Want to know how to make beer at home? It is actually not that difficult of a process, and it is not expensive either.
Getting into home beer brewing can be a rewarding experience that you can personally enjoy as well as share with family and friends. Producing homemade beer allows you the luxury of putting a truly personal touch on the beer you drink. You can even come up and name your own recipes.
If you are interested in learning how to make beer at home, then you are definitely going to want to read this so that you can learn about the basic process that is involved to make beer at home.
Home Brew Beer Laws
There are laws regulating homemade beer making. A person of legal age can make 100 gal. (200 per household) a year under federal law. A few people I’ve met would register as a wine producer with the Dept. of Firearms, Tobacco, & Alcohol just to stay safe, but they don‘t anymore and I never have. If you keep it at home, don't sell it, and don't give it away to undercover feds, you should not get in any trouble.
How To Make Beer At Home
There are only a few steps that are involved if you want to make beer at home. The easiest way to get started and to learn to make beer at home is to get yourself a beer brewing kit. (there are some listed below this is the cheapest place I have found for beer kits) The kit will include all of the different ingredients, tools and materials that you are going to need to make the beer.
The four main ingredients, which are: water, malt, hops, and yeast. Water is the most plentiful ingredient in any kind of beer. Malted barley is barley grain that has carefully been soaked in water until it sprouts and is then dried and used to make beer. Hops balances out the sweetness by adding a degree of bitterness and also adds a distinctive aroma to the final product. Finally, yeast is the catalyst which makes it all work.
Follow The Directions
I like to use carbon filtered water. For $50.00 or so you can get a carbon filter to use. The next thing that you need to do is FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Follow the instructions that come with each different beer kit because each kit usually has some different aspects to it.
At this point you can make small changes to change the beer a little if you want but I would follow the directions first time I made beer at home. Any small changes will change the flavor of the beer. You just want to make sure beforehand that you know what you are doing so that you do not use too much or too little and end up ruining the beer.
One nice thing though is even if you do make a mistake, you can just throw that batch out and start fresh.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice is going to be the only way that you will be able to learn to make really good beer at home. After a few batches, you should be quite good at making your own beer, and you will be surprised at the freshness and how well it tastes, especially when compared to the store bought beer that you are used to drinking. Don't forget to start reading some books on home brewing as this will really help you to learn the art of home beer brewing.