Homebrew Beer: Part 2
Making the Wort and Primary Fermentation
OK let’s get started.
You need a giant pot (above, aluminum 20 quart) and brew water (6 gallons of water to make 5 gallons of beer)
Start boiling water. Be careful with aluminum pots, make sure it’s clean and don’t scrub it prior to boiling.
Me being ridiculous and holding the Malt Extract.
When you start to see bubbles, turn off heat and dump in the extract. Above is powder malt extract.
I also had the liquid Malt Extract. Just dump everything in, and watch for boil overs.
Start the heat again and remove the stuff that floats on top.
You may need to cover the pot to start the boil.
Once it starts boiling, put in the hops and boil for an hour.
This is now called a “Wort” – Beer without the alcohol and carbonation.
I didn’t take photos of the sanitation process (rather boring) but after you boil your wort, it is crucial to keep all your equipment sanitized. Any bacteria that gets in your brew will ruin in the entire batch during the fermentation phase.
Immediately cool the pot with the wort in a tub or sink. When the pot is cool to the touch, pour it in the primary fermentation bucket.