Home Brewing – The first batch
Mathew and I brewed the first batch of beer together, and it was a lot of fun. Here are the pictures.
Having never brewed beer before, I took the easy method of buying a kit.
This was most of what was in the kit, after I washed and sanitized everything.
I now have a water filter at the house, but the first few times I brewed I bought filtered water.
We were using a Brewers Best recipe, the red ale.
Looks red to me.
After the 20 minute steep, we pulled out the grains.
After coming up to boil we added the liquid malt extract (LME)…
And the bittering hops…
Check out that action shot!!
Well, it was our first time and we left the lid on the pot. Too much heat resulted in a small boil over.
With 5 minutes to go we added the aroma hops.
My father had stopped by and gave my brother and me a hand adding the hops in.
He also helped by taking this picture of Mathew and me cooling the wort with the wort chiller.
We were able to go from boiling to 75 degrees in about 10 minutes.
We recycled the water from a cooler filled with ice water.
This did not work well and the newer setup is using a 10" stainless steel strainer and just dumping the pot into the bucket.
Well, that is it for brewing, now it’s time for other things.
After a week, we needed to move from primary to secondary fermentation.
Looks like we lost about a half gallon to evaporation.
I no longer use the siphon and instead just put one bucket above the other and let gravity do the work.
We, of course, had to taste the beer at this point in the process.
It was flat and wasn’t cold, but we both said, "It doesn’t suck!"
Much easier this way.
I did a lot of reading, and everyone said bottling is a pain in the butt, so I bought a kegging setup.
After two weeks we moved the beer to the keg.
I needed to mount the taps on the fridge, which was really easy.
And with the whole thing done, we were ready to drink beer!!!
As of this writing, I’m now on batch six, and LOVING making my own beer.
I no longer use the kits and have started experimenting with various styles.
But I like having two beers on tap!!!!