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How to Make Beer

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While being at home, we’ve all had some time to imagine which skill set we’d bring to the new world… that is, the post zombie-apocalypse world. Our friends and family have already been appraised, and range from potential farmers and hunters, to the bakers and cooks. But what about the brewers?

Let us teach you why brewing beer at home is such a great hobby now that you have the time to start practicing your new post apocalyptic craft! Regardless of if (and when) the zombies come, you will still end up with the brewing knowledge and, most importantly, the beer at home to drink!

City Brew Tours’ new Live Homebrew Experience offers everything you need to get the fermentation started, right from the comfort of your own home. This all inclusive package features a complete set of brewing supplies and ingredients, shipped directly to your door.

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Choose your kit and schedule your live workshop led by craft beer experts. Your guide will interact with you step by step through about 3 hours of engaging and hoppy fun! It doesn’t matter whether you’re located in one of the 11 cities we operate our award winning tours in; we can bring the joy of brewing right to your kitchen, nationwide.

City Brew Tours prides itself on employing some of the most knowledgeable craft beer experts in the industry. Our brewery tour guides double as passionate home brewers, with many years of experience in beer education and production. For you, however, there is absolutely no prior experience necessary to participate! 

We’ve often heard that the biggest hurdle is either not knowing how to get started, or not having someone to help you through the steps. Not only will our instructors take you through the whole process from start to finish, but they will hopefully inspire the confidence to do it again!

Four different beer recipes are available to brew. For your first beer with live instruction, you have the choice of an amber ale or a pale ale recipe. When completing your booking details, you’ll have the ability to purchase an additional nut brown ale or IPA recipe kit for only an additional 40 dollars.

The basic experience with live instruction, equipment shipped direct to your home and ingredients for a full case of beer costs only $99. After your brew day if you’re ready to elevate your skills, we offer everything you need to continue your brewing hobby beyond the first session! The “Level Up” add-on includes a hydrometer, thermometer, PBW alkaline cleaner, and a bottle brush which make it easy to clean your equipment and prepare for the next brew. Amaze your family and friends with your future batches!

With our approachable Live Home Brew Experience you will easily learn all the steps to brew beer. There’s no need for cumbersome equipment like a mash tun, lauter tun, wort chiller or separate bottling bucket when you are starting out. Our starter kits make the brewing process simple enough for anyone, with high quality materials that can be reused. Our live instruction means you get your questions answered in real-time so getting started with your first batch of beer has never been easier, so don’t wait!


Steps to homebrew:

  1. Heat a couple gallons of water in your pot to 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Steep your specialty grains in a mesh grain bag for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Turn your heat back on.
  4. Add your malt extracts.
  5. Bring to a boil and start a 60 minute countdown timer.
  6. Add hops according to the hop schedule into a second mesh bag.
  7. Sanitize fermentation equipment with StarSan in between hop additions while your batch is boiling.
  8. Turn off your heat source after the appropriate time has elapsed. Top up batch size if necessary.
  9. Immediately cool your entire batch by putting the pot (kettle) into a cold water ice bath.
  10. Pour your batch into your sanitized fermenter and close.
  11. Pitch your liquid yeast when the batch is at the appropriate fermentation temperature. (Dry yeast is also an option, but White Labs PurePitch packs make liquid yeast convenient and effective).
  12. Ferment at least 10 days, we recommend 14.
  13. Sanitize your bottling equipment then use your bottle filler to fill your bottles
  14. Add your priming sugar (carbonation drops) so the yeast can eat the added sugar (producing alcohol and carbon dioxide) to condition and carbonate your final product.
  15. Follow the words of Charlie Papazian “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.” Enjoy!
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