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How To Make Beer

  • September 28, 2015
  • By Brittany
How To Make Beer

Hi all!  So if you caught yesterday’s post, you learned all about Drifting Buoy beer, but I’m really excited to say that I got a tutorial on how to make beer recently and I thought it would be fun to share with you!

Beer all starts with the grains.  This is what adds flavor and color to the beer.  So if you have great grains, your going to have great beer.  In my tutorial with my brother he showed me these four.

From right to left:

  • Base malt- majority of recipe American 2 row- 75% of the beer, mostly for the sugar content, get most of the alcohol from this one 

  • Flaked barley- adds creaminess good for body so the beer tastes fuller 

  • Black barley- 10% or a little less in the beer.

  • Chocolate wheat – 1% 

The start of the beer making process is grounding these babies up and putting these babies together in a bucket and adding water to a certain temperature.  Basically because the grains are all starch, you need to add the water to turn the starch to sugar.

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Then you get to mash up the grains with a cool paddle!

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After it sits, you then drain the beer and just get the liquid out into another bucket.

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This is when you can start adding the hops.  My brother actually grows his own hops, which is so cool!

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In case you are like me and don’t understand what it means for a beer to be hoppy or why you would add hops to a beer, hops contribute to bitterness, aroma and flavor. Different hops add different flavor and if you boil hops longer then it is very bitter but if you put them in at the  very end then it is just flavor and aroma.

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The beer then has to be boiled.

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After boiling the beer is chilled until it is about 67 degrees.  Then once it is cool, add oxygen and yeast and then you are ready to ferment. Fermenting lasts for a week. Afterwards you let it sit for another week so it can be “conditioned. And then, my friends, my favorite part: ready to drink!

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 When I was getting my tutorial, I also got some info on the beers my brother will be featuring for his fundraiser.  Here’s the lowdown:

  • Munich Helles- lager beer (done with lager yeast instead of ale yeast) – light- easy drinking beer – pleases the masses 
  • Marzen- slightly sweet- traditional German beer- smooth – all malt- very malty beer – picture yourself in a traditional German beer outfit having a pretzel- made in spring and drunk in the fall 
  • Pale Ale- American style -bitter- good drinking beer- more balanced between malt and hops – more adventurous than mainstream beer- for people who are looking to step up their beer game- balanced and not extreme in any direction – good for all times of the year 
  • Saison- Belgian style farmhouse style- traditionally work on a farm all day and you get paid and beer- they would give you this –  very light- not much sugar in – saison yeast – would taste great with food at a BBQ – funkier than a regular beer because a lot more yeast in it- goes well with a bun- refreshing but flavorful

There you have it my friends!

Readers, have you ever made your own beer or wine? Do you think this sounds easier or harder than you expected?  Which beer would you most like to try?

By Brittany, September 28, 2015
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  • Allie
    September 28, 2015

    Well that is quite the set up! I’ve known some people over the years who have made their own beer, but only one was actually worth drinking. I’m not a big beer drinker (usually only after a race 🙂 but I enjoyed reading all about the process. Very cool!

  • Holly
    September 28, 2015

    Nicely done, well said and quite interesting. Best of wishes to the Drifting Buoy Brewery and your brother!

  • Shawna
    September 28, 2015

    ok so i’ve never made beer or wine but i like both and would be so into making my own! i went to Brooklyn Brewery this summer w/ a girlfriend for a tour, and we had this hilarious, awesome tour guide who explained the whole process and walked us through it — such a cool “art” to learn. your bro sounds pretty dope. 🙂

  • Marielle
    September 30, 2015

    how fun!! I’ve never made my own beer or wine, sounds like a fun process though! A friend of mine made her own wine, which was really yummy but I’ve never tried homemade beer!

  • Neil
    September 1, 2016

    That’s a pretty cool setup, I brew beer myself on the stove in small batches mainly. Brewing smaller batches makes it feel more like hanging around in the kitchen cooking. Really nice post!

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