Brewing beer has long been a popular hobby for many people. It’s a great way to spend time, get creative and enjoy a delicious drink all in one.
Whether you’re looking to start brewing at home or you’ve been interested in it for some time now, there are some basic things to know before getting started. Besides the equipment you’ll need, the main ingredients are water, malted barley (or other grains) and yeast.
Ingredients to Consider:
Choosing the right ingredients is an important part of any beer brewing recipe, as these are what will define the type of beer you’ll end up with. For example, a lighter lager will require a different kind of malt than an ale or stout. You also need to make sure you’re using the correct yeast for your type of beer.
The type of yeast you’ll need will depend on the style of beer you’re making and how it’s going to ferment. Yeasts for ale tend to be top-fermenters, and yeasts for lager are bottom-fermenters.
What to Use:
The equipment you’ll need for brewing is simple. You’ll need a brewing cleaner, a pot and some basic supplies to start. Once you’ve got these, you can start experimenting with various recipes to see what works best for you and your tastes.
You can also experiment with a few ‘enhancements’ to give your beer some unique flavor and/or texture. For example, putting whole hops or hop flakes into a cheesecloth bag and adding them to the cooking malt will help add a distinctive hop flavor. You can also use a variety of spices, such as coriander or orange peel, to add some extra flavor to your beer.