If you enjoy drinking beer and are interested in adopting an interesting hobby, then home brewing of beer might be just right for you!
Beer made by home brewing can be quite simple even for a beginner. With the acquisition of a few simple pieces of beer making equipment, brewing beer from the comfort of your home can be quite a rewarding and fulfilling hobby. Basic home beer brewing is an art with a little chemistry tossed in for good measure. The brewing of beer has fascinated persons all over the globe and home brewing has become one of the fastest growing hobbies worldwide.
Yes, that’s right, home brewing has come a far way and it is now a legal enterprise.
Fortunately, beer making kits are readily available – they can be purchased online, at liquor stores, local beer and wine making stores as well as department stores. These beer making kits are pretty simple and will allow you to make approximately 5 gallons of beer at any given time; this is a standard batch size.
Most beginner home brewing kits come equipped with a 2 gallon fermentation tank, a can of malt mix, brewer’s yeast, booster and a sanitizer. Incidentally, the sanitizer is extremely important to prevent infections, as one of the biggest dangers of a home brew is the possibility of contamination by bacteria.
A typical ‘startup’ kit will cost you somewhere in the region of $75. Of course, a you progress in the field as a hobbyist, you will be able to purchase upgraded kits at your leisure.
On average, a batch of beer will take approximately five weeks to be made; this time is from the day it is brewed to the day that it can be consumed. It does take some time for proper fermenting and aging to take pace, so be patient!
After brewing your beer, ensure that it is properly sealed in the vessel specifically designed to facilitate initial fermentation. After the initial fermentation phase is completed, the beer should now be transferred to the other fermentation vessel for an additional period of approximately two weeks, for further aging and clarification. When this process is completed, you are free to go ahead and have it bottled. After bottling, then it is highly recommended that you wait another seven days or so for adequate carbonation to take place. Then you are home free, call your friends over and enjoy your very first batch of home brewed beer.
Start simple and steadily grow your beer brewing hobby. Home brewing is definitely a fun hobby and there is always scope for meeting other like-minded enthusiast. Incidentally, once you have honed your brewing skill somewhat, you may even want to enter brewing competitions, hosted by home brewing clubs.
Successful hobbyists have been known to eventually launch into micro-brewing and even into producing their own commercial beer. Have fun, there are few things quite as rewarding as drinking and sharing beer which you have brewed!