- You don’t have time to brew your own beer.
- You don’t have the space (because you live in an apartment) to brew your own beer.
- You don’t have the money to brew your own beer. All the extra equipment can really drain the wallet.
- You live in an apartment, you don’t have room to store all that stuff to be able to brew your own beer.
As Charlie Papazian says, “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,” perhaps, micro batch brewing may meet your needs. For our purposes, micro batches are one to three gallons in size. And, they can be as simple or complex as you wish to do, and some can be done in under an hour. It’s easy to make beer. People have been brewing their own beer for as long as they have been growing grains (there is evidence that it’s even longer than that). If you can make oatmeal, you can make beer (in beer’s case you’d throw away the oatmeal and keep the liquid). At its most basic, beer is made from water, malted barley, hops, yeast and, sometimes, other stuff.
Making beer involves three or four steps:
- You boil the batch
- You ferment the batch
- You bottle the batch
- (Optional) You drink the batch.
I’ve brewed three micro (one-gallon) batches of beer and have had good results using the following recipes:
15-Minute Pale Ale (15 minute Boil That is)
4.3 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM)
1 lbs 3.1 oz Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)
27 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 15.0 min
11 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 5.0 min
3 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 0.0 min
0.5 pkg. Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
See Ya Nevada Pale Ale
2.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM)
1 lb. 1.6 oz Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)
9.33 g German Perle [6.50 %]
7.01 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min
7.01 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 10.0 min
9.39 g Cascade hops [5.50 %] – Boil 0.0 min
0.5 pkg. Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast
- This week on BrewZasters: Session IPA (52beers.wordpress.com)
- Small Batch Brewing – PDF (thebeveragepeople.com)