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scratch-free. You'll need to find a local homebrew supply shop or one of many such shops on the web from which to purchase the ingredients. Kitchen strainer . With a few simple pieces of equipment and ingredients here's how you can brew your own mini batch.to strain grains and hops before going to the fermenter Kitchen thermometer Large funnel Rolling pin . will you enjoy the beer or find the brewing process rewarding? I think so.for siphoning and fermentation air lock Bottles .this will provide you with the water to make your beer and serve as your fermentation container Bottling container . Step 1 Equipment Brew pot . (See resource list in Step 15) Simple Ale 3 lbs light dried malt extract 8 oz crushed crystal malt 1 oz Northern Brewer pellet hops 1 pkg brewers yeast 3/8 cup sugar for bottling Step 3 www. I think the entry level brew kits are a good value.5 gallon batch here.there are a lot of options here and I'll cover some of them in the bottling step later Step 2: Ingredients Most recipes for the homebrewer are written to make 5 gallon batches.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 2/17 . you've considered brewing your own beer but you're not yet willing to drop the cash for the entry level kit just yet.instructables. Don't get me wrong. But.An empty container of at least 3 gallons. food grade plastic bucket. They include some special equipment not used here that will make things easier. This project will allow you to find out for yourself..for crushing the grain 3 gallon container of bottled water .any large kitchen pot that will hold a couple of gallons of water with room to spare to avoid boiling over.. 3 feet of 3/8" clear poly-vinyl tubing . In just a couple of weeks you can taste for yourself if homebrewing is a hobby you want to take to the next level. I've simply cut the ingredient list by half for the 2.could be another empty water bottle or a clean.1/9/13 How to Make Beer How to Make Beer So.

when you decide to get more serious.1/9/13 How to Make Beer Crushing the Grain Use a large heavy freezer bag and pour in roughly 8 ounces of the crystal malt a little at a time. Use a rolling pin to crush the grain. Now pour up to 2 1/2 gallons of the remaining water into your brew www. crystal malt in this recipe.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 3/17 . Later on. Step 4 Steeping This is the brewing term for the process of extracting the goodness from specialty grains.instructables. First pour 1/2 gallon of water from your 3 gallon water bottle and place a mark at the 2 1/2 gallon water level. You don't want to make flour here just a very course texture of broken grains. you may wish to purchase a malt mill designed specifically for this purpose.

Did I warn you about boiling over? www. Turn off the heat and cover the brew pot to let the magic take place inside for 30 minutes. Cover and let the newly added hops steep for 10 minutes. Turn on the heat to medium high and bring the temperature up to 150 to 155 degrees. Once you have a controlled boil add about 2/3 oz of the hop pellets to the boil and maintain the boil for 60 minutes to get the most from the bittering potential of your hops. In any case you'll want to keep one eye on the boil at all times. Step 6 Air Lock This step can be done earlier but I chose to do it during the boil. Submerse your kitchen strainer in the boil for the last 15 minutes to sanitize it for later use. At the end of 60 minutes turn off the heat and add the remainder of the hop pellets.1/9/13 How to Make Beer pot leaving at least 3 inches to the top of the pot.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 4/17 . Use a strainer to remove as much of the spent grain as possible without worrying too much about a few remaining grains. Step 5 How to Make Beer Download See All by imarunner2 Jump To 15 Steps The Boil Now bring the contents of the brew pot to a boil. Then. A boil over is something you definitely want to avoid as you'll have quite a sticky mess to clean up if it happens. Add your crushed grains. Hops added at this point will contribute some hop flavor and aroma to your finished beer.instructables. Be careful here! This is the point where you are at most risk of boiling over. remove from heat and stir in the malt extract. Return to heat and again bring to a boil.

If you need to add water to reach the 2 1/2 gallon mark made in Step 4 do it now. Anything that comes in contact with your cooled wort must be sanitized else you run the risk of undesireable critters living and multiplying in the wort only to contribute nasty unintended flavors in your beer. Sanitation is very important in brewing. Step 8 Gently pour your cooled wort through your sanitized strainer and funnel into the empty fermentation bottle. The air lock fits snugly in the hole. Wort is simply unfermented beer. Adding ice to the bath will help accelerate the cooling process. The idea is to let carbon dioxide produced during fermentation escape while keeping air outside from getting in. Quicker is better when it comes to cooling. You'll want the total volume in the fermenter to be 2 1/2 gallons. If your brew pot was big enough to allow you to boil a full 2 1/2 gallons you'll have to compensate for evaporation that took place during the boil.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 5/17 .instructables. The commercial air locks are only $1 or so and are included in the starter kits. one end fitted to the cap and the other end in a cup of water. right? Your fermentation bottle is sanitary because you just opened it and capped it after using water from it. Bring the total volume up to the mark we made earlier on the bottle. You can use water from the 1/2 gallon you poured off in Step 4 if you saved it to a sanitized container. Tap water is fine. right? Your funnel and anything else to come in contact with the wort can be sanitized by soaking in a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water for 30 minutes. Once the sides of the brew pot become cool to the touch you're ready for the next step but first a word on sanitation. I drilled a 3/8" hole in the water bottle cap. Gently swirl the brew pot in the cold bath water. Step 9 www. One method for cooling is to create a cold water bath in the sink to partially submerse the brew pot in. You've sanitized your strainer in the boil.1/9/13 How to Make Beer I used a commercial air lock but you could fashion an air lock from a piece of clear vinyl tubing. Step 7: Cooling the Wort Congratulations! At this point you have wort (pronounced wert).

is approximately room temperature you can pitch the yeast.instructables. A little more than half is fine and it's probably better to be a little over than a little under. Note: A package of brewers yeast typically contains an amount for a 5 gallon batch so pour approximately half a package into the fermenter. now in your fermenter.1/9/13 How to Make Beer Pitching the Yeast Pitching yeast is the brewing term for adding yeast to the unfermented wort. Step 10 www. If the sides of the fermenter are warm to the touch then let the wort cool to room temperature before pitching the yeast.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 6/17 . If the wort.

1/9/13 How to Make Beer Fermentation Over the next 7 to 10 days the yeast will do its work of converting sugars in the wort to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Step 11 www. After that time you should begin to see foaming and bubbles escaping from your air lock.instructables. Total darkness isn't necessary but direct sunlight is a definite no-no. The fermentation process is fun to watch but don't be concerned if nothing appears to be happening for 12 to 24 hours. Place the fermenter in a cool.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 7/17 . dark place. After 7 to 10 days the fermentable sugars should be converted by the yeast and you're ready for the next step.

didn't you?). Your beer is now primed and ready for bottling. The carbon dioxide has no way to escape the bottle resulting in carbonated beer. Live yeast still in your beer will convert the additional sugars to carbon dioxide while in the bottle. Cover and let it cool some then pour into a sanitized container large enough to hold your beer (another large empty water bottle. Now siphon your beer from the fermenter into the bottling container being careful not to disturb too much sediment at the bottom of the fermenter (you did remember to sanitize that siphon hose. If you drink it now it's going to be flat. etc).1/9/13 How to Make Beer Priming Congratulations. Boil 3/8 cup (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) of sugar (preferably corn sugar but table sugar will do) in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. you now have beer! But. empty plastic bucket.instructables.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 8/17 . Priming is the process of adding a measured amount of additional fermentable sugars just before bottling. you're not done. Step 12 www.

You can reuse empty growlers from your local brew pub. There are many alternative options for the first time brewer.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 9/17 . If you're going to use regular pry-off cap bottles you're going to need a capper (included in starter kits) to press fit the caps on the bottles. You can reuse champagne bottles.instructables.1/9/13 How to Make Beer Bottling As a homebrewer you're ultimately going to want brown beer bottles and caps or a kegging system to contain your finished product. You can buy empty bottles and caps. You can reuse bottles and buy caps (not the twist-off cap bottles). You could use empty soda bottles and caps. In any case it's important to use something that will withstand pressure in the bottle resulting from www.

com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 10/17 . So. Again. sanitation is important. Step 13 www.instructables. clean and sanitize the bottles prior to filling them. Soaking in a diluted bleach solution for 30 minutes and rinsing with clean tap water will do the trick.1/9/13 How to Make Beer carbonation.

Open a bottle and slowly pour into a glass leaving just a bit in the bottom of the bottle. Place your bottled beer in a cool dark place for 710 days and try to avoid the temptation to open a bottle early. Nevertheless. I'll admit.com/ Recommended reading: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian http://www. Don't put the bottled beer in the fridge yet or the yeast will not be able to do its job on the priming sugars.1/9/13 How to Make Beer Aging Bottle-conditioned beers must be aged in the bottle at least 7 days to allow the fermentation that takes place in the bottle to carbonate the beer. http://www.http://northernbrewer. I'm still pretty new to this so I'll have to do some research to find out what causes chill haze.. Lot's of good information here including audio and video podcasts.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 11/17 . The beer will also begin to clear during this time as suspended yeast settles to the bottom of the bottle.amazon.com/ Thanks to Luke for the brewing photography and the starter kit that got me interested in brewing to begin with! www.. it's still a tasty brew! Step 15: Reference Brewing supplies: Northern Brewer . This one turned out well.com/gp/product/0060531053/sr=8-1/qid=1146779286/ref=pd_bbs_1/1041364816-4552766?%5Fencoding=UTF8 I recently discovered the Basic Brewing web site. Step 14 Drink it! Place a few bottles in the fridge to chill. It tastes very good but I did notice a slight chill haze after refridgeration.basicbrewing.instructables.

Sandra444 says: Sep 14. 2012. 4:22 PM Reply easier way to carbonate your bottles is to add corn sugar to each bottle heres the chart 12 oz bottle 3/4 tsp 16oz bottle 1tsp 22 oz bottle 1 1/2 tsp 1 liter bottle 2 1/2 tsp 2 liter bottle 1 1/2 tbsp 3 liter bottle 2 1/4 tbsp its that easy and you dont have any where near as much risk of to much or not enough sugar when bottling as you do using a sugaring solution mixed with the wort Yard Sale Dale says: Apr 5. this is a really nice starters guide for getting your feet wet. 10:01 AM Reply Thanks Sandra. 2011. then I highly recommend "Beer Brewing Made Easy" . I'm a happy chappy! nik14 says: Jul 4.1/9/13 How to Make Beer Post Comment 1-40 of 352 Next » jonnybo111 says: 5 Oct 22.. I can finally make tasty beer and save money at the same time.u will see after 36-48 hours it gets chill haze. 2012.. 2012. I hope this is usefull 4 u :) Kharabe says: Dec 30. AlexStevens1981 says: Sep 23. and it's not needed if you keg of course. that guide is brilliant just what I was looking for. 6:03 AM Reply This Instructable is more about the brewing process rather than the recipe. 12:43 PM Reply This looks like a very detailed instructable but I wonder something about the taste. To any newbies who would like a complete step-by-step guide to make delicious homemade beer. 6:05 PM Reply Great job. 2012. 12:38 AM Reply u 'll not have to do any research to find out what causes chill haze because i found it u just have 2 put the beer bottles in the 'fridge..instructables. You can make many different beers by varying the ingredients following this technique.by Jake Evans. 2012.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 12/17 . 10:32 PM Reply Corn sugar? Is that High Fat Corn Syrup? 2 www. remove it to room temp for another 24-36 hours and those proteins settle out leaving protein free clear beer behind! I use the liter I saved to "re-pitch" before botteling. Everything you'll ever need to know! Your welcome :) Sandra. 2012. Is it a wheaty beer or a plain beer or a dry beer soft beer and so on and so forth imarunner2 (author) says: 7 Oct 23.

.. 3:08 PM Reply im limited to ingridients.instructables. for my "barley" and cloves for my "hops. requires more space than bottles.you know the name of the SS keg.beer in about 2 days.. From my limited knowledge. 2012. 2008..it is also a larger cash investment. a tank of CO2 and a regulator. I believe the ratio is 5kg of sugar per 20L of water. and . 2011.... blueberries. and whole wheat flour. BeerLover says: Jan 27. It's a little less convenient than brewing in a kitchen. and bread yeast. NO SEDIMENT. clean the lines (reasonably. all that jazz.. No more bleach splashing in bottles. the mess is outside. 7:15 PM Reply If you have a turkey fryer. about one a month) and you are golden. jmurray6 says: Aug 6. molasses.. but most of them aren't beer. 2007.. any combination of sugar and yeast in a liquid will produce some sort of alcoholic beverage. 9:39 AM Reply Yeah! There's lots that can be brewed without brewer's ingredients.that being said its not for everyone. and if you're technically inclined." THANK YOU!!! Scurvymcdiggle says: 1 Jul 28. which would cost about $40 or $50 at your hardware store. 2012..use a cornelius keg (the old stainless steel kegs used to be connected to soda fountains). 2012. 4:23 PM Reply If I were you I'd consider trying to brew with something you DO have available.. thank you.And in no shortage of friends to help you try it out either :-) BeerLover says: Feb 27. 8:46 PM Reply Yes there is. 2007.. things that i cud find at a market or grocery store or something. but if you boil over. The next step is to build yourself a still. I'd recommend a tea kettle still because its easy to make... 5:52 AM Reply Raspberries.... some fruit juice. I've personally not brewed either but I've tasted some excellent samples of both from home brewers. It is worth every freakin' penny. 2010. then you can always try making hooch! You'll need white sugar. "cornelius.." wud that work? if not please help me out. there are for sure some demos out there on how to make moonshine from corn syrup or sugar. A boilover is a real sticky mess! BeerLover says: Jan 27. 5:50 AM Reply I LOVE that idea!!!! eranox says: www.cold. Boil everything but the yeast with water. imarunner2 (author) says: 7 Aug 23. (note this isn't legal everywhere) mev says: Dec 22. 9:09 AM Reply Oh wow. only have to sanitize the kegs. Get at least a 24" fridge. and strawberries!!! Fantastic flavors for beer!! Shipyard makes a fantastic seasonal Blueberry Smash ale. The molasses and fruit juice add nutrients for the yeast since it can't live no white sugar alone. sabetts says: Nov 10... 8039180 says: Aug 23.. drill a hole through the door.. Look around on the net for recipes. not in your kitchen. 4:19 PM Reply If you can't get malted grains and hops (and dont want to order it online). Get the draught tap.. you may want to use the burner and boil outside. You'd just need to fashion yourself a little still. 9:06 AM Reply YEAH kegging is where its at!. You can find all the details online of course :).. and I thought it was one of the fines beers I've ever tasted. 2007.. there isnt a homebrew store around where i live. If you are able to get apples you might try brewing a hard cider or if you have honey available you might try brewing a mead. i was wondering about corn starch.1/9/13 How to Make Beer madmedix says: Oct 8. so i was wondering what can i substitute for the ingridients.carbonated.. Cool it and transfer to your fermenter and pitch your yeast. NO MORE BOTTLING..com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 13/17 . 2011.

. 2010. For a truly complete solution a pressured beer barrel is the answer so you don't have to open the top to let the bees and Carbon dioxide out. I simply cool the finished beer in a sealed bottle (Iuse a 2 liter pop bottle. Then you loose the fizz it collects in the bottle and have to artificially carbonate the bottles.. organic mechanic says: Oct 7. my beer is drinkable 7 days www. 2009. 1 pyrosparker says: Before bottling. 2011. 2011. 8:31 AM Reply Sep 4.. (try not to freeze it. wait 1 . but you will still get some. 12:36 PM Reply You can substitue othe things for the hops like Sruce tips. I leave the sediment behind.and is there a replacement ? mbillups says: Sep 25. To get every last bit of yeast to settle..you don't want to get rid of all of it otherwise you'd have flat beer =(. 2:43 AM Reply I know how don'. 2011. wait for the foam to subside then fill up. Storing your beer in a Barrel allows the fizz to develop AND the sediment to fall to the bottom leaving nice clear beer to draw off.. If the bottle overflows from foam do not stop the gentle pouring. This will lessen the yeast in the bottom of the bottles. pour the beer in a sanitized flexible container (Thin plastic bottle) and place in the freezer to help get it cold. 2010.2 weeks before bottling. 5:25 PM Reply Is using hops necessary ? cuz i couldn't get any. IBreakHeavyStuff says: Nov 14. 8:23 AM Reply Jun 1.. btw I use beer kits and a plastic bucket with a lid. 2011. (The beer may not become completely clear if there are unfermented sugar particles. 3:52 PM Reply This looks fantastic.instructables. After cooling...1/9/13 How to Make Beer Reply Jan 19.. mhashim el-tahir says: Sep 2. nothing can settle if the whole thing is solid) place in fridge and wait for yeast to settle. 2011.. Once it's all settled. 5:47 AM 100% agreed! If you're married and experience a boil-over in your kitchen. 2009. co2 gas imitates sugar to our tounge that is why ITS ALL ABOUT THE HEAD. hossweightlifter says: Jul 8. no air lock.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 14/17 .. 2011. remember air make beer go stale. because as soon as you tip the sediment containing bottle upright the the sediment will mix. Then I carefully decant the beer into another bottle. expect to hear about it in recurring arguments for many years to come..t be cheap and buy your own beer. The yeast in the bottles is what carbs them . BeerLover says: Sep 21. bottle it. Cooling beer allows the gas CO2 to dissolve in the beer. I CANNOT wait to try it. 6:12 AM Reply Mar 5. use another container... 2011. 12:02 PM Reply I have developed a beer clearing technique that imitates a large brewery process. 1:56 AM Reply Only by filtering the beer. 7:39 PM Reply Instead of racking (syphoning) into the priming bucket at step 12 rack into another fermentation bottle instead and leave it another week or so and wait for some more settling of the yeast. rug says: at what step would we add other flavors? 3 curiousthemonkey says: is there any way to not have that layer of misery (suspended yeast) at the bottom of the bottle? rickharris says: 23 Jul 28....

Irish Moss. good luck to alll I my opinion alcohol is a hormone to mammals as ethylene is a hormone to plants. When transferring the beer over you want to siphon it and try to keep most of the yeast out of secondary... Looks like you answered already. There are methods of carbonating filtered beer before bottling but that goes well beyond the intent of this instructable. 2010.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS 15/17 . 2010. 2010. the secondary fermenter.. there is a process called secondary fermentation. 2009.homebrewersassociation. unless you filter the beer (Which you don't want to do as it takes all the Goodness out of it!). this process add some waiting time but its all worth it. 2009. dry hopping more specifically refers to the addition of fresh hops to a cask of draft beer when it is racked from the primary fermenter.. I am a satisfied user of John Palmer's website and paid www. Keep you beer in secondary for another 7 days. I am a member of the AHA. 2011.. You add one of these about 20min left in the boil and they act as a magnet attracting the suspended yeast and having it settle at the bottom of the fermenter. 5:25 PM Reply If you age long enough.html John Palmer's book is available for free online. According to the AHA HomeBrewoPedia. most yeast will settle pretty firmly at the bottom. The online edition is 2 prior to the one that is currently in print but the brewing information is virtually identical..a couple of weeks or more. 8:47 AM Reply If you have another container to transfer your beer into. dry hopping. 12:24 PM Reply It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. 9:26 AM Reply I would recommend against adding the last of the hops and covering the kettle at flame out.. Gelatin and Isinglass. 2011. the closer to flame out you add the hops the more aromatics from the hops you retain.. there's a chance that diacetyl could accumulate in the wort and give the beer a buttery flavor. do a web search on "Hops" + Randall" and you'll see what I mean. 8:19 AM Reply A couple of other items for the reference section: http://www. BeerBellyJoe says: 4 You can always use Clarifying aids such as.. The addition of loose dry hops to the primary fermenter (when the wort has cooled down to 75 °F. DouglasLaw says: Apr 28. Add the hops 10 minutes before flame out and keep that cover off. But i'm weird teufel. This will considerably lower the amount of yeast settlement at the bottom of the bottle. more often....dan says: Oct 3.. Just pour carefully and you shouldn't get too much yeast in your glass. 24 °C). The diacetyl comment is well taken.com/intro. 9:55 PM Reply Oops . 7:40 PM Reply Jul 21. Some people carry it to extremes. Bottle conditioned beers will always have some yeast settle to the bottom. imarunner2 (author) says: 7 Mar 6. 2. Disclosures. Hop extracts are not recommended for dry hopping because they may contain traces of the organic solvents used for their extraction.instructables. secondary fermentation. 1. IBreakHeavyStuff says: Nov 14.org/ The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) has all sorts of information and support for both the new and the experienced homebrewer and http://www. In England.howtobrew. DouglasLaw says: Apr 25. Homebrewers usually add 50-60 grams of aroma hops or hop pellets per 5-gallon batch during primary or. herr_twiggie says: Oct 3. or to casked beer to increase the aroma and hop character of the finished beer without significantly affecting its bitterness..sorry dan.1/9/13 How to Make Beer after brewing..

like the vita-mix. 2. they make a blade specific for seeds and such. Instead use the bottled water (also not very attractive because of nasty plasticizers). Who We Are Advertise Contact Jobs Help Kids LEDs Science Sewing Solar Tools Woodworking www.1/9/13 How to Make Beer cash money for a hardcopy of the book. MekkMan says: Aug 9. 2010. 2010. 8:22 PM Reply Can you place the grain in a blender and pulse it a little at a time to get the consistency you want? DeliciousMystic says: Mar 27. 1-40 of 352 Next » Post Comment Explore Channels Join Our Newsletter About Us Arduino Bikes CNC Christmas Decorating Electronics Furniture Join over 1 million Instructable fans who receive our how to make newsletter. 2011. or tap water that's been put through a good filter. Nasty chlorine affects taste 3. 4:29 PM Reply If you have a high end blender. kclouse says: Mar 30. 2011. which I'd guess would work pretty well. putting it through a Brita filter or something of the sort will tend to increase the microbe levels. This will however remove a lot of the minerals unwanted in some types of brewing. 12:00 AM Reply Tap water?? Yech! 1.com/id/Make-Beer/?ALLSTEPS enter email 16/17 . but no filtering is needed. I prefer boiled and filtered. I also have a rocket blender type drink mixer with a seeds/grains specific blade. a mini one if you have it will work too. 6:10 PM Reply I agree. Just don't crush them too much. not really bug free in a lot of places. 2010. All you really want to do is bust open the husks while leaving them as intact as possible. boiled water that's cool (boiling drives off the chlorine). A food processor will do the job. 9:48 AM Reply Blender is a bad idea. Would be worth a shot. In the US most tap water is "bug" free. that way they are easier to strain out later. Chlorine can interfere with yeast growth. the raw foodists go-to tool. paulthezombie says: May 7. jp_pianoguy says: Aug 10. boil the water and let it cool. because it's not really meant to handle solids.instructables.

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