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6 Common Mistakes Homebrewers Make

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Article by: Myke Thomas - Telecommunication - Message

the ideal time for novices to get into the home brewing business. Although homebrewing is a booming business, it does not mean that it's easy. Brewing needs a lot of patience and a great understanding of science. The results of your first batch may not be that great, but you will at least have learnt what do and not do. When starting, there are several mistakes which you should avoid. Let's look at some of them.

1. Storing your batch in a place with fluctuating temperaturesYou will be required to store your beer while waiting for the yeast to do its work. Look for a place in your home where the temperatures are not too high. But you should avoid storing your batch in a garage because the temperatures can change drastically. Extremely hot or cold temperatures can slow down the yeast making the beer not to ferment properly.

2. Using expired ingredientsWhen brewing you should begin the process a week or two in advance. If you want your beer to have a god and unique taste you need to buy fresh ingredients. In many cases, you will need to refrigerate the yeast after buying it. If you wait for too long before using your ingredients they might get stale.

3. Squeezing the grain bagAnother common mistake which many home brewers make is squeezing the grain bag. It can be quite tempting to squeeze out all the juices after removing the grain bag. Don't be tempted into doing this. Squeezing the grain bag will only add bitter tannins into your beer. Please let the bag to dry before throwing it away.

4. Lack of using enough yeastIt's quite common not to use enough yeast especially if you are making a lot of beer. Before using the yeast pay attention to the cell count of the yeast. If one packet of yeast will not be enough then add several packs in the beer. If you don't add enough yeast your beer will not ferment well. The results of putting less yeast in the beer will be off flavours, a beer which is extremely sweet and low gravity in the beer.

5. Using shortcutsMake sure that you follow the kit's directions to the letter. Make sure that you have enough time set aside to brew your beer to avoid taking unnecessary shortcuts.

6. Bottling your beer too earlyBrewing needs a lot of patience. You might find that you are impatient and you try to bottle up your beer when it's still soon. When you do this, your beer will continue to ferment while even in the bottle, and this might make the bottle to explode.

If you want your home brewing to be a success, you should follow instructions, have patience use fresh and the right ingredients and know the dos and don'ts.

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