Homebrewing is one of the best hobbies out there. Making your favorite beers at home and sharing them with your friends. It leaves you with such a sense of accomplishment. But starting out can be a bit intimidating. There’s so much to learn and today we are going to share our top advice for beginner homebrewers. To help you get started on the first patch for success.
If you’re new to homebrewing you’re on your way to making your own delicious beers. One of the best parts about brewing is being able to make any fermented beverage you want with any flavors you want. You can really go wild and there’s no one telling you what’s right or wrong. It’s your brewery. Do what you want. There still are a few things you can do to help have some early success and keep you going in this hobby.
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1. Brew the beers you like
If you’re new to brewing it may seem like the options are endless for your to brew. You might have a ton of great ideas as well as flavors that might make a great beer. And while we don’t want to discourage creativity, brewing a type of beer you regularly enjoy is a great place to start for a few reasons.
it gives you a baseline to know how your beer compares to the same commercial examples. Then you can see which areas you might need to improve in the next batch. If you were to pick a random beer style you’ve never tried then it’s harder for you to know what’s working and if it even tastes right. And if it turns out not as good as hoped at least it’s the type of beer you enjoy.
2. Do not over complicate
We’re talking about recipes, equipment, and processes. Just like any hobby, there are a ton of things to consider when getting started. Don’t feel overwhelmed or fixated on what you see on social media, forums, or magazines. Your focus as a beginner should be trying it out and seeing if homebrewing is for you. So you should at the start take the simplest approach.
No need to buy the most expensive brew system on the market. There’s a reason a lot of starter kits have buckets for fermenters. They’re inexpensive and they work after almost 10 years of brewing. For the beginner keep it simple. Simple recipes don’t mean bland. They just mean you can get an understanding of the individual ingredients and know-how it adds flavor or works in your beer.
3. Do not expect instant greatness
You cant expect to make your dream beer out of the gate. There’s a lot that goes into making a clean-tasting beer. It’s not rocket science but there are some key aspects that you need to nail down. Sanitation, fermentation, temperature control, yeast health, recipe development, and water chemistry. Those are all important to great-tasting beer.
Get some real-world practice and few brews under your belt to fully grasp those areas and see which you may need to improve. Those first few brews might not be the best. The hope is that every time you brew you learn something new that you can take with you to the next brew day.
4. Brew Again
The most important thing you can do as a beginner brewer is to keep brewing. You will probably make some bad beers first. But keep notes on how things taste or any mistakes you made. And then try again. With each brew, you should be improving slowly and continuing to learn. Whether from your mistakes or reading or watching videos about brewing. A great resource is to make friends with other brewers. You can always do a brew day together, learn from their process, taste some homebrew, and see what kind of tips you can give each other.
It’s not an impossible task it just takes time and commitment. Don’t get discourages by the failures and use them as a learning opportunity. At the end of the day when you add yeast to wort, it’s going to become beer. How you help it along the way is the key to get something you can proudly share and call your own.
Brewing is a hobby. It shouldn’t be stressful. It should be fun. You’re going to make mistakes and at times you might think you’re doing something wrong. In the end when you finally have a pint of your own homemade beer in your hand. there’s no better feeling. Cheers.