Tips to Make Brewing Day a Success

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Brewing day has come and it is important that everything goes according to plan. One simple mistake and you may end up producing a bad batch.

Brewing involves a long process. In fact, preparation usually starts on the day before. In an attempt to help you prepare for this most awaited day, we have developed a list of things that you should prepare in order to make your brewing day a success. Here are some of the tasks that you should do in preparation for brewing day. Follow the tips below, produce better beer and a shorter brew day.

Prepare ice

It is important to quickly chill the wort after boiling. So, if you are after perfection, you’ll have to cool the beer as quickly as possible. So, before you start brewing, make sure that you have enough ice on hand.

Check ingredients

Before you start, check that you have all the ingredients. This might be quite obvious, but some people tend to forget this one important step. Finding out that you forgot to buy the bittering hops after you’ve got 20 liters of wort on the boil could be quite frustrating. Also, make sure that you have lots of sanitiser.

Draw water

If the water in your area is heavily chlorinated, it would be best to prepare your brew water in advance so as to allow the chlorine to evaporate. This way, you can be sure that you’ll be producing cleaner beer and without chlorine flavor.

First-time brewers may not notice the difference, but every little aspect could affect the quality of the beer.

Check equipment

Check if your equipment is ready for use. This is especially true if it has been a while since you brewed. Check to see if the equipment is clean and if anything is broken. Also, inspect fragile items like the hydrometers and glass thermometers as they can easily break without you knowing.

If you have been careful during your last brewing session and have cleaned the apparatus before storing it, then it should be fine.

Common Mistakes Home Brewers Make

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

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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.

Taking shortcuts

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

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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.

 

Home Brewing History

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Back then, home brewing was popular among Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Chinese. The recipes they used where then shared with the Romans and Greeks. However, it was the Sumerians who made an effort to write down these recipes. Since very little among the Sumerians were able to read and write, they would sing these recipes to Ninkasi, the beer goddess.

Ancient times

Nothing stays the same during the early civilization. While other rise into power, some were killed or assimilated. Because of this, changes among the laws were also made.

During the ancient times, the Pilgrims agreed to build a brewery upon reaching the Plymouth Rock. This was done so it would be easier for them to make more alcohol when their supplies got low.

Mass production of alcoholic beverages wasn’t done until the age of the Industrial Revolution, which was in the 1700s. Here, thermometers and hydrometers were developed which aided with the brewing process. These tools allowed them to create quality beverages and made the process a lot easier.

The process of home brewing was brought to a whole new level thanks to Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist who explained the effects of yeast in the fermentation process. Due to this new discovery, home brewers have started to come up with varying strains of yeast that yield wines and beers of different complexities.

Prohibition Act

Everything seems to be going well, but then times changed. The Prohibition Act was passed in the United States, making it illegal to brew and drink alcohol. Despite the implementation of this law, people continued to brew and drink alcohol at home. And since no one could buy alcohol outside, a group of brewers came up with the Moonshine and Bathtub Gin to address the people’s cravings.

Eventually, the need for grape juice became evident. Grape growers decided to acquire more fields in order to sustain with the growing demand.

In 1933, the act was repealed. However, this only legalized home brewing wine. Brewing beer remained illegal until 1979, when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill which lifted the ban.