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DIY Benefits of making your own home Brew and Liqueurs

By Edited Aug 30, 2015 0 6

 Have you ever tried to make your own home brew and Liqueurs? People have been brewing a variety of drinks for centuries, going back to the Al Capone days of bootlegging and prohibition with illegal liquor. In those days, illegal liquor stills were highly sought after and the authorities tried to destroy all these stills to prevent the crooks from selling their illegal liquor.

Anyone can make their home brew and is a great hobby for anyone to make all over the world. We can enjoy experimenting with the various brews and with the increased prices of all alcohol today you will save money by making it yourself.

We have been home brewing our alcohol at home for years. We have made it in the old days with molasses, hops, and sugar. Although it is so easy to make these days, simply buy a can of Coopers or one of the many other brands, and follow the directions on the can.

You can choose from many varieties. Make a non alcohol beer by not adding the sugar or there are light ales, light beer, mid strength, and the normal Lager, Stout, and Draft. Personally we like Coopers the best and is virtually fool proof.

Directions on how to put down a Home Brew in your home

1. You need to buy a home brewing kit. This kit should have all the necessary items to get you started. Before putting a brew down, make sure you have enough bottles, and the caps to seal them, if they are not included in the kit.

2. A large cooking pot is important, a can of home brew, sugar, water and a sachet of yeast. Place 2 liters of water on stove to boil, open can and stand in pot, when water heats up, empty contents of can into the water, and add 500grams of sugar (some use more, depending on required alcohol strength) dissolve contents by stirring until it simmers. While this is heating, sterilize your fermenter, with a sterilizing agent, and then rinse with hot water.

3. Once contents dissolved pour into the fermenter, and top up with cold water to suggested (20ltr mark) level. Add the yeast, stir, and put on the lid with the airlock in place. Make sure lid fits tight and put some water in the airlock to seal. That is it. Test it is sealed by pushing on side of fermenter, it should push water up in the airlock. Now you wait approximately seven days to brew, it may take less during the summer months.

Time to Bottle the Beer

4. Wash and sterilize thirty, of seven hundred and fifty mil bottles. Make sure you have the same amount of bottle tops. Alternatively, if you prefer stubbies, then you will need sixty of these. Put one teaspoon of sugar in each bottle, half teaspoon if using stubbies.

5. Fill bottles from fermenter, and cap. It is a good idea to write the date on the bottle top. Now leave for at least three weeks. Then place in fridge and enjoy a great enjoyable coldy. The longer you leave them to rest, the better it tastes.

We have made great alcoholic ginger beer; this was good because we used to drink this while racing at speedway and no one knew it was alcoholic.

A Word of Caution

Warning: Home brewing does have its downside. There is a chance it could explode.

I have had personal experience of that. We had our bottles stored in the laundry under the sink and the mop slipped hitting one bottle. It snowballed, setting off a dominoes effect; I was standing right in front of it. I have to admit I panicked at first as the blood ran down my legs. I could not think straight, and, tried brushing off the glass instead; I pushed it further into my skin.

As I was home alone, I jumped in the car and raced down to my husband's work, he took me to the doctor, who stitched me up. We were more careful after that. If this should happen, do not try to wipe the glass fragments off your skin. Instead, jump under the shower, this will remove the glass fragments without doing any more damage to your skin.

Never shake the beer up at all before pouring any beer. Pour it slowly as it is important to have a good head on your beer

Make your own Liquors

Now that you are and expert or proficient at making beer why not try something different and expand your expertise. Anyone can make all types of liqueurs, like Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, and, crème- de -menthe. In fact, you can make anything at all. Why not give it a go you will be surprised how much you will enjoy these drinks.

The benefit of brewing your own beer is you will save money and do not forget the feeling of achievement it will give you. Check out your local home brew shops and buy them when on special and save even more.




Dec 7, 2010 1:31pm
Great directions on home brewing. When I was a little girl my grandfather used to make different flavor liqueurs which were also pretty colors. I'll never forget all the bottles decorating the holiday party table.
Dec 7, 2010 6:41pm
divaonline, They look great when stored in different shaped bottles too. And of course taste great as well.
Jan 22, 2011 7:34pm
Hi Eileen Great article and most informative. I've been a 'master brewer' for years! Well, to be honest, since I got older (and fatter!) I quit making home brew and wines about 6 years ago, but for many many years I enjoyed brewing at home and had lots of disasters in the beginning but got better in time, and could make a decent lager that Foster's would be proud of! I found out by experimenting that it was a better brew to keep the gravity about the same as commercially brewed beer at around 4% instead of going for the stuff that blew your head off at 5 or 6% proof. No point in getting legless after just one pint -right? My wine making attempts were good, but I used to give that that to whoever wanted it (I am not a wine lover to be truthful) at BBQ's. But yes, good advice you give on your article. I also did a Hub on brewing home made beers on Hubppages. The one thing I always did (and you will know yourself from making the stuff) is everything must be very sterile; all the vessels you use and your hands too, to avoid contamination. Getting the brew to sit in the right temperature too is so important.
Jan 23, 2011 2:24am
you are so right about steralizing your equipment. And like you we dont make full strength. Coopers says to use 1kg suger we always use 500 and that can do enough harm. It is so much cheaper to make home brew we even take the equipment in our caravan and it just brews as we drive down the road. Or at least thats what we did when traveling around australia. Thanks for stopping by and commenting
Dec 5, 2011 2:45am
Hi Eileen, I run a local homebrew shop and have had a few people ask me about making homebrew whilst caravaning. Did you have any "sloshing" issues? I can understand with the wash mix (to make spirits / vodka) it doesn't matter about the yeast being disturbed, but what about making beer? where did you store the fermenter? how did you secure it down? etc would you mind expanding on your above comment I would love to know how you did it all! Cheers and Thanks
Dec 20, 2011 7:56pm
Thanks fluffy007, Actually we had it on the floor under table at one stage and then we decided to put it in the back of our vehicle amongst the rest of our gear. At that stage we had a fridge in back, and gas bottle and so it was just packed in between everything. No we did not have any problems with the sloshing didnt affect it at all.
We didn''t do the spirits while traveling just the beer and stout.
Now days it not a good idea when traveling the outback as liquor laws are ever changing and you cannot take liquor into a lot of areas. And as the brews take a while to aquire the right taste. I would hate to do all that work and then the law take it all off us just as it is ready to drink.
But hey thats life don't you agree.
As long as you not traveling in those areas then all should be ok. Good luck with the brewing. It saves you money
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