Beer – from factory to home

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Beer has been being drunk for more than five thousand years. The first written documents about beer production date back to Old Egypt and its rulers. While many people claim that wine was drunk by kings and beer by ordinary people, that was not actually the case. Although wine has that nickname of “bohemian” and artistic drink, beer is undeservedly underestimated. It was drunk in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome. Also, it was the drink of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and all the way until today. Nowadays, beer is drunk from Vancouver to Sydney and from Tokio to London. That means that beer can be proclaimed the most widespread drink both vertically and horizontally. Today, it is made mostly by large multinational brewing companies. They hold the largest part of the world beer production market. However, over the last two decades, more and more people have started producing their own beers. Some of them have been making their own beer only for their personal use, while some others have already sold their small home beer manufactures to renowned brewing companies. The question is how to get on that road of home beer production.

Making your own home brewing supplies can be done in many different ways. If you are a beginner and you have never made your own pint of lager, the safest way is buying a home brewing set. It usually consists of a measured amount of malt extract, hops and yeast. You are usually given detailed instructions in every single step in that process. The final result is usually a lager of neutral taste that will suit every palate. If you opt for such a beer making method, the possibility of making a cardinal mistake is almost non-existent, but you cannot give it any personal smell or taste.

A little bit freer home brewing process is the one in which nothing is prepared in advance, but you simply buy all the ingredients and start from nothing to get your own fully fermented beer with the unique taste of yours. When making your own beer from scratch, be careful with the amount of yeast that you add to the beer mixture. If you add too much yeast, the beer will have too much alcohol, since yeast helps fermentation from sugar to alcohol. On the other hand, the hops give that specific bitterness and beerish taste. The third thing that should really be taken care about is the amount of malt extract that you add to the beer mixture. If you overdo with it, as well, the beer will be too sweet and it will not have the taste that we know.

In order to prevent any of such mistakes, you should keep tasting your beer mixture while it is still on fire and even call your family members or friends to help you with the brewing. An extra hand is always useful and in this case and extra palate can be of great importance, to avoid ruining the whole effort of making home brew supplies.


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