- Bottle capper (optional)
- Thermometer (stick-on)
- Airlock for primary fermenter
- Buy the kit. Homebrewing kits are not only an inexpensive alternative to manufactured alcohol but the first step to make your own beer. Expect a cost of around $150. Alas, this is the price to pay for your own beer made in your very image (heavenly, huh?). Unless you live in MAcGyver's home, chances are these items are not in every household.
- Buy ingredients specific to your recipe. Beginners should most certainly try out someone else's recipe to start. While your own beer tastes great, you can't be professional in a day. To focus on creating your own beer with perfection, be sure to take notes from the experts. Once you have the proper recipe, follow the specific instructions according to your beer kit to begin the brewing process. Once done, proceed to the next step.
- Let it ferment, young grasshopper. Unfortunately, you'll have to give your wort (unfermented beer extract) ample time to make itself prepared for your tasting. This may take around five days, not too long, but make sure the bottles are ready by the time it's done.
- Secondary fermentation will take place inside the bottles. Find a cool, lowly-lit area to store the beer bottles so your drink is highly carbonated by the time you consume it. Secondary fermentation is going take a whopping two weeks (at least). Sorry champ, but this is the price to make your own beer.
Whether you want to make your own beer for the fun of it or sell a new concoction, brewing is priceless. However, when you make your own beer, be sure not to lose sight of the enjoyment you'll get from it and never forget to stop and smell the hops!