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Tips For Brewing Your Own Beer

By Robin Saunders

Have you ever been interested in making your own alcoholic beverage? Brewing your very own homemade beer is a great choice because it is fairly simple to make. In fact, all the materials that you need are actually quite cheap. With a budget of around $100 – $150 you’ll be able to buy all the necessary materials to get started.

As far as supplies go, you’ll need a few household items in addition to a stick on thermometer, bottle capper, bottling bucket, plastic hose, fermenter, stopper, and brewpot. You’ll also need the ingredients that are used for the home brewed beer recipe you choose. The basic ingredients you’ll need to buy are fermentables, concentrated hop malt, and yeast.

If you are new to home brewing, buying beer kits or home brew kits are a good place to start. A home brew kit will contain all the materials you’ll need and will tell you just what type of beer you can expect in the end. Once you get a little more familiar with home brewing, you can consider using other ingredients that can be purchased separately, but start out using a beer kit.

Before you actually start brewing, you’ll have to sanitize all the materials. Any foreign chemical or substance can completely ruin your beer. Be sure all the materials you’ll use for the fermentation process are cleaned and sanitized as well. The equipment you need to pay close attention to when cleaning is the brew pot, fermenter, saucepan, airlock and stopper, rubber spatula, mixing spoon, and the small bowl.

After you’re done with all of the necessary cleaning, start by bringing 2 quarts of water to about 160F. As soon as you see steam rising, turn off the heat. Add in all the ingredients included in your beer kit along with the additional fermentables like brewers sugar, malt extracts, etc. Just follow the directions included in the beer kit and you’ll be fine.

Stir the mixture well to properly incorporate all the ingredients. Once its thoroughly mixed, cover the pan, lower the heat, and allow it to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. This step ensures that the mixture is thoroughly sanitized. Next, combine the contents of the pot with 4 gallons of cold water in the main fermenter.

Mix these ingredients together for several minutes to add some oxygen before the yeast is added. You’ll know its time to add the yeast when the fermenter is cold. The next step in the home beer brewing process is to simply wait for the mixture to ferment.

This first phase of the fermentation takes 3-5 days or until the air bubbles are no longer rising to the top of the primary fermenter. Now, you’re ready to transfer your mixture into clear, clean bottles and set them aside to a minimum of two weeks. After two weeks, you’re ready to enjoy your very own home brew.

Written by Robin Saunders, an accomplished writer that tackles various subjects including alcohol, breath alcohol, DUI etc. The author owns an alcohol tester himself, be safer and get yourself a tester.

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