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Brewing Instructions

Getting Started: Extract brewing with specialty grains

Here are some photos of the brewing process

Step 1: Steeping the grains in 2.5 gallons of water to add color and flavor.

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Step 2:  Add extract malt (liquid or dry).  This is the sugar that yeast will convert to alcohol.   More sugar means more alcohol.  Don’t forget to stir!

Step 3:  Once the extract malt is back to a boil, add your bittering hops.  The longer hops are boiled the more bitterness will be added to your beer.  In this picture, we have hop pellets in a hop bag.  That way at the end of the boil the hops can be easily removed from the wort.

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Step 4:  Add finishing hops if recipe calls for it.  This  step adds a nice hop smell to your beer.

Step 5:  When the boil is done, it’s time to cool the wort back down.  A wort chiller is one of the best investments I ever made.   Here we are ready to hook up the wort chiller hose to our dry sink faucet and then place it inside of our brew pot.  It’ll take only 8 minutes to cool the wort down to 75F.

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Step 6: Once the wort has cooled down to room temperature, pour wort into fermenter.   Filtering will help remove any extra sediment.   Don’t forget to sanitize your fermenter!

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Step 7: Oxygenate the beer by shaking carboy or stirring beer in bucket fermenter.  Then add the yeast and let them work their magic!

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Step 8: Let the beer ferment at around 70F for 10 to 14 days.   There will be bubbling and a yeasty foam on the surface of the beer.  This is normal.

Step 9:  Here we put the beer in a secondary fermenter for an extra week.   It won’t ferment much more but will allow the beer to clear much better.

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Step 10:  Bottling time.   When the beer has stopped fermenting and the airlock is no longer bubbling, you can bottle your beer.   Here we are siphoning the beer into our bottling bucket.

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Step 11:  Add your pack of priming sugar to the bottling bucket.   Boil 3 cups of water in a saucepan, stir in priming sugar and boil for a few minutes.   Pour directly into bucket and stir well.

Step 12:  Set bottling bucket up on counter, attach bottle filler and fill bottles.  Don’t forget to sanitize your bottles!

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Step 13:   Cap bottles and store at room temperature for around two weeks to carbonate.   Then store in cellar or refrigerate.

Step 14:   Enjoy your creation!!

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