Home brewing is the new “it” thing to do as a hobby. More often than not, however, the amateur brewer finds they have a knack for creating unique, delicious craft beers. Brewing can be a little tricky and quite overwhelming if you’re trying to start. Before taking the plunge and investing your hard-earned savings into starting a brewery business, it’s important to understand the basics and learn how to perfect your method before taking the leap. Here are a few things you can do when getting started on brewing.
If you’re a newbie, you might not be aware how complex beers are. There are so many types and styles of beers, for example, ales, lagers, stouts, porters, malts, ambers, blondes, browns, creams, darks, fruits, golden, Indian pale, light, and so many others. Take the time to learn about all kinds of beers, their taste and what kind of ingredients they contain.
Brewing beer can be fun but it’s also hard work. There is a lot of chemistry that goes into it so make sure you research the process. However, don’t just memorize the steps. Instead try to understand why they are there and if there is ever a problem how can you resolve it. The more you know about brewing the more you can play with ingredients!
Just like with anything, the equipment is key to creating successful, delicious beers. This ties in with the previous tip; learn about the equipment. The more knowledgeable you are, the better! Understand what each tool/instrument does, how it works, and how to fix it. In the long run, this will make your life easier.
Where there is alcohol, there is the law. Make sure you know the laws, regulations, certifications, licenses, etc. that you need in order to brew. This will be even more important when the time comes for you to turn your brewing hobby into a business. On the other hand, it’s never too early to learn! So look up what you need to get things started.
Once you’ve gotten down all the laws, steps, and tools down, it’s time for the real fun! Start brewing all kinds of beers, don’t be afraid to try different styles and combine crazy flavors. Sometimes the best combinations are the ones you would never think to put together.
Having people to share your interests with is pretty special. Try joining homebrew clubs, a place where people gather and share ideas, tips, and the fun of brewing. This also helps in getting the word out on how great your creations are. You’ll be surprised the crazy tips people will give you!
If you’re not too sure about taking the plunge with your brewing, try entering a few competitions. Many great breweries started off by winning many competitions before they decided to open a place of their own. If you enter one of your creations and it wins, try competing with it in another contest because it might the beer that takes you to the next level.