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Homebrewing can take a while to get the hang of, but once you get more experience, you will become addicted to the thrill of brewing the perfect beer. Not only does it work out cheaper than buying your beer in bars it also just tastes so much better. Here are some basic tips to help you with a successful homebrew. 1.Read the recipe really carefully and don't be heavy handed especially with the malts as this can ruin the taste. 2.Keep a log of your brew. Don't be lazy about this, even if you think the recipe is really simple. In the future you can then make small changes to perfect the brew based on your notes. 3.Keep your equipment really clean. It makes a huge difference to the outcome. Ive even used vodka as a great cleansing agent. 4.Control fermentation temperatures. Buy a stick on thermometer from a beer brewing shop to keep an eye on the temperature. 5.Boil your wort for 60-90 minutes as this will greatly improve the beer. Most importantly relax and enjoy your efforts.

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How long does it take on average to brew a batch of beer? Will I get it done in time for my birthday next week?


From the day you start brewing until the day you get to drink, I would estimate about 3 weeks at least to brew beer. So I don't think you're going to be drinking your own brew at your birthday next week.

Here is a breakdown of the timing for homebrewing, although they are just averages.

Week 1 -Primary fermentation

Week 2 - Secondary fermentation

Week 3 - Carbonating

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I just made a batch of homebrewed beer and it was drinkable but not exactly great. How many batches will it take until I make a really good beer?


In theory you can make a good brew from day one, but it doesn't always work out that way. There is an unspoken rule that it takes 5-10 brews for beginners to perfect their brew, so don't worry if it didn't feel perfect on your first attempt.

Make sure you follow the instructions down to the finest details and don't give up on a recipe just because one batch wasn't great. Don't be tempted to tamper with the recipe as small adjustments can make all the difference.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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I want to start homebrewing. Should I shop online or go to a store for the equipment?


I think if you are just starting out, you should go to a local store so that you can really see the equipment for yourself, touch it etc Use the time to ask all the questions that you have about brewing beer. A good shop should have sales assistants who actually know their stuff.
Once you get confident with the brewing you can check out online stores as they might be cheaper

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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With homebrewing, what is the difference between extract and all-grain brewing?


Brewing your own beer requires you to boil and make beer with a wort extract. Extract brewing is where you use reconstituted wort to make your own beer. This method is much quicker and requires a lot less equipment than all grain brewing, which involves creating your own wort from the beginning.

It's a great thing to make your own beer from scratch but it's a much more complicated and involved process than brewing your own from wort that you purchases.

Feb 21, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Am I allowed to brew as much beer at home as l like? My friend told me that there were legal limits.


If you live in the United States, your friend is right. You can't just brew as much beer as you like. According to the law you can brew up to 200 gallons of beer a year (which is 40 cases). But that's a lot of beer so it shouldn't restrict you too much.

Jan 10, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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