Not only is coming up with a method and recipe for homemade beer a lot of fun, it’ll save you money on store bought products. There’s no harm in trying it once to see what you think, and if you like it you can create all kinds of recipes. Shelling out for a starter kit can be a little pricey, but they are good value if this is something you think you’ll want to continue for a while. If you can’t bear to part with the cash just yet, you can use a few basic ingredients that will do pretty much the same job. Read on to learn more:
To start making your DIY beer, you’ll need:
- A big kitchen pot capable of holding a few gallons of liquid with a little room extra.
- A kitchen strainer.
- A thermometer.
- A big funnel.
- A rolling pin.
- An air lock.
- A 3 gallon bottle of water.
- A 3 gallon bottle with nothing in it.
- 3 feet of clear poly vinyl tubing.
- Bottles for your beer.
- A keg for serving to your friends (optional).
Ingredients for a Simple Ale
- 3/8th of cup sugar.
- 1pkg of brewers yeast.
- 1 oz of Northern Brewer hops.
- 3 lbs light, dried malt extract.
- 8 oz of crushed malt.
Use your rolling pin to break up 8 ounces of your malt in a sandwhich bag. Make it a coarse texture rather than powder.
Tip away half a gallon of liquid out of your 3 gallon container, and mark 2 and a half gallons on the bottle with a Sharpie. Now pour what you have left into your brew pot making sure there’s a few inches at the top of the pot. Add the grains you just crushed. Turn on your heat and heat it to 150 degrees. You can then take it away from the heat. Leave it alone for half an hour. Use your strainer to get rid of the grains but don’t worry if there’s a little left over.
Bring your brew pot to boiling point. Now take off the heat and add your malt extract. Return to the boil again. You don’t want your pot to boil over so keep a close eye on it and be very careful. Once you have your boil under control, add 2 thirds of your hops and leave for 1 hour. You can sanitize your strainer in the water for 20 minutes for later. When the 60 minutes is up, turn off the heat and add the hops you have left over. Leave alone for 15 minutes.
While this is going on, make a hole in your water bottle cap that will allow an air lock to fit snugly inside for the fermentation process.
You’ve got something called wort now, which is basically an unfermented brew. Everything you use from this point on must be highly sanitary to avoid nasty bugs living in your brew.
Pour your wort through your strainer, through your funnel, and into your empty 3 gallon container. If you need to add a little water to make it hit the mark you made with the Sharpie earlier then do it. Wait until cool and add half a packet of your yeast before sealing with the air lock.
Leave in a dark place for 10 days to ferment. While you’re waiting for your beer to ferment, you can research the best kegerator for home use if you’d like to serve it to your friends this way.
Finally, you need to prime your beer so it isn’t flat. Add just over a quarter cup of boiled sugar to a bucket big enough to hold your beer, and siphon it in using your tubing.
You can now bottle your beer into sanitized bottles and leave alone in a dark place for another 7 days.
When the wait is over, you can chill and enjoy!