Drinking beer is very popular around the world. In Germany where the oldest and grandest beer festival is held in late September and the first week October, hundreds of home brewing enthusiasts bring their brews into the city Munich. Home brewing competitions are one of the highlights of Octoberfest. For lots of people in Germany and the United Kingdom, the yearly home brewing competition is part of a great tradition where the art of home brewing beer is passed on from generation to generation.
Why People Brew Their Own Beer
Home brewing beer is more of a hobby and is often done on a very small scale. People that practice this hobby just want to brew their beer for their own personal consumption and not really for commercial purposes. For some people home brewing their own beer and serving it to their friends during special occasions and small social gatherings is the highlight of their beer brewing activities, while others just love the idea of creating their own beer. For Whatever reason these home brewers have for brewing their own beer, the fact still stands, home brewing is something that both old and young enjoy doing.
Basic Principles of Home Brewing
Making your own beer can be very challenging and sometimes a bit complicated. Make no mistake, brewing beer is not like making lemonade where you get to drink your juice a few minutes after squeezing a lemon, adding water and sugar or honey. Brewing beer takes time and some knowledge. Making beer relies on a chemical reaction between substances and so it is very important that you know which ingredients should be mixed and in what order to get the best results.
When brewing your own beer, all you need is water, malt, yeast, and hops. Beer home brewing is the art of converting sugar from your grains into alcohol and making carbon dioxide from yeast through the fermentation process. The actual home brewing process can take about 9-10 hours and the fermentation or the aging process that makes beer taste better will take about 20-35 days.