We went to Beer Camp and now we have been to Beer School to learn how to brew beer! I enjoy tasting craft beers and have wanted to get more hands on with the process. Talk about a FUN Experience! I cannot wait to do it again and soon.
The Brewing Process:
- Brewing the Beer.
- Cooling and Fermenting.
- Priming and Bottling.
- Conditioning and Aging.
- The BEST Part of the Process – Tasting and Drinking!
Brewing the Beer
Going to the Grain Grinder
The Grain Grinder
The Grinded Grain in a Sock
The Amber Beer Recipe
Getting Ready to Brew
Steeping the Grains
The Grain Sock is attached to the pot & the lid on.
Ready to Brew
Grain Sock Comes Out
Sugar Time ( I wanted to start singing the song Sugar by Adam Levine)
Mixing in the Sugar
Sugar Blended and On To the Next Step
Here are the Hops Out of the Bag (aka Hop Pellets)
Brewing . . .
Brewing . . .
Cooling and Fermenting
The hot brew (aka the wort) is cooled to room temperature and transferred to a fermenter. Once the mixture drops to room temperature, yeast is added to start the fermentation process. The key part of this process is cleanliness and sanitation since the wort can be easily infected by bacteria in this state.
Cooling the Brew
Adding of the Yeast Once Brew is Cooled
Priming and Bottling
The airlock container used to keep the fermenter sealed is opened after 1 to 2 weeks of fermentation. Again cleanliness and sanitation is key in the bottling process.
Not So Pretty
Priming sugars are mixed with the beer before bottling. I missed this process because I was busy sanitizing bottles.
Much Better – Amber Liquid!
Filling One Bottle At A Time . . .
I had my hands full of bottle caps, so was not able to capture that part of the process. The bottle caps are kept in sanitizer. So wet hands and cameras do not mix well together.
Conditioning and Aging
Bottles of Goodness (Photos by RSheridan)
The bottled beer will be stored in a dry, dark space to age for about 2 weeks. You do not want to introduce the bottled beer to sunlight or light during the aging process. During the aging process the yeast will ferment with the priming sugar to create carbon dioxide. Goodbye! Flat Beer and Hello! Carbonated Beer! Also, sediments and proteins will drop out of the beer during aging to enhance the flavor of the beer.
Tasting and Drinking
Pop a few bottles in the fridge and get ready to taste and enjoy! I will follow up with a post on the taste test part of the process. So stay tuned!
Cheers! Prost/Zum wohl! Cin cin! Slainte!