Put simply, “brewing” is the practice of regulating the interactions between water, starch, yeast, and hops so that the end result is what is called beer.
Of course, the actual process of brewing is a lot more complicated (full of terrifying terms like lautering, wort, and isomerization). It’s the job of the brewer to have as much control over as many elements as possible so that the end result is close to what he or she had in mind.
How to Brew Beer
Brewing is easy. If you can make mac and cheese from a box without help, you can make beer.
So you’ve decided to make your own beer at your Sacramento home. Congratulations! You’re about to engage in a wondrous and rewarding task almost as old as humanity itself. But there’s no reason to be intimidated. Although people have been brewing beer for millennia, the basic process has remained much the same through the ages. It’s time, as homebrewing godfather Charlie Papazian says, to “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.”
When I began learning how to brew my own beer several years ago, I read every book I could find; books often published 15 years apart. It was evident to me that the state of the art had matured a bit. Where one book would recommend using baking yeast and covering the fermenting beer with a towel, a later book would insist on brewing yeast and perhaps an airlock.
Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars. The malt sugar solution is boiled with Hops for seasoning. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation. The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol. When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.
Sounds fairly simple doesn’t it? It is, but you will realize the incredible amount of information that I glossed over with those five steps. The first step alone can fill an entire book, several in fact. But brewing is easy. And it’s fun. Brewing is an art as well as a science. Some people may be put off by the technical side of things, but this is a science that you can taste. The science is what allows everyone to become the artist. Learning about the processes of beer making will let you better apply them as an artist. As my history teacher used to chide me, “It’s only boring until you learn something about it. Knowledge makes things interesting.”
Sacramento Home Brewers Supplies
You Brew It is a Brew on Premise where we have all the supplies and hardware for you to make your very own home brew using the sam process that you would use at your home.
You Brew It
3251 Luyung Drive