What Is Home
is the process of brewing your own beer from the comfort of
your home. The typical home brewer is one who enjoys his brand
of beer, and would like to replicate the exact beer from his
is an interesting hobby. And a very rewarding one as well. It
is a simple process that can be learned in no time. And after a
few tries, you’ll get better and closer to replicating your
choice of beer.
brewed from these four main ingredients; malted barley extract,
hop extract, brewing yeast and water. The variance in taste of
the different types of beers is due to the addition of other
minor ingredients. But knowing the ingredients is not enough,
you’ll need to know the process how to go about brewing your
four stages to the home brewing process :
agent to sterilize all your equipment.
A food grade
plastic or polythene container (23 litres or more) with a loose
bottles for 23 liters of beer. You can use PET (plastic) fizzy
drink bottles or brown bottles with caps. Alternatively, a
pressure barrel or draught dispenser may be used.
A length of
plastic tube to siphon the beer into bottles or
or tray (for optimum temperature control)
and trial jar (to check gravity and when fermentation is
Stage 1 :
sterilizing your containers and equipment is very important as
you do not want to have harmful bacteria that may spoil your
beer. Yeast is not used at this stage, but is set aside for the
of both cans are emptied into a fermenting bucket (that is able
to hold more than 23 litres). Pour 2.25 litres of boiling water
into the bucket and stir until the malt extract has completely
Top up with
clean cold water up to the 23 litres mark. Stir the mixture
thoroughly. The temperature of the mixture should now be about
18oC to 24oC.
Stage 2 :
yeast is added onto the brew and the mixture stirred.
Fermentation usually takes about 5 to 8 days. Fermentation is
completed when CO2 bubbles stopped rising to the surface and
the brew starts to clear. Alternatively, if you have a
hydrometer and the reading stabilized for 2 or more consecutive
days, then fermentation is completed.
important to ensure that fermentation is totally complete
before proceeding to the next stage of bottling. Otherwise, you
run the danger of bottles bursting.
Stage 3 :
Put about 5
grams of granulated sugar into each of your 500ml bottle.
Siphon the beer from the fermenter into the bottle, leaving a
head space of about 5cm from the beer and the bottle rim. Cap
the bottles, transfer them to a warm place of room temperature
20oC and let them stand for another 4 days to allow
secondary fermentation to take place.
the bottles to a cool place to allow the beer to clear and
condition. Once the beer is perfectly clear, it is ready to
Stage 4 :
beer is ready for drinking once it is perfectly clear, its
taste will improve if it is left to condition for at least
another 2 weeks. Home brewed beer generally conditions well
beginner, it is advisable that you start off with a brewing
kit. A typical brewing kit will allow you to brew up to 23
litres of beer. The clear instructions in the starter kit will
ensure that you will be able to brew your very first beer,
thereby minimizing your chances of error.
have brewed your own beer a few times and are very familiar
with the entire brewing process, you can then proceed to brew
other brands of beer.