Bored at home? Learn how to make beer!

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Small Batch Brewing

By the American Homebrewers Association

Fight boredom with homebrewing!

Believe it or not, it’s pretty simple to take 4 ingredients—grains, hops, yeast, and water—and turn them into beer.

You don’t even have to leave your kitchen!

The Basics of Brewing

Making beer is similar to many culinary endeavors, like making soup or baking bread.

When making the liquid that is eventually fermented into beer, the homebrewer combines and boils various ingredients in a pot. If you’ve been to a brewery, you’ve likely smelled the sweet, bready hints of boiling wort (the term for not-yet-fermented beer).

Once the wort cools down to room temperature, yeast is added to kickstart fermentation. During the fermentation process, the yeast converts the sugary wort into alcohol.

The end result is delicious, homemade beer. There’s nothing better!

How to Get Started Making Beer

As with any hobbies, like cooking, there are many ways to get into homebrewing and various gadgets and gizmos to help you along the way.

For beginners, we always recommend trying out the cheapest and easiest way to make beer. This gets you familiar with the process and will help inform you of what direction you’d like to take your brewing.

The American Homebrewers Association has created a 12-minute video that walks you through the entire beer-making process, from getting the gear to opening your first bottle.

Follow along, and turn your free time into homemade beer!