A few years ago, I talked a friend into teaching me how to brew beer. He came with a great pedigree… a Brit who grew up in Germany, the UK and New Zealand. He lived on a boat that was moored a few blocks from my house… and he was very keen to find a space to brew in. And I was glad to find someone to teach me everything I needed to know about how to brew beer at home.
Homebrewing is a HUGE topic. There is so much information and advice out there. Here is everything you need to know about how to brew beer at home broken down into a few easy-to-follow topics. I’ve been making homebrew for a few years now, so if you have a question feel free to write in the comments below or on the Fermenting For Foodies Facebook page.
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 turn grain, malt, hops and yeast into great tasting beer.
Recipes: Actual recipes for making your own beer!
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 these websites:
American Homebrewers Association: A community of homebrewers who share recipes and talk about beer.
The Thirsty Writer: A friend of mine who spends his days writing about beer.