How to Brew Beer at Home: Start to Finish. Tips & Tricks. For the Beginner or Expert

How to Brew Beer at Home: Start to Finish. Tips & Tricks. For the Beginner or Expert

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All the steps for brewing a superb batch of beer and explained & demonstrated. Tips & time saving “tricks” are provided. These “tips & tricks” makes the video a valuable resource for both beginning and experienced home brewers. I have made over 100 batches of home brew. I’ve learned what equipment and steps are necessary, and (importantly) what are NOT necessary. I also debunk some myths and unneeded steps that make the brew day more difficult and do nothing for the quality of the beer.

Equipment Needed:
5 gallon Kettle with lid (Stainless or Aluminum)
6.5 gallon carboy or a plastic fermentation bucket
Airlock & Bung
Extract Home Beer kit with yeast. (Some are recommended below, but any will do)
“Jet Bottle Washer”
Carboy brush
Long Spoon (Wooden or Stainless)
2-gallon bucket.
8″ diameter funnel
Starsan (sanitizer)
Thermometer (Taylor Digital recommended for about on Amazon)
Milk Crate (Optional but helpful.)

**And that’s it*** Packaging (bottling or kegging) will be covered in another video.

Unnecessary & Time Wasting Steps
1) Gravity readings. We are making extract beer from a kit. The gravity will be close to or equal to the stated gravity on the kit. Save your valuable time and energy for something else.

2) Taking constant temperature readings during the specialty grain seeping process to make sure the temperature doesn’t go over 170f. Do this instead: Place about 3 gallons of water in the kettle, turn your kitchen stove on high, steep the grains for 25 minutes and take them out and discard the bag. The water temperature will be about 155 to 160 F at that point—well below 170 f. Use this time saving method. Don’t stand over your stove with a thermometer!
3) Secondary fermentation. One of the best home brewers at our local brew club explained that this is a waste of time for the overwhelming number of ale & wheat kits. Most recipes tell the brewer to leave the wort/beer in the primary fermenter (6.5 gallon carboy or plastic bucket) for 2 to 3 weeks and then move it to a secondary fermenter for about another month. Unless you’re making a big Belgian Ale (8% abv or higher) or a lager, this is a total waste of time. Do this instead: Leave the beer/ wort in the primary fermenter for 2 weeks minimum to about 3 weeks maximum. Then package. Your beer will be perfect. Don’t waste your time with secondary fermentation!!!!

Home brewing is fun!!!!! Don’t do unnecessary work.

Kettle Controversy. Aluminum vs. Stainless. Internet legend would have you believe that aluminum kettles are no good for home brewing. That’s total nonsense. While I currently use a stainless kettle, only because I got a great deal on one—and my aluminum kettle wore out, aluminum kettles (including turkey fryers) work just fine for home brewing. I have made dozens of batches using an aluminum kettle and the beer was always superb.

Some recommended kits from online brew stores:

American Wheat kit from Northern Brewer. This is a simple kit and the beer is a huge hit with everyone. Just add 24 oz of clover honey at flame out (the end of the boil—not earlier or you’ll kill the honey flavor). This will impart an awesome honey flavor and raise the abv to about 6%. This one is always “on” at my house. (Even non-beer drinkers enjoy it.)

Northern Brown Ale from Austin Homebrew Supply. . (Get their 1% alcohol boost with the kit.) Awesome

Green Zinger from Asheville Brewers Supply . Great hoppy beer with 5 hop additions! Uses both DME (dry malt extract) and LME (liquid malt extract). Fun to brew. Great to drink.

Caribou Slobber from Northern Brewer. Just terrific.

Gold Seal Cream Ale from Austin Homebrew Supply. (Get their 1% alcohol boost with the kit.) Delicious
Video Rating: / 5

19 Comments

  1. Victor Huizar

    This mother fucker is funny as hell… hahahaa

  2. Very good video.
    I used 70-% medicinal rubbing alcohol–as a rinsing agent–Not Tap Water.
    I pretty much did everything this man described.
    I did not leave the large surface area–as has been described.
    I might do that today-when I inspect my wort.
    Its been 2-days, in the cold room.

  3. darren dumbleton

    Hi, great vid. I'm about to start getting into brewing and found it very informative. one question though, you mention speciality grains at the beginning, can you say what they are? I assume they are different for each brew, but can you give me an idea?

  4. Great video! I'm a beginner, and this sure looks like the easy way! The kits I've used so far come with yeast that you sprinkle on top of the wort. This yeast looks better – what kind is it? Can I just substitute this yeast for the one in the kit?
    You mentioned a video coming showing how you keg your beer – I'm really looking forward to that! 

  5. Clandestine Confidential

    Thank you. This video was informative and very appreciated.

  6. this dude has the mirror image kitchen of my parents similar cabinets, same counter, same exact range… 

  7. Dee Cartwright

    Firstky thank you for your simplicity.  Secondly, loving your white kitchen habit; I too have that habit… My husband is going to follow your recipes.  Thanks 

  8. slap it like it owes ya money!!!! love it. great video….. thanks for making it simple……

  9.  your video was fricken AWESOME!!!!! not only did I learn how to make my brew but the video itself was entertaining as well! great job
    SUBD!

  10. I hope you do home tutoring i always wanted to start home brewing but i am a bit of a perfectionist so it would be nice i had an expert such as yourself guiding me along 

  11. Florian Gypser

    isnt it crucial to cool down the wort to 70 degrees after boiling asap ??

  12. Mohammad Tariq

    Good side for every one

  13. Slap it like it owes you money! lol haha!

  14. Great video! Is the sanitation done only to prevent bad flavors?

  15. Very good video.
    The no rinse sanitizer is because a public water supply can be contaminated, and the alert is always after the fact.
    I've thought to use medicinal alcohol as a rinsing agent.
    And sunlight–as a drying agent.
    Have done one dry run–on sanitizing.
    The rest of the video seems very good.

  16. Great instructional video.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  BTW, has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Steve Martin? 

  17. wow Great video, starting my first brew on Sunday. Will take some of these tips to help me

  18. If you enjoy a hoppy taste and want a higher apv, look at the vid description, he lists other beer recipe kits

  19. I have a question, where i live it's very hot and indoor temperature ranges from 85 degrees to low 70s with the a.c on. I can't refrigerate the beer while fermenting, would that be a problem ?   

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