What’s The Best Way To HomeBrew Your Own Beer With Zero Experience

Introduction:

A few decades ago, brewing beer at home was done by a few people only. But nowadays, brewing at home has become quite easy and is done by a large population. This is as people are becoming aware of its ingredients. The equipment used to make it is readily available as well. All this has collectively resulted in the ease of making beer. These days many people tend to brew beer at their homes. In addition to everything else, brewing beers at home has become a great addition to your day. Brewing the beer at home will let you control different aspects of the drink. You can add how much of each ingredient do you need in order to have a perfect beer for yourself. From the taste to specific gravity, home brewing your beer helps you get the perfect results for the drink.

Ingredients Required:

There are four basic ingredients required to brew beer: Water, grains, hops and yeast. Water is the main ingredient in making of beer so its quality is not supposed to be compromised upon. Yeast, is the product to be used in fermentation of beer. Hops give beer its aroma and flavor. It also reduces the sweetness of sugar. Hops are good for bacterial inhibition as well. Beers use different grains in its production. They include wheat, rice, sorghum and corn. Barley is the most common grain used to make beer.

How To Brew Your Beer?

First of all take five gallons of water and boil it up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.Next you need to take grains and soak them at least for 30 minutes around 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Add malted extract and hops to the solution and put it on boil for 90 minutes at least. Take a wort chiller then and cool the mixture with it. Now pour the mixture into a fermenter. Next add yeast and ferment at 68 Fahrenheit to 70 Fahrenheit. After that you need to wait as brewing takes time. It will take around one to two weeks for the sugar to be fermented by yeast into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The process of fermentation comes to an end. Next you need to add the priming sugar for carbonation. It is now ready to have or store in the bottles.

Brewing Methods:

There are two main methods to brew your beer at home: all grain brewing and extract. All grain brewing includes a step called mashing which involves extraction of sugars from grains. You need to soak grain in cold water and release starches. Enzymes then break sugars. Sparging is another process to rinse the sugars from grains. Another main method is extract brewing. We can skip the mashing step here. The results are the packaged into liquid or dry malt extract. This method although costs more, but it saves time and requires less energy by man.

Equipment Used:

A Fermenter is needed during the fermentation stage. Brew kettle is there for the boiling process. Cleaner and Sanitizer are used for cleaning purposes. Hydrometer and Thermometer are used for measuring sugar and temperature. Other equipment used is Air lock, Burner, Siphon with tubing and Wort chiller.

Conclusion:

Brewing beer is not an easy experience to have. It comes gradually with practice by knowing the proper way of brewing beer. You should be aware of all the ingredients required, the total number of equipment used, the two methods to prepare beer (All grain and extract) and the total steps in its making. Hope this extract will be helpful enough for you to prepare yourself for this experience. It is crucial to use high quality material in the beer brewing process. You can spend time and effort in having a great system for home brewing your beer however if the ingredients and the products you use in brewing your home beer aren’t up to mark then you would never be able to produce amazing and high quality beer. In order to get a great end result, you need invest in the equipment and products. It is important to use high quality ingredients and state of the art technology and equipment while brewing beer at home.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR ISSUES INVOLVED WITH RUNNING A START-UP MICROBREWERY IN THE U.S?

Introduction:

Something that needs to concern every brewery especially if they are new is the information as experience always outshines compared to any new startup so the best way to tackle it is through information. However, even after having the information there are many major issues that are faced by startup micro/craft brewery in the U.S. It is always better to know about these issues prior head so you are able to deal with them when they occur. Some of the issues are as follows:

Capital:

Investment is the first step of opening up any business. You need to be sufficiently funded to buy all the required equipment for your microbrewery. Once that is purchased, you need to arrange everything up and get the equipment installed properly. And you will be need a lot of patience during this time period as installing of everything will require several months. Also, make yourself mentally prepare for losing money in the start of one to two years before actually getting to earn the profit. You need to draw out a proper budget and work according to it. Try not to spend too much money on the extra expenses and extravagance until unless you have done your research properly and are sure about receiving more customers through it.

Licensing:

Abiding the rules of law are quite essential and same is the case for microbrewery only the thing is that it is a bit more hard to deal with all the regulatory and licensing issues for brewery. The paperwork for ATF, for the state and local liquor rules, for the local and state food production laws and a bit more pile of such laws in you are planning to integrate a restaurant business along side. It is necessary to get all the licensing process done beforehand so that you do not face any such problem later on which can hinder in the working of your business. You might even need to dig in to other aspects of your business as well if you have rented either the place, equipment or machines, there are certain rules and regulations for that too. Make sure that everything is settled and under your knowledge before the business starts up otherwise such legal matters can become really dangerous later on.

Marketing:

Marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of your startup microbrewery business. As it carries a big amount of budget to be executed so it does not go wrong otherwise you can be in deep lose. You need to plan your marketing differently from those who are already in the industry, using the same methods would not work out for you as you are new and the giant beer firms will eat you up. To up your game and be recognizable you can spread your company over social media platforms, try to get in touch with the brewery reviewer publications that can help you to reach out to the desired target audience and use your peers and family to spread around the news through word of mouth. These tactics will help you to at least get the initial customers you need. However, you need to make your budget in a way that all the investment can be covered up later on so it needs to be efficient and reliable enough. If you are not good at making marketing plans than hire someone who can do it for you as the money should not go in vain.

Hiring:

When you are a startup it is quite hard to hire the right workers as you are not offering that much money in return compared to the other companies in the same industry. But the good thing, there will still be a lot of aspiring brew geeks that will apply for the job. You need to be shape and smart to hire the best ones as you can not hire all of them. Once the brewer has been employed, you will need to look out for someone who can clean the tanks, haul the grain, washes the cups, arranges the seats, etc. This is the guy you really need to make sure is well verse in his/her work because you can not afford quality and hygiene at this point of your business. The hiring process also entails the hiring of an accountant and a business manager. These people should be hired through a dense interview and experience basis as the numbers and management of the business can not go wrong at all or the whole business sinks. Lastly, you need a smiling face at the bar so that your customers can feel welcomed. This part of the job might not seem very important but it actually counts in customers’ experience.

Technicalities:

Technicalities are basically the issues that occur when you least expect them to. The complexities and reliabilities that occur when you take a home base brewery to a commercial startup are great. You would be amazed on the amount of skills you will get to learn which you never have thought about learning in your normal life. You have to learn pipe installation, welding, plumping, electrical work and what not. This struggling stage will teach you a lot as your life will not be the same. There will be daily obstacles and potential you would have to even sleep in your bar to make sure everything is in working condition.

Conclusion

All the above mentioned problems are the major ones which definitely come when you are planning on running a startup microbrewery, however, there are many other miscellaneous problems that you will be facing throughout your business journey. The solution to deal with most of the problems is to plan ahead for everything so that you will be aware of the worst case scenarios and will be able to tackle them in a better way. Try to get as much information you need as possible before putting your hands into this business as definitely there will be a lot of competition awaiting for you.

YoLong Breweries Are Off to BrewCon19 in Melbourne this September

For those of you who make a point of following the YoLong Brewtech blog posts, there is much on-site excitement as staff prepares to present the company’s equipment at stands 40 to 42.

BrewCon19 is the 7th annual ABC (Australian Brewers Conference) and Trade Expo. It is to be held in Melbourne during the first week of September at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

Who is Hosting BrewCon19?
The Independent Brewers Association of Australia have been hosting BrewCon for the past seven years, and it has rapidly grown to become one of the most significant events in every craft and commercial beer producers calendar in the Asian-Pacific area. They developed the BrewCon event to help further brewing excellence and best practices in the Australian beer industry.

The 2019 conference is the most important event in the Australian quality independent beer industry’s year. This is because BrewCon is recognized all over the world as an educational platform of international significance. Everyone connected to the craft beer or commercial beer brewing and production industries regard this conference in Melbourne as an unmissable trade event. It is a great honor to be able to showcase some of the outstanding YoLong brewing equipment on this occasion.

YoLong 10bbl 2v brewhouse shipped to BrewCon Expo 2019

What Service Do the Australian Independent Brewers Association Members Provide?
Anyone drinking a beer with the IBA seal of approval on it is guaranteed the highest quality beer and production methods. The Independent Brewers Association has a clear mission statement: To assure superior independent beer production everywhere.

The IBA seeks to educate and influence trends, sales, and marketing of independent brewers for the benefit of the industry as a whole. By hosting various events, programs, and campaigns, the IBA can advocate for fair and best practices across Australia. By lifting awareness of the industry together, it ensures quality is maintained, and members derive the greatest value from the organization.

Because the independent brewers sector is so diverse, the biggest challenge IBA faces is to standardize and coordinate the industry. By working closely with the members and quality equipment producers such as YoLong Brewtech, the IBA is able to play a critical role in leveling the regulatory playing fields so that independent beer companies are continually sustained.

YoLong + IBA
As an industry associate, YoLong Brewtech is able to offer the highest quality brewery equipment to independent Australian beer producers. YoLong Industrial works hand in hand with independent brewers across Australia to supply them with their essential equipment manufacture and design requirements, such as:

  • complete turnkey brewing equipment
  • microbrewery
  • brewpub equipment
  • packaging
  • brewery concepts and design
  • latest technological innovations

YoLong Brewery Equipment Workshop

And, of course, with every order comes the excellent YoLong tech support and customer service. These are the reasons why YoLong has become a preferred supplier on the IBA website.

What is the BrewCon19 Program?
When you enter the BrewCon Trade Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and begin walking up the right aisle, you will come to the YoLong Brewtech stands on your left. We will have some of our most innovative equipment on show there – and it is quite spectacular to see it up close outside a brewery floor!

As the guest of the Independent Brewers Association, YoLong will be able to offer conference attendees an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of the leading brewery equipment manufacturers in the Asian-Pacific area.

Every industry veteran in the brewing and business streams will have the chance to meet other suppliers and fellow beer supporters and enthusiasts at this event. We are all brought together in one spot at the Trade Expo in September to appreciate the highest quality beer and brewery equipment.

The 2019 program will follow the same basic itinerary as the previous years, but with a few extra special guests and features. Several international speakers will be there to share their expertise on their specialist subjects.

Pete Brown, the renowned author, journalist, and broadcaster is the BrewCon19 keynote speaker this year. He has an impressive CV that includes a background in advertising with the emphasis on brand strategies. As the Chair of the British Beer and Cider Marketing Awards, Brown was named the Best British Beer Writer of the Year for 2009 and 2012. Some people might say that he has the best job in the world!

Needless to say, Pete Brown has one of the most pronounced understandings of breweries, and his passion for communicating this to consumers makes for an unmissable lecture.

Pete Brown at the Awards: Image used courtesy of petebrown.net

More Information About the Equipment YoLong Will Be Transporting to the Melbourne Expo
As we mentioned before, the YoLong stands will have some impressive equipment on display there. Every piece of YoLong equipment is perfectly designed around the brewer’s operation. A good example of our high quality manufacturing is the fully automatic 10bbl brewhouse. The brewhouse is built for Mr. Adam Bruce, a famous Austalia brewer, also is one of the judges in BrewCon 2019, ther other equipment will be shipped separately to his new brewery site.

The Fully Automatic 10bbl Brewhouse
A brewhouse contains every component or vessel that is necessary for the brewing process. Brewhouses are fully customizable depending on the physical size and scale of the operation and production requirements. Buyers who are interested in purchasing a brewhouse can range from someone who requires a full-scale brewery and turnkey brewing system, all the way to brewpub buyers and the beer hobbyist who want to buy a home brewing set-up.

This is why brewery equipment suppliers who are able to create a custom, personalized brewhouse solution based upon the customer’s specific wants and needs, such as YoLong, is an important part of brewhouse selection.

The size and automation of the brewhouse are linked to the expected scale of production. YoLong brewhouses, such as the one in the image below, are based on the typical units of measurements in terms of both annual beer production and the preferred system choice.

10BBL 2V Brewhouse Design

Some of the typical units of measurement you will see in reference to annual beer production and brewhouse systems in general are:

  • Beer barrel – bbl
  • Gallon – gal
  • Hectoliter – hl

1 bbl is equal to 31 gallons, and 1 hl is equal to 0.85bbl.

A brewhouse is measured and described by the number of vessels or tanks it has. The brewhouse YoLong is taking to exhibit at BrewCon19 is a 2-vessel 10bbl pub brew. Most 2-vessel brewhouses of this kind include a hot liquor tank/mash/lauter tun combination vessel paired up with a whirlpool/boil kettle combination vessel.

These specially designed vessels serve a particular purpose; they allow you to brew greater quantities of beer all at the same time. The set-up you choose will depend on what your brewing requirements are, the amount of space you have available, and how much your budget is for equipment.

There are two different brewhouse configurations you can decide on when selecting a 2-vessel brewhouse.

  • A mash/hot liquor tank/lauter tun combination vessel with a whirlpool/brew kettle
  • A mash/lauter tun and whirlpool/brew kettle

YoLong 500L 2V Brewhouse for UK Brewdog

What is the Difference Between a Fully Automatic and a Semi-Automatic or Manual Brewhouse Control System?
A fully automated brewhouse control system has computer support. Most of the operations will be controlled automatically according to its specified program on a central control panel. YoLong promotes the automation of breweries to support the art and efficiency of the brewing process.

YoLong has been associated with the manufacture of state of the art, industrial, fully automated, and semi-automatic brewhouses for many years.

Brewhouse Automation

Cellar Automation

A semi-automatic brewhouse will include such control features as manual hand removal option for any brewhouse regarding different systems. Manual brewhouse systems are recommended for anyone dealing with manageable quantities of beer such as a home hobbyist brewer.

For quantities of 10bbl in a professional brewery set-up, the YoLong fully automatic 10bbl brewhouse is the right choice. This is the reason why it will be on display at BrewCon19 in September.

A semi-automatic brewhouse will include such control features as manual hand removal option for any brewhouse regarding different systems. Manual brewhouse systems are recommended for anyone dealing with manageable quantities of beer such as a home hobbyist brewer.

5bbl semi-automatic brewhouse

For quantities of 10bbl in a professional brewery set-up, the YoLong fully automatic 10bbl brewhouse is the right choice. This is the reason why it will be on display at BrewCon19 next month.

What Are the Other Pieces of Equipment for that YoLong Are Taking to BrewCon?
Good question! Besides the one fully automatic 10bbl brewhouse YoLong will be displaying on our stand in Melbourne next month, a10bbl fermenter, 10bbl brite tank, and 2-station keg washer will also be there. If you want to know where these vital pieces of brewing equipment feature in a beer brewery set-up, you will get a better picture how they are used by looking at the image below.

The Brewhouse
The barley/malt mix is introduced into the mill and then passes into the brewhouse where the mash it processed. It passes into the mash tun where the barley/malt is mixed with water. In turn, the mix flows into the lauter tun, and then onto the wort kettle where the hops are added. From there the mash moves to the whirlpool tank and then heated and oxygenated.

YoLong 4V brewhouse plus HLT design

After yeast has been introduced to the mash and is activated by the oxygen, it is transferred to the fermenting tank.

The Fermenting Tank: YoLong 10bbl Fermenter
Fermenters are also aging vessels. This is where the yeast is pitched into the wort, and where the mash is definitively turned into beer. So without a fermenter in the brewery equipment, there would be no beer!

YoLong Beer Fermentation Tank

The wort is pumped into the fermenter via a heat exchanger. The wort is then added to the pitched yeast and begins fermenting. Some breweries choose to have specially designed aging vessels where the beer is aged after being transferred into the fermenting vessel. Obviously, the more beer you wish to produce, the larger your fermenter capacity must be.

What Does a Brite Tank Do in the Beer Making Process? YoLong 10bbl Brite Tank
This might sound a bit scientific, but the brite tank is a vital part of the beer making process because this is where the beer is carbonated. Carbonation is where the CO2 or carbon dioxide gas is dissolved into the beer. In science, there is a law in physics called Henry’s Law.

YoLong Brite Beer Tank

Henry’s law states that when an amount of given gas is dissolved in any given type and volume of liquid at a constant temperature, the volume of liquid is directly proportional to the fractional pressure of the gas in equilibrium with said liquid. Or, to put it in a way easier to understand, the gas solubility inside a liquid is directly linked to the partial pressure of the gas above the (beer) liquid.

This is the interesting science behind the natural carbonation of beer or any other beverage you drink that has bubbles. As the pressure increases above the beer liquid (in the brite tank), some of that CO2 will be dissolved into the beer. This process is made a lot quicker with the introduction of a carbonating stone inside the brite tank. It produces bubbles that are more easily absorbed into the beer liquid.

Both fermenter and brite tank are AS1210 certified. AS1210 is certification for pressure vessels that have a working pressure above 1-bar in Australia. The equipment has been perfectly designed around the brewer’s operation.

As Australia is a rapidly growing craft beer market, the quality, design, and full AS certification of the YoLong equipment is in accordance with the country’s strictest electronic and engineering practices.

YoLong 2-Station Keg Washer
A keg washer might not be an exciting piece of brewing equipment involved in the crafting of a fine beer recipe, but it is still an essential part of the beer production process. A keg washer is a machine that is used to clean the stainless steel beer kegs between usage. Every keg washer cleans the kegs by washing, flushing, sterilizing, and pressurizing each keg sequentially.

Most 2-station keg washers are semi-automatic however, both manual and fully automated keg washer options are available.

YoLong two station keg washer

YoLong Brewtech in Australia
The intrepid British voyager and explorer, Captain James Cook, is credited as the first person to bring beer making ingredients and equipment to Australia on board his ship the Endeavour in 1770. Beer was an essential ingredient to have on board a ship and in any settlement because it is nutritious and does not spoil in the same manner as water does.

At YoLong Brewtech, we are proud to follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps, and present our high quality brewing equipment at BrewCon19!

What do most commercial breweries/microbreweries do for sanitization?

Most of the brewers use their own methods and follow their own rituals of cleaning and sanitizing the breweries. These brewers make sure that they intensely sanitize the brewers to ensure that they are free form any type of bacteria. Different cleaning equipment is used along with different sanitizing chemicals to keep the brewers clean from fungus or microbial. They follow two steps to protect the brewers from bacteria. They clean the brewer first; this is done by using different equipment. The last step is to sanitize the brewer intensely by using sanitizing chemicals like Star san, bleach, Iodophor etc.

Most professional brewers use effective and efficient Clean-in-place techniques to reduce the hectic work load by cleaning the breweries intensely on a daily basis. Sanitizer is circulated in the brewer kettle to circulate the detergent by putting a spray ball on the fermenter of the kettle. Pumps and hoses are used to circulate the water and sanitizer in the brewery equipment to effectively clean the brewer in less time. It is a mechanical system of cleaning which is controlled by computers. These professionals also do manual cleaning of the small parts of the breweries. They make sure that they clean the outside of the kettle, the surroundings and the surface of the kettle manually.

  • How is sanitization and cleaning both important of brewery kettle?

We mostly get confused between sanitization and cleaning but the reality is that they both play an important role in cleaning the breweries. They both work together to nurture the yeast growing in the breweries. It is extremely crucial to make sure that the surface of the beer kettle is also free from and kind of microbial bacteria. If the surface is not clean, the fen gets stuck in the carboy and then the surface becomes uneven to be sanitized properly. This then leads to grow the fen or marshes in the beer kettle which becomes hazardous to consume.

That is why you need to intensely sanitize your breweries so that it is free and clean from any type of microbial. To keep your brewery equipment clean, you need to ensure a proper sanitization for it so that the bacteria cannot hide anywhere inside the corners. A two-step process should be followed for the cleaning. The first is to clean it thoroughly before pouring the beer, then to sanitize it by using different chemicals.

  • How can bacteria be prevented from the basic brewery equipment?

Bacteria can be caught from a lot many other things as well. It can be through scissors, and plastic, steel holders or utensils, knobs of the equipment and any other tiny piece on the equipment which you normally don’t realize. That is why it is extremely important to make sure that that you keep all the utensils you use for the beer kettle is also sanitized intensely. This is because bacteria can jump or travel rapidly from one thing to another, and when it gets involved it results in spreading like a fire.

So you should make a list of utensils you use for the brewers so that you can keep a check again and again, and do not forget to sanitize any other thing, because at times we forget those things which are very minute in the kettle. You just need to pay an extra attention towards the sanitization of the breweries in order to keep up with the cleanliness of the outside and inside of the equipment. The one of the best way to keep everything sanitized is to apply hand sanitizer so that there is no chance of even minute bacteria to jump in.

  • How to prevent from bacteria caused by air and water in the breweries?

There are gaps in the process and the equipment of the brewery. That is why; these gaps can cause infection which should be taken into consideration. We, most of the time, do not even notice that the air and water around us consists of different types of bacteria. When these are mixed in the breweries, they cause contamination of bacteria inside the kettle. It is recommended to clean the surface of the brewer with bleach so that it stays protected from all the germs.

It is therefore, very important to rinse the brewer with clean and clear water so that it reduces the risk of causing bacteria inside the brewer. Even brushes and scrubs can have germs in them as they are made up of plastic.

What’s the best home beer brewing kit

For a fact, brewing beer yourself is much cheaper at home than buying it. With inflammation in ingredient’s costs, more people are of the opinion to brew their own beer. However, brewing beer at home will surely cost you a whole lot of patience and neither is it easy but the elation after having a sip of your own homemade refreshing glass of beer is something you will always be able to brag about.

If you opt to brew some beer at home or you have been searching for some good gift options for a friend, here are a few kits you should be considering.

Best home beer brewing kits

When choosing a beer brewing kit, it is important to consider the type of experience and what quantity of beer you want to brew. Decide between if you will be doing large scale craft batches or just an economical one.

  1. Northern Brewer Brew Homebrew starter kit

This is the best option for starters. The kit includes a 5 Gallon stainless kettle with Block Party Amber Ale crowd-pleaser recipe.  The flavoring is a perfect mix of bread crust, caramel and a pinch of herbal hops. In addition to the 5-gallon stainless kettle; it also comes with auto-siphon, and a step by step instructions laminated booklet to guide you accurately through the beer brewing process.

 

The recipe kit includes the ingredients; yeast, hops, priming sugar, liquid malt extract, pre-malted steeping grains, a muslin bag, and a sanitizer. This package of ingredients is sufficient enough to brew a 5 Gallon beer batch; also, the recipe guarantees an incredible taste. For the next batch, you will need your own kit of ingredients or you could collect your own ingredients.  Northern Brewers also offer recipe kits, stouts, and pale lagers.

 

Includes

The Northern Brewer Brew Homebrew starter kits include essentials like Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit, 6.5 gallon Fermenter which comes with a lid as well as a Bubbler airlock, a Bottling Bucket alongside a  Spigot assembly, Fermenter’s Favorites Bottle filler, Stainless Brew Kettle which is 5 Gallons, A Stainless Spoon Auto Siphon, Siphon Tubing(5 foot) and Siphon Tube Holder, Sanitizer – Oxygen Wash, Bottle Brush for detailed cleaning, Royal Crown Bottle Capper and Caps and a stirring spoon.


  1. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Craft Beer Making Kit

For someone who is looking for a self-sufficient beer brewing kit then there is no parallel to Mr. Beer premium Gold Craft Beer making Kit. The kit includes all the essentials a beginner could need to enjoy a quick and easy process of brewing. The beer making kit pieces of equipment are 2 Refill BREW Backs, 2 gallons fermented, re-usable plastic bottles (8), and an instruction guide to aid users easily understand the process.

The ingredients are sufficient for two batches, Oktoberfest lager, and American Light. For the ease of absolute beginners, the ingredients are already measured mixed and prepared. The taste of the finished product suffices the taste buds.  If you want to try new flavors, Mr. Beer offers a variety of ingredients that make frantic recipes so you can try a new one with each new batch.

Includes:

Carbonation drops measured to accuracy, No-Rinse cleanser, Little Brown Keg fermenter which is reusable, for brewing 2 batches or 4 gallons it comes with two-ingredient kits with  brewing extracts, Re-usable bottles, an instruction booklet.

  1. Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit

For someone who is looking for a brewing kit that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and is a newbie in the home beer brewing business, this is for them!

Brooklyn Brew shops kits use no shortcut ingredients or extracts; instead, it contains actual grains to enhance the flavors. The best taste is guaranteed with no shortcuts of using malts for brewing but only all-grain ingredients to make a fresh batch of beer. On the other hand, all-grain means the process of cooking initially needs close monitoring till they are ready.

The company also offers other beer ingredients kits which are savored like Chocolate Maple Porter, Pumpkin Beer and many other delicious ones to try. This kit is an excellent option for preparing occasional small batches, however, you will have to arrange bottles, a pot and strainer, and funnel from your own end as it is not included in the kit.

Includes

The essentials include a recipe kit for 1 gallon of beer, a Brooklyn Brew Shop cleanser for detailed cleaning, 1- gallon glass fermenter which is re-usable, vinyl tubing, screw-on cap stopper, Fool-Proof Video instructions so nothing goes wrong while beer brewing, Thermometer, a chambered airlock, and a racking cane and tip for transferring beer to another bottle.

What are the possible hazards that can occur in a brewery, and how can you mitigate them

Most of the people have got involved in the craft brewery with the revolution and change. This is because this is one of the profit building industries around the world. Many join this industry in order to earn huge amounts and maximize their wealth as much as they can. This is yet one of the energy saving industries as well. There is no hazardous waste which is extremely harmful of the wildlife. The temperatures are kept according to the brewer s that there is no over boiling and no chemical reaction of the liquids.

Therefore, there are a number of hazards that can possibly occur in the brewery. There are many workers in the brewery factory who face these hazards and make sure that they stay safe and secure. There might be chances of any mishap or accident which can harm the employees working. Since the brewer is burning at high temperatures, it is extremely crucial to make sure that all the safety hazards are being followed inside the factory. One single mistake and carelessness can cause a serious problem inside the factory.

Hazards which occur in a brewery and how to mitigate them

There are a number of hazards that occur in a brewery. Some of these hazards are as follows:

  1. Working in confined spaces:

Most of the brewer factories have really confined places or entries to work. These places often have extremely hot and gaseous environment which lead to the deficiency of oxygen. There are also mechanical agitators which are extremely hot to even stand near them. That is why there are more chances of suffocation or burning in those places.

Owners should brief out their employees about the confined places in the factory that how to keep them protected and safe. The employers should make sure that:

  • Special isolation procedures should be introduced to stay safe.
  • Design rules to permit employees to go to these confined places without wearing proper safety thermals.
  • Ensure that there is an efficient rescue team for reducing the risk of any loss of life.
  1. Emitting of the hazardous energy:

There are a lot of other metallic, plastics and other machines related to canning, pumping, hydraulics and packaging equipment which emit hazardous energy ad rays. These rays can cause different skin diseases or might cause cancer due to its electronic rays.

To prevent from these rays the management should include training programs to train the workers on how to use stay secure and what should be the first aid if any accident occurs.

  1. Lifting of raw materials using the trucks:

The raw materials and equipment used for machinery is extremely hazardous as it also emits negative energy when brought closer to the body. There are certain metals which do have extremely dangerous and cancerous particles. If due to any mishap with the lifting or loading trucks the packaging is affected, there might be chances that the contact of these particles with the hands or any body part might lead to infectious diseases.

To prevent from these accidents the employees should make sure to check that the lifting and loading trucks a fully functioning and there are no mechanical faults in it.

  1. Hazardous chemicals used for sanitization:

There are also a lot of strong chemicals used for sanitization of the brewer. These chemicals if touched without wearing gloves can be hazardous. There are chances of skin cancer due to these chemicals or solutions.

That is why there should be awareness on how to use gloves and other or wearing anything else for protection.

  1. Walking on the wet floors:

This is the most common hazard in the entire world. This is to not to walk or move around on the wet floors. If any employee slips by any chance, he can fall on some hot burning equipment.

The employers should make sure to keep the sign boards and make the workers particular about following them strictly.

  1. Managing the thermal hazards:

The hot gases and air from the burning brewer can cause the body to burn due to extremely high temperatures.

Therefore it is required to wear proper isolation thermals in order to stay safe from burning.

 

Conclusion:

These safety hazards are always introduced in the factory so that employees stay safe and there not even a single chance of loss of any life. The companies should be strict about these safety hazards.

 

 

 

Which Beer Is Good For Health

The consumption of alcohol, whether as beer, whisky or anything else, is a staple of the modern world.

Something of a standard in modern day food habits, they hold an important place in the daily lives of many.

 

There are several different varieties of beer available when you hit the local bar or pub.

Since there is a general awareness that alcohol is bad for health, people have started to become more health-conscious and keeping a track of their alcohol consumption.

This leaves them with one question, which is with regard to whether drinking beer can be healthy in some way.

There are certainly some healthy advantages to drinking beer, the details of which have been explained in the sections below.

The Alcohol Content

To begin with, the beers which contain the lowest amount of alcohol content would be a good start.

One of the best ways to measure this is using what is called ABV or Alcohol by Volume. It is a standard estimate to know the amount of alcohol in a given drink. With regard to beer, there are beers that have alcohol content as low as 0.5%, and as high as 40-60%.

The beers on the lower end of the percentage spectrum are usually healthier than those on the high end. The ABV of the beer is usually mentioned on the beer can or bottle, along with the ingredients, manufacturer details, etc.

As a general rule, the lower the alcohol percentage, the safe the alcohol percentage would be. This advantage however would probably be negated if the alcohol were to be consumed in large quantities, the details of which are explained in detail further down below.

Also to note is that there are ‘beers’ which have 0% alcohol content. These are of course imitation beers and not actual beers, where the drink is made to taste like beer without any alcohol in it.

 

 

Select Beer Varieties

Another thing to note is specific beers that may prove to have useful and specific health benefits.

A few of them are mentioned below.

 

1) Heart-Friendly Beer

It has been known for a long time that beer has a positive effect on heart health. It was found, for example, that moderate consumption of beer was associated with a lowered risk of heart health, according to a study in 2012. The reason for this was attributed to the many natural antioxidants, which are found in abundance in beer.

A good example of such a beer is the Abita Purple Haze.

 

2) Gluten-Free Beer

This is a great beer for those who may have gluten allergies. Given that beer is made entirely from grains, it would be impossible to escape from the potential allergic reactions that may come from drinking everyday beer.

About the only problem with gluten-free beer is that it is a bit difficult to source. This however, is not something to worry about given how the internet makes it possible to purchase it. In addition to this, there is a growing market for gluten-free beer, which should prove to be very helpful.

 

3) Brain Beer

Also called brain-health beer by some, it has been shown that this beer would actually help to better brain function.

It has been observed that moderate drinkers tended to have fewer strokes in their body compared to those who don’t drink.

The ideal beer for the benefit would be any beer that is rich in iron, niacin, riboflavin, etc. In general, it would mean that any beer would do, given that they all contain the vital nutrients that were just mentioned. This however, should also take into consideration the amount of alcohol that is present, with a lesser percentage of it being the better pick to go with.

 

On Consumption in Moderation

In addition to this, another important thing to consider is the issue of quantity.

It doesn’t matter what you are consuming, for everything is poison in large quantities. It is for this reason that there is a quote that goes,

“Anything in excess is poison …”

And indeed, this is certainly true. Anything that you overindulge in, in any manner, will have detrimental effect on your health. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with your health per se.

On the contrary, it can be other things like your time, peace of mind, sense of wellbeing, financial stability, etc. The point here being that whatever you do in life in excess, will always have a negative effect in one way or another; which brings us to the subject of moderation, where one engages in the object of our interest in moderate quantities.

Simply put, drinking in moderation is a good way to stay healthy, as opposed to excess consumption.

 

 

As a whole, the above mentioned varieties of beer can be considered as safe for consumption, at least within reasonable bounds.

In addition to this, one should also add that beer is essentially alcohol at the end of the day, meaning that one will have to curtail on excess consumption.

At the end of the day, what matters more than anything else, is moderation as opposed to anything in specific. It is the only way to truly ensure that one stays healthy in the long run.

How does a micro-brewery work as a business

If you are wondering what micro-brewery exactly is then let us define it for you. A micro-brewery is a small scale craft beer business which includes making beer in small quantity and the business is independently owned. The bench-mark of a micro-brewery business is the quality, taste and unique brewing techniques used to set brewers apart.

In the USA, about 15000 barrels of craft beer is sold annually and the statistics seem to be rising consistently. How to start off and actually make micro-brewery work as a business is some crafty business in-itself.

Pick a business model

Micro-brewery business differs from state to state. Each state in the US has its pre-defined alcohol laws and you must abide by the rules. First and foremost it is important to decide the segment of the brewing market you want to pave your way to. The Brewers Association for Small and Independent Craft Brewers has separated the craft beer industry into 4 segments. These are:

Micro-brewery: selling less than 15,000 barrels yearly with 75% of it being sold offsite. Taprooms are used for offsite beer sales.

Brewpubs: 25% of craft beer is sold offsite at these restaurant breweries. Wine and spirit can also be bought and sold from other manufacturers.

Contract Brewing Company: Brewers making high-quality craft beer are hired to make quality and locally brewed beer for their company. The company is in charge of advertisement, sales and distribution of the beer but not manufacturing.

Regional Craft Brewing: this includes traditional or innovative beer brewing, however, it still has vague outlines which need clarity.

Any entrepreneur who has prepared several beer brewing batches at home and knows some unique techniques can start a brewing business easily.

Know what’s legal

A 3-tier system is enforced by each state to be followed by brewers. The three-tier system is separated as; the production of beer, distributors and sellers or retailers in the state. Usually, breweries depend on distributors to sell beer so a good relationship is essential to be established between brewers and distributors.

The Brewers Association is a good resource is you want to look into a state’s law:

  • The Barrel Cap laws
  • Self Distributions Laws by State
  • Brewery Sampling and sales law

 

Choose a good location

Micro-brewery business can’t thrive in areas which are remote and distant. Before choosing a location for a startup, make sure you have taken a market survey. A few factors to consider before you choose a location are:

  • Asses the number of local brewery plants already persisting in the area you are planning to start your setup at.
  • Feasibility of reaching to the distributers, where they are located in that area and their availability to deliver your craft beer to the retailers.
  • You should have studied the state laws thoroughly of the state where you plan on setting up your plant.
  • The security, parking, and the traffic that the area received every day.
  • Make sure your micro-brewery business is located in a residential area to attract buyers.

You brand Image

Your brand says a lot about the quality of the beer you are offering. Make sure your logo is catchy and intriguing enough to make your beer trial worthy. Use both print as well as electronic media to advertise your brand. Its human nature to try out new beverages out of curiosity so make sure you are emphasizing on the advertising bit. Target your customers and what experience they can have from your beer that others don’t offer.

How to make potential customers

You must make it a habit to take customer feedback so that you know where to improve. Don’t ever compromise on the taste of the beer, ensure the taste is the same from the first fresh glass of beer to the last one. Give your customers a variety of craft-brewed beers to pick from so they can explore their taste niche.

Make the availability of your beer viable in certain areas you can cover and cater to. Let customers order your locally brewed beer delivered to their locations.

Packaging matters

The way you present your product speaks volumes about your quality and experience. Something that looks good is meant to taste good too so don’t compromise on the quality or packaging. Two options are greatly picked from when selling beer that is in cans or bottles.

A packaging can benefit your microbrewery business as you can customize it providing details and ingredients used in brewing highly quality beer. For the startup, you can go for DIY techniques which will cost you less and you can control the quality of your packaging system as well.

Conclusion

To conclude, local beer brewing business is growing rapidly but before you plan on starting one, you must know these basics of getting the most out of a Micro-brewery business!

History of Beer

Beer is something that has become a staple in many parts of the world.

A widely consumed beverage, it makes up an important sector of the world’s economy, along with other alcoholic beverages.

 

As much as the world loves beer, not many know about its history.

Many people are almost clueless about the history of this interesting drink, even if they happen to be big fans of it and chug it down every day.

When it comes to the actual history of beer, it certainly has an interesting history. And this is a story that goes back hundreds and possibly thousands of years old.

The Earliest Records

Coming to the actual story of beer, one could say that a rough understanding of alcohol is a good start.

Nobody knows the true origins of alcohol, but it is clear that someone a long time ago figured out that alcohol had ‘pleasurable’ characteristics. The earliest records go back to places like Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. This would take the date back as far away as 5000 BC.

Then again, the dating may go back much further than that. One of the earliest evidences of beer goes back to the residues of beer found in the Raqefet Cave in the Carmel Mountains in Haifa, Israel. It was here that archeologists found residues of beer that go back as far as 13,000 years.

Likewise, once can also find references to alcohol in the Bible, where it is praised for its ‘mirth’ giving properties.

It wasn’t long before people started to tinker with the basic ingredients and ended up with the many varieties of beer that can found today.

 

The Foundation of Modern Beer

Ancient history aside, the beer that we know of today, are largely derived from the recipes that were perfected in medieval Europe. A drink common in the middle ages, it was consumed widely by people throughout northern and eastern Europe.

While the recipe of beer widely varied, its foundation was largely the same in terms of its cereal base. Given that grapes were rather rare across Europe, using cereals like barley, oats or wheat was more of a necessity rather than choice.

It was soon discovered that the use of hops was a great way to preserve beer and enhance the flavor. One clear mention of this can be found in the writings of Carolingian Abbot Adalard of Corbie, in 822, who wrote about the use of hops in beer.

As the foundation of the beer recipe was standardized, people started to tinker with the flavorings, whether it is adding fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers and so on. Some of the recipes died out, while others became immensely popular.

 

The ‘Globalization’ of Beer

The rise of the industrial revolution led to widespread changes in the way beer was manufactured. Before this transformative era, beer and other alcoholic drinks were largely prepared at home or small businesses. The application of industrial principles made its production possible at a scale never before seen in history.

And with the industrial age began the era of colonization, where large parts of the world came under the direct or indirect influence of European countries. And with the colonial influence, came the colonist’s way of life, such as dressing, language, modern governance, food habits, social customs and even beer. Colonialism is what made beer a global drink, given how it allowed for this drink to spread far and wide.

It should however be added that beer and other alcoholic drinks were widely prepared throughout the world, and is not something ‘exclusive’ to Europeans; for example, Indians love a local brand of alcoholic drink called the ‘Tadi’. The same goes for other cultures as well. If anything, one could say that the recipe of local alcoholic drinks eventually ended up being adopted into the recipes of local beer varieties, making them something of a specialty unto itself.

In addition to this, the modern media has certainly played a major role in the growth of beer consumption. Whether in movies or lifestyle magazines, the taste of beer and other such drinks have been greatly hailed as something of a hallmark of fine living, prompting greater adoption of beer and other beverages.

 

 

Last but not the least, it should be added that there is a lot more to the history of beer, than what is mentioned above.

It would certainly take up an entire book, if one were to really look into the story of beer, and how it became what it is today.

But do look into this subject, for you will be surprised at what you come across in your quest for knowledge.

How to choose equipment for micro, commercial and nano beer brewing

Beer is a drink that has been around for a very long time.

Today, it is one of the most popular drinks in the world, consumed on just about every occasion that can be imagined.

 

It is prepared in a variety of different ways, each serving a different purpose.

From industrial output to home preparations, it is one beverage that is produced in a variety of different ways. As exciting and interesting as this world of beer might seem, it does come with its own challenges.

One of the many challenges that exist, with regard to the preparation of beer, is that of the equipment.

With plenty of variations and unique requirements to be addressed in every given case, it can get confusing when it comes to selecting the appropriate beer-making equipment.

Given in the list below are the three major kinds of beer making equipment, and the strategies that can be employed when selecting the ideal equipment.

 

  1. Micro-beer Brewing Equipment

Micro-beer is a reference to beer prepared by small breweries, also called craft breweries. In fact, beers they produce are also known as craft beers.

The process of selecting the ideal micro beer brewing equipment is given below:

  1. Batch Size –

The batches prepared should be sufficient for craft breweries. The exact quantities produced, should be sufficient for small scale businesses to maintain beer supplies. This is usually a lot less than the quantities used in large scale beer production.

  1. Maintenance –

It should be easy to maintain in general, but it is especially important in the case of micro breweries, given that maintenance is an expense unto itself.

  1. Personnel Requirements –

The number of personnel required for running the machinery should be limited, as labor charges are often expensive for small brewers.

  1. About the Manufacturer –

It is preferable that the beer equipment is manufactured locally, to keep costs low.

  1. Add-Ons –
    Check if the beer making equipment has all the necessary additions, such as thermometers, pressure gauges, etc. These are often not sold along with the main equipment, when it comes to small scale production. Buying a complete brewing kit or set is a better choice, compared to buying it one piece at a time.

 

  1. Commercial Beer Equipment

The term commercial beer is a reference to the beer that is produced on a commercial basis, in large quantities. This happens to be the predominant form of beer produced today, and is a massive industry involving huge companies.

The process of selecting the ideal commercial beer brewing equipment is given below:

 

  1. Batch Size –

The equipment should be in a position to produce vast quantities of beer for every single batch. It is a necessity, given that these businesses are operating on a large scale, and require huge amounts of beer to be produced on an everyday basis.

  1. Maintenance –

The maintenance factor should be almost minimal, and possible to do by those operating the equipment. Nano breweries, just like micro breweries, have a limited amount of cash to spend, making it very necessary that maintenance costs be kept to a minimum.

  1. Personnel Requirements –

The number of personnel required for running the operation should be limited. This is however, not as big a concern, as it would be in the case of small and micro brewers.

  1. About the Manufacturer –
    It doesn’t matter if the equipment is manufactured at home or abroad, as long as it gets the job done. What matters for large scale manufacturing is productivity more than anything else.
  2. Add-Ons –

The equipment that is sold tends to be all encompassing, and is often far more complex than any ordinary home-brewing kit. The concern therefore, that it may not have the required additional brewing supplies is rather unfounded. At the same time however, it is necessary to check the details of the additional hardware that is supplied with the main equipment, just to make sure that it suits the company’s needs.

 

  1. Nano Beer Equipment

The term nano beer is actually related to the craft beers, in the sense that both are produced in small batches. At the same time however, nano beers are produced in quantities that can be considered as extremely limited, in comparison to craft beers, with most batches of nano beers limited to about three barrels at most.

The process of selecting the ideal nano beer brewing equipment is given below:

  1. Batch Size –

The amount of beer produced by nano beer equipment should be just enough for the required batches of about beer barrels. Anything more and it will lead to wastage of input.

  1. Maintenance –

The amount of maintenance required for nano beer equipment should be very limited, given that the workforce is limited as well. This is particularly important for nano brewers, considering that many of them tend to be used for personal purposes or small businesses, which cannot afford additional maintenance charges.

  1. Personnel Requirements –

Just like in the case of craft beers, it is important that the personnel required for the nano beer equipment are very limited.

  1. About the Manufacturer –
    It is preferable to buy the equipment from local companies rather than foreign ones, given that the costs are usually high.
  2. Add-Ons –

It is highly unlikely that all the necessary additional hardware like pressure gauges, thermometers and so on, are provided with the main brewing kit. This is therefore something very important to check up, before making the purchase.

 

Last but not the least, it should also be added that there are other things worth considering as well in this regard. These include things like the cost of the equipment, after sales service and so on, all of which tend to be rather general in nature, rather than being something unique to each of the above mentioned categories of beer making equipment.

The above mentioned list is but some of the most important ones around, and nothing more. Depending on your unique needs and requirements, other considerations may also have to be taken into account, when getting the ideal hardware for the job.