If you can cook, you can make beer. DIY brews are cheaper in the long run than store-bought sudsand give you the pride of creation. Here's how To get a diy brewery hopping.
Serious about making large batches of beer? Splurge for a propane-powered rig with a three-tiered brew stand. This setup, by Indiana-based Blichmann Engineering, costs about $2000 and features a trio of 20- to 30-gallon pots and gas burners that put out 216,000 Btu per hour. (The high heat quickly boils large amounts of liquid, shaving hours off the brewing process.) More casual or budget brewers can make do with one big pot, heated on a common kitchen stove.
Yeast and sugar are beer's building blocks—but they're dinner for flavor-spoiling bacteria. So begin by disinfecting all equipment before every batch. Clean the components with hot water and liquid soap and finish the job with a no-rinse sanitizer, such as Star San.
Use a large container (a wallpaper tray will do) filled with sanitizer to douse hard-to-wash items, such as tubing.
2 The Mash
Brewers who want to achieve a highly specific taste should use water to extract sugars from the grains, a messy process called mashing. If you take this route, heat the water and grains (malted barley, wheat and rye are commonly used) to about 155 F in the mash tun for 1 hour. Needless to say, the types and proportions of grains you choose will influence the flavor of the finished product. As in cooking, you can adjust the recipe, experimenting with different grains to achieve the desired flavor.
You don't need grain to make a quality brew. use prepackaged malt extract and you can skip the mash and go straight to the boil. even connoisseurs won't be able to tell the difference.