Beginners Guide to Brewing

Instructions for creating a beginners brew – Guide to Brewing

Before you start: Sterilise all equipment that comes into contact with your beer during the brewing process to avoid disappointment.

  1. Clean and sterilise all beer making equipment
  2. Stand cans in hot water for five minutes
  3. Pour contents of cans into sterilised fermenter
  4. Add 1.75 litres (3 pints) of boiling water
  5. Top up with cold water to 23 litres (40 pints)
  6. Mix thoroughly to ensure contents are fully dissolved
  7. Add:
    i) Dried hop extract.  ii) yeast
  8. Cover the fermenter and leave to stand in a warm place (18 – 20 degrees centigrade / 65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for four to six days. Fermentation will be complete when the bubbles cease to rise (If you use a hydrometer when the gravity remains constant below 1020 degrees)
  9. Transfer the beer into sterilised bottles or sterilised pressure barrel with a little sugar (1/4 of a teaspoon per pint) to help condition the beer
  10. Stand in bottles or barrel in a warm place for two days
  11. Then stand in a cool place for fourteen days or until the beer has cleared
  12. Enjoy!