Beer brewing is a great hobby that involves endless learning and growth possibilities. With every batch, we guarantee that you’ll learn a lesson or two. We also believe that committing mistakes is one of the best ways of learning.
In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common mistakes home brewers make. If you are just starting out or have produced a few bad batches in the past, then this is for you. Read on, learn how to solve these problems and be on your way to producing great tasting beer.
Lack of proper sanitation
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes most brewers make. While purchasing an introductory kit is recommended, it does come with a big flaw. The cleanser that comes with these kits is not enough to clean the equipment. You’ll have to use household dishwashing soap along with boiling water to clean it. After which, you can use the kit’s cleanser. Sanitizing may be tedious, but please keep in mind that an immaculate brew barrel will help you produce better tasting beer.
This is the part where most brewers have trouble with. Brewing is a long process and may take the better part of the day. So, you have to make sure that you allot enough time so you won’t be tempted to take any shortcuts.
Lack of patience
Yeast needs time to do its job. If you take it out too early or move on to the 2nd stage too quickly, you may end up producing bad tasting beer. Worse, the carbonation and yeast may build up in the bottle and pop the tops. To avoid this, we suggest keeping the beer in the fridge for about 2 weeks so as to avoid the beers to carbonate.
Using bad water
When brewing, you should never use tap water. There may be a whole mess of things floating in the water and it can’t be seen by the naked eye.
Using the cleanest and freshest water will greatly improve the quality of your beer. If you can afford it, we suggest using bottled water. If not, boil the water in order to kill all the microorganisms. Allow the water to cool down before you move forward.