The craft of home brewing has been produce and consumed since ancient times. However, in the modern age, with the advancement of a globalized economy, brew kits are a more simple solution that requires less time and raw materials enabling the novice beer maker to pursue a bubbly dream. Brew Kits allow the investor to utilize the compilation of another company and to enjoy a customizable beverage from their home.
Brewing contains several critical steps which are typically subdivided to include: mashing, wort separation, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering, and packaging with an occasionally added secondary fermentation step. In the home brewing production process these steps don’t necessarily require separate vats. On the other hand, in mass production much effort and time has been put into separating these processes and making them more efficient through inventive forms of stirring of the liquids and attempts at making the vat easier and requiring less cleaning. Home brewing with brew kits shortcuts some of the complexities of mass production while enabling the brewer to control the process an introduce alterations as they see fit, providing room for customization.
The first thing these home brew kits accomplish is taking some of the complexity out of that first batch. These kits enable to investor to utilize an already proven method of brewing with an at-home experience giving you the first step on a path of long and successful home brewing. Typically home brewing reduces the difficulty of the steps that mass production will encounter. Steps like the removal of the solids after fermentation are more simple and can be done with a slow speed decanter or possibly a siphoning tube, although this process is less common than the first. Therefore, the beers produced from home can be just as good as commercialized mass produced beers and are a great leaping off point for the beginner home brewer.
Brew kits come in a couple different organizations, the first of which is a sugar based fermentation kit. These kits are typically lighter weight and smaller in volume than their counterparts. Most brew masters will agree that this creates a thinner runnier beer and so it usually recommended that an investor choose an alternative.
The alternative to sugar-based fermentation kits is the heavier kits which contain an extra amount of malt. Malt is one of many ingredients included in a kit. Malt is generally referred to as any grain that as been submersed in water in order to soften its texture and then dried and allowed to germinate forming the malt which can then be used in a variety of brewing and distilling processes. Malts are used in the fermentation process of home brewing and as such are a critical part of home brew kits along with yeast.
Yeast is introduced in a home brewing kit in either a spray dried form or a liquid in a can/pouch. Either way, yeast is another ingredient which is essential to making home brewed beer.
By and large, home brew kits permits the investor to begin to understand the complex and multilayered process of beer production while being able fashion a beer.