Discover the wonders of home brewing with this traditional beer recipe.
1. Wash and sanitize all containers and instruments.
2. In a large pot, add malt extract to 6 cups filtered water and mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil over high heat.
3. Place hops in the brewing bag or on cheesecloth, bundle and tie in a knot. Add to pot and steep in boiling water for 30 minutes (maintain a boil, but watch that it doesn’t boil over). Remove from heat. Remove hops and add them to your compost.
4. Add 6 cups cold water to mixture to cool it down to between 65°F and 77°F.
5. Oxygenate mixture by shaking pot vigorously to produce bubbles.
6. Use a sanitized instrument to stir in yeast. Transfer mixture to bucket. Seal airtight and set airlock. Let ferment at 68°F to 77°F for 6 days or until mixture no longer produces bubbles.
7. Refrigerate bucket (under 50°F) for 24 hours, until beer settles.
8. Carefully pour beer (without raising sediment) into sanitized bottles. Add 1⁄2 tsp sugar to each bottle before sealing. Let ferment in a warm area (77°F to 90°F) for 14 days, then refrigerate.
To consume when necessary — that is to say, on days of rest and after a long, hard day’s work. Keeps for 1 month in the refrigerator (if well hidden from others!).
Courtesy of Fermentation Revolution: 70 Easy Recipes for Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kimchi and More by Sébastien Bureau & David Côté © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Available where books are sold.