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How to Brew Beer: Home Brewing and How to Make Beer... A Beginner's Guide to Home Brew

July 25, 2014 by Rick Morris:

Discover home brewing and how to brew beer!  It's a lot of fun and you'll never drink mass-produced beer again.  Moreover, in most states you are permitted to brew (tax-free) up to 100 gallons of beer at home per year per person, or 200 gallons per household if there are two adults.  But of course, who's counting? As of May 9, 2013 home brew is now legal in the state of Alabama, the 49th state to permit it.  And, on July 1, 2013 Mississippi became the 50th state to legalize home brew.

We have President Jimmy Carter to thank for lifting the restrictions in 1978 on home brew and brewing beer at home.  Previously (back to the end of prohibition), one had to pay a $1,000 penal bond in order to be able to brew beer at home.  That had limited virtually all but the very serious from being able to enjoy the hobby of beer brewing.  Today, however, about 1 million Americans drink their own home brew.  Go here to learn more about the basics of How to Home Brew.

Updated April 8, 2014

Learn How to Brew Beer at Home in 5 Easy Steps

Sanitize Home Brew Equipment
Mashing and Boiling the Home Brew
Pitching Yeast into the Wort/Fermenter
Fermentation Process (What is Fermentation, Yeast Fermentation)
Bottling & Kegging Homebrewed Beer

The Home Beer Brewing Process
Instructions on Brewing | Videos 

How to Home Brew (Articles)

Craft & Home Brew News

Cool!  Check Out the Bottling of Beer at a Micro-Brewery!

Mad River Brewing Company of Blue Lake, CA has achieved what many home brewers dream of doing - starting their own micro-brewery.  One of the coolest things in the business is the bottling line.  When you move from brewing 5 gallons of home brew to producing thousands of gallons, you're clearly going to need some technological assistance.  And, that's where the bottling line comes in.  Check out Mad River's bottling department in action in this video.

Our Home Brew Recipes

How to Brew Your Own Beer

A picture of a bottle and glass of our Oktoberfestbier homebrew.What is the beer brewing process? How does it work?  What's this I hear about fermentation?  What's an air-lock?  When will my homebrew be ready to bottle?  Can I drink that?

The beer brewing process is fairly basic.  In fact, there are just a few steps involved in turning amber waves of grain into a tasty alcoholic beverage!  So, don't let a lack of current knowledge keep you from brewing your own beer.  Learn to homebrew!

More: The general method for brewing beer at home involves boiling, fermentation, and conditioning.


Homebrew Tech:  Product Reviews

Photo of a typical starter kit for home beer brewing.Beer Brewing Kit
If you have ever witnessed a basic home brewing set-up, you have likely seen the humble Ale Pale beer brewing kit.  This 6-gallon bucket comes complete with all the basic necessities for brewing beer. 

More: Included in ours was a lid, air lock, bottle capper, some caps, a bottle brush, racking cane, sanitizer, thermometer, hydrometer, and a basic home brewing book. 


A photo of the four basic ingredients in home brew beer... barly malts, hops, yeast, and water.
Beer Ingredients: Discover 4 of them
A photo of a home-made mash tun for beer brewing.  The home brew is made from the sugary juices extracted during mashing.
Making Your Own Mash Tun
An image of a glass carboy showing the initial signs of fermentation of home brewed beer.
Video of home brew beer fermenting

Chimay Trappist Beer Official Video
How to Build Your Own Keezer
How to Build a Keezer
Image of several famous Belgian Trappist monk beers, and their respective beer glasses.
Chimay: The Art of Trappist Monk Beers

How Stuff Works: Beer (Discovery)
Iodophor Sanitizer Used for Sanitizing Home Brew Equipment
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize... Or Else!
An image of a home brew boil-over on the stove.
When Brewing Goes Bad: Troubleshooting
Find a craft brewery or micro brewery in your area.

All States and Cities...

Craft Beer Brew Reviews
Sweetwater IPA
Red Hook IPA
Chimay Cinq Centes
World's Best Beer Fest is Octoberfest (Oktoberfest) in Munich, Germany
Image of Germany, the world's top location for brewing beer, and beer brew supplies.It doesn't matter how well you brew, or how expensive your beer brewing equipment is.  What matters is drinking the liquid of the Gods.  And, no where do they drink it more than in Munich, Germany during the annual Oktoberfest.  Some consider it the Mecca of beer... and they're probably right.  Regardless, anyone who loves beer should make a pilgrimage to Munich during the end of September some time in their life... more
Did You Know?  Facts about beer.
Saying "No" to Flies in Beer
The hinged lid on beer steins was originally an elaborate method for keeping diseased flies out of the drink during the Plague era!

Little Jimmy is Unusually Happy
Until about 150 years ago, every American home had a beer brewer - usually the mother.  Why? Low alcoholic beer was preferred over untreated water since harmful bacteria wasn't present in beer... the kids loved it!

Jumping for Hops
The hops plant is related to cannabis (sorry, no THC here!) and can grow as high as 25 feet!

Cheers!  Why?
Tapping beer glasses with your fellow drinkers and proclaiming "Cheers!" or "Prost!" or whatever the going term is in your country evolved from royalty and nobles "sloshing", or mixing a bit of their beer with the one who served it.  This reduced the possibility of poisoned brew, as the King was always second to drink!

Types of Grains for Brewing
Equipment Needed
Your First All-Grain Brew
Building Your Own Mash Tun
All-Grain Brewing Recipes

According to
Ales, Lagers, and Hybrids
Elements of Beer Styles
Beer Judge Certification Program
Brewers Association Guidelines

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
How to Brew
Radical Brewing
Brew Like a Monk
Home Beermaking

Extract & Partial Mash Brewing
All-Grain Brewing
Troubleshooting Brew Mistakes
Home Brew Recipe Sharing
Bottling & Kegging My Beer

Intro to the Hops Plant
Canton, NC Hops Project
   2013 - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
   2014 - Part 1 |

Beer Hops and their Profiles
Start a Small-Scale Hops Farm
Growing Hops

Your First Time Kegging Beer
Kegging Equipment Needed
Building a Keezer
A Word About Kegorators
Kegging Q & A

Our Extract/Partial Mash Recipes
Our All-Grain Recipes
Recommended Beer Recipes
Brewing Water 101
Homebrew Kit Reviews

The Basic Homebrew Starter Kit
Jumping to All-Grain Brewing
Brewing Equipment Reviews
State of the Art Brewing
Conicals & Fermenters

Styles of Beer
Many have said the taste of beer must be "acquired".  That may be true.  Although factors such as the brewing process and various spices, fruits, etc. play a role, the taste of beer chiefly comes from the malt and water used, esters (or lack of) from the yeast, and the hops.  And, it's the hops that people are inherently tasting when we say beer is an acquired taste... more

Choosing the Right Beer Glass

Home Brew Websites

Find a Beer Brewery

Favorite Home Brew Supply Store
If you live in Western North Carolina, we highly recommend you visit the guys over at Asheville Brewers Supply!


Do you still drink your beer out of the bottle?  Yes?  Well, shame on you!  If you really want to enjoy a real beer you must drink from the glass.  And, not just any beer glass.  It should be the correct one for the style of beer you are drinking. 

6 basic types of beer glasses.

For example, a fine Belgium Triple must be drank from a goblet or sniffer so as to permit you the ability of taking in all the aromas.  A pilsner should be drank from a pint glass.  Kolsch beers are typically enjoyed from a "stange", a straight, cylindrical glass that holds no more than 8 or 10 ounces... more

Our Favorite Commercial Beers
Chimay Trappistes
Any of the Belgian Monk beers brewed within the walls of the Trappist Monastery and controlled by the International Trappist Association.  World renowned beers that are considered by us among the finest brews.

RJ Rockers
Great beer, brewed in a fashion familiar to any of us who have served with the Army/Air Force in Germany during the Cold War.  Love the new Pint Glass they sent me recently.  Ummmmmm!

BrandBrand Bier - The Brand Beer from The Netherlands.
While stationed in The Netherlands, this was the more popular beer, after Heineken.  In our opinion, it is a far better brew than the big "H" beer!  Unfortunately, Brand beer is not available in the United States.

Brewing Beer at Home is Fun and Rewarding!

Why We Home Brew

Like many Americans, I'm guessing you're tired of drinking sub-quality beer, and are ready to do something about it!  Perhaps you traveled the world - and in particular, Europe - during your military days and discovered quality beer.  Now that you are back in the good ole USA, it's difficult to find certain beers you enjoyed outside of the States.  Perhaps you live in Australia and want to discover German beers. 

Or maybe you're just a typical person who knows someone who knows someone who brews beer at home.  You probably have wondered what you have been missing.  What with all the people who are brewing beer at home these days, you feel it's time you gave it a go. 

If patience is your quality, and you have a desire for 100% pure and natural beer, as well as a couple hundred dollars to really get started, then you're at the right place!

Growing Hops

In the spring of 2013, we started our first hops micro-farm.  Well, it really isn't a "farm" per sey.  But, it's 24 plants from 10 different varieties of hops.  We are jumping into the hops growing arena because we have a desire to further our knowledge of brewing beer.  And, as you know, hops are a main ingredient in beer.  Follow along as we learn how to grow hops for our home brew.

Styles of Beer

Beer styles is a term used to loosely characterize beer according to color, flavor, alcohol content, origin, history, etc. of beer... more

World Beer Types

It's always a good time to learn about the different beer types.  From lagers and ales to wheat and steam beers, each country - and district - has its own type of beer.

About Home Brewing Equipment

The equipment needed to brew a basic batch of beer at home is actually quite minimal.  As mentioned above, you'll need a 4 or 5-gallon brew kettle, or pot to cook the brew.  You'll need a fermenting bucket or glass carboy.  And, you'll need an air-lock, or device used to allow the CO2 to escape during fermentation while keeping bad stuff (bacteria) out.  Other than that, only a few minor and inexpensive tools are required.  Fortunately, nowadays you can walk into your local brew shop and purchase a beer brew kit (usually the 6-gallon bucket type) for about 100 - 150 dollars.  It will contain everything you need to brew your first batch of beer, including the ingredients for your favorite German Oktoberfest, Belgium Trippel, etc.  Learn more about all the varying home brew equipment and beer brew supplies.

Home Brew Ingredients

Essentially, beer is brewed using four basic ingredients: water, malts, hops, and yeast.  Of course, just about anything from fruit to spices can be added, but these are your typical four ingredients.  Learn more about the various types of ingredients in beer, as all will produce varying types, flavors and styles of beers.

Home brewing Process: How Brewing and Fermentation Creates Beer

So, I just cook some items in a brew pot on the stove and toss that into a fermentation bucket, right?  Well, that's the crude jest of it.  But, the brewing process is an elaborate task... mostly technical and partially artistic.  Learn about the home brewing process here.

Recipes of Home Brew

The method virtually everyone new to the hobby uses in brewing the initial batches of beer typically involves brewing from kits.  From Belgian Trippels to German Kolsch, Wheat Beer to Dark Beer or Light Beer... we here at Two Monks Brewing are brewing all of them.  As we do, we'll post those recipes on this web site, at the top left of all pages.  You can, of course find plenty of beer recipes at your local brewing supplies store, and online.

Taking the Next Step: Crafting the Perfect Home Brew

Once you get good at brewing your own beer, you'll likely want to experiment.  That's what we plan to do.  Two-row or six-row malt?  Rye?  What spices can I add to my brew?  What temperature ranges can I try?  This yeast or that?  Fruit?  And, what's all this noise about "mashing" and "all-grain" brewing?   Clearly, brewing beer at home can quickly become science.  In that we started brewing in January 2012, we have since brewed at least a few dozen extract/partial mash "kits" and we are ready to immerse ourselves into being more creative with this.  After all, it's just a hobby at the present time!

When you feel comfortable, jump into experimenting with your own judgment.  You'll likely create a family label one day!  Our first attempt at swaying from a basic recipe kit was our Pablo's Kolsch, a Mexican style of Germany's popular Kolsch beer.


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