This Fall, Brew Your Own Craft Beer from the Comfort of Home
Put your own mark on happy hour!
A craft beer is so
much more than the right mixture of hops, malt, water, and yeast. It’s an art
and a science—that you can experiment with yourself at home! Because there’s no
need to reach for the same old brew over and over again. It’s time to embrace
individuality and put your own mark on happy hour!
For the Love of Craftsmanship
Craft beer stands in
the face of the bland flavors of mass-consumed beer products. Craft brewers aim
to develop old brewing traditions further, revolutionize flavors, and make beer
exciting and fun again.
individualism, most of these exotic beers are brewed in small and independent
breweries and offer a welcome alternative to the standard selection of lager,
pilsner, or wheat beer.
control, fresh ingredients, love, and originality are the new ingredients that
are responsible for making craft beer so special.
From Coffee to Cucumber, the Flavors of Beer
Liberated from traditoinal
beer purity laws, brewers are able to experiment with extraordinary ingredients
to achieve intense aroma. Next to hops, malt, and wheat, you can now find
coffee beans, spices, honey, and even cucumber or fruit in the brewing vats.
Many of these beers
mature in wooden barrels that previously held wine, whiskey, or rum for
multiple months. This fermenting process refines the product and adds a fruity
but smokey aroma to the beer. It also helps build pressure in the bottle.
One bottle can hold
up to 8,000 different aromas, making craft beer more complex than most wines. Beer
and wine hybrids can also be achieved to bring out the best of the two prodcuts.
Generally, it can be said that when it comes to craft beer: The sky is the
How At-Home Craft Brewing Began
The enthusiasm for craft
beer was born in American. In the 1970s, people started to crave intense beers with
character—ones that had more to offer than the bland, industrially produced ones
sold in the supermarket.
In 1978, President
Jimmy Carter lifted the ban on homebrewing, and a movement was born. In the
comfort of their own homes, people could now experiment with brewing mixtures
they learned from other countries. The craft beer trend was born and started a
downright brewery boom. Nowadays, thousands of U.S. breweries are exporting
their beers to around the world.
What to Know Before You Get Started
It doesn’t take much
to make your own craft beer at home. A fermentation jug with an integrated
thermometer is the main component of every kit. This is where the base brew is
made that later ferments into beer as we know it.
And don’t forget
about the bottling bucket and lid, as well as other accessories like a tap,
fermentation lock, and purifying pipe. But, you can also find complete brewing kits if you want to start right away and take out some of the guess work for
what you’ll need.
Important: Use the right bottles! The classic,
brown, 500 ml flip-top bottle is ideal for your first attempts at brewing.
Now, all you’re missing
are the ingredients! You can find diferent varieties of hops, malt, and wheat
in online stores as well.
Have you ever brewed your own beer at home? Let us know in the comments!
Published on October 2, 2017