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MAY 2015

5-MAY

MAY 2015

Make Your Own Beer: Start Me Up!

This is the second in a series of articles introducing the beginner to the world of home brewing. This is a gateway article: the author and StuffDudesLike website take no responsibility for the addictive nature of this hobby—brewer beware.
When I went to my local homebrewer’s store with my shopping list in hand I was as excited about this brew day as my first. The only difference was that I had a plan. I was very tempted to change that plan as the shop had gotten in whole leaf hops and some new grain that I wanted to try—but I triumphed and stuck to the shopping list. We are in this together.

I am sad to say that my shop had sold out of the yeast that I had listed. This isn’t a huge deal at this stage of the game and I would explain why but at this level we just aren’t ready to delve into this aspect of brewing. I have researched the yeast and they are similar strains. Again, too deep. No worries we will be brewing the same beer and as long as you stick with me we will get a similar result—not the same, that’s impossible.

For your brew day you will need about two hours. I brewed this in one hour forty-five minutes but I knew what I was doing. At times you will need to be acutely focused on your beer; no distractions. At other times you can read the latest post on StuffDudesLike. Let’s start.

1

Ingredients

First you need to keep this rule in mind. All items that will be in contact with your wort need to be sanitized—yes even you. Clean the items on the list first. For brew day you will need your pot, bucket, bucket lid, air-lock and spoon. The bucket, bucket lid and air-lock need to be sanitized. Got Bleach? Good 5 tablespoons added to 5 gallons will sanitize your bucket lid and airlock. Fill the bucket, put in the lid and disassembled airlock and let stand for five minutes. After that air dry until needed two hours from now.

Second step gather your water. You will need five and one quarter gallons. If you have a water filter that’s great! If not and your water is chlorinated you will need to add another half hour to your brew day. Filtered water brewers can skip to the next step non-filtered brewers need to heat your five gallons of water to at least 178° F if not to boil to remove any residual chlorination.

2

Hot Break

Third step remove two and one quarter gallons of your prepared water to your pot and bring it to a boil. The remaining water cane be set aside—if you need to de-chlorinate your water in the last step put the water in the refrigerator to quickly lower the temperature. While you are waiting you can get your beer ingredients set out for easy access. Open your hops and grab your hop bags. Most shops sell prepackaged hops in 1 oz. bags. Empty on packet of hops into a hop bag. The other you will need to divide between the remaining two bags. One will get about three quarters of the hops the other one quarter. If you have a kitchen scale you can measure exactly if not you can make your best estimation. As the water begins to boil it is time to get your Dried Malt Extract (DME) ready. This is a fine powdered product that is extremely hydrophilic. Open the bag carefully and cut of the excess plastic as much as possible. Once you have a boil quickly dump the DME into the water. Quickly, you may notice that the DME even absorbs the steam and becomes a mushy mess if this process isn’t done quickly enough. If there is an excess of the malt stuck to the sides of the bag simply dip them into the water and use your fingers to remove the lumps carefully. Stir the pot until all of the extract is absorbed into the water and wait. It should take five minutes to come back to a boil. Maybe less you need to watch the pot carefully! What will happen next is called a ‘hot break’ again something that does not need to be explained. Have your spoon slowly stirring and your other hand on the stove dial. Once the liquid begins to quickly expand stir vigorously and lower the heat until the liquid stops rising but not enough to stop the boil. It’s a tricky but manageable part of your day. After the hot break add your first addition of hops the ¾ oz bag and note the time we will be boiling for 30 minutes. You want your boil to be a vigorous ‘rolling boil.’ 15 minutes later add your 1 oz and your honey. At 0 minutes left of your boil add the last of the hops, turn of the heat and get ready for step four!

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Rolling Boil and Hop Addition

Step four involves (the stuff you just boiled) Grab your ice bags. Fill your sink with one bag of ice, ¼ cup of salt, and water. Put your pot into the mixture and continue filling with water. Meanwhile insert your first ice bag into the wort. Once this bag of ice has melted to about half the original volume empty the ice into the sink and grab your second bag of ice. This process will take around twenty minutes and your wort should be around 74° F when you are finished—you can double check with a kitchen thermometer if you have one. Once the wort has cooled it is time to empty into your sanitized bucket. Be as vigorous in your pour as possible as the activity adds oxygen to the wort enabling the yeast you will add next to propagate. Sprinkle your yeast over the wort cover the bucket with its lid, carefully cover the hole in the lid as you gently shake the bucket from side to side to let the yeast be rehydrated and absorbed—a few minutes is good enough. Assemble your airlock but before putting on the lid fill it about half way with water. Insert the airlock into the hole in the lid find a quiet, dark, warm place for the yeast to make beer and wait two weeks from now to find out what to do next. Yes! This wort will be made into beer by the yeast’s activities!

4

Chilling Your Wort

This really is a great hobby. It is a sensual process and if you aren’t dipping your fingers into the extract, fondling the hops and tasting the wort you’re really not experiencing the process. Taste and smell everything! You’ll be amazed at what you taste before the wort is fermented and after it is finished. Hops are extremely potent and fragrant plants so check the hops pellets out too—not too many. And taste the malt before you boil it. I actually use the malt in my family famous waffle recipe, pretzel recipe, and pancakes. The babies even had some in their bottles! And, after the beer starts fermenting stick your nose over the airlock and take a wiff. You’ll be surprised how the fragrance changes day to day as the yeast works.
And for those who need a bit more information: we are brewing an ale, specifically a Belgian Blond Ale. No peanut butter porters here, no IPA’s and definitely not Bud. This will be a simple beer but one that you can proudly share with your buddies and family. It will be malty and hoppy but not overbearing.

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Beer!

It is a nice introduction to beer and beer making. Good luck! And if you have any questions send them to me at chris.bova@gloatbrewing.com! See you in two weeks.

 

 

– Chris Bova

TWITTER: @cebova
gloatbrewing.com

Make Your Own Beer!

I did not love beer when I made my first brew. Most of the macrobrews I drank were a miasma of toned down malt bitterness that left me wondering why I just hadn’t opened a bottle of wine or poured some scotch. I lived in Pennsylvania when I first started brewing and the only option for buying beer was by the glass at a bar or by the case at a distributor. It was a sad and expensive reality that was not conducive to learning about beer or developing an appreciation for the beverage. Things have changed and beer is more accessible now but back then my wife was both brave and understanding when she shelled out $200 for my Christmas present—a beer brewing kit.

The kit was a little uninteresting. Tubes, buckets, unidentified measuring tools and bottles—two cases worth–and a red ale kit. I was a little shocked at what $200 got me. Despite this antithetical experience I was also excited. The directions were pretty thorough as I recall—I didn’t use them. Instead I picked up a book that explained everything I needed to know about brewing the information would provide instruction for the next couple of years it turned out. I decided I was well above the parochial recipe kit that came packaged with my brewing tools and wrote my own recipe. My brew day was a miasma of activity and improvisation. It was a sordid affair that saw me utilizing almost everything in the kitchen to get my beer into the fermenter both utensils and ingredients. It was a disaster—as was the beer. I have heard stories from other brewers that detail a much less disastrous result. I think my hubris was my downfall.

Brewing beer is a process. I had mistakenly envisioned it as a culinary experience with all of the flash and excitement that is involved with such endeavors. Brewing beer is a regimented unforgiving task. I had mistakenly envisioned it as a hobby that I could quickly squeak into my weekend while playing with the kids cutting the grass and socializing with the neighbors. Brewing beer is exhausting and disappointing, too. But there is nothing I love doing more than brewing beer. Hopefully, you will feel the same after you’ve brewed your first batch. And these next few articles will help you do just that—for much less than $200 and a wasted batch of beer.

Brewing beer is very heavily dependent on equipment and cleanliness. I quickly outgrew my starter kit—in fact some of the equipment included in the kit was useless to me from the start. I won’t pontificate about business or business owners but a starter kit is either going to be a gateway purchase for them or a dead end purchase. By the way that the kit was priced I assume that, statistically it was the latter of the two possibilities. So the business owner is guaranteed some profit from a custom that probably will not be. So I have come up with a sure fire answer to a $200 kit and the following list is what we are going to need to brew your first beer:

1 16qt or larger uncoated metal pot
1 5 gallon food grade bucket with lid
1 air-lock
4 feet of 5/16” food grade tubing
1 metal cooking spoon
3 hops bag or grain bag

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Fig 1. Brew bucket, hops bag, airlock, tubing and
bottle capper.

6# of Light DME (Dry Malt Extract)
1# of Honey
2 oz Tettnanger (German) Hops
1 packet of Danstar Abbaye Belgian Ale Yeast
¾ cup of sugar
48 brown beer bottles
48 bottle caps
1 bottle capper

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Fig 2. Dry Malt Extract (DME) hops, and hops bag.

The price for the above should run you less than $80 if you plan wisely. Firstly, get some beer—artisanal craft beer. Get about 48 different kinds from the local bottle shop. Taste each one, take notes on flavors, aromas, colors, and mouth feel. These should all be pretty accessible after a few tastings. Rinse the bottle out and save it for later. We will wash and sanitize them further along in the brewing process. This will be a huge savings. The cost of new bottles is as much as a case of beer. So, why not just buy a case of beer and start pondering what kind of beers you will make? If you already have a large pot it will definitely cut costs. It should be an uncoated stock pot type—if you do not have one check the local thrift store. Buying a pot from a homebrew store is extremely expensive and you really need to know if this is for you if you are going to start spending that kind of money. The bucket will be one of your first purchases at the homebrew store—it should cost no more than $15 (with lid). This is your fermenter. The airlock, too, is an essential and will be less than $5. The metal spoon should be longer than your pot is deep and may already be in your kitchen if not look for it at the thrift shop. The tubing is important and so is the length. You can get this at the homebrew store. Its market price is around 40¢ a foot. A grain bag or hops bag is a cheesecloth type bag that will help you with hop additions they should be no more than 50¢. The extract is usually packaged in three pound bags at my local shop, online as well and sells for about $13 a bag. The honey you can get at the store. The hops will come in 1 oz. bags they are pellets of extreme goodness and should be about $2 a bag. The yeast, too, will be in a packet and will be about $4. Sugar you already have—if not get it at the food store. The bottle caps you will get at the home brew store and will be around $5. The bottle capper should be under $20.

I have included some pictures of these items below.

Head to the homebrew store and explore! Check out the gadgets and ingredients. Smell the grain and take a look at some of the recipe kits. If this article is successful you will be spending more time there. Introduce yourself to the shop owner and show him your grocery list if you are uncomfortable searching for these items on your own. Whatever the case this gentleman or gentlewoman will be an important part of your brew day in the future. And what is beer making good for besides making friends?

Anyway, I will give you some time to get your gear and to read a free on-line book about brewing! Head on over to howtobrew.com it is a free resource provided by John Palmer. If this is the hobby for you it won’t be the last book you read on the subject but it is an amazing start.
How’s that for a cheap start?

Here is some of the reasoning behind my choices. As I stated before ‘starter kits’ (I believe this to be true for most hobbies) have a large proportion of ‘business conducting’ cost—it’s a gamble to price these things lower as a majority of purchases go unused or discarded. Building a more trusting and realistic relationship with the homebrew store owner is a better way to go for everyone. And this is the way we are going. The homebrew shop owner will become your buddy and instructor and his help and business should not be ignored. Also, while there are many on-line homebrew stores I think keeping it local is the best way. And by going this route you save about $100: a nice way to sample a hobby. All of the things you will purchase will be usable again. As I stated before my initial starting kit is long ago discarded—and, truthfully, became obsolete rather quickly. I am, also, going to eschew all of the fascinating beer recipe kits that will line the main wall at your shop for a rather simplistic recipe. We will be brewing a Belgian Style Ale that will both highlight malt flavors and hops aroma. If it goes bad at any point you will still have a great beer to sample and share. If it goes great you have a benchmark from where to go for your next brew. And the recipe is simple and easy to pull off on your first try. So, armed with all of this information go forth and explore. My next article will actually take you through brew day—the best day ever!

 

 

– Chris Bova

TWITTER: @cebova
gloatbrewing.com

 

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I am a stay at home brew dad by trade. Four kids and a wife leaves little time for a myriad of activities so I chose one that would best fill I the down time. Brewing beer! I’ve been brewing beer for three years now and just recently began writing a blog about the experience. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the SDL readers.

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I have done countless magazine interviews including, Mayfair and Escort’s men’s mags. I have even been part of a relationship advice panel for a large UK newspaper. Also, have written articles for Rude Magazine, a female based online mag.

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A 40 year old father of one just trying to guide my little man down a better and less bumpy path than his old man. I consider myself a college football know it all. I’m the equivalent of a hipster football fan. “My favorite player, you’ve never heard of him”. Grew up on a farm and was able to subsidize my education through football and yes the college I played at you’ve never heard of. I wasn’t what you would call a Division One talent. Actually played for Rich Rodriquez for a short period of time in the spread before it had a name. Grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, yet remain an avid fan and supporter of WVU.

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brettBrett Martzke

Brett Martzke is a TV sports veteran. Over the past 20 years he has worked at the Golf Channel, CNN Sports, Fox Sports Net, TVG and NBC Sports. You name the sports event, he has covered it. As an avid sports lover he was even crazy enough to follow a lifelong dream and open up a Sports Bar. Once that dream started to turn into a nightmare, Brett realized writing about and covering sports events was better than working in a kitchen, taking orders at a register and hoping to catch a glance at a TV while running Buffalo wings out to a table. Brett’s big sports achievement is that he is the self-proclaimed carnival basketball shooting champion. If there is a big stuffed animal on the line, Brett will win it.

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ericpEric Peinhaupt

My name is Eric Peinhaupt, I’m 23 and raised in Alberta,Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I do everything from fly fishing to building cars. I’m all about getting out there and experiencing life! Aspiring writer and BBQ pit master. I’m also the owner of European Auto Union, a car enthusiast page on Instagram. (@europeanautounion) I love a tall glass of craft beer, and all things BBQ. If you’re into cooking, drinking and outdoor life, my articles and photographs will not disappoint!

TWITTER: @ericpeinhaupt


ajA.J. DeMello

A.J. DeMello is a stand-up comedian/actor located in California. An avid sports fan, he’s written for sites such as Bleacher Report & Thoughts From The Dark Side, but will be given the freedom here to mix in the funny – no matter how unflattering he may seem to the average dummy. Born & raised in the Bay Area, he doesn’t pull any punches; having developed a sense of humor one might describe as, ‘edgy’. He appears regularly at comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, Laughs Unlimited, and The World Famous Comedy Store. Peep his blog for upcoming show dates and see if he’ll soon be in your town. If you keep up with his articles, you’ll eventually want to see his act in person rather than not see him at all. Why? As he puts it: “It’s a Good Game of Ball.”

TWITTER: @humorousfiend


jeffhJeff Hillyard

Jeff Hillyard is an aspiring freelance blogger, content writer, and recipe developer specializing in all things BBQ and Grilling.
From true low and slow barbecue, to hot and fast grilling, to even healthy meals there is nothing Jeff does not like to cook on the grill.

TWITTER: @bbqwithjeff


SantanuSantanu Rahman

Santanu Rahman is a Metal guitarist, A Kung-Fu School Owner, a practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and a podcaster.

TWITTER: @austinkungfu


timTim Buckley

Hi everyone I’m Tim Buckley, born and bred near to Nottingham in the UK. Currently serving in the Forces and have many deployments under my belt. I love sport and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan, boxing, UFC, Basketball and any kind of lifting are my passions. My other hobbies are socializing, eating out, travelling and cooking. Writing for Stuff Dudes Like is going to be a good laugh indeed, I will say it how I see it! Looking forward to writing many articles.

TWITTER: @BigBuckersYNWA


martinMartin Phillips

Hey Dudes! I am Martin Phillips. I am a sixth grade teacher by day in Lodi, California, the Zinfandel capital of the world, and a kickass home cook by night. Okay, I am inside my own mind, at least. You can decide for yourself, however, and check out my food blog at inhousecook.blogspot.com and watch for my recipes HERE at StuffDudesLike.com! I have been a sixth grade teacher for fifteen years, so Nothing scares me! I have been a home cook for twelve years and have entered the small in-home catering market this last year. It has been an amazing ride and I cannot wait to share my recipes with you. I am a firm believer that bacon, pork belly, tacos, pizza, pasta and burgers should be food groups. BBQ is Heaven. Need I say more? Okay fine, I am good with the veggies, too! I cook a wide variety of dishes, from Asian Infusion to traditional carne asada and carnitas, to buffalo burgers, to elegant pastas and rustic pizzas. Look me up and give me a shout!

TWITTER: @grnmn1


fernandoFernando Martin

I have been born and raised in the Chicago area all my life. Music is the biggest passion in my life aside from beer, good eateries, movies and even settling down to indulge in a great read once in a while. I also write for the music review website, WeLoveMetal, where I review albums, concerts and conduct interviews with many musicians. Those who know me well know if you want to hit my softspot, you’ll mention animals and pets. I’m also currently going to school for music business hoping to work for the music industry one day soon. I look forward to interacting with the SDL staff and our fans! Hit me up!

TWITTER: @WeLoveMetalFern


nancyNancy Brown Lady Barber

I was born in Berkeley, California before the Summer of Love. When it came I was old enough to know that I lived in a very special place in a very special time. Dang that I was not old enough to attend any of the cool stuff.

We are native Californians for three generations on my mother’s side of the family. Before that, Norway. Dad’s people were Oakies who fled the dust bowl in the ‘30s and ended up in Solano County.

For nearly 20 years I was a law librarian for private law firms in Oakland, California. Quit that in 2006 for the much groovier trade of barbering. Nowadays I groom gentlemen for a living and paint (in oil) Oakland, its people and trees. I also garden and cat whisper when necessary.

TWITTER: @LadyBarberBrown


RomaineRomaine Ayoki Burrell

Romaine Ayoki Burrell is my name. I am student of the world. I am from St. Andrew, Jamaica. Waaah Gwaaan massive? (what’s up world/people?). I love to travel and live like a local. I am a food addict. My biggest goal apart from owning my fortune 500 company(yeah I am ambitious) is to see every country in the world two times over. I write on anything I please, even if its taboo. Looking forward to writing for you all.

TWITTER: @ayokiromaine


brianBrian Kaider

As a patent and trademark attorney, I get to work with a lot of interesting start-up companies and see fascinating new products. Whenever possible, I love to combine my work with the things that I’m passionate about, like craft beer, motorcycles, lacrosse, and woodworking. But, after a day of staring at a computer or talking on the phone, I need to work with my hands. So, you’ll often find me building something in my workshop, making pens, changing the exhaust on my Suzuki Boulevard M109R, growing hops to make my own beer, or cooking up something spicy in the kitchen and never from a recipe. At the end of the day, I’ll grab a nice porter and watch pro football or college lacrosse, where I’m rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or Towson Tigers (or whoever is playing against Johns Hopkins), respectively.

TWITTER: @bkaider


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