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Top Tips For Those Who Want to Start Brewing Beer

There’s no doubt about it: brewing beer in your own home is a highly rewarding hobby and one which can not only bring hours of pleasure but also a fantastic, delicious drink at the end of it all for you and your friends to enjoy. The craft beer renaissance has spurred people all over the world to begin experimenting with brewing, and there’s simply never been a better time to get involved in this ancient and fascinating craft!

Once you’ve gotten yourself the basic bits of kit and ingredients required to begin your brewing adventure, you’ll no doubt be eager to get started. We’ve gathered five of the most helpful tips for those looking to make their own beer - follow these pieces of advice, and you’ll have an even better tipple at the other end!

Start Simply

If this is your first foray into the world of beer-making, it’s probably best to kick things off with one of the more straightforward brews in order to familiarise yourself with the process. 

Start with a simple IPA, bitter ale or porter, and perfect the classics before you start experimenting with other flavors and infusions. It’s never a good idea to try running before walking, and this way, you’ll avoid early disappointment which might put you off later. 

Take Sanitation Seriously

If you were to ask a hundred brewers what the most important aspect of brewing beer is, the chances are that all one hundred of them would say the same thing: sanitation. 

When you brew beer, you’re trying to create the perfect conditions in which yeast will flourish and encourage fermentation. The problem with this is that those same conditions are also perfect for beer-spoiling bacteria and wild yeasts in the air to flourish, too. The solution to avoiding this? Careful and thorough sanitation of all your equipment before you begin. 

Read, Research, Share

Beer making is an ancient art which has survived into the modern day relatively unchanged from its rustic origins. Across the centuries, reams and reams of text have been written - from dusty old tomes you might find in your library, to the wealth of information out there on the blogosphere. By reading all you can about different brewer’s successes, failures, tips and advice, you can increase your skills and knowledge, and become a better brewer. If you’ve made a discovery of your own, feel free to share it online; there will be other brewers out there who might benefit from your findings.

Chill your Wort Quickly 

Wort is the name given to beer before it has been fermented, and in order to get the best results, you’ll want to chill your work quickly and efficiently straight away after the first boil. By increasing the speed of the chilling, you’ll remove a lot of proteins which can create cloudiness in the beer, and more importantly, you’ll get the beer below the temperature at which bacteria most efficiently thrives. Investing in an immersion chiller is a great idea for those looking to achieve a quick chill time. 

Learn How to Make a Yeast Starter

Generally speaking, a lot of the yeasts included in a brewing starter pack aren’t of the highest quality, and often aren’t in great enough quantities to make a really top quality beer. Good beer requires a lot of quality yeast, and if you want to save yourself some money and hit the high notes of flavor every time, we’d advise learning how to make a yeast starter at home. It isn’t a difficult thing to do, but it does require some planning and preparation… but believe us, it’s well worth the effort when it comes to flavor and efficiency in the end.