Home-brewing aficionados can craft many different homemade beers at home. One unusual choice is non-alcoholic beer. Many of the same steps to make other home-brewed beers are the same as those to make non-alcoholic beer. There are a few steps you must take to lower the alcohol level to the point where the drink can be defined as non-alcoholic. Legally, in the United States as well as in other countries, a beer is non-alcoholic when it contains less than 0.05 percent alcohol.
Things You'll Need
- Beer ingredients
- Wort chiller
- Osmosis filter
- Distillation device
- Bottling bucket
- Beer bottles
- Bottle cap device
Assemble all the ingredients you typically need for home-brewing beer. These include basic supplies such as malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. Amounts for each ingredient will vary depending on how much beer you are brewing.
Boil the water and pour in all your malts. When the malt is poured in, remove the water from heat and mix the malts until it is dissolved. Return the malt-water mix until it boils.
Remove the mixture from heat and place a wort chiller in the mixture pot. Have the other end of the wort chiller connected to your faucet and turn on the water to cold. This rapidly cools the malt-water mixture. Put a thermometer in the pot and watch until the mixture goes down to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix your yeast with a small amount of water so it is hydrated. Once the yeast is hydrated, throw the yeast into the mixture pot. Stir until the yeast is dissolved.
Pour your mixture-yeast compound in a fermenter. Seal up the fermenter. This will allow gases from the yeast to be released, but shuts out all air from coming in.
Wait for the beer to ferment for a full day. Once it is fermented, the beer is a full alcohol beverage.
Connect an osmosis filter to a distillation device. Distillation is where the ingredients of beer are separated out so non-usable products, such as used malts, are can be disposed. An osmosis filter is used to create reverse osmosis, a distillation technique that is used to distill alcohol from beer.
Take the beer out of the fermenter and pour it into a osmosis filter. This osmosis filter will separate all the thick particles from water and pure alcohol.
Remove the water from its distillation holder. The distillation device allocates alcohol to a separate section of the distillation device and water to another section.
Pour in the water from the distillation glass and re-mix it with the beer. Throw out the pure alcohol.
Add less than a cup of sugar-based product, such as sugar cane or corn sugar, to the bottling bucket.
Pour your non-alcohol mix into the bottling bucket. Stir in the sugar based product until it is mixed in.
Pour the liquid from the bottling bucket into your beer bottles, leaving about an inch empty.
Place a pressurized bottle cap over your bottles with the bottle cap device. The cap helps add pressure within the bottle.
Let the bottles sit at room temperature for about 2 to 3 weeks. Chill the beer after this time and enjoy your non-alcoholic brew.