LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA
For Christmas, Troy got me a Mr. Beer brewing kit. It was on my list to brew my own beer, but I think he really wanted to have two gallons of fresh beer himself. Haha. We picked out a light tasting beer and received the kit. The kit came with everything we needed to make beer including a keg like barrel to hold the beer in. The instructions looked complicated at first. I had no idea so much went into the beer making process. There are four steps in the beer making process.
Step 1 is sanitizing. To do this I had to fill the keg with water and the cleaner that was provided. I also had to add all utensils that were going to be used in the beer process. This beer was going to be clean dammit!
Step 2 was brewing. To complete the brewing stage, I had to stir a mixture together called the wort. It contained HME, water and booster in it. The mixture was gel like and very clumpy. I felt like I was stirring forever to get it smooth and ready for the brewing process. After 30 minutes of vigorous stirring, it was ready. I poured it into the keg and sprinkled yeast on top. This is called pitching the yeast and starts the fermenting process. I then closed up the keg, placed it a corner out of sunlight, and waited 14 days.
Step 3 was bottling/carbonating. To complete this step, I had to fill bottles with sugar and the beer. I then inverted the bottles several times to mix the sugar and beer together. These bottles were then placed in a corner out of sunlight for another 14 days.
Step 4 was conditioning. This basically consisted of placing the bottles in the refrigerator for at least 7 days.
Finally, after 35 days I could drink my beer!!! The taste was crisp and very good. It’s a good thing too because it made 2 gallons of it. PARTY TIME!
* Thank you Troy for a great Christmas gift, for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes, it was tasty! Time consuming, but good.
HOW TO DO THIS: Mr. Beer Brewing Kit is about $39-59. Various flavors of beer as well. www.mrbeer.com