Just as a coach tells players to play and keep things simple, so goes for making beer at home. Making beer is as simple as making mac n’ cheese from the box following instructions.
The simplest way to make beer is to start with a small-batch malt extract recipe. Brewing 1-3 gallons keeps ingredients costs low and equipment needs minimal. The use of malt extract in place of actual grains shortens the brew day and reduces the chances for mistakes.
The Easy Amber Ale is a great recipe to start with and includes a step-by-step video.
4 Simple Homebrewing Steps
Making beer is a simple four-step process: mash, boil, ferment, bottle. Each step has a specific purpose in creating beer.
Mashing is the first step in making beer. Crushed malt is tossed into hot water to steep, like a big batch of tea. The result is a sweet syrup called wort. When using malt extract, the mashing process can be skipped. This greatly simplifies the brew day and saves an hour or two.
Boiling is the next step where the wort is combined with other ingredients, like hops. Hops are added to balance out the sweetness of the malt with their bitterness, flavor, and aroma.
Fermenting is where the magic happens. After the boil and the wort has cooled, yeast is added to co turn the concoction into alcohol. Wait two weeks – viola! – you have beer.
Bottling/kegging is the final step. Bottling is great for sharing, while kegging provides the control of a draft system. In either case, you now have liquid proof that you are a homebrewer.
All that is left is the satisfaction of enjoying that beer.
For an in-depth look at homebrewing, check out our video The Easy Guide to Making Beer.
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The best way to get started in homebrewing is to join the American Homebrewers Association.
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