Homebrewing has become a burgeoning trend. How to start brewing beer at home when you don’t know where to start? Let’s go into the details of the brewing:
HOW TO BREW BEER?
The first step of the brewing process is the milling of the grains. It starts with crushing different types of malt to break up the wheat grains. This procedure is necessary to extract the sugars during the mash that will then be responsible for fermentation.
During the mash phase, the grains are transferred to a pot and mixed with hot water (65 ° / 75 ° c) to allow the enzymes contained in the malt to break the starch into sugars. The wort is then transferred into pots for boiling.
During the boil the brewer adds the hops to make the beer bitter and give the typical hoppy aroma. If the recipe requires it, during this step spices or other aromas are added.
At the end of the boiling, the result is a sterilized wort ready to be cooled and transferred to the fermenter where the yeast will do its job.
After about two weeks, the beer is ready for maturation and/or bottling.
CAN I BREW BEER AT HOME?
The answer is yes!
First you need to know that there are different methods and techniques for making home-made craft beer and we can categorize them for “ease” into two groups:
Kit beer: it is the simplest, cheapest and fastest technique. It is particularly suitable for those who want to try making beer for the first time. It is based on the use of a can of concentrated hopped malt extract.
All Grain Technique: the most advanced and complex technique, used to produce using the primary ingredients of beer: water, barley malt and hops.
WHAT IS THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR ME?
The answer is not simple. Different manufacturing techniques have different costs. Plus, each brewing method requires very different technical skills and workspace. The best choice depends on you and your financial possibilities and time to devote to it.