Many people enjoy drinking alcoholic drinks. In 2016, the yearly consumption of alcohol was 6.4 liters for every person not younger than 15 in 2016. If you are among the many people who love beer, brewing your beer is worth trying.
You can easily make homemade beer if you have hops and malt and cooking tools such as cooking pots and solar kettles. We’ll guide you through the process. Beer brewing is fun. It doesn’t need to be complicated!
What You Will Need
- A food-grade pail with a cover made of plastic and has a capacity of 10 gallons
- 74-inch Siphon hose
- Hose clamp (for siphon)
- 40 oz malt extract
- 8 to 9 cups of corn sugar or 6 to 7 cups of regular white sugar
- 1 tsp brewer’s yeast (Some malt includes small packs of yeast)
We recommend using 2 cans of malt extract and skip sugar for better tasting beer. Even though this is more expensive, it gives a richer flavor.
The total cost for all these ingredients can be around $10 to $15 depending on the malt extract that you will use. You can produce around 23 liters of beer. This is the same as 65 to 70 cans or bottles of beer with 345 ml size.
- More than 70% of brewing is considered a good way to sanitize. What you need to do first is to wash all your equipment using warm water mixed with a little soap.
- Make sure you rinse well so that there is no soap. Using bleach you have at home, mix a tbsp of it with a gallon of water. You can also buy an acid sanitizer. It works, and you do not have to worry about leaving an aftertaste.
- Put 10 liters of cold and fresh water in the plastic pail. If you have a new pail, it is best to wash it first using a baking soda and water solution. This eliminates the plastic odor. Boil 7000 ml of water using the biggest pot you have.
- Add the malt extract. Mix and cook it for 20 minutes without the cover.
- Next, put and stir the sugar until it dissolves.
- Transfer the contents of the pot to the 10-gallon plastic. You quickly pour it to make a splash to allow air to enter the mixture. If the yeast gets more air once it is added, it is better because the yeast can grow faster.
- Put tap water or drinking water until the temperature becomes neutral. If you are to use tap water, it is best to boil it first to ensure that there are no bacteria. Get a clean and sanitized thermometer for testing. The pail should be a little over half full.
- Spread the yeast and combine it well. Cover the pail loosely because the pail might explode due to the CO2 produced if covered too tightly. You just need to keep the lid on and avoid opening it.
- After 6 to 10 days, your beer can be bottled. Nevertheless, the number of days depends on how much sugar was used to brew and the temperature of the room. The temperature needs to be 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit at the most. The ideal room temperature is 61 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, but you will have to wait for 1 to 2 days more for fermentation.
You can check if your beer is reading using a hydrometer. Put the hydrometer in and swirl it one time only to create bubbles. Make sure that the bubbles do not attach since it can provide an inaccurate reading. You can bottle your beer if the reading is around 1.008 (dark beer) and 1.010 to 1.015 (light beer).
Another way to test the beer is to taste it. It must not be too sweet. It should also have minimal to no bubbles.
You can use 12 big and reusable plastic 2-liter pop bottles with a cover. Large bottles are recommended to store beer since you do not need to wash, bottle, and cap 60 to 70 standard-size bottles. Moreover, this method is more eco-friendly because fewer glass bottles or aluminum cans are used.
- Place the pail and bottles on a surface covered with newspaper. The newspaper will help clean the area clean from drips.
- Add 2 teaspoons of sugar making sure it is leveled in every bottle using a funnel.
- Use your siphon tube to pump the beer and transfer it inside your bottles and try not to shake the sediments at the bottom. The tube’s tip can come in contact with the bottom part of the pail. You need to make sure not to take up the bottles to leave room for air.
- Tightly cap the bottles and invert and shake them to dissolve the sugar. Place these in a warm spot for several days and transfer them to a cool and dark spot. You can enjoy drinking it after several days, but it tastes better if you let it stay there longer.
Finally, you have a good idea of how to make your beer at home. With little effort, you can save more from purchasing store-bought beer. Following the methods and tips given, you won’t have a hard time crafting it on your own. With a little effort, you’ll perfect it in no time.