Beer

For over 6 years now, i make my own beer. Beer? Yes, BEER!

biertjuh

biertjuh

Yes, besides a technician, i’m also a brewer… 🙂

Normally, i make beer once, sometimes twice a year. each time i produce around 40 liters. More is not possible, because of the size of the pan. Perhaps later, when i can get my hands on a bigger one.

Beer is being made with only 4 basic ingredients:

  1. Water
  2. Hop
  3. Malt (dutch:mout)
  4. yeast

Malt is barley (dutch:gerst) that has been allowed to grow for just a short while. When the grain started to grow a small root, they dried it, so the process stopped. The result is a grain with a lot of sugar in it. Just what we need.

This grain is then broken with a cornmill. The resulting now broken grain is then put into water and, depending on the recipe, heated to a certain temp. Because of the heat, certain enzymes get to work. At different temps, different enzymes start working, adding to the flavour. At 78 degrees Centigrade, all processes stop. Then it’s time to filter. After filtering,  the Wort, as the liquid is now called, is being boiled for about an hour. During this hour, the hop and other additives, like more hop, honey, koriander, brown sugar and irish moss (for clearing the wort) are added. Then we filter again and pour the Wort into the sterilised barrel. Here, yeast is added. Then we close the lid and wait one or two weeks. During this period, the yeast produces alcohol. Then it’s time to add some sugar, fill the bottles and wait again for one or two weeks. Now, the yeast will produce a bit more alcohol, but because of the lack of oxygen, it will start to produce carbon dioxide, the bubbles in our beer. Exactly what we want. Cheers!

My little setup:

my little setup

my little setup