I’m now well into my home-brewing experiment and it has been so much fun! OnceI finished all of the preparation steps, I was thrilled to get into the brewing portion of the process. Since this is the fun part I decided to invite my friend Jason over to help. I read through the directions in advance, so I knew to have four quarts of water in the refrigerator, and a clean pot ready to go.
First, we had to put the can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME) into a container of hot water so that it would warm up and pour more easily. After that, the directions said to pour four cups of water into a sufficiently large pot and bring it to a boil.
Once the water was at a rapid boil, we had to pour in the HMEand stir it. I was afraid that I would burn myself in the hot water, and got out a spoon to guide the HME into the boiling water, but I found that I didn’t even need it! Since the HME had been soaking, it was actually very easy to pour and mixed well.
The next steps were mostly about measuring. We had to pour four quarts of refrigerated water into the keg, and then add the HME mix and stir the whole thing. The directions told us to add refrigerated water until we hit the 8.5-quart mark on the keg, and we only needed a little bit. Jason loves to look up trivia for whatever activity he’s working on, and told me that this mixture actually has a name: It’s called wort.
The last part of the directions was to sprinkle the yeast on top and close the lid to the keg, which we did triumphantly. Now we have to let it ferment for a week or two before taking on the final part of beer brewing.
This was such a fun process, and I can’t wait until I get to bottle my very own beer!