The reason I made this site, is because I've enjoyed looking online for beer recipes and comparing what we've done with other recipes out there. So I thought I'd return the favor by posting some of the beers we've made for anyone who's interested to see! Please enjoy the notes and resources I've added, (courtesy of Reno Homebrewer) and send any comments or suggestions by email at the bottom of this page.
First I would like to point out the basic supplies you will need to begin your first brew.
-- Two 6 1/2 gallon buckets (and one lid)
-- One 3 gallon soup pot (4 gallons is prefered, and try to find one with a very thick bottom)
-- One racking tube (3 foot long rubber tube to siphon the beer into bottles)
-- One bottle caper
-- 48 bottle caps (at least)
-- One Air Lock
-- bleach (for sterilization)
-- One bottler
All of these supplies can be picked up at the Reno Homebrewer (775) 329-ALES
If this is your first time brewing at home, you should start off with a kit. A kit will normally include all of the ingrediants you need to brew your beer, along with instructions. I will be posting the ingredients/instructions along with some notes as to color, taste etc... on this page. click the links to your left on the bew menu to see what we've done, click the link at the bottom of this page to send comments or questions to the brewers.
Now I would like to give you some basic instructions on how to brew with Mr. Beer brew kit
Start by boiling about 1 1/2 gallons of water for about 10 minutes. Let that water cool off overnight. The next day bring another 1 1/2 gallons of water to a boil. While you are waiting for this water to boil, soak your can of malt extract in a sink of HOT water to thin it out some. Once you have a nice boil add the malt from the can to the water and continue to boil for one hour.
Poor the boiling water into the Mr. Beer barrel and add the water you boiled the night before until the container is full. Let this sit (covered) for about an hour or until it is under 80° F. Now stir the beer a little and then pour the yeast on top (don't stir anymore just let the yeast sit there) cover and let sit at room temperature for about one week (5 days is probably fine).
Okay, it's been 5 days it's time to bottle your beer. The first thing you want to do is add the priming sugar (corn sugar, not cane sugar) corn sugar is available at the Reno Homebrewer. Take 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Now add about 3 ounces of corn sugar to this water and stir until desolved. Once the sugar is desolved into the water add this solution to the barrel and stir well. Bottle and cap your beer and let it sit in a cool (not cold) dark place for two weeks, chill the beer and enjoy!
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