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The Top 7 Homebrew Beer Books

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I always recommend to homebrew beginners that they go out and buy a guide to brewing beer at home. It gives you tips and advice that starter kits don’t as well as enable you to start making your favorite styles and flavors instantly.

As you can imagine there are hundreds and hundreds of homebrewing books out there and it can be near impossible to pick one out of the crowd. For this reason I have listed the top 7 best selling homebrew books on Amazon.

This does not mean that they are the most informative or the education – they are simply the most popular.

  1. How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time by John J Palmer.
  2. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charles Papazian
  3. Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles by Ray Daniels
  4. Clone Brews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers by Tess Szamatulski and Mark Szamatulski
  5. The Beer Book by Sam Calagione and Tim Hampson
  6. Homebrewing For Dummies by Marty Nachel
  7. Ultimate Beer by Michael Jackson

I can honestly recommend any of these books as a starter. Before you start brewing you really need to understand what is actually going on and why you do certain things.

Why You Should Keep a Homebrew Beer Journal

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

One of the most common questions I ever get asked by a newcomer to homebrewing is ‘What went wrong…?”

There is no one answer to this question, as it could be any number of reaons. Think back to when you first started the brew, any concerns you had during the bottling process and you will realize that all of this happened over a month ago and you can’t really remember any clear information.

  • Was it a really hot week?
  • Was the hydrometer reading unusual?
  • Did you slacken off in the cleaning process?
  • How much sugar did you put in?
  • How long did you leave it in bottles for?

All of these questions could be the answer to your problems and you really need to be able to answer them.

I recommend to any homebrew beginners that they start a Homebrew Beer Journal which keeps a track of all the information you need as well as a ranking of your favourite brews. Over a year long period you could brew dozens of different beers, each with their own problems, solutions, flavours and different characteristics.

At the end of the year I suggest that you read over your journal, look back at your favourite brews and try them again. More often than not they will taste just as good if not better than they did the first time you brewed them.

How to Get Started Home Brewing Beer

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

The First things that you need to do when starting to brew beer in your home is gather all the materials that you may need. This will consist of a lot of things depending on what type of beer you are making and what recipe you are using.

Equipment
Start first getting all your equipment ready. This means you should set it all up and clean. You must start with sanitized equipment. So take everything apart and clean and sanitize, then place back together. When you set it all back up, make sure its set up where you want it to stay. Once you add the ingredients, it will be hard to move.

Start Brewing
Now it’s time to add all your ingredients and start brewing. Following your recipe you should add all your ingredients. Mix well and let it sit.

Fermentation
Now you have to let your beer fermentate. This basically means it needs to sit still. You should let it sit still for 5-7 days. If you can wait a bit longer then that’s even better. Just think, the longer that you wait, the better its going to be. Most alcohol gets better as it ages and beer is no different. After you have let it sit for a week or longer then you can begin to bottle.

Bottling
Making sure that your bottles are all sanitized you can begin bottling your beer. If your bottles are not sanitized, then you need to start off with this first. This is very important. Any left over residue can and will affect your final product. Once you have done that, you can begin pouring your beer into the proper bottles. After you have poured the beer into the bottles, tightly fit the caps onto the bottle. Make sure there are no air leaks. You want a firm fitting cap. Now your ready to wait some more.

Bottle Conditioning
After packaging your bottles and fitting then you need to let your beer sit longer. Letting them sit in their final package is vital to the entire process. If you shorten this process your final product will be altered. You need to let these sit in a dark room. A room that is not to cold and not to hot. It’s best to let them sit like this for 3-4 weeks at the least. Once you have waited the correct time, then you may place them into the fridge and once they are cold it is then time to taste your final product. Enjoy the homebrewed beer you just made.

The Best Homebrew Beer Starter Kits

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

One of the most common questions I am asked by people interested in starting to brew their own beer at home is ‘What is the best starter kit?’

My answer is always the same: ‘Well, it depends…’

There are dozens of different starter kits available, each with their own features and at different prices. I suggest if you are interested in buying a homebrewing kit, then have a look at these. According to Amazon.com, these are the most popular homebrew beer kits, and they are all pretty good.

Coopers Brewing Micro Brewery Kit:

Coming with 50 PET bottles and caps, as well as books, an instructional DVD, your first brew’s ingredients, a hydrometer, and your fermentor. A great place for any beginner to start.

Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Microbrewery System:

This is a much smaller kit, and probably wouldn’t be best for continual use, however it is pretty cool to look at. The most impressive feature is the fermentor/keg, however it doesn’t come with any important extras, such as cleaning products, spoons or funnels.

The Great American Micro-Brewery Co. The Beer Machine:

Again, this is different to most usual homebrewing kits, as it creates its own kegging system inbuilt into the fermentor. This would be a good way for a beginner to get involved, but is a bit limited for extended or advanced use.

Carboy Homebrew Kit for Home Made Beer:

One of the more extensive homebrew starter kits, this contains everything you can possibly need including 6 gallon glass carboy, 7.8 bottling bucket with spigot, Fermentation lock and bung, Siphon tubing, Siphon assembly, Bottle filler, Bottle brush, Adhesive Thermometer, Bottle capper, 144 bottle caps, Triple Scale Hydrometer, and sanitizer, and Brew Handbook. Perfect!

My biggest recommendation is the final kit, because it contains everything you possibly need. It is a little more expensive than the others, but it really does have everything that you will need.

A Simple, Proven Method for Brewing Your Own Great Tasting Beer

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

One of the most rewarding, environmentally friends, and economical skills you can learn is how to brew your own beer. It is actually REALLY easy to brew a delicious tasting beer at a fraction of the cost of buying domestic beers, however actually starting to brew is a tough step.

This is where BeerEasy.com steps up.

Homebrew Beer Tutorial

Justin Sieglaff has created one of the most informative, and easy to follow homebrew beer guides that I have come across. Check out his free video tutorial samples to see for yourself, and you will realize that this is the best way to learn about brewing beer from scratch.

For some indepth knowledge in homebrewing your own beer I recommend that you should check out:
BeerEasy.com’s informative video tutorials, recipes and instructions.

There are dozens of different aspects you have to look at when considering brewing your own beer. These include:

  • Sanitation
  • Equipment
  • Ingredients
  • Bottling and
  • Recipes

Even though homebrewing beer is quite easy to do, you really need some help at the beginning, and with 8 Video tutorials and over 600 easy to replicate beer recipes, you will soon be able to create beer as good as you can buy it.

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How to Bottle Your Homebrew Beer

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Once your beer has finished fermenting, it is time to transfer it from your fermentor to bottles or kegs. This article will describe the process of bottling, including secondary fermentation using sugar, capping, and settling.

Cleaning

Make sure that all your bottles are sterilized and cleaned extremely well. Any kind of contamination can ruin your entire batch. Any kind of brewing cleaner can be used, such as Pink Stain Remover (PSR) or Sodium Metabisulphate. Mix the cleaner with a sufficient amount of water. This changes depending on what you are using.

Soak all the bottles in hot water, and scrub them well using a bottle cleaner. Also clean the bottle caps that you plan on using. All the bacteria that can potentially ruin your beer must be eliminated.

Prepare Your Empty Bottles

Secondary Fermentation

Dissolve about 180 grams in dextrose in hot water, and pour it into your fermentor. This gives the remaining yeast some more sugar to survive on, causing a secondary fermentation to take place. This means that once the beer is in the bottles it will begin to create more carbon dioxide, carbonating the liquid.

Bottling

Insert the bottling tube or boot valve into the fermentor, and remove the air lock tube. Fill the bottles completely to the top. As soon as your remove the tube from the bottles, the amount of liquid will fall, making sure that all the bottles have a constant amount of beer.

Capping

This depends on what kind of capper you have available. I strongly recommend buying a stand alone capper rather than a hand held one. They are a hell of a lot quicker, and easier. Fill all your bottles with beer and then cap them each in turn. Make sure that the caps are sealed completely and don’t allow any carbon dioxide to escape, or your beer will turn out to be flat.

Storage

Leave your beer in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks before refrigerating and drinking it. I strongly recommend leaving it for at least a month though, and others recommend leaving it longer than that.

Once this process is complete, you can finally begin to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Environmental Benefits of Homebrewing Beer

Friday, December 5th, 2008

With so much concern about the environment, there is an easy way to cut out your carbon footprint. Every beer that you drink from a brewery causes a lot of pollution – proccessing, and transportation. By brewing your own beer you can dramatically reduce this environmental impact.

After some amount of practice you can brew beer that either imitates your favorites beers or tastes even better than them. So if you are concerned about how your beer drinking can impact on the environment, than don’t fear, there is an easy solution – homebrewing.

If you buy a single carton of beer, think about the huge amount of packaging that is included – the beer bottles, their labels, the box, and the six pack plastic wrapping. Homebrew beer removes these completely by ignoring all the packaging and recycling the bottles.

This impact becomes even more dramatic when buying imported beer. These often travel thousands of kilometers, burning through massive amounts of fuel and polluting the environment. Brewing your own beer completely removes the need for packaging and transportation, making it a much more environmentally friendly alternative.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - Brew Your own Beer

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - Brew Your own Beer

Why Brew Your Own Beer

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

People have been brewing their own beer for thousands of years, and it is becoming increasily popular in the modern world. Even though beer is readily accessible, creating your own is a great experience for several reasons:

  1. Price – Brewing beer is extremely cheap, especially after the initial cost of setting up a system. It can cost as little as $15 to brew up to 20 litres of beer. That is less than $1/litre.
  2. Taste – Because you get to choose exactly what goes into your beer, you can influence exaclty what comes out.
  3. Environment – Homebrewing beer is much better for the environment than buying beer.

I recommend that everyone should start to brew their own beer, just for their own sake. Start investigating what kind of beers you like, and within a few days you can start to make your own in only a few short weeks.