↠ 7 tricks that make brewing beer a breeze

Monday, July 4, 2016
Here’s a selection of random tips for the experienced and not so experienced beer brewer. Some of these tips will suit your beer making style, some will not.

Some are nice to haves, some are things that even the most harden veteran must do (STERILIZATION!) and do every time they brew.

The beauty of making beer is that there are many ways to do things, but given that beer has been brewed for over 6000 years, the process of brewing beer is well-trodden and any shortcuts will lead you off the path of quality beer making.

Stick to your brewing instructions and recipes whilst bearing these hints and tricks in mind.

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Get the bigger kettle or pot, in the long run you’ll save money

For many first homebrewers, the purchase is a starter equipment kit. Once they have that, all they need is a brew kettle or pot and ingredients. So they get the cheap, smaller size kettle – and then suddenly they find they want to keep going with beer making and so need to purchase the bigger kettle or brewing pot.

If you have in inkling you are going to do a bit of brewing, get the 5 or 8 gallon size unit, save the smaller ones for making jam! Big is better for most of your brewing equipment needs.

If you've got a pretty decent burner, it should be able to hold any sized pot or kettle.

O is for Oxygen, get that element away from your beer

Once your beer is ready to have the yeast pitched in, this is the last chance for oxygen to be exposed to the beer. Once the yeast is in, the fermenter needs to be properly sealed.

The presence of excess oxygen can result in poor smelling beer.

Allowing the fermenting beer to be exposed to oxygen can allow beer spoiling bugs and organisms such acetobactor to sour your beer by using the oxygen to ferment the alcohol into acetic acid – commonly known as vinegar. Keep your fermenter well sealed!

Same goes for bottling – try to avoid getting too many bubbles in the bottle as your pour.

It’s cool to cool your wort

Cool the wort quickly.

Doing this will increase the fallout of proteins and tannins that are bad for the beer.

It may also reduce the chance of infection occurring. Some brewers use immersion wort chillers as a relatively inexpensive investment that will improve the clarity and quality of your beer.

If doing a full batch boil, there’s not much choice, the wort should be cooled for maximum effect.

You may wish to consider investing in a wort chiller.

It’s not clean until its ALL clean

When we say clean we actually mean clean AND sterilized. Sterilize the heck out of everything you use. If you're starting out as a home brewer, your kit should contain a cleansing and sterilizing agent.

You NEED to make sure that at the very least your drum is fully clean and sterilized before your start your brewery process.

There is nothing more disappointing than going to bottle your brew and recognizing the scent of a bad brew that has been contaminated by nasty bugs.

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You'd do best to brew an ale than a lager

When it comes to homebrewing, it's important to choose the right beer style to start with. The truth is that the darker the beer, the more forgiving it will be in the home brewing process. 

Darker beers, such as stouts and porters, have a stronger flavor profile that can mask minor mistakes in the brewing process, making them a great choice for beginners.

It's also important to choose a beer style that's easy to take care of, especially if it's your first time brewing. A good beer style to start with is one that's good to drink and doesn't require too much attention during the brewing process. 

This will allow you to focus on the basics of brewing without getting overwhelmed.

While lagers can be a good choice for beginners, they do require some special attention. Lagers need to be cooled more quickly than ales, which means you'll need to invest in a cooling system to keep the temperature down during fermentation. Additionally, lagers require more yeast in the fermentation process than ales, which can be challenging for beginners.

Overall, it's important to choose a beer style that fits your skill level and equipment. Starting with a forgiving beer style, such as a dark ale, can help to build your confidence and give you a better chance of success.

Use fresh beer making ingredients – it’s not a fancy suggestion at all

When it comes to home brewing, the quality of the ingredients you use is paramount. Using fresh ingredients is essential for producing a high-quality brew, and the importance of this cannot be overstated. In fact, the quality of your home brewed beer can only be as good as the quality of the ingredients going into the brew kettle.

Using old or expired ingredients can have a negative impact on the taste and aroma of your beer. For example, old hops can lose their potency, which can result in a less flavorful and less aromatic brew. Similarly, yeast that is past its prime can affect the fermentation process, resulting in off flavors and an inconsistent final product.

To ensure the best possible outcome, it's important to use fresh ingredients for each batch of home brewed beer. This includes fresh hops, which should be used within six months of harvest for optimal flavor and aroma. 

Additionally, yeast should be purchased fresh and used within its recommended shelf life to ensure proper fermentation and a consistent final product.

Investing in high-quality ingredients may cost a bit more upfront, but it's worth it for the superior taste and aroma of your final product. Not only that, but using fresh ingredients can also help to prevent off-flavors and inconsistencies in your beer. So, always remember to use fresh, high-quality ingredients for your home brewed beer to ensure the best possible outcome!

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Don’t listen to all the hacks that might be writing about beer (?)

 It's important to remember that home brewing is a learning process, and worrying obsessively about every little thing you read on the internet can actually hinder your progress. While it's important to research and educate yourself on the brewing process, it's also important to find a beer brewing guide  that you are comfortable with and just get on with it!

As you become more experienced in brewing, you can start to experiment with different techniques and ingredients to create unique and flavorful beers. For example, you may want to consider using digital pH testing to ensure that your wort is at the optimal pH level for yeast fermentation. This can help to prevent off flavors and ensure a consistent final product.

Another way to add flavor and complexity to your beer is by adding oak chips during the brewing process. Oak chips can add a subtle woody flavor and aroma to your beer, and can be a great way to experiment with different flavor profiles.

However, it's important to remember that these techniques are best used by more experienced and practiced brewers. If you're just starting out, focus on mastering the basics of brewing and experimenting with simple recipes before delving into more complex techniques.

So, find a beer brewing guide that works for you, and focus on mastering the basics. As you become more experienced and confident, you can start to experiment with different techniques and ingredients to take your home brewed beer to the next level!


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