The best beer is the one that is brewed at home. Creating your own home brew recipes will allow you to turn your hobby into an enjoyable pastime that can give you a great deal of satisfaction. All you really need to get started is a home brew recipe or two. You may ask your friend or acquaintances for theirs or use one of the many home brew recipes available on the Internet or in books and magazines.
Put Your Imagination Into Overdrive
A lot of options will open up for you when you concoct your own home brew recipe. You will also be able to incorporate the best styles of home beer making when you let your imagination go. Most of the brewing styles are pretty much the same no matter what the style or brand of commercial beer it is. You can also learn this system and perfect it at home.
By now you have tried out other people’s home brew recipes and found them to be less than acceptable. You can learn the basics yourself with a simple method that involves choosing the ingredients, knowing and following basic well known techniques and the processes involved. A good source for better home brew recipes ideas is a magazine called Brew Your Own that has many different interesting articles, resources as well as recipes that anyone can use.
You will find in this informative magazine a Style Profile column that deals with a new and classic style of beer making in each of its issues. You will not only find normal home brew recipes but some out of the ordinary ones that a more adventurous brewer may like to try out also.
You can do some of your own tweaking of the available home brew recipe’s instructions by experts at the magazine to further improve the quality of beer and you will also get valuable feedback from readers about various recipes that they themselves have tried our, or who know some of their own. Some of these home brew recipes are sure to ignite a spark in you which should prick your imagination enough to go ahead and create your very own wild as well as wacky experimental home brewed beer.
These recipes are detailed and contain the list of ingredients to be used as well as step-by-step instructions on how to brew the beer at home, and they are diverse enough to allow you to experiment with different types of beer making techniques so that you can choose the one that is just right for you.
One of the best ways to come up with a recipe for beer is to start from scratch, but other times you may want to modify a recipe that has already proven itself.
Here is a quick simple home brew recipe.
1 can (3.75 lbs) Coopers "Bitter" Brewing Kit
2 lbs of gold or light dry malt extract
1 oz Cascade hops (pellets)
These items, along with the basic brewing equipment, can be purchased at any homebrew store. Check our listing of homebrew stores to order by mail or try your local telephone directory. Once you have all the needed equipment, you are ready to make the first batch. It shouldn’t take more than an 90 minutes from start to finish.
Bring one gallon of water to a boil in an uncovered pan large enough to hold 1.5 to 2 gallons.
While waiting for the water to boil:
Remove the plastic lid and yeast packet from the top of the Cooperâs extract can. Put the can in a container of very hot tap water so that the thick paste inside will soften.
Clean and sanitize your "brew day" equipment according to the directions found in Sanitation.
After the water has come to a boil:
Open the can of extract from the bottom. Then pour the contents into the pan with the water. (Remove the contents with a spatula, rinse with a small amount of hot water.) Stir until dissolved. Next add the dry malt extract. Stir until it is dissolved. When this comes back to a boil, add the hop pellets and boil for 5 more minutes.
During the boil, empty the sanitizing solution from fermenter. Then fill the fermenter about one-half to two-thirds full (approximately 3 gallons) with cold tap water.
At the end of the boil time, turn off the fire under the kettle. The strong, unfermented beer now contained in the pot is called "wort." (Pronounced "wirt.")
Carefully pour this wort into the fermenter containing the cold water. If your fermenter is marked in gallons, add additional cold water, if needed, to bring to total volume to 5 gallons. Put the clean, sanitized floating thermometer into the fermenter so that you can check the temperature periodically. Set the lid for the fermentation bucket loosely on top while the wort is cooling.