Do you enjoy drinking beer? Well here is some good news: You too can make delicious beer to enjoy. Beer brewing isn’t too difficult to do, you just have to learn some fundamentals and you are ready to begin home brewing yourself. The process is relatively simple, especially for those just getting started in home brewing. This is why this hobby is so popular in the United States, and new home beer brewing enthusiasts are increasing in numbers not only in this country, but all over the world.
Beer brewing equipment is readily available, and not too expensive. The internet is a great resource for information about all aspects of brewing at home. Creating beer at home is easy to do in today’s world. However, it is important to remember not to get too caught up in the excitement. It is important to exercise patience in home brewing. Especially if you are trying beer brewing for the first time.
If you try to rush through your first batch, you can wind up making common rookie mistakes which will lead to bad beer. This has often resulted in many to become frustrated with beer brewing to the point that they give up on the hobby well before they should have. Just so you don’t fall into this trap, make sure you know how to avoid these mistakes. Here are some common rookie mistakes.
The first major mistake people make when they first start beer brewing is lack of proper sanitation. It’s been said that good brewing is 75% proper sanitation. It is important during fermentation to provide a healthy environment for your yeast–this best allows yeast to do its job, which is to make you great beer. However, a healthy environment for yeast is also a healthy environment for bacteria and germs–things that can contaminate and ruin our beer. If you are not clean and do not properly sanitize everything, you make it much easier for the bacteria and germs to get into your beer.
So, what do you need to do to avoid this? It is important that every time you brew, that you make sure you clean and sanitize all of your equipment thoroughly. Anything and everything that will come into contact with your beer must be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to use. Fortunately, this doesn’t require any major expense. There are several inexpensive options for cleaning and sanitizing, from simple household goods to products designed especially for beer brewing.
Another big mistake is not using the proper temperature to brew your beer. You want to ensure and follow whatever directions or recipe instructions advise you as far as the proper temperature (for fermentation) for that particular brew–the proper temperatures vary, but you need to have the right one for the beer you are brewing. It is also dependent upon the type of yeast strain you are using. Generally speaking, the temperature will be in the 60s or 70s. Failure to keep the fermentation temperature in this range can lead to bad results–either bad tasting beer, or a batch of beer that you have to throw out.
By Jeff McIlhenny