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Home Brewing Guide

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This is a Home Brewing Guide for people who want to brew their own beer. If you love drinking beer so much that you always wonder what it would be like to make your own? Or maybe you want to have your own taste of home brew that you made yourself and be proud of. So you’ve decided to take the leap of home brewing? Don’t worry, it is more like a step than a leap. Once you start, you can’t stop making your own tasteful home brew creations and that is when the real plunge happens.

In this Home Brewing Guide about how to make your own home brew, I will be discussing the different types of brewing equipment and their methods of brewing beer, the basics of extract brewing, and the basic brewing process involved.


Extract Home Brewing – What is the basics of extract brewing?

Beer is made using the sugars from malted grains. Malt extract is exactly that, sugar extracted (taken) from the malted grains. Malt extract can be purchased in either dry(DME) or liquid form(LME). In extract brewing, the brewer utilizes this extract to maximize time and efficiency. The heart and soul of your beer is the yeast. Yeast consumes sugar by eating it, and when yeast eats it, then it produces by-products, the major by-products being CO2 and alcohol. While yeast will work at “eating” most sugars, malt sugars are ideal for their chemical make-up. Yeast is always very important in brewing.

The different types of Home Brewing Equipment.

So, what are the different types of home brewing equipment? There are two (2) main types of equipment to use. There are the “Quick and Easy” (Noob Friendly) and the “Kit Base” (extract home brewing) type.
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:: “Quick and Easy” ::
The “Quick and Easy” is a Beer Tap system, which is very easy to use. They use a mini keg, bottle, or even a can that is a very quick brew system using what has already been made for you, by the beers you already buy today. These Beer Tap Systems,  doesn’t let you make your own style of home brew. This is really for people who want that quick easy feel of home brew, without having to go through making their own flavor. Will have to say, it is something really cool to have for parties that is all ready to go or at home for the anytime, beer time feel. On top of that, the look really stylish and sleek.
:: “Kit Base” ::
The “Kit Base” (extract home brewing) type does let you make your own brew. They have a lot of different flavors you can make and build your own taste of blend. You can even bottle up your very own beer. How cool is that? It is, like you are the beer brewing company yourself. You can make a lot of different flavors and amount of brew to your liking. It does take time in building your brew, but not too long. After you have made your first brew, it becomes much easier and faster for you to make. Plus, it is a lot of fun to do, have more love for beer, and you learn a lot about home brewing.

Brewing Equipment – “Quick and Easy”

For the “Quick” and “Easy” type of equipment is really simple. They are a one product using the beer we drink today. So really, not much work to do and no brewing your own style. However, they are easy to use and convenient. Mostly they are BeerTender, Fizzics, and Growler Werks. If you like to see these and how they work. Click Here
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Brewing Equipment – “Kit Base”

What “Kit Base” equipment do you need to take advantage of that wonderful little yeast? You have two (2) choices you can make at this point. You could piece everything together or you could buy the all-in-one type of kit. First, lets look at putting everything together piece by piece.  The basic equipment kit for piece by piece consists of:
  • 6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Primary Fermenter with Drilled & Grommeted Lid
  • 6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Bottling Bucket with Bottling Spigot
  • Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser
  • Airlock
  • Siphon & Bottling Set-up
  • Home Beermaking Text
  • Hydrometer
  • Bottle Brush
  • Twin Lever Capper
  • Liquid Crystal Thermometer
  • Bucket Clip
  • Equipment Instructions
A 3-5 gallon stock pot and cooking thermometer are also needed and are usually available as an add-on if you do not already have these at home.

Home Brewing Process – “Kit Base”

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Now that you have the equipment, you are ready for brewing. Take a look at this sample recipe.
  • Malt Base: 6 Lbs DME OR 7.2Lbs LME
  • Specialty Grains: 1 lb. Munich, 1/2 lb. Caramel 120L, 1/4 Lb Amber
  • Hops: 8 HBU Cluster (Boiling), 3.5 HBU Hallertau Select (Finishing)
  • Other: 2 Hop Sacks, 5 oz. Priming Sugar
  • Yeast: White Labs California / Wyeast 1056

Home Brewing instructions for making your own beer:

  1. Remove Crushed Grains from package and put in muslin bag. Tie bag at end to allow maximum circulation. Place in minimum 1-gallon cold water, slowly bring to approximately 160 degrees, hold temp for 10 minutes. Discard grain, add gypsum if water is soft.
  2. Add Malt Extract, stir well to dissolve. Bring to a boil, add Cluster Hops, and continue boil for 55 min. Add Hallertau Select Hops and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour unfermented beer (wort) slowly into fermentation vessel containing enough cold water to total 5 gallons.
  4. Let temperature drop to approximately 80 degrees. Take hydrometer reading, sprinkle or “pitch” yeast on top. Affix cover and airlock to fermenter and stabilize temperature at approximately 67–72 degrees.
  5. Airlock should be active within 24 hours. With fermentation slowing down by the end of day 7, the clearing stage is beginning. Siphon beer into clean carboy, affix airlock, and cover to keep light out and let clear for approximately 7 more days.
  6. When ready to bottle, boil priming sugar in approximately 1 cup water for 1 minute, add to bottom of bottling bucket, then siphon beer into the same bucket (take final hydrometer reading while siphoning into bucket). Fill bottles to 1“ (1 inch) from top of bottle and cap.
  7. Store beer at 67–70 degrees for 7–10 days minimum.

Watch the video below to see this process in the works

As you can see, home brewing is a simple process. Steep some specialty grains for flavor and color. This is essentially making a grain tea. Add your malt sugars. Boil your sugars into solution. Boil your hops. Hops have essential oils and must be boiled to extract them. Cool your solution (wort). Add to fermenter and add your yeast. In 7-14 days the yeast will convert the sugars into alcohol. Then bottle your beer.

Where to get my Brewing Equipment?

Here are the links below to get the brewing equipment that you need or want.
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To order brewing equipment piece by piece on Amazon Click Here or click the picture above.

To order brewing equipment in Kits on Amazon Click Here or click the picture above.


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Now for the “All-In-One” kit. There is one that is very popular, easy to use like the “Quick and Easy” types, has a very great taste and everything is mostly done by a push of a button. Click Here or the picture above to see this All-In-One Kit.

For Brewing equipment that is "Quick" and "Easy" Click Here or the picture above.


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For a list of Liquid Malt Extract on Amazon Click Here or the picture above.

For a list of Brewing Recipes on Amazon Click Here or the picture above.