Brewing beer at home is easy. This is a basic overview for brewing an extract beer recipe. Click here to learn about all-grain brewing.
THE 4 BASIC STEPS:
1. Gather your brewing equipment. You'll need:
Fermenter + Air Lock
Beer Recipe Kit (or individual ingredients)
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2. Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize. Your success will rely on how clean your equipment is. Anything that comes in contact with your beer after the boil process should be sanitized. PBW and Star San are great cleaners and santizers.
1. Add Grains. Fill your 5-gallon brew kettle with 2.5 gallons of water. As you heat your water, steep your grains for 20 minutes, or until your water reaches 170 degrees. When you remove your grains, let the water drip out of the grain bag and into the kettle. Don't squeeze your grain bag as you don't want to extract tannins, which may give your beer unwanted flavors.
2. Bring kettle to a boil - Once your kettle comes to a rolling boil remove it from heat and add malt extracts. Once the extract is dissolved return to a boil. Hops will now be added at various intervals. (Note: Be careful not to boil over when hops are added.) Refer to your exact recipe as to when you need to add hops to your boil.
3. You now have wort - Otherwise known as sugar water. Cool your wort as quickly as possible. This can be done one of two ways:
Ice Bath - Simply set your pot into a sink filled with ice water.
Use a wort chiller - Insert chiller into your wort. Run cold water from your tap through the chiller and out to the sink. A wort chiller is the most effective way, but either will get you the desired results.
Don't forget to sanitize all your supplies! Then...
1. Pour cooled wort into the fermenter. Some brew kettles even have a valve for easy transportation from your kettle to your fermenter.
2. Add water to bring the level to 5 gallons.
3. Aerate wort by splashing it around in its container. Yeast need oxygen, and splashing your wort will help.
4. Add yeast. Dry yeast is the easiest, as you don't have to prepare it beforehand. Sanitize the yeast pack + scissors, cut the corner off the yeast pack, and pour the yeast into the fermenter.
5. Seal your fermenter, add a fermentation air lock, and store in a dark cool place. Ales should stay at 68 degrees to ferment properly.
You did it. You made beer. All that's left to do this.
The above are all done manually. During this brewing period, it is difficult to control temperature and pressure. The biggest difference between modern brewing technology and the past is that we can help solve the brewing process through a more automated system. The difficult problem enables brewers to focus more on the exploration of recipes and the development of new tastes of beer.
Is the beer we brewed according to the above steps draft beer or craft beer?
If you are new to the world of beer, you might come across the terms ‘craft’ and ‘draft’ to describe this crispy, frothy drink. But, are they the same thing? What’s the difference between craft vs draft beer? Read on, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about these two classifications.
Now that we know what craft beer and draft beer are as well as their respective history, let’s look at the difference between the two.
The truth is, there is actually no significant difference between craft and draft beer. Beer that has been crafted and produced by a small, independent brewery can be tap-drawn and this would then transform it into draft beer.
On the other hand, draft beer that is stored in kegs and drawn from taps can either be artisanal or just regular beer.
Craft beer is all the rage among younger, sophisticated drinkers who are after innovative and refined flavors, whether bottled, canned, or tapped. Draft beer does have a long history, but at its core, this is just beer that is well stored to protect it from the vagaries of light and oxygen.
In the end, artisanal beer can be tapped to make it a draft beer and draft beer comes in all styles and flavors as long as it is stored in a keg.
According to the above steps, different flavors of draft beer and craft beer can be brewed. How to brew beer is no longer a mystery. Raw beer and craft beer are different flavors of beer that we brew step by step. As long as you know how to make beer, you can set your own style in some different steps to make beer with unique flavor.
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