The beer brewing kit makes it possible for anyone to brew their own great tasting beer right in their own kitchen. While you can make beer easily enough without being an expert on the brewing process, its entertaining (and enlightening) to know a little more about just what exactly is happening as your malt, hops, yeast and water become the miraculous beverage known as beer.
The Purpose of Boiling
One of the key steps of brewing your own beer is boiling. Boiling has a few different functions. For starters, its the point in the process where youll add your hops, extracting their refreshingly bitter flavor into your brew. Its also a natural sterilization process which denatures the proteins and enzymes which can make your beer taste off and appear cloudy and eliminates any stray microorganisms which may have found their way in and could spoil the batch. It may seem like nothing more than boiling, but this is an important part of the process which can make all the difference to the flavor of your finished beer.
Dissolving Malt Extracts
If youre just getting started making your own beer with a home beer brewing kit, then the chances are that youre using one of the pre-made malt extracts rather than malting and roasting your own barley. These extracts are easy to work with, but it does take a little extra care during the boiling process to make sure that your beer turns out the way you intended.
The malt extracts which often come along with a beer brewing kit have a relatively high sugar content; this is a good thing of course, since this sugar is what will serve as a food source for your yeast, enabling them to create the alcohol and natural effervescence of beer.
However, their sugar content also means that youll have to stir your extract in very well and keep stirring to make sure that it dissolves completely in the mixture and doesnt end up at the bottom of the pot where it can burn. Scorched malt means burnt tasting beer, which isnt probably what you envisioned when you excitedly brought home your new beer brewing kit, so take the time to boil properly during the brewing process and enjoy your delicious beer beverage when youre done.