For anyone interested or curious to learn more about making their own booze, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.
- 1. People have been making their own beer or wine going back at least 7,000 years, with some of the earliest evidence found from Iraq, Egypt, and China. The first beverages are believed to have been beers, meads, fruit and rice wines.
- 2. With inventions such as thermometers and hydrometers in the 1800’s, productions expanded to larger businesses with better controls and measurements in place, giving a better consistency.
- 3. It’s generally legal up to certain quantities in most places in the world, providing it’s being used for personal use of course.
- 4. Common homebrews include for beer, cider, kilju (in Finland), and Mead. It can take generally between a week and a month per batch.
- 5. Homebrewing actually isn’t very difficult to do. While you can invest in a kit, you can also use plenty of other regular cooking equipment and containers, just need to be a little inventive or creative sometimes. But when you think about it, people have been doing this for thousands of years, so chances are even your most amateurish setup is still 100x better than what was used just a couple hundred years ago, such as using a thermometer or hydrometer.
- 6. The general process is adding different ingredients to a large pot of boiling water, such as honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Let it cool to the proper yeast temperature, ie 85 F, add the yeast and bottle it for fermenting.
- 7. When fermenting, it’s important to use a fermentation lock on your containers, allowing the carbon dioxide gas produced to vent as needed. Or, one needs to diffuse or release the pressure at least 1-2 times per day, depending on how fast the mixture is fermenting. Without doing either of these, the pressure will build and within a day or so you’ll have a fairly large explosion and a huge mess to clean up.
- 8. Homebrewing is generally better for the environment than commercially brewed beverages, with using reusable bottles, you’re axing out most of the packaging and transportation costs.
- 9. There are about 750,000 people that homebrew in the United States.
- 10. In different areas you often can find homebrewing clubs or competitions, as well as groups such as the National Association of Wine and Beermakers (NAWB).
Use a network for your own homebrew creations
Add a folder just for homebrewing and keep it to yourself or share it with others in your network. Within the folder are different applications you can add content to, helpful to have in a centralized place for easy reference. Here are a few examples using the applications:
- Websites: Store useful websites related to your homebrewing, these could be for recipes you’d like to try, suppliers of malt or other ingredients, or others you find relevant.
- News: Add any homebrewing blogs to your homebrewing folder, see the latest article from each in an integrated view.
- Notes: Store your own recipe in a note. Use a bullet list for ingredients, a number list for instructions. You can later print the note if needed for offline usage.
- Actions: Add anything that you need buy or pick up before your next batch.
- Events: Schedule for different parts of the process, include an alert to get an extra email reminder. Or if sharing the network and folder with others, schedule a tasting party, use the event poll to find the best date and time for everyone.
- Polls: Take a poll with others in your network to help decide which brew to make next. Or, take a poll afterwards to see which ones everyone liked the best.
- Images: Upload photos of different parts of process or of the finished result.
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