Beer is one of the most popular drinks globally. Beer is taken as a recreation drink and also for health purposes. It helps in managing certain diseases especially those that are stomach-related. Just like any other venture, brewing your beer is a greater experience than purchasing the already brewed beer.
When you brew beer yourself, you are sure of the ingredients and therefore the quality. To brew beer at home, you will need the best home brewing kit. You will also need to be knowledgeable about the various ingredients that are required. Let us look at some of the ingredients that are vital for home brewing.
The beer has primarily four ingredients that are hops, yeast, water, and malted barley. However, in some instances, the malted barley is substituted with other grains like corn. One of the questions that you are likely to be asking yourself is if this is the case, why is it that some beets are better than the others.
Well, one of the things that you ought to know is the quality in these four ingredients determine the quality of the beer. It is, therefore, important to carefully make your choice when selecting the ingredients.
Do not use the tap water when brewing beer because it has lots of chlorine and other minerals like calcium. However, if you have a water purification system in your home, you might as well use the tap water. For the best result buy purified water at the local store near you and use it to brew your beer.
Beer is usually bitter because of one of the ingredients that are called hops. We have different types of hops, the hop that you select will be dependent on the style of your brewing. Different hops have different varieties of bitterness. Most home users use hops in the pellet form. They are recommended because they are more concentrated than the others and therefore give the best taste.
Barley is what determines the flavor, color, and body of the beer. It is also what supplies the yeast with food. This means that without barley fermentation would not be possible, and therefore, you will end up having another drink but not beer. Before you use barley to make beer, it has to go through malting which involves steeping, drying, and then roasting it.
Lastly, we have yeast which helps in turning the starch in the mixture into alcohol. We have different yeasts for brewers that are used to produce different styles of beer.
The yeast types are what differentiate one beer from another. Yeast is usually supplied in solid or liquid form. The dried yeast is cheaper as compared to the one that is supplied in liquid form. The video below outlines how beer is brewed.