Cheap home brew has never become easier to produce at home – given all he starter kits, instructions and step-by-step directions available! Home brewing is becoming very popular because it is not only cheaper but satisfactory! After you buy your DIY brewing kit, following the instructions carefully is the next step. If you are interested in making your own beer at home follow these steps.
The first step would be getting the necessary ingredients. Yeast is most essential because it feasts on the sugars and makes the alcohol as it works on the malted barley extract. You would need around 2 quarts of water, 6 oz of malt extract (dry) and a packet of instant starter-wort. Boil the malt in the water for around 10 minutes and let it cool to about 60 degrees F. A thermometer should help you to check the temperature.
While making cheap home brew you should make sure that the gallon container is sanitized well. Use a good sterilizer and follow the instructions given with the starter kit. The next step is to toss in the yeast given with the kit into the wort. Cover this and keep aside. Use aluminum foil to cover the container.
Making the mash would be the next step. However, using a pre-packed malt extract that is easily available is also an option. If you want to extract sugars from the malted grain yourself then it is fairly easy. Take 11 pounds grain (can include wheat malt, flaked oats, caramel pils malt etc) and mix it in water (11 quarts). Bring this mash to 150 degrees F and make sure that this temperature is kept constant for about an hour. This mashing will turn the starch into sugars and finally extract the sweet liquor. After an hour test the mash by taking a spoonful of the mash and dropping a tiny bit of iodine into it. If the colour of the mash remains the same without turning black it proves that there is no starch and the mashing is complete.
Once the mash is ready it needs to be strained/sparged in order to separate the wort and drain the liquor. This drained liquor is known as the first run. Heat the remaining water (ratio: half gallon of water per pound of grain) at 180 degrees F. The second run can be captured in your brewpot. This is the wort that is ready to be boiled.
You will need half a teaspoon ginger and an ounce of hops and a cinnamon stick for the next step. Let the wort boil vigourously. This will kill bacteria or even traces of wild yeast and release DMS which is a byproduct that has a sweet corn flavor. Make sure that the wort does not boil over and leave you with a sticky mess to clean up. Add the hops to the wort and boil for another hour. The hops will give it the bitterness. Add the ginger and cinnamon just five minutes before the boil comes to an end.
Cheap home brew beer making is a cinch if you follow all the instructions. Cool the beer quickly so that it does not mix with microorganisms. You can do this in a chiller or by filling your sink with iced water and dipping your brew pot into it. Once the beer is cooled to 68 F you can strain and transfer it to a carboy that is sanitized where it can ferment for two weeks. Once this is done you can bottle your own homemade brew.