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