Don’t worry if you’ve never brewed beer or even heard of brewing beer at home, that’s what we’re here for! Here at The Lab, we’re constantly experimenting and creating useful resources to help you with your home brewing. When we got started, no one really had a dedicated and comprehensive guide to brewing and we ended up having to learn from several different sources. We’re hoping this guide can get you started much faster and much easier, because brewing beer at home isn’t as hard as you think.
The first thing to do is extract sugars from the grains to make a sweet liquid called “wort”. We do this on Brew Day by steeping the grains in heated water and leaving it for a while. Grains add the body and foundational flavors to your beer. Afterwards, the wort has to be boiled while hops are added. The hops we offer come in pellets, and they add bitterness, flavoring, and aroma to your beer. They have really strong aromatic properties, and it’s interesting to see the effects of different types of hops on your beer.
After the boil, the beer is cooled down, placed in a large glass jug called a carboy, and yeast is added to your wort. Yeasts are tiny microorganisms that convert the extracted sugars from your wort into alcohol and CO2 in a process we call fermentation. Tl;dr yeast eats sugar from the grains and makes your wort alcoholic (at that point it’s basically flat, non-carbonated beer). We need to ferment our beer for at least two weeks in a dark, dry area.
And now we’re at Bottling Day, where you add a bit more sugar for the yeast to carbonate your beer and transfer the beer into individual bottles. This actually takes quite a bit of equipment, sanitation, and technique, but it’s not as hard as it looks! The beer then bottle conditions for another two weeks, where the yeast further refines it and creates the carbonation that completes your beer.
A day before drinking, the bottles should be placed in the refrigerator to chill them down. After four weeks of the process, the beer is finally ready to drink. We strongly recommend pouring it out into a separate glass, taking in the aroma, and of course, thoroughly enjoying your home brewed beer.
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