Getting Started in Home Brew Beer and Wine

Getting Started in Home Brew Beer and Wine | By Dean Novosat

Home brewing is a growing hobby for people who want to drink something that cannot be found in the aisles of a local liquor store and it is becoming more popular all the time. Home brewing is not that difficult, although beginners should follow recipes carefully in order to ensure results that are drinkable. When you are getting started, it is important to follow a recipe until you learn all about the home brewing process. Home brewing is evolving from a simple hobby into an alternative source of cheap alcoholic beverages. It is simply the process where any person can make beer or wine from grains and fruits, in their home from choosing their own ingredients to the bottling and consumption of the finished product. Home brew beer is typically a very strong beer, with higher density than store bought beers of a similar style, and should always tastes fresher since you make it, chill it, bottle it, and drink it while it is still fresh.

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Home Brewed Beer

Beer has been around for a long time, in different cultures from all over the world. Beer is basically just fermented grains, just as wine is fermented fruit. Beer generally falls into two categories: ales and lagers. Today, beer is still made with all manner of herbs and spices like ginger, clove, cinnamon, etc. Beer making may be more fun that what you think. It is fun to try to make your own, and it is not difficult at all. Much of the excitement of making your own beer is the anticipation of what it will taste like when it is ready! Beer is made from fermenting cereals and hops so in that regard, beer is a living organism, which needs time to grow. Beer brewing is easy: just find a room you can control the temperature of and pick the right yeast. The natural process of fermentation does the rest. All you need is a little patience!

Making Your Own Wine

Wine making is the next step for anyone that has already tried their hand at brewing their own beer. Wine making used to be done by stepping on grapes and allowing the grape juice to ferment, but now you can order your own wine making kit online and have wine in just a few weeks from such varieties as zinfandal, cabernet, chardonnay, riesling and merlot. All you need is the correct quantities of grapes and other fruits, herbs, and spices, and you can make all types of wines. Plus, when you make your own wine, you aren’t limited to grape-based wines. You can use any fruit that is in season. You can try raspberry wine, pear wine, cherry wine, or even banana wine!

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Home brewing is a fun and rewarding hobby. Home brewing is both extremely simple, and yet surprisingly complex. Making your own beer or wine is the process where you choose the ingredients, ferment them, bottle your end-product, and, best of all, drink the finished product. Home brewing is an inexpensive way of producing beer or wine that can taste just as good as the beer or wine that big corporations make. And you get the bragging rights of putting your own name on the label!

Dean Novosat has tips and recipes for making your own Home Brew at Home Brew
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