24 Mar '12, 4pm
Ever wanted to brew your own beer? It's easier than you think
Making your own beer at home is a great way for beer aficionados to have fun, get creative and save natural resources. If you’ve been thinking about taking up this DIY hobby but don’t know where to get started, check out our beginner’s guide to homebrewing, which lists basic ingredients and equipment, explains the homebrew process and offers tips from expert brewers. Basic ingredients Homebrewers use a wide variety of ingredients to flavor their beers including herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. But all beers generally have four basic ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. Malt: To make malted grains, brewers prompt the seeds of barley and other cereal grains to sprout, then dry them in a kiln to stop their growth and extract their sugars, according to Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply . The malted grain is then crushed and soaked in hot water – a process called “mashi...