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An Overview of the Brewing Process

An Overview of the Brewing Process

Posted by Robert Martin on

So you have decided you want to brew your own beer. Before you invest in any equipment, wouldn't it be helpful to have an understanding of the brewing process? Here are the first simple steps you should take before brewing a batch of beer.

1.) Organize your equipment 

2.) Organize your ingredients

3.) Read the instructions

Once you've prepared, it's time to get to work. The brewing process takes a few hours, and fermentation takes 7-10 days. If you want a batch of beer for a particular event, know that you'll have to plan some lead time in order to time it right. Here is a simplified overview of the steps, from start to finish, to brew a batch of beer:

  • Heat up half of your water to 150-165 degrees fahrenheit 
  • Steep the grains (like a teabag) for 20-30 minutes
  • Your water is now wort, meaning it is beer before fermentation
  • Pour in the extract, make sure to put in as much as needed to achieve correct alcohol by volume
  • Boil for 60 minutes, add hops using a hop sack which keeps the debris out of the kettle
  • Typical boil time is 60-90 minutes, depending on the style
  • Once the boil is finished, you need to chill the wort down as fast as possible to 70 degrees either using an ice bath, a wort chiller, or both
  • Pour half boil into fermenter for sanitation
  • Top off with pre-boiled and chilled water
  • Take a gravity test reading. This will tell you how much suspended sugar you have in your wort, which will help you determine your alcohol by volume percentage
  • Pitch the yeast, let it set itself in
  • Seal the fermenter
  • Let the batch ferment for 7-10 days