Home Brewing Batch #1 – Bavarian Weizen
I have a long history of baking bread whic makes brewing beer a natural extension in my mad culinary skills. This weekend I invested in a brewing kit combined with a light summer bavarian wheat beer ingredient kit. Home brewing beer is a science and an art. It does take a bit of work to create the fementing mixture, but it is well worth the effort. Also, it is a great opportunity to learn new skills while creating a delicious product.
First you need to create a mixture called Wort which starts with adding malt extracts to water. This recipe called for two types of malt extract – a dry and liquid malt extract which adds fermentable sugars for yeast to feast upon.
During the boiling process, hops are added bitterness to balance the sweetness of unfermented malt sugars while adding preservative and clearing properties to the mixture. Hops are added at different times during the boiling process depending upon the result desired. This recipe calls for two types of pelleted hops to be added at different intervals during the boil.
After boiling for like forever, the wort is chilled and tranfered to a fermenting bucket before adding liquid yeast. Once the wort reaches the desired temperature it is transferred and filtered into a fermenting bucket and more cool water is added. After confirming the temperature of the water is at the right temperature, it is time to take a small sample to test the specific gravity before adding the yeast product. One the yeast is added, give the mixture a good stirring. Seal the lid, attach airlock and place fermenting bucket in a warm area with little light exposure. 10-14 days later the yeast should have some sweet Bavarian Weizen beer that is ready to be bottled and aged.
During this process, I kept a strict eye on sanitizing every item that came in contact with the bubbling wort mixture. In addition, I thorougly cleaned and dusted every inch of the kitchen before creating the wort mixture and banned the dogs as well.
So far, I noted strong bubbling in the airlock today. My fingers are crossed that this brew turns out well as I plan to give away the finished product to friends and family. Oh, okay, I’ll keep a bottle or two.