How To Brew Your Own Beer: Part 1

How To Brew Your Own Beer: Part 1

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The days of moonshine and bathtub gin may be long gone, but you can still brew up a homemade batch of the freshest beer you’ll ever taste.

Step 1: Prepare
Set aside several hours to make your beer, and verify that you have all your equipment and ingredients close at hand. Brewing is a time-sensitive process.

Step 2: Sanitize
Bacteria or other contaminants can spoil your brew completely. Sanitize all equipment with sodium percarbonate, available at home-brew supply stores. Everything that will come in contact with your brew should be sanitized. Rinse thoroughly.

Tip
You can also use a bucket of bleach solution: two capfuls bleach per five gallons of water.

Step 3: Boil the wort
Fill the pot with three gallons of water and heat on high. Add the malt extract when the water is hot, not boiling, and stir it until it dissolves. This mixture is called ‘wort.’

Step 4: Add hops and boil
When the wort hits a rolling boil, add one ounce of hops. Continue to boil the wort on medium heat for one hour, stirring often. This will kill any bacteria that may have snuck into the mixture. At the end of the hour, as you turn off the heat, add an additional one-quarter ounce of hops to enhance aroma and flavor.

Tip
The more hops you add, the more bitter your beer will be. If you dig that hoppy bite, add a bit more to the wort.

Step 5: Cool the wort
Cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Place it in a large sink or bathtub, surround it with ice, and cool to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure no ice cubes sneak into the wort.

Step 6: Add cold water
Once the wort has cooled, pour 2 gallons or so of cold water into the container you are using as a fermenter: either the bucket or glass carboy.

Step 7: Transfer wort to the fermenter
Pour the wort into the fermenter. If you are using a carboy, pour in the wort using a funnel. Enlist some help: This is a two-person job. Depending on the type of hops you used, you may need a strainer. There should now be between five and five and a half gallons of liquid inside the fermenter.

Tip
To measure the alcohol percentage, use a hydrometer to take a reading before you add the yeast, and another reading before bottling. Alcohol content varies among beer types; your kit will include the correct range for the one you’re making.

Step 8: Prepare to add yeast
Take another temperature reading to make sure the mixture in the fermenter is no warmer than 75 degrees. The ideal temperature is about 60 degrees.

Step 9: Pitch the yeast
If you’re using dry yeast, pour it into a cup with a half-cup of 105-degree water. Stir it rapidly with a whisk to aerate it; then let it stand for 10 minutes. “Pitch,” or add, the yeast and either shake the carboy, or stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk for several minutes.

Step 10: Seal
The beer is now ready for fermentation. To prevent mess and contamination, run plastic tubing through the hole in the stopper, down to a half-full glass of water. Then seal your fermenter with the stopper. After two or three days, replace the stopper with the airlock. See Part 2 to finish your beer.

Did You Know?
One of the oldest recorded recipes in the world is for beer, carved on a 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablet.
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20 Comments

  1. Jackie Cummings

    Yuk!!!

  2. Zzzzzz

  3. Why do you have  to have a loud background music?!@#$%&!!!!

  4. From his explanation I’d say he’s referring to a Coopers or Tooheys Kit and they're the most common way of brewing in Aus. The malt comes pre-boiled and pre-hopped if you’re not using this kit then yes it sounds pretty rough but if you are then it really is just ad sugar and water as everything else is ready to go and it makes a tasty beer as the kit come in a decent range
    This guy explains it better
    /watch?v=Jt3IGCxu6tk

  5. Great video. Nice and simple love to try it some day

  6. Lesson is you want something you gotta fuckin work for it haha

  7. Definitely less control over bittering, flavor, aroma, and color without a 1-hr boil. If you were to add hops with your instructions, you would just get aroma without a lot of flavor or bitterness. Of course, if you're going full extract, might as well keep it really simple like you do (and not how they did n the video). If a beginner wants to learn how to make any beer, they should start with partial extract and work their way to all grain, but of course, this will take more equipment and time.

  8. Less effort? well yes thats the point if your trying to brew beer for the first time, this video makes it look more complicated than it is with far more equipment and ingredients than necessary (which was my main gripe with video) our beer kits are much simpler where I live
    Less control? only if you're not interested in monitoring the brew or temperature
    There is simple and there is expert and if you know nothing about brewing, what sort of demonstration would rather see?

  9. I guess you could also just throw grains and water into a jug with some yeast and let it sit for a couple of months. Less effort, but less control over the final flavor of the product.

  10. Yes its a down and dirty way of doing it but for a first timer its a lot less complicated, the brew tastes pretty much the same and it will get people interested if they want to perfect their technique
    I do my brews in summer as winter is too cold for the the brew to ferment in my area

  11. Get a bucket of hot tap water open your tin of malt and place the tin in the water to heat the malt
    While it's warming, get an electric kettle to heat 2 ltrs of water takes about 10min
    When the water’s boiled, dump 1kg of sugar in your tank along with the now warm/runny malt and the boiled water then mix until the sugar has dissolved
    Fill the tank with room temp water and add another 1ltr of boiled water to top off
    Add your satchel of yeast and put the lid on
    5-7 days later, bottle your brew

  12. One hour at the most? It takes an hour just for the boil…not to mention the time it takes to bring your water to a boil plus 30-45min for the mash. You're looking at 2-1/2 hrs minimum to prep, sanitize, cook, transfer to the primary, and clean up. What's your secret?

  13. If beer tastes like piss to you, then you're drinking the wrong beer. Make your own, kick up the alcohol content, and get your buzz while enjoying the taste all at the same time.

  14. OK just wasted 2.4 min of my life watching the rest of this rubbish, I brew my own as it cost $10 to make 15 long necks + 20 stubbies and compared to the way I do it, these guys gin around something horrific

  15. 1min in and gave up watching
    The best way to brew beer is the KISS plan – keep it simple STUPID – they already have too much unnecessary crap. A first timer will need the least amount of items as they are just learning and as for several hours to brew? It should only take you an hour at the most to set up your brew otherwise you're doing something wrong.
    Bad tutorials put people off doing simple and fun stuff like this

  16. beer is good..

  17. Do you know why mass market beer companies want you to drink their beer as cold as possible? "Rocky mountain cold"

    Simple really, flavours as easyly masked in cold beer. The colder the beer the less flavour your tastebuds are able to identify. Try drinking your favorite mass market beer at room tempurature – Ill bet you have trouble swallowing it. Try drinking some of the local brewed beers at just below room temperature and see the difference.

  18. Bro, if you want a buzz why even bother with beer? It's a very inefficient way of getting drunk… I recommend you try liquor. I used to be like you, drinking mass market beer,.Everyone had their "Label" I myself was a Blue guy. A few years ago I made my way to a local brew pub, had a mug of this incredible hand crafted beer and I actually got to talk to the guy who made it. I had no idea there was so much to making beer, real beer.

  19. You must also like the taste of piss then. You must also have sex just to have a kid and not because it feels good.

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