In this times of economic uncertainty, what better way to help the weekly budget balance then brewing your own home brew for about ½ the price of store bought beer. Find out how easy it is to make your own home brew and learn some interesting tips and how to make a truly unique or traditional beer flavour.
Home Brew is easy!
Firstly we want to highlight how truly easy it actually is to make you own home brew in your own kitchen or garden shed:
Home Brew for beginners can be made by simply opening a can of pre-made Brewing wort, pouring it into a fermenter with 1kg of brewing sugar, 23lt of water and a satchel of yeast. After which one waits for approx 1-2 weeks and then empties the home brew into bottles, adding carbonation drops. Then beer can be drunk 2 weeks later. However the flavour of Home Brew improves greatly over the first 3 months.
This process take about 1-2 hours of work and 3.5 months of waiting and produces home brew comparable to bought beer for roughly HALF the price!
The fine print of Home Brew
Now, I have glossed over a few things and given just a brief summary, there are a few things you need before you get started, and a few very important rules to follow.
Firstly, to make sure that your beer is as good as it gets and to ensure that home brew disappointment is avoided, here are a few simple but crucial rules that should be followed:
- Sterility is essential! It is best to work in a clean environment with easy access to water and preferably a sink. ALL equipment used (including the can opener) should be sterilised before each new Brew, otherwise the homebrew will not taste it’s best. That said, sterilizing can be an cheap, easy process; simply soaking all the equipment in a tub of water and Brewing sterilizer for 10min and rinsing before using will do the trick. Don’t use a dishwashing machine.
- Use only the finest Ingredients! Find a homebrew kit that produces a good result, usually your supplier can point you in the right direction… they want you to buy more so they are unlikely to reccommend a poor quality product. use proper Brewing sugar to start with and experiment later. Most importantly Water makes up over 90% of your beer volume, so use a quality water, tank water is often the best option if it is available and reliable, other options are filtered water, bottle water or boiled water. Steer away from water straight from the tap because the chlorine is added to stop things living in the water… not the ideal environment for growing yeast, which is basicly what you are doing when you ferment beer.
- Maintain Ideal Temperature Throughout the whole process from pouring the wort to finishing the secondary fermentation in the bottle, the temperature of the beer should stay between 18-25 degrees Celsius, varying outside these temperatures will cause the yeast to produce unwanted flavours or in extreme cases kill the yeast and stop the whole process. Ideally, temperatures kept steady around 22 degrees will produce the best results but a very good beer can be produced anywhere within the 18-25 range.
How to Home Brew your own beer,