Unless your first home brewing kit came with a wort chiller, you probably initially used an ice bath to cool down your kettle just as I did when I started. As you’re becoming a more experienced brewer, you understand that you need to efficiently chill your wort. In this post we’ll discuss how to use a wort chiller the right way, what elements impact its performance, what is the best type of equipment and configuration for you. Mastering the cooling process will make a huge difference in the quality of your finished beer, and make your brew day more enjoyable too.
Water is the main “ingredient” to make beer, about 90 to 95% of its composition, yet it is THE LEAST UNDERSTOOD component.
Malt is the backbone of your beer. As a rule of thumb, the weight of malt needed accounts for 95 to 98% of the total weight of your dry ingredients. Without malt, there wouldn’t be any beer. Knowing your malt types is essential when brewing all grain. It’s also useful to understand what particular characteristics a given malt extract will impart your finished beer when brewing with an ingredient kit.
In this article, we’ll review
- what are the BASIC CHARACTERISTICS of malt, and HOW MALT IS PRODUCED
- what TYPES OF CEREAL VARIETIES may be used for malting
- BASE MALTS, SPECIALTY MALTS and how to use them
- brewing MALT TYPES – why CHOSING ORGANIC?
For a beginner, complicated brewing techniques can be intimidating, and when it comes to all grain brewing, the whole process can seem a bit mysterious and scientific. This is why it is actually recommended getting STARTED WITH BREWING USING EXTRACTS. This way you will learn the basics of making beer in 6 easy steps – sanitation, boiling, chilling the wort, transferring the wort into the fermentation vessel, pitching the yeast, priming for conditioning and bottling. If you follow the instructions, use common sense and care, you will end up with good beer.
Today is bottling day. My first beer bottling day ever! After brewing day came the 6 days of primary fermentation. The instructions in the ingredients kit recommended performing a secondary fermentation – which I did and waited patiently for 2 more full weeks. Now my Belgian (Style) Ale is finally ready to be bottled for the conditioning part of the process. This is when you want to make sure you understand HOW TO SANITIZE BEER MAKING EQUIPMENT.
Before you get started with the exciting experience of crafting your own brew, you wonder what the basics of the beer fermentation process are and perhaps you are curious to learn what happens during the different steps of the production. This post is meant to sum up the basic mechanics of the process, described as it may be conducted at home. Please contribute to this article by sharing your experiences, comments and/ or questions.