If you love to drink beer then have the idea of brewing your own batch at home ever crossed your mind? Imagine rivaling the most popular micro brews or how about becoming a prestigious crafter in the future when you perfect your beer brewing methods. If you doubt about your skills and knowledge in beer brewing then consider the following reasons why this year is the best year to brew beer:
You will be making the best beer – if you follow directions closely and you are able to use high quality materials then there is no doubt that you will be drinking the best beer. Of course you may not be able to do it right the first few tries but when you dedicate time and effort in brewing beer all of these will be rewarded with the best –tasting beer that you have crafted yourself.
You can brew any type of beer that you want – no one’s going to stop you from brewing any kind of beer so technically you can stock up on a few of the beers that you have grown to love. Imagine brewing Choc Mint Stout which could be one of the best brews anywhere. You can also brew kinds of beers that may not be available during a particular season; hold a party and you will be the talk of the town because of your delicious off-season beer variety.
You will be able to save so much money – by brewing your own batch of beer you will be able to save so much and most of all you do not even have to go as far as the convenience store to buy one! But of course you may be thinking if the materials and equipment worth your money when you brew your own beer? If you plan to brew only a small batch per week or in a monthly basis then you could use materials and equipment that you have at home but if you plant to create large batches of beer then it would be better if you invest in high quality materials and equipment. The start-up costs could be heart-breaking but once you have used these for the third and fourth batches you may already be saving money every time you brew.
You will be able to join the social scene – once you are able to brew your own beer successfully then you would surely be interested in joining beer brewing competitions, meet people that share the same interest and even share your secrets with your friends and family. You will also notice that you will have more friends than usual since everyone would seem to want to check out how you do it.
The New Year is about to take a half turn but this is no reason to give up on your dream of starting your own brewery at home. It may sound challenging but once you get to actually taste your brew you will find that it could be the most satisfying pastimes that you have done.
There are so many terms that you may encounter in appreciating beer. Two of these words would be microbrew and craft beer. What could craft beer mean and why the distinction of crafted beers?
Before the name craft or crafted beers were coined the term microbrew was often in use. Microbrew was the word used to describe beer that was brewed by small and independent breweries. It was the term that pertained to a special brand of beer that one would likely find in a small shop or a local pub. And because of these factors, people built a distinction between mass produced beers and microbrew beers. Everyone considered a microbrew innovative and exciting compared to plain-tasting traditional beers.
However as the world contentedly sipped their microbrew beers with pride, they did not knew that the term microbrew was not actually a term for exotic beers. It was rather a legal term that describes beer makers according to their sizes. A microbrewery that had a limited production rate is actually producing microbrew beers. Furthermore, microbrewery companies are becoming large corporations like the Boston Beer Company.
As the name craft beer began to emerge different brands are also being taken into consideration. Beer drinkers actually find it a privilege to be able to drink finely crafted beers since they know there has been a lot of effort placed in their beers. The Brewers Association has provided the correct definition of craft beer considering that craft beer is “one that is small, independent and traditional.”
And so considering the correct definition of microbrew and craft beer is it now safe to assume that crafted beer is tastier, more flavorful than regular beer? Technically even if the Brewers Association has provided an improved definition of craft beer it still does not mean that this kind of beer is better.
Therefore the taste and flavor of this kind of beer may depend on the drinker. Some may regard craft beer as unique and therefore more exotic while there are also some that are uncomfortable with brewing beers this way and would rather be with comfortable regular beer.
Beer has been a part of the lives of people enjoying the taste of it. Today, grabbing such drink has become more available as one can put up a home kegging system to brew beer. If you are one who fancies home produced products, setting up a kegging system is the best step to take.
Basically, a kegging system is comprised of a keg, CO2 gas tank, pressure regulator and hoses. This is more advanced than what is traditionally used – the barrel system where you have to wait for years in order to have the first taste on your produce. This can be simply set up to start working with the home brewed beer. If you are not technical savvy, you can just take the services of some stores to have it set for you. Several stores offer such supplies. But because shopping has been extended to the online world, you can conveniently avail of such product online.
Kegging system usually costs $200 during the initial set up. This is a starter system that is not that complex, perfect for those who are just starting to brew beer. The price though changes according to where you are to avail of the system. Online shopping for instance would ask you for additional shipping cost.
Sometimes, one might question the need to set up this kegging system. Practically, why would you set up your own brewing system when you can just visit stores to buy your own beer? Primarily, you will be saved from the hassles of spending your time and effort when you would just buy readily available beer in stores. But, what makes this system a lot nicer is the fact that you are sure that the ingredients used are of high quality. Furthermore, if you have the passion in brewing your own beer, it would be a lot more meaningful to have your first taste on it.
These are just some of the basic things that you need to know about setting up your very own kegging system at home. There might be a need to really put your effort in setting up and completing the process but the greater glory comes after you have brewed your very own beer. You can just imagine how fulfilled you are in coming up with your very first product that will truly be memorable as it is made with passion.
Beer is the new source of fuel that the Alaskan Brewing Company operates and it is known as the “spent grain”. As their one and only fuel source to their steam boiler from left over from of the brewing process, the company’s oil fuel consumption for operations in brewery house has reduce up to 60 to 70 percent of the expenses and for the record, the Alaskan Brewing Company is the first craft brewery in the world to use this brewing by-product in this way on the way to make a huge commission from jaw dropping expense reduction in brewery industry.
The Co-founder, Geoff Larson, explains with his statement, “We have the unique honor of brewing craft beer in this stunning and remote place, But in order to grow as a small business here in Alaska and continue having a positive effect on our community, we have to take special efforts to look beyond the traditional to more innovative ways of brewing. Reducing our energy use makes good business sense, and good sense for this beautiful place where we live and play.”
It began the spent grain energy process in 1995 with the installations of a grain dryer. The equipment dried the wet, protein-rich grain for use as cattle feed, although, due to the absence of farms or ranches in Southeast Alaska, it is use as a supplemental fuel source to heat the dryer itself , thus, reduction of oil required in the process.
In 2008, the company was the first to install the mash filter press that saves energy in brewing process. The mash filter press produces lower moisture content on spent grain that better lends itself to drying and for use as fuel for the grain dryer and the new spent grain boiler system.
In 2012, Alaskan completed the final stage of the process with installation and commissioning of the accustomed spent grain boiler and expects that the new boiler will save more than the half of the fuel needed in grain drying and steam process. Alaskan expects to save nearly 1.5 million gallons of oil over the next ten years.