Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Choosing a Home Brewing Kit

There are many different home brewing kits on the market to day so it can be difficult choosing one that will suit your needs. Each home brewing kit has a target audience for example some will appeal to the more casual home brewer while others more for the more advanced home brewers.

Many home brewing kits such as Mr Beer, Coopers and the beer machine are targeted for the casual home brewer with many of the features of the kit aimed at making it as easy as possible to brew. All these kit will use something that is known as a beer can or premade wort this removes a significant amount of time from the brewing of a beer.

The process to make a beer for the casual home brewing kit involves mixing the premade wort with some sugar or a combination of malts. Water is then added to this mix until it reaches the right amount for the kit then the yeast is pitched and the fermentation begins. After this you will be able to bottle your beer and age it for a time you think is suitable. The longer you age a beer the more the tastes and texture will develop.

There are plenty of beer brewing kits that are sold on places like Amazon that are targeted towards the more hard core home brewer. These kits usually contain a lot more equipment because it is usually needed for the more advanced techniques involved.

The process in making beer using the more advanced techniques usually involves making a wort. This involves boiling hops and barley until they are ready to brew. The wort once it has been produced will need to be chilled to a temperature that is safe to be pitching the yeast. The rest is very similar to just casual home brewing and won't need any extra apart from kegs or bottles and priming sugar. Many experienced home brewers will start to develop new ways to make their beer and will probably many different types of equipment.

Overall if you're looking at getting a casual brew kit then most of the brand name brewing kits have all been designed with the casual home brewing in mind. Most of the no name kits are suited towards the more advanced home brewers but this doesn't mean they can't buy most brand kits and use it for complex home brewing.

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