There are some things that if somebody had just told us early on in our brewing career. And if we had listened to them then we would have probably started making better beer faster. And we are going to share 5 of those things with you.
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1. Maltsters Matter
Malsters are the term for the companies that make malt. There are tons of different maltsters out there. However, there’s a lot of smaller and more localized maltsters as well. And more often than not if you could work with them you should definitely do it. Their malts are going to be of a higher quality and much fresher than the big companies. Picking a specific maltster for a specific kind of beer is something we learned with time.
2. Fermentation temperature control is very important
The one single thing you can do in your brewing to improve your beer quality is to control your fermentation temperature. Depending on the strain and the type of beer you’re brewing yeast is incredibly sensitive to fermentation temperature. Often times the temperature inside your fermentation vessel is going to be 2 or 3 degrees higher than the ambient temperature measured on the outside of the fermenter.
3. Master the basics before making extravagant beers
Make sure you get the basics of that particular style of beer down before you take that step and brew that super complicated beer. So that way you’re probably much more likely to be successful when you actually go for it.
4. All grain brewing doesnt have to be complicated
You can actually start brewing with all-grain right away. You can skip the whole extract piece if you want to. The extract doesn’t exist as an inferior method of brewing. It is a more convenient method of brewing and saves people time. If you’re familiar with a partial mash or steeping grains then brew in a bag is going to make complete sense. All you’re doing is scaling up the steeping grain step to a full-size batch. Typically the rule of thumb is that your kettle needs to be twice the size of your intended batch size.
5. Balance your beer
This is maybe one of the more difficult concepts to understand. Especially as a new brewer. It comes down to balancing the sweetness with bitterness. And understanding the different sources that you get sweetness and bitterness from. There’s a lot of different factors at play that causes you to have a beer that is heavily weighted towards sweetness or bitterness. Most of the time you want the beer to be balanced.