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Beer Brewing 101


As the name emplies, homebrewing is the hobby of brewing beer at home. It's easy, fun, and rewarding - heck, you're making beer, of course! Anyone who can make soup from a can is capable of brewing quality beer in their home. It's that easy! 750,000+ Americans from all stages in life brew beer at home. You can too!

How Much Does It Cost?
• Our basic beginner beer brewing equipment kits start at $70.99.
• Ingredients cost $25-$45 per 5 gallon batch depending on the style being brewed. 5 gallons makes about 2 cases of 12 oz beer bottles, with 24 beer bottles per case.

What Are The Ingredients To Make Homebrew?
Homebrew is primarily made from malt extract, malt, hops, yeast, and water. Get a better understanding of basic beer brewing ingredients.

How Long Does It Take?
It will be about four weeks before you can drink the beer you make, but the actual time from boil to beer depends on the style of beer you're making.
• Brewing: 2 hours
• Fermentation: 2 weeks
• Bottle Your Beer: 1 hour
• Bottle Conditioning (for carbination): 2-4 weeks

How Do I Get Started?
• Dowload a free copy of Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing, the American Homebrewers Associations' free guide for beginning homebrewers. Also, check the basic homebrew instructions below. Download your own printable copy of the beer brewing instructions.

Extract Beer Brewing Instructions

1. Put 2 gallons of tap water in a pot.
2. If using grains bring water to 150° F.
If not skip to step 5.
3. Crack or use a grain mill and steep in a muslin fermentation bag for 30 minutes.
4. Remove grain.
5. Bring water to a rolling boil and slowly add the malt extract while stirring. (too fast and the sugar in the malt burns)
6. Add bittering hops and start your hour boil clock.
7. Add flavoring hops at 45 minutes boil time.
8. Optional to add Irish moss or Whirlfloc to coagulate any proteins floating in the wort.
9. Add aroma hops for the last 5 minutes of boil.
10. Cool wort down using an ice bath or submersible wort chiller.
11. Transfer wort to fermenting bucket and add cold water to reach 5 gallons.
12. Pitch yeast when wort has reached a temperature of 75° F or lower.
13. Ferment in bucket with airlock for 5 to 7 days.
14. Rack (transfer) to another fermentation bucket for clarifying for another 5 to 7 days. (Don’t forget to attach the airlock.)

Bottling Your Beer

1. Dissolve ¾ cup per 5 gallons of beer of priming sugar in 1 cup of boiling water.
2. Pour sugar syrup in bottling bucket (the one with the bottling spigot).
3. Siphon beer to bottling bucket.
4. Fill empty beer bottles to 1 inch below top of bottle. (If using bottling tool this will automatically provide the right amount of space in the bottle.)
5. Store bottles for 2 weeks at 75° F to ensure proper carbonation. Enjoy!

Video Courtesy of American Homebrewers Association

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