Here is my step by step guide to how I brew. There’s a bunch of pics and stuff for you guys to look at, and additional tidbits of information that I have learned in all the research I have done over the last month and a half. I hope its helpful! First and foremost, you have to learn to...
This is a common saying amongst homebrewers haha. I love it. Basically, its extremely hard to frick up your beer. You have to really try. And since this is your first batch, you will probably go overboard in trying to do everything perfectly, which means your beer is going to be fantastic. So don’t worry about it! On a side note, if you have not read the "STUFF YOU NEED TO BREW BEER" or "BABIES FIRST RECIPE..." posts, I highly suggest you do before reading this.
LETS DO THIS!!!
|My Hefeweizen and Blackberry Red Ale (brooklynbrewshop.com)|
|DIE BACTERIA DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE|
While this is going, start heating 1 gallon of water to about 170 degrees. You will need this in step 6.
|Oooo baby gimme those fermentables.|
Hops also have a very distinct taste and aroma. This comes from adding finishing hops (hops with a lower alpha %) at the end of the boil for no more than 10 minutes. You can get even better aroma by steeping some hops for no more than 2 minutes, like I did with this brew.
|Adding a mix of Cascade and Chinook to a tea thingy|
|Steeping the hops! Smells so goooood|
While wort is cooling, sanitize your jug.
Pour the wort through the SANITIZED fine mesh strainer into a SANITIZED pot.
|Yes... my pretties...|