Home brewing is a popular hobby among beer-drinkers who want to infuse creativity on to their beer. It may be time-consuming, but the satisfaction of tasting your own-brewed beer is unmatched even by the more expensive beers around.
If you’ve only heard about this hobby recently, then you can always start with a few simple experiments. Here is a guide on how you can get started with home brewing.
1. Read articles and books about home brewing
Before you set off to your nearest home brewing store, you can first read a book that discusses anything about home brewing. This would give you a heads-up on what to expect as you start with the brewing process. Take note of things that are unclear to you and ask about them later as you go to a home brewing store.
2. Go to the nearest home brewing store in your area
Drop by to a local home brewing store where you can buy your home brewing supplies. You must also grab this opportunity to get acquainted with the storeowner and ask further details about home brewing. These store owners are usually home brewing enthusiasts, and they are more than willing to share tips and techniques to novices.
There may be some area where there’s no home brewing store around, and you might be the unlucky few who live in that area. Well, you don’t have to worry since there are also home brewing sites online where you can order supplies and discuss information about home brewing.
3. Get your home brewing kit and beer bottles
Home brewing will require you to have some supplies as you go with the process, so it is best to buy these equipments from a reputable home brewing store. As a starter, you can get the basic brewing supply kit that already includes a large bucket, some tubing, a racking cane, rubber corks, airlocks, bottle capper, bottle caps, sanitizer concentrate and a hydrometer to measure the density of the beer. Do not forget to ask the store owner the purpose of each of the materials and how to handle them.
As for the bottles, you can either buy from the home brewing store, or you can simply get used bottles from a liquor store. Just make sure that you thoroughly clean these used bottles before you use them.
4. Start brewing!
Now we go to the fun part. Once you have all of the necessary supplies, you can now brew your first homemade beer! There’s really no limit as to how you’ll make your beer, but try to keep it simple first then make some experiments as you go along.
Your first home-brewed beer is certainly a special one, so go ahead and cherish the experience!