The Home Brewing Process.
For any person who appreciates good beer, they can tell good brewed beer and that which has not met the cut. For quality beer you have to ensure that you have the best equipment . For many who wish to brew their own beer they might have a hard time with where to start. A lot of people think that obtaining the equipment needed to brew your own beer is very difficult but on the contrary its actually very much doable.
Boiling kettles are essential parts of a home brewing industry , they should be built strong enough to handle the job. When the boiling kettle is on the job it will have some hot liquid and it makes it necessary for it to have some well insulated handles. To brew good beer, one must observe the temperature change and this brings the need for a thermometer .
A brewing thermometer will be exposed to very high temperatures and therefore it needs to be made of quality materials so as to be efficient on the job. When it comes to adding yeast to the brew, the temperatures should not be too high as it kills the yeast or when too cold the yeast will not work. A long steel spoon is an important addition of the equipment to aid in stirring of the brew, wooden spoons tend to attract bacteria hence not recommended. A fermenter will be needed to ferment the brew after you have finished with the brewing.
There are various types of fermenters available but the most common one is the plastic bucket. A hydrometer is a gadget that measures the density of your brew and determine the alcohol strength. Once the fermentation process is complete, one will need to transfer the beer into a bottling bucket and through the use of a plastic hose connected to a siphon put the beer into bottles. For the last step of home brewing process, a bottle caper is needed to put the caps on the bottles.
When transferring beer from the boiling kettle to the fermenter, it’s possible to have sediments in the brew, a strainer helps in filtering off the sediment. Contamination of the beer is bound to occur if you are not using clean equipment. Its important to have sanitization equipment and agents as well to ensure you are using clean equipment. Intensive cleaning of the brewing equipment should be performed after each brew, one should make sure any equipment ha touches the brew has been cleaned not leaving out the bottles and bottle caps. After beer equipment has been cleaned it should also be stored properly to avoid any contamination later. Home brewing is fun and what better way to enjoy good beer than have it from your own effort.