How to Homebrew Lager

Thinking about brewing your own beer? The american govt. says that you can. In 1979, President Carter signed a law making it legal to brew your own beer for private consumption. It is legal to give your beer to family or friends but you may not sell it.

The beer brewing process is as follows: making wort, fermentation, conditioning, packaging and consumption. The easiest way to brew your own beer is to buy a kit and follow the instructions. These kits contain everything you need to make great beer. You can buy different kits that will allow you to make different kinds of beer, depending if you want a pale ale or a dark beer.

There is a supply list you will need in order to brew your own beer. A fermentor with airlocks or lids. A bottling bucket, a brew pot, a bottle filler attatched to plastic tubing, a capper, hydrometer and jar, siphon tubing, racking cane and an auto-siphon. Some other items you will need or will be helpful are: melt resistant spoon, tongs, funnels, scale, turkey baster, bottles and caps, a wort chiller and a burner, if you do not want to do it on your stovetop. Sterialize all of your equiptment before you use it.

Lager is distinguished from ale by the yeast you use. The yeast used in a lager is fermented at lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Lagers have less fruitiness and spiciness than ales. They are also one of the world’s most alcoholic beers.

The hops you use add flavor to the beer. The main selection of hops used for a lager generally: Hallertau, Tettnanger, lubelski or stripselspalt. The properties of hops change with each growing area and season. Some of the major hop producing areas are: the Pacific Northwest, Germany and England. Always use fresh hops when brewing your beer. They should be green, not brown or yellow. Do not use cheesy smelling hops as this tells you they are past their prime.

The main malts used are: pilsner, vienna or munich with caramel malts added to improve sweetness and head retention.

After the lager is made, you will need to store it in a cool, dry place for at least three weeks before you drink it.

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