Craft beer crafting involves making your own beverages. There are a variety of homebrew kits available to get you started. You can buy a one-gallon kit for about $50. Depending on the type of beverage you want to make, your ingredients might include hops, malt, water and oak.
When making a beverage, the most important step is fermentation. During this process, yeast converts sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohol. Fermentation occurs over a period of three to seven days. The longer the yeast is exposed to sugar, the more fermentable it will become.
It is very important to follow a strict timeline and closely monitor the fermentation process. If you miss a step, your beer could end up being poor.
The first step is cleaning your equipment. All the brewing equipment must be thoroughly cleaned, as well as all the bottles and containers that will come in contact with the finished product. Using an approved sanitation solution, such as Five Star Star-San, is a good idea.
Next, you need to sanitize the carboy. A simple way to do this is to fill a large pot with cold water and then add ice to the water. As the ice melts, it will cool down the wort. This is the simplest and fastest method.
Once the wort is cooled, you need to transfer it to the fermenter. While you are waiting for the fermentation to begin, you can do other things. In this step, you are also removing the sediment.