The Basics For New Brewers
Home Brewing Recipes
Brooks Brewery Associate Brewer
Arny Lands
Beer Nexus
the crossroads of the beer world
Here at Brooks Brewery we've got a lot of fresh great beer waiting for
you.  Our patio is now open and indoors will be quite soon.  Of course
we have growlers and food to go.  Make sure you ask for me when you
stop in as I really enjoy meeting my readers. As always if you have any
questions just write me here at
BeerNexus I'll be happy to answer them
along with our award winning head brewer Art Hanneman.

know we have a lot of new readers who would like to brew for the first
time so this month let me start by giving you an easy, basic outline of
how to make your own beer.  It doesn't get any better than this!

Step 1: Prepare
1. Gather your brewing equipment. You'll need:
   Brewing Kettle
   Fermenter + Air Lock
   Funnel (optional)
   Stir Spoon
   Beer Recipe Kit (or individual ingredients)

If gathering all of that sounds like too much work, simply choose a  beer
making kit that have everything you need to brew beer, all in one box.

There are many online or go to your local homebrew shop.  I suggest
U-Brew in South Orange, NJ where they really help the first time brewer.

2. Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize.
Your success will rely on how clean your equipment is. Anything that
comes in contact with your beer after the boil process should be
sanitized. PBW and Star San are great cleaners and santizers.
found online or any homebrew shop.

3: Brew
A. Steep Grains. Fill your 5-gallon brew kettle with 2.5 gallons of water.
As you heat your water, steep your grains for 20 minutes, or until your
water reaches 170 degrees.  When you remove your grains, let the
water drip out of the grain bag and into the kettle.  Don't squeeze your
grain bag as you don't want to extract tannins, which may give your beer
unwanted flavors.
B.Bring kettle to a boil - Once your kettle comes to a rolling boil remove
it from heat and add malt extracts. Once the extract is dissolved return to
a boil. Hops will now be added at various intervals. (Note: Be careful not
to boil over when hops are added.) Refer to your exact recipe as to
when you need to add hops to your boil.

C You now have wort - Otherwise known as sugar water. Cool your wort
as quickly as possible. This can be done one of two ways:
   Ice Bath - Simply set your pot into a sink filled with ice water.
   Use a wort chiller - Insert chiller into your wort. Run cold water from
your tap through the chiller and out to the sink.  A wort chiller is the most
effective way, but either will get you the desired results.

4: Ferment
Don't forget to sanitize all your supplies! Then...
A. Pour cooled wort into the fermenter. Some brew kettles even have a
valve for easy transportation from your kettle to your fermenter.
B. Add water to bring the level to 5 gallons.
C. Aerate wort by splashing it around in its container. Yeast need
oxygen, and splashing your wort will help.
D. Add yeast. Dry yeast is the easiest, as you don't have to prepare it
beforehand. Sanitize the yeast pack + scissors, cut the corner off the
yeast pack, and pour the yeast into the fermenter.
E. Seal your fermenter, add a fermentation air lock, and store in a dark
cool place. Ales should stay at 68 degrees to ferment properly.

5: Bottling
After fermentation is complete, typically within two weeks, it's time to
bottle your beer.
A. Cleanse everything: bottles, bottle filler, bottle caps, bottling bucket,
and any transfer hoses used. Use a bottle brush on your bottles.
B. Boil your priming sugar in 16 oz of water. After it cools, add it directly
to the bottling bucket.
C. Transfer your beer. Siphon the beer out of your fermenter and into
your bottling bucket. Leave as much sediment in the fermenter as
D. Fill the bottles. Attach bottle filler to hose, and hose to bottling bucket
spigot. Open the bottling bucket spigot and push the bottle filler to the
bottom of the bottle.
NOTE: Fill each bottle right to the top. When you remove the bottle filler,
it will leave the perfect amount of space at the top of the bottle.
E. Cap the bottles with caps and a bottle capper.
F. Store the bottles at room temperature for roughly two weeks. This
gives your beer time to carbonate.

You did it. You made beer. All that's left to do is refrigerate and enjoy!

Be sure to check my many homebrew recipes.  I designed many to help
the less experienced (and experienced for that matter) brewer make a
great beer the first and every time.


That's it for this month.  
Hope to see you next time!

Good Brewing and Cheers!

Arny Lands
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