- When you purchase home beer kits, you get sanitizers in them. The problem is that these sanitizers are not strong enough to kill all germs. You need to sanitize absolutely everything that touches your beer. It is very important to keep those pesky germs away.
- As you get ready to make your first homebrew, make sure you select a recipe that is easy to follow, and is tried and tested. It is best to be safe on your first beer batch. While high alcohol beers might tempt you, they need more time and yeast. You don’t want to deal with complex things on the first batch, so follow an old recipe.
- Brewing at home should be done with dry yeast. Liquid yeast has just about enough cells required to ferment beer when it is packaged. These cells die out quickly and fermentation stops. Powdered yeast has better cell viability. However, liquid yeast can be used for low alcohol beers.
- Select the right temperature. You need to measure the temperature of the room where you are making beer. At the peak point of fermentation, the temperature of beer can increase by about 7F. If fermentation is done at too high temperatures, it can produce excess of fruity flavor and alcohol. If you can’t control the temperature of fermentation, select a yeast strain that would fit the conditions.
- You can’t rely on just the bubbles to know if fermentation is complete. When it appears that fermentation is finally over, wait for a couple of days and then take a sample of wort. Do not rush towards bottling beer until the final gravity is achieved.
Make sure you do not make these mistakes while brewing your first beer.