We are living in a time of DIY pretty much anything and everything. This includes do-it-yourself home improvements, do-it-yourself weddings, and even do-it-yourself home brewing. If you haven’t caught onto the craft beer craze, then perhaps it’s time we introduced you to this underground phenomenon that’s making its way into the mainstream. Bottling beer at home or in your garage is no longer a cause for concern about your drinking habits, nor is it out of fear that the Prohibition may return. Depending on the brew master, it’s either a passion for the plethora of flavors that different grains can create or a hobby that just so happens to necessitate a drinking pastime. Perhaps it’s both and maybe you’re looking to brew this hobby into a career. If that’s the case, there is a great course available to ensure you have the basics to brewing down to a science so your beer doesn’t fall flat. We want to make sure you have all the tools you need for a successful home brew.
We’re excited to embark on this home-brew adventure with you or perhaps, we’re joining you, if you are already a seasoned brew master. It’s fascinating to see that in just the last decade, home brewing beer has increased exponentially and along with this, the knowledge base of craft beer consumers has increased as well. There are pockets of craft beer aficionados across the United States, even around the world, and they speak a language all of their own when it comes to describing their malts. If you want to get started in the brewing community or brush on the basics, this course will walk you through the process to start your own home brewery. It will take you through the materials you’ll need to get started, along with the different types of grains that create different varieties of beer. It will also walk you through the brewing process and all the way through to bottling beer after it’s fermented. If there’s a local brew store in your city, it might be a good idea to become friends with the brew master there as they may prove to be a great resource for your brewing needs. Or if you want something a little simpler to start out with, try out a beer kit that comes with this course. It’ll provide you with the tools you need if you’re looking to try out brewing to see if you’re down with the malt before committing to expensive brewing equipment. Either way, there are plenty of resources available to you for your brewing needs.
To Keg, or Not to Keg
In the home brewing world, when it comes to final steps that include bottling beer, there’s a couple options available: there are glass bottles and there are kegs. Of course, any true-blue DIY-ers might turn their nose up at the thought of putting their home brews into a conventional keg, similar to those seen at frat parties, where they serve cheap beer in red cups. But the truth of the matter is, bottling beer is one of the more tedious steps in the brewing process. This is why it’s not uncommon for home brewers to opt for a keg, minus the red cups, of course, since it’s still craft beer and all. However, for those diehard bottle fans, it might be a good idea to invite over some friends to help out with bottling beer, especially when it comes to putting on those pesky bottle caps. We would recommend enticing your friends with some previously bottled craft beer to sweeten the deal. We’ve outlined a few steps below that every bottler should follow to ensure a positive experience.
- Before you start bottling, it’s important to sanitize all the bottles, caps and tools to ensure there is no contamination that could affect the quality of the brew.
- Once your bottles are sanitized and after you’re done siphoning the beer, we’d recommend placing the full bottling bucket high above the sink area, perhaps on a shelf or if there’s no shelf available, try placing it on a ladder next to the sink. This allows gravity to do some of the work and you want the sink there to catch the mess, because there will be definitely be some spillage.
- Once you have the bucket in place, it’s time to open the spout and let the beer flow. If you have a bottling wand, this will make bottling much easier and less messy. You’ll want the wand to touch the bottom of bottle and then allow it to fill up halfway before removing the wand and letting the flow fill up the rest of the bottle.
- After the bottles are full, it’s time to cap them. If you have a capper tool, this will make the job easier too. After the bottles are capped, you will want to make sure to label the beer, however you like, say with stickers, one for blondes, another for IPAs, and so on.
Once you have your beer bottled, it’s important to ensure it’s stored properly, as you wouldn’t want your hard work to go flat. If you have questions about managing your beer cellar, this course will go over the finer storage details to ensure your brew stays perfectly carbonated, however you decide to store it. And not to sway you either way, as we understand that some brewers switch to kegs because it’s easier and we know that bottling beer can be tedious work. However, at the end of the day, doesn’t an ice-cold beer in a bottle sound so much more delicious than a beer out of a red cup?
Raise it Up
Whether or not you decide to populate your newsfeed with your passion for all things about bottling beer, if brewing does become more than a hobby, you might want to start thinking of how you want to brand your beer. It never hurts to start considering that your hobby may end up being a side job or even a new career and there is a course available to help you figure out how to brand yourself and your brew. We don’t see DIY home-brewing being a phase or craft beer going away anytime soon, and it will be exciting to watch how home-brewers like you help this underground phenomenon maintain its carbonation in the mainstream. We raise our perfectly fermented glass bottles of craft beer and cheers to you and your brewing adventures!