So I will be the first to tell you that going into this real quick and buying the equipment without too much knowledge may have not been one of the smartest things we have done.
Luckily when we got to the beer store where the sell all the equipment and supplies the dude working was very knowledgeable of home brewing and gave us the help we were looking for. So after we bought all of the buckets, burner, carboys, air locks, etc, etc. it was time to brew.
Now making the beer is the fun part. When we were at the store of course we had to buy a case of our favorite so we could drink beer while making beer. So we got one of our favorite local brewery sampler pack from Troegs brewing company, you can check out there sick list of beers at their website http://www.troegs.com We even said to one another “hey after a batch or two we can drink our own beer while making new beer!”
So we each pulled out our phones and started doing some research on the stages like the boil and steeping of the grains, to the boil of your hops, adding any additives or flavoring, fermentation, dry hopping, and so on. Every step is crucial to the flavor of your beer and why many brewers say to truly be a good brewer you need to be able to duplicate a recipe over and over again.
We got a couple of small home brew books and learned the we will do the extract process since that was made for home brewing as it made the steeping process much simpler and by using less grains. So once our grains are steeped we bring the water and grain mix also known as the wort to a boil. Now the fun begins and you start to had hops for at least an hour boil. Of course always know what kind of beer your trying to make so you know the amount of hops you want to add along with how long they should be in your boil.
Once that time is up and you have added your hops and sugar and in our case Liquid malt extract (LME) know you can begin the cool down. It is always encouraged to get the done quickly as this is less time for an infection to our beer occur. Which brings me to my next point which I should have stated in the beginning is that sanitation is the number one thing with making brews. Anything like tools always need to be cleaned before being used along with being sanitized when they touch your wort or beer.
So it cools down and you get to add the yeast which there are different types to use but that is for a future post! Add your beer into your glass carboy which I like to use but plastic works okay and is much cheaper. So now your beer starts to ferment and this stage can take anywhere from a week to over a month before we bottle.
All of these topic we will discuss as this blog continues, stick around for what we have coming up next. Thanks everyone for your support!