Should You Start Brewing Your Own Beer?Posted by in brew your own beer
It’s no wonder that home brewing has seen such a surge in popularity recently. Beer lovers – searching for premium beer flavor – faced with an easy and inexpensive method of making delicious home brewed beer have started brewing their own in droves. Home brew equipment kits are readily available to help you get started at a reasonable price, like which is available for . Just add ingredients and you are well on your way to preparing delicious and cheap homemade beer.
is an affordable option for the first time home brewer who wants to get their feet wet without a large investment. Unlike our competitors who up their price by packaging your kit with equipment you probably won’t ever use, we only give you exactly what you need.
The most important element of any home brewing kit is the primary fermenter – an airtight food-grade 5 gallon container with an airlock on the lid. Your beer will spend the most time in here. Once you have mixed the ingredients to make your beer into what’s called the wort, you pour the wort into the fermenting container to allow the alcohol to be produced. The container must be airtight so that oxygen does not get in to disrupt the fermentation process. But the airlock allows the carbon dioxide and other gases that are produced during fermentation to escape without causing your soon-to-be beer to explode.
While you’re waiting for your beer to ferment, you can test the wort using something called a hydrometer to see how far along it is. A hydrometer – which looks a lot like a thermometer – measures the wort’s specific gravity while fermentation is taking place. This is used to determine the alcohol content of your beer and tells you when your beer is ready to bottle.
Once your beer is done fermenting, you will transfer it into a bottling bucket using a straightforward siphon. The bottling bucket is outfitted with a spigot that makes it easy to pour your beer into their destined container. In addition to this, by siphoning the beer into a secondary container, you can separate the beer from the residue that will collect at the bottom of your primary fermenter. Once your beer is in the bottling bucket, you will mix it with some sugar to start the carbonation process and then pour it into its intended bottles.
Your home brewing kit will also contain a non-porous heat resistant brewing paddle as well as no-rinse sterilizer powder. A very important part of brewing beer at home is preventing contaminants from getting into your wort. Even the slightest contaminant can result in beer with a funny taste. The no-rinse sterilizer is an easy way to clean your equipment before you begin brewing. When making your wort, many people opt to use a wooden spoon to stir. However, because wood is porous this can result in impurities held in the wood entering your wort. For this reason, we include a non-porous brew paddle with all our kits.
Beer College’s Home Brewing Starter Kit does not contain beer bottles, bottle caps or a capper. While these can be worth the investment down the road, we find most beginner brewers prefer to bottle their beer in empty soda bottles – or PET bottles. PET bottles are strong enough to withstand the pressure from carbonation and function just as well as beer bottles. Not only does bottling using PET bottles save a considerable amount of time and help the environment, it also keeps down your residual costs whenever you go to brew up a new batch!
Ready to get started? Find out how you can begin brewing your own beer at home for using .
What’s better than brewing your own beer? Having friends who brew. Thnx Brent
Brew beer in the comfort of your own home and skip the bar crowds.
Question by urbanbutterfly: How much does it cost to brew your own beer?
What does the average set up cost, and after that what do you think it costs to brew beer…. I am interested in this for a hobby and am wondering if it is really cost effective or if it is about the same…I like to throw occasional parties, so I am sure it would all be enjoyed…
Answer by bobby
3 billion dollars
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