Adventures in Home Brewing

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From simple recipes and ingredients to sophisticated home brewing techniques and rich tastes of home brews, sipping a beer brewed from your own premises can be a liberating experience, one that you should take pride in. Whether you are new to the home brewing culture or are a seasoned master brewer, recipe formulation and beer brewing techniques are continually evolving to accommodate the changing demands of our taste buds as well as advancement in brewing equipment. Therefore there is always room for improvement in both the craft and the product.

Get the right tools for the trade!
Starting out with the right equipment and supplies is key to ensuring that your home brewing experience is both practical and rewarding. Even better news is that a home beer brewing starter kit (a fermentor, airlock, coated thermometer, measuring cup, strainer) will not cost you an arm and a leg, and they are easy to use even for the novice brewer.This could be the difference between raising your beer glass to toss a newly discovered beer flavor or beating a hasty retreat. Try to stick to the basics and work your way up into the brewing lifestyle and the complexities of beer brewing science.

Flock with other birds of your feather!
Finding a support group and people who share same passion as you will give you the opportunity to learn from each other and to get much needed support. Join a local brewing club to get more acquainted with the brewing culture. Plan to attend seminars and closely follow AHA (American Homebrewers Association), the most trusted source of home brewing news, for updates on recipes, ideas, equipment development and for upcoming events near your zip code. The Homebrew Digest is also a great online resource to keep you in the loop.

Plan to attend a brewing competition!
Your friends and family are probably your biggest cheerleaders and have approved of your beer as the best tasting home brew they’ve had yet. Although this could be true, it is a good idea to get objective opinion from an unbiased secondary source. Registering for and participating in competitions gives you the opportunity to get honest feedback and creative critique on your product. This will assist you in making adjustments and changes were necessary to improve on taste and the quality of your beer.

Practice patience. Experiment and REPEAT!
Mastering the brewing process is not going to happen in a fortnight. Patience will go a long way in this case as you await on your next beer creation to effectively ferment! Experiment with ingredients and do not easily give up. Once it’s all said and done, you will be getting together with your buddies and enjoying your carefully crafted libations. Drink responsibly.

 

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