How to Make Beer

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Beer is one of the most popular adult beverages in the world. It is made in a variety of different flavors from many countries. Microbreweries are small breweries that make beer onsite in small quantities. This process can be replicated on an even smaller scale to make beer at home. Home-brewed beer allows individuals to make beer to satisfy their taste.

Things You'll Need

  • Homebrew equipment set
  • Beer kit
  • Empty beer bottles with caps
  • Purchase a homebrew equipment set at a large liquor store or online at a homebrew website such as Listermann Manufacturing.

  • Buy a beer kit in the flavor/style of your choice. These are also available at large liquor stores or online at websites like Listermann's.

  • Sanitize your equipment with the sanitizer solution from your equipment set. Proper sanitation is important to avoid unwanted flavors in your beer.

  • Pour 1 1/2 gallons of water to your brew pot or per the directions in the kit that you bought. Bring to a boil.

  • Add the malt extract syrup that came in your beer kit, along with 1 1/2 lb. of dried light malt extract to the boiling water. This liquid is now called wert. Boil the wert for 1 hour.

  • Strain the wert into the fermenter that came with the homebrew equipment kit.

  • Add water to the fermenter to make the total volume 5 gallons and allow it to cool to 70 degrees F.

  • Add the yeast that came with your beer kit to the cooled wert in the fermenter

  • Attach the lid to the fermenter, and attach fermentation airlock to the lid.

  • Place the fermenter in a dark place at room temperature. Allow it to sit until air bubbles stop bubbling through the airlock. Your liquid is now beer.

  • Sanitize your bottling bucket, transfer tubing, bottles and bottle caps.

  • Siphon the beer from the fermenter to your bottling bucket. Be careful to leave the solids in the bottom of the fermenter.

  • Add ¼ cup of sugar to the beer in the bottling bucket and stir well. Try not to stir too much air into the beer.

  • Fill your beer bottles, leaving 1 inch of headspace in the neck of the bottle. Cap them immediately.

  • Let the bottles of beer age 2 to 3 weeks in a cool dark place.

  • Enjoy your homebrew!

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