If we said brewing your own beer was simple, would you believe us? Well that's what Desiree Knott with High Gravity wants you to believe.
"You just need a few simple pieces of equipment to brew your own beer. A large pot to cook the beer. A food grade bucket to ferment the beer. A bucket with a spigot to bottle the beer, a capper, beer bottles and bottle caps," Knott said.
There are four basic ingredients to any beer: malt, hops, water and yeast.
"Water makes up the largest portion of beer and also plays a role in the flavor but most new brewers do not play with the water chemistry and relay on the other ingredients to effect the flavor of the beer," she said.
"For a new brewer, the extract with specialty grains is the most common brewing method. This consists of steeping specialty grains that will lend flavor and color to the beer then boiling the beer along with the malt extract and hops according the instructions. Once the boil is complete the beer is cooled, added to a fermenter where it is topped off with water to bring it to the intended volume, usually 5 gallons. Yeast is added last and from there the beer starts its fermentation," Knott said. "This process usually takes a few hours."
You'll want to start the brewing process a month or so before you are wanting to drive it. "A common rule of thumb is the 1-2-3 method. 1 week in a primary fermenter, 2 weeks in a secondary vessel, 3 weeks in the bottle to carbonate and condition," she said.
"The awesome part about homebrewing is that you can make ANY kind of beer you want. There are over 98 defined beer styles and an infinite number of variations on that. The possibilities are endless. We recommend starting with an ingredient kit with excellent instructions to get started with. After a few batches you will be quite comfortable playing with ingredients and experimenting."
High Gravity is located at 7142 S. Memorial Drive in Tulsa. For more information on brewing education and to buy the equipment for yourself visit www.highgravitybrew.com