To brew my first beer I used a kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. There were a few other companies that offered brew kits that I looked into before purchasing this one; none of the others seemed to have everything I needed nor proper instructions. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I made Brooklyn’s Everyday IPA. This beer is a pretty balanced mix of malt and hops, or at least that is what it should be (a final taste test will determine how mine did in a few weeks).
When brewing there are six major steps with a bunch of sub-steps and the ‘cooking’ portion of the brew takes about 3 hours. The first step in brewing beer is to sanitize. Sanitize. Sanitize. Sanitize. It is extremely important to do this and do it right to make sure the taste of the beer is not thrown off by anything, even the water can throw off the taste. After that step there is The Mash (grains), The Sparge (to get the beer), The Boil, and Fermentation. Fermentation takes anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to really take place. This is when the yeast is added and you allow the beer to sit until the yeast has calmed down and it settles. After that step comes the fun part..bottling! Oh well that may not be the most fun but it is exciting. Bottling may seem like an easy step, but it is actually more complicated than pouring the liquid into a bottle. Once the beer is bottled and set aside in a dark place for another two weeks (This is not for the impatient) you are ready to put that bottle in the refrigerator over night and enjoy!
For all I know this batch won’t be anything like the Everyday IPA it is supposed to be but I learned a lot doing this and I am already excited to brew another batch!