Apr 22 2011
Every beer connoisseur dreams of creating his own specialty beer. You may or may not be a connoisseur, but, like most people, you probably appreciate a chilled beer. Knowing how to brew your own beer is a fine craft, an acquired art. It requires skill and experience to prepare a brew with the right flavor, color and texture. Knowing how to brew your own beer has other benefits as well: it is a satisfying and educational experience, and if you get good enough – you can start your own range of specialty beer.
The science and technique of brewing beer was perfected thousands of years ago. In the old days every family used to brew their own beverage, mass production was virtually non existent. In contrast, everything is mass produced in our industrial society, which – although beneficial – lacks the uniqueness that comes with personal touch. The good news is – people are now rediscovering the pleasure of brewing their own beer, and craft brewing or home beer brewing has developed into a popular hobby.
It is exceedingly simple to start your home beer brewing hobby, and over time it can blossom into a career. No hard core science is required, you just have to stick to a few simple steps; you can find tons of recipes and detailed instructions on the web. Only a paltry investment is required for the equipment and consumables. Although, anyone can brew beer but, local and state laws have restrictions on the amount of beer you can brew without a license. Read up on the local codes or check with the local authorities before you begin.
Purchasing a microbrewery kit is your best choice if you are new and don’t knowhow to brew your own beer. A microbrewery kit is also a good choice for experienced folk as you get a complete, professional set at very affordable prices.
An average kit includes a large fermenter, tubing and accessories, a thermometer, a hydrometer, bottles, a sediment reducer, yeast, brewing sugars, and instructional videos and booklets. Once you prep your kit, you can start experimenting with different grains and malts. You will learn gradually, through experimentation, and don’t forget to share your unique blends with your friends and family.