Before you begin brewing your beer at home, you need to purchase some home brew supplies. These supplies are affordable and you can buy them without any problems. In fact, you won’t even have to spend over 75 GBP. Here’s a list of the items you will need to brew your own beer at home.
● Brewing bin
● Primary fermenter – 7 gallons capacity
● Stopper and airlock
● 5 feet plastic hose for transfer
● Large bottling bucket
● Bottles to hold beer
● Bottle brush for cleaning
● Bottle capper to secure caps
● Stick on thermometer
● Strainer and Funnel
● Small bowl
● Rubber spatula
● Oven mitts
● Stainless steel mixing spoon
Choose A Beer Kit – Experienced brewers always come up with their own unique recipes. They even purchase all the ingredients separately. If you’re a beginner, you should choose from a wide range of beer kits. They can be easily bought online and various stores selling brewing supplies. Most of the time, a beer kit contains yeast and hopped malt concentrate. The kit provides exceptional advice about additional fermentables which are needed to make beer. Fermentables include – Dry malt extract, brewing sugar, rice syrup and liquid malt extract.
Cooking Beer – Once you have cleansed and sanitised the equipment, you need to bring two quarts of water and heat them to 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to add the beer kit and other fermentables as per the directions. Now, stir the mix to make sure everything gets dissolved. You should also put a lid on top of the pot and let it stay for about 15 minutes on lowest heat. The next step is to add the contents of the pot to about four gallons of water which is already in the primary fermenter. Mix them well for about two minutes and allow it to ferment close to the recommended temperature.
Fermenting Process – Now, you need to turn the unfermented malt into beer. You need to attach the strainer and funnel to the top of your fermenting container. Put the cooled wort slowly through your strainer and make sure it flows into the fermenter. You also need to take a thermometer and make sure the wort is available at room temperature. Before you add yeast, the wort needs to be at room temperature. Once it has cooled down, pour the yeast into the fermenter. You should stir the mix to provide oxygen.
Once you’re done, you should place the stopper and airlock on top of the fermenting container. You need to make sure it has been tightly sealed. Place the fermenter in a place which is dark and cool. You also need to check the fermenter every few days to make sure the temperature is not very high or low. This will allow the fermenting process to proceed as desired.
Initially, the fermenting process will take about ten days. There are some ways which can help you identify the condition of your beer and understand whether it is ready for bottling or not. If you can see some bubbles coming out of the airlock every minute, the beer is ready for bottling. If it has used all the yeast and settles at the bottom, you will see clear beer. If it’s not hazy, you’re almost done.
Priming & Bottling – This is the final step of the process. During priming, you mix sugar with your beer to promote fermentation once it has been bottled. Just some priming sugar will be able to carbonate and ferment the beer. You will once again have to sterilize everything that comes in contact with the beer.
Once you’re finished with priming, you will have to siphon the beer into priming bucket. You need to add about three cups of priming sugar to the beer and mix them gently. Use a bottle filler to siphon the beer into bottles. You should leave about one inch of space at the top of the bottle to allow fermentation.
Last but not the least, put caps on every bottle and secure them with a bottle capper. Most beers can be consumed after just a few weeks, but home brew always reaches its peak in about 8-15 weeks. You need to store the beer in a dark and cool place for two weeks before transferring it to the refrigerator.