Hi, my name is Chris Cuzme. I am a long-time member and current president of the New York City Home Brewer's Guild. I've been home brewing since about 2001, and I love it. I'm crazy addicted to it, and I'm happy to share it with you today. I'm also part of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team which I formed with my partner, Mary Izett, NYCDAT.com. I'll be showing you how to home brew today. Cheers!
Making beer is easy. If you can cook, you can make beer. If you like baking cakes, if you like baking, if you like boiling anything. If you like the stove, if you like your kitchen, you can make beer at home. It is as simple as that. Basically, we'll be boiling some sugar water, and then giving yeast the chance to eat that sugar water, and make us alcohol. There are 4 ingredients in beer. There's malted barley, there's hops, there's water, and there's yeast. But beyond that, to make the beer at home, there are a few basic equipment needs that we will need. You'll need a kettle for which to boil it in. At least a 3 gallon kettle, but ideally, 6 gallons, 6 or 7 gallon kettle you'll need. A thermometer. A thermometer is a device that measures the density of liquid, and will tell you how much sugar is in your liquid for the yeast to eat and convert to alcohol. After the kettle, we'll need a place for the sugar to ferment for that yeast to eat that. In this case, we'll use a bottling bucket, which is standard case. As yeast eats sugar, it produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. If we were to cap it off, the vessel in which we put this beer, this fermenting beer, it would explode. So what we do is we put an airlock on it. It allows air out, CO^2 out, without letting air back in. If were were to allow air back in, or contaminated air, this yeast would take the flavors in this, and turn it into something way big and way bad. And that's the only place where making beer is dangerous. It's not gonna kill you, but it can get really, really funky. So beer, making beer is very easy. And the most important thing to do in the process is to clean, sterilize, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, and be very scared. There's stuff around us everywhere. And it'll be in there, and it'll be funky in here.