I finally talked a friend into teaching me how to make beer! He comes with a good pedigree… a Brit who grew up in Germany, the UK and New Zealand. He now lives on a boat that is moored a few blocks from my house… so he was very keen to find a space to brew in, and I was glad to find someone to teach me how to brew!
Our first batch (an IPA) is bubbling away in my closet, and it will be a few more weeks until it’s officially done. In the meantime I am going to blog about the following topics.
Equipment: A summary of the equipment needed for brewing beer, including some easy DIY substitutions.
Ingredients: Barley, rye, hops, yeast and more.
Sterilization and Sanitation: It’s important to ALWAYS make sure that all your equipment is clean and ready for use.
Basic Process: How to go from grain, hops and yeast to something drinkable.
Recipes: Actual recipes for making your own beer! My recipes will assume that you know all the basic steps so I won’t go into a huge amount of details.
Some fermentation topics are more generally popular than others… beer is one of those topics that is very popular. There are a lot of great websites out there dedicated to the topic of brewing beer. This overview is meant to help the novice get started, but if you decide to become an aficionado, then I recommend checking out a few of these websites: