Brewing your own beer is an enjoyable hobby, especially if you are a beer lover and want to experiment with different flavours. Compared to distilling spirits, brewing beer for personal use is easier to do. For one thing, it doesn’t require a brewing license.
There are still obstacles you have to address when brewing beer, though. Acquiring A Class approved brewing products is important, and this is something that The Brew Shop understands and seeks to provide to customers. Moreover, there are small details you might want to pay attention to if you want to get it right the first time.
Keep it Simple
If it’s your first time brewing beer, don’t instantly overload it with additional ingredients. Start off with something simple like a porter or amber ale. These easy recipes will help you become more familiar with the brewing process. You can always save the exotic ingredients for later batches.
Sanitise, Sanitise, Sanitise!
If you want to make a good beer on your first try, never neglect the sanitation process. Sanitation will prevent wild yeast and bacteria from spoiling your beer. So, aside from cleaning any visible dirt on your equipment, using an acid-based sanitiser on all the tools that will come in contact with your wort (the beer before fermentation) is also important.
Chill it Quickly after Boiling
While the wort is still boiling — about 140°F — it won’t be contaminated by bacteria and wild yeast infections. As it begins to cool down, however, the brew becomes susceptible to oxidation damage. Minimise the risk of contamination by chilling it to 80°F as fast as possible once the boiling is complete.
A quickly-chilled wort also reduces the haziness and the creation of off-flavours in the finished product.
Have Enough Healthy Yeast
Yeast is important in your brewing process because it turns the wort into beer, and five-gallon batches need more than one pack of liquid yeast. Using multiple packs of liquid yeast may be expensive, though. A cheaper option is to use dry yeast, which contains a greater amount of yeast cells than in a single pack of liquid yeast.
Brewing your own beer has its perks, but getting it right the first time might be a bit tricky. Pay attention to the details, however, and you’re good to go.