Quiet Earp has been teaching me how to make beer. It’s not that difficult! Plus, once you’ve paid for the equipment, it’s cheaper and way more environmentally friendly than storebought beer.
The first batch we made together (with Bustin Dustin, Earp’s roommate) turned out kind of gross (we drank it anyway) but this newest batch is a winner. I am enjoying a fresh home-brewed porter as I write this, because Earp brought me one and said I had to drink it while I make this post. It’s delicious.
So on to the beer.
For the first part of the process, you’ll need:
- A 5-gallon bucket with an airlock, sanitized with chlorine bleach or iodophor
- A 3-7 gallon pot (you can work with smaller if you are creative, bigger is easier)
- Another smaller pot, 1-2 gallons
- A strainer (not a colander) big enough that you can pour boiling-hot slop from the pot to the bucket without spilling
- A hydrometer (thermometer for measuring the temperature of liquids)
- Hop sock – a cheesecloth-like sack. Some people use these when steeping grains or boiling hops, but we did fine without one.
- 1-2 gallons distilled water
- 1-2 packets of dry brewer’s yeast
You’ll also need hops, grains, malt extract, and other ingredients, which will change according to the type of beer you’re making. You can find a ton of beer recipes at BeerRecipes.org.
How to Brew Beer
Click on any of the photos below to learn about the first (and most involved) part of making beer: the brewing. NOTE: I am a rank beginner, so when you are ready to make your own beer you should do more research. This is just to give you an idea of how it all works.
Next time: fermentation and bottling!
Originally published Jun 3, 2010