If you are interested in homebrewing your own beer, but concerned about the amount of time you will have to commit to the process, this blog can help you. Continue reading to learn the basic steps involved in the standard beginner-level homebrewing practice, as well as, how long you can expect it all to take.
Fundamental Homebrewing Steps
Homebrewing beer can range in nature, from simple and straightforward to highly complex and elaborate. This of course depends on various factors, such as level of expertise, available resources and technologies, ambition, origination, creativity, and more. It is a true science that requires dedication, practice, studying, money, and more.
As a beginner brewer, you will need to learn everything you can about the basic steps involved in the overall process, starting with cooking the wort and ending with bottling your concoction.
The four basic steps of homebrewing typically include:
➀ Cooking the Wort (pronounced wert)
➂ Aging and Maturation
Typical Homebrewing Timeline
As a beginner, you can expect the overall homebrewing timeline to start on brewing day and end when your beer is done conditioning. This usually take 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how long you want your beer to condition.
The first day is brewing day, which will require 3 to 4 hours of work. On brewing day, you will need to disinfect your equipment, brew and cool the wort, add the yeast to your wort (this is called “pitching the yeast”), and seal up your fermenter.
The next 6 days are for fermentation, in which the yeast will convert the sugars into alcohol and Carbon dioxide. This cycle usually takes at least 7 days, so make sure you are patient during the conditioning process, which you will learn about below.
Once the fermentation process is complete, it is time for bottling day. This should be exactly 7 days from brewing day. So if you started on Saturday, your bottling day should take place the following Saturday. Set aside the same amount of time for bottling, between 3 to 4 hours.
Once you are through with bottling your beer, dedicate the next 14 days for the conditioning process. Just wait patiently and let the yeast continue to do its job! Two weeks is the recommended minimum time for conditioning homebrewed beer.
After you have waited patiently for a few weeks, your beer is ready to drink! Eventually, you can expand your homebrewing enterprise by experimenting with new ingredients and equipment. When you get to this level, it is recommended to implement a secondary fermentation process of two weeks. Extra aging will bring out a whole other level of flavor, quality, and mouth feel.