Brewing beer at home is a savvy experience from the cooking to the bottling. No need to be an expert or to have special equipment for that, all you must have is the will and some patience. The following recipe will give you a smooth 5% alcohol beer. The level of alcohol varies between flavors, the amount of water you use and the fermentation period.
What you need
- Beer Kit bought online from Amazon or Mr.Beer , you can pick from a wide variety of flavors, personally i recommend the blond Ale or the Czech Pilsner. Each kit contains 1 can of hopped malt extract, 1 pack of brewing yeast, 1 pouch of booster, and 1 small pack of non-rinse cleanser.
- Medium size pan
- Water Jug (i.e Rubbermaid) 8 liter capacity
- Can opener
- 7-8 liters of water
- First, sanitization is essential as it kills all the bacterias. Using the non-rinse cleanser with hot water, sanitize every utensil that comes in contact with your beer. Leave them in the hot water for around 10 mins.
- Meanwhile boil 1 liter of water then add the booster, then on low heat start stirring slowly until all the booster particles are dissolved. At that point you will have a clear transparent solution.
- With the can opener (cleansed) open the malt extract and pour it into the solution.
- Leave it on low heat and keep on stirring, stirring, and stirring until it starts to boil.
- Meanwhile, drop 1 liter of cold water into the water jug (that should be cleansed too), and then add the whole thing inside the jug. Add 5-6 liters of water until the edge, and mix them together.
- Sprinkle the beer yeast all over the surface and leave it to rest for 3-5 minutes (until you see the yeast falling to the bottom)
- Stir the whole solution for 1 min, then close the cover and let it rest in a cool environment.
The fermentation process started once you put the yeast, the first stage will require 14-21 days. During that time avoid moving the jug or opening it. If by any chance you smell an odor of fermentation in the room, make sure the jug cover is well sealed.
For the bottling, try to have small “plastic” bottles that have the rubber on the inside of the cap, this will prevent any leakage. Otherwise, you can use regular bottles and add a nylon layer before closing the cap.
- Fill each bottle at 85%, then add one small spoon of white sugar in each one.
- Close tightly each bottle, put it in the refrigerator and let it rest for another 7 days.
After a week, your home made beer is ready. Cheers…