DIY Beer

My husband has classified himself as a beer connoisseur.  Two years ago, my husband and I traveled to Colorado.  He went there to attend the Great American Beer Festival and I went there to visit my aunt.  My husband spend 3 long days in Denver drinking beers from around the country.  Since then, when the mood sets in and he is craving a beer, he purchases the specialty beers at the local booze shops.  These beers are not cheap.  On average $8 – $10.  Not the way I like to spend our money.

So my husband decided to brew his own beer.  When I first heard of this idea I thought, “Are you mad?  This is going to take up lots of room and will take lots of time.”  It seemed easier than I though.  In today’s blog, I want to try to share how easy it is to make beer.  Honestly, I wasn’t around when he was making the beer.  I was actually napping.  That is how quick it is to make beer.

First step is you need to buy a Beer Equipment Kit.  I think Ben spent just over $100 bucks for this kit, but it is reusable.  It comes with 11 different pieces like the bucket with a spigot, bottle filler, capper, handbook and cleaners.  With this kit you also need to purchase: Hops, corn sugar, malt extract, bottles and caps.  The handbook comes with a recipe for making your first batch of beer.  It looks like there are more advanced techniques in the handbook, but it gives you all you need as a beginner.

First, follow the instructions on the recipe in the handbook.  This makes your wort (beginning beer).  Add some water and let it sit in the bucket for a week.  You will see bubbles coming out of airlock, supplied with the kit, but that is normal.

After the week of fermentation it gets bottled.  You will want to collect used or new beer bottles and sanitize them.  You will need to purchase new caps.  The most difficult process in beer making is the sterlization of the equipment and bottles.  For anyone who cans it’s easier than canning tomatoes in our opinion.

Now the bottled beer sits in the closet, or cool place for a week.  Then the beer goes into the refrigerator.  What I liked most about this whole process is the reusing of all of the beer bottles we had lying around the house.  No bottles were thrown away or even recycled.  They were all re purposed and will continue to be re purposed for as long as Ben will be making beer.