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.
· Malted Grain
· 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.