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Beginner's Guide To Home Brewing

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HOMEBREWING So you want to brew your own beer? Here's what equipment you need to do to make your first batch. Large Pot With A Long Spoon Separate Bags For Glass Carboys or Air lock Lid (20 quarts) Grains & Hops Food-Grade Plastic Buckets Food Grade Tubing A Large Funnel Bottle Brushes Sanitizing Bottles. Caps. Solution Or Bleach And A Capper Food Grade Hydrometer Wort Chiller Bottle Washer Bottle Filler Thermometer (0ptional) (0ptional) SUPPLIES Grains Hops Malt Extract Irish Moss Yeast Priming Sugar Ice (0ptional) THE SPECIALTY GRAIN AND MALT EXTRACT METHOD Start by sanitizing everything. Think of the beer! 1. Brewing the Grains Boil 2-3 gallons of water. Place crushed grains into grain bag. Once the water reaches boiling. Remove it from the heat. When the water cools to 160°. place the grain bag in the water with the lid on and let it steep for 30 minutes, Do not boil the grains. Remove the grain bag and discard the grains. Bring the pot to a boil. 2. Adding the Malt When the pot reaches boiling, remove it from the heat and add the malt extract. Bring the pot back to a boil, but don't let the foam boil over. 3. Hopping Your Wort Wort is unfermented When the pot reaches a boil. add the bittering hops. beer After the pot has been boiling for 45 minutes, add the flavoring hops (and Irish Moss, if desired). After the pot has boiled for one hour, Remove it from the heat. Add the finishing hops. Using a wort chiller or ice bath to cool your wort is highly recommended. 4. Primary Fermentation When the wort is cool, pour it into your primary fermenter- either a plastic bucket or a glass carboy. Cap with an airlock, with a cleaned and sanitized hydrometer Check and record your gravitų with a cleaned and sanitized hydrometer so you can figure out the percentage of alcohol in your finished product later. Only when your wort is between 65°-75° can you "pitch" your yeast. Let your wort ferment for about a week. 5. Check Your Gravity Check the gravity again with your sanitized hydrometer. If you have reached your intended final gravity. you're ready to rack for bottling or secondary fermentation. RACKING IS SIPHONING FROM ONE CONTAINER TO ANOTHER 6. Secondary Fermentation (Optional) If you want to rack for secondary fermentation. siphon the wort into a sanitized bucket or glass carboy and top with an air lock. Again, it is critical that everything that touches your wort is sanitary. Secondary fermentation is called for in some recipes and can take 1-2 weeks. 7. Bottling Sanitize your bottles and equipment. Boil priming sugar in water. Prepare and sanitize a bottling bucket. Siphon your wort through sanitized equipment into the bucket. adding the priming sugar. Fill the bottles with your bottling wand and cap with sanitized bottle caps. TIPS FOR HOMEBREWING ADVANCED BEGINNERS FACTS AND STATS METHODS There are 1.2 million homebrewers Always follow a recipe. Once you're comfortable with in the U.S. Homebrewers produce more Experimentation is great but only after the malt extract method, consider than 2 million barrels of brew each you've mastered the basic technique. trying an all-grain recipe. year. That's about 1% of total production Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. Unsanitary Once you've mastered bottling. in the U.S. The average homebrewer conditions can ruin your beer. consider investing in a kegging is 40 years old. system. It really streamlines the process. Fewer bottles to wash, too! President Jimmy Carter signed Don't be afraid to ask for help. The folks legislation in 1978 that made at your local homebrew supply store homebrewing for personal use are more than happy to answer all legal and nontaxable at the your questions. You could even join a federal level. homebrewing club. BREWING YOUR OWN BEER CAN BE TIME CONSUMING But once you master the technique it can be very rewarding Sources Oe DEVELOPED BY N NOWSOURCING THE BEER ENTHUSIAST SUPERSTORE TITTT

Beginner's Guide To Home Brewing

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