Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Brewing Your Own Beer : Bigger May Be Better

By Luke Porter

Typically, people make small home brews, and so if you are planning on making a large home brew, then there are several pointers that you are absolutely going to want to take into consideration.

Most people only plan on making a large home brew if they are having a lot of people over or if they are planning to store most of the brew away so that they can use it in the future, and both of these reasons are acceptable. For any other reasons you would probably be best just to stick with making smaller more frequent brews.

As with most other things in life, the bigger you want something to be, the more time and effort it takes. The same principle applies to home brewing. So if you do not have a lot extra of all of these, then perhaps you should just reconsider.

Another thing that you are going to want to think about before making a large home brew is the fact of whether you have the space to do it. After all, you can quite easily make a small home brew right in a tiny kitchen, however when it comes to a larger one you may have difficulty if you do not have enough room for everything.

Assess the amount of space that you have available on the countertops, in the sink and in the fridge. Spend a few minutes maximizing the space available for your large home brew as moving things out of the way whilst you are in the process of brewing could cause you to lose your concentration and make a mistake.

You basically have 2 options should you unfortunately not have the required amount of space available to you; either you make a series of smaller brews one after the other, or you give a fellow beer lover a percentage of the finished product in return for them giving you the use of their kitchen.

Having found your space to brew your large batch of beer, all that remains is the actual brewing of it. The only thing to keep in mind is to ensure that all ingredients are increased in equal measures.

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