Making Home Brewed Beer Can Be an Excellent Hobby!

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.

Getting Started!
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.

How Long?
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!

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You Can’t Home Brew Beer Without the Magic of Carbon Dioxide

Brewing beer in your home is not a new concept; this has been done for thousands of years. Not much is known about the home brewing process before the 1800’s, but eventually people realized that they needed carbon dioxide in order to make a great home brew. The use of carbon dioxide only heightened people’s interest in making their own beer. Because of this fascination, commercial beer breweries were not too happy with their home brewing counterparts.

In order to placate the large scale beer brewers, the United Kingdom enacted the 1880 Inland Revenue Act. This act forced people who wanted to make a home brew to pay for licensing. And, United States citizens were suffering too after the 1920 prohibition law that banned any business or person from making and enjoying alcohol. During America’s Prohibition, organized crime numbers began to shoot up.

But, the prohibition is a historical event we left behind a long time ago; now, anyone is free to take part in their own home brewing, which is growing in popularity. Making a home brew can be a fun hobby, even though it takes a little hard work and skill. But, the effort you put in can yield a great home brew beer that you and your friends will enjoy time and again.

What is Carbon Dioxide’s Place in Home Brewing?

If you are determined and able to follow instructions, you can easily make your own home brew. No matter what recipe you choose, there are 5 essential ingredients you will need.

· Hops

· Malted Grain

· Water

· Yeast

· Carbon Dioxide

Now, carbon dioxide is a component that is added after the other ingredients; you will not have a great home brew without it. Carbon dioxide (CO2) will be made by your brew’s yeast and hops through aging. The aging process is the most essential feature of any commercial beer or home brew.

After your home brew beer is bottled, you need to let it sit for at least two weeks to allow the CO2 to produce, which will make your beer carbonated. Even though aging is necessary, there are two other ways to put CO2 in your beer.

First, you can pump CO2 directly into your beer keg or container of choice. This will make the home brewing process faster by accelerating its aging.

Second, you can put wort into your home brew right before you seal it up; this is considered to be the traditional method. Wort is just an unfermented beer, and when wort is combined with yeast, it makes carbon dioxide.

Are you interested in brewing your own beer from home? It can be really fun and turn out to be a great learning experience.

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