Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great video on making beer

I thought this was really well done.

3 things she could have done to help her beer taste better:
  • Don't let the water boil when soaking the malted grains!!! The water should be no hotter than 170f.
  • Hydrate the yeast before adding it to the fermenter.
  • Leave the lid off the boil kettle, there are compounds given off during the boil that should not be trapped by a lid (partially open isn't horrible, but no lid would be a safe bet).

4 things that were not shown but are very important:
  • Sanitize the fermenter before fermentation
  • Sanitize the bottles before bottling
  • Add 3/4 cup of corn suger before bottling so your beer will be carbonated.
  • Keep your fermenter in the dark, or cover it with a dark cloth to ensure the beer isn't light-struck.