These days, craft beers seem to be the new popular trend in the beer-drinking world. However, another area which has also been picking up steam is homebrew beer. At first, you might not think making beer yourself is all that doable. However, you might end up surprised at the outcome…
Homebrew Beer: What To Know Beforehand
Know the law
Of course, before you start venturing into homebrew beer, it’s important to know what the law says. Since 2013, homebrewing is in fact legal in every state. Still, it comes with some certain stipulations. For example, you’ll have to get the right paperwork from your state or county, and pay any applicable taxes before you start brewing.
Most states will allow someone who is 21 or older to brew 100 gallons every year. If you have two or more adults in your household, this can go up to 200 gallons. However, keep in mind that it’s illegal to sell any beer your brew yourself. You’re making it solely for your own personal usage.
There is a lot of equipment that’s needed for homebrew beer. You’ll need a fermenter for the beer to ferment in, as well as an airlock to vent the carbon dioxide. There’s also the brew kettle, where the actual brewing takes place. Then, there’s the burner to boil the brew, and siphons to move things from one area to the next.
Plus, you’ll also need things like cleaners, thermometers, and other additional items. As a result, it can get a bit pricey to get all the pieces on your own. However, many places sell starter kits that have all the equipment you’ll need. This gets rid of the headache of making sure you have all the right parts.
While the equipment for homebrew beer might be complicated, the ingredients are not. There’s only four that you’re going to need: hops, grains, yeast, and water. Hops will help add bitterness, as well as aroma to your beer. Grains help give your beer added flavor, color, and body.
Yeast is the ingredient that produces the alcohol in the beer as it eats the sugars in the brew. Of course, water is also important, as it makes up 90% of the beer itself. Remember that you’ll want to get some good quality ingredients. After all, if you’re going to drink it, you’ll want it to be good!