Brewing beer seems to get simpler and more efficient every year. Now most manufacturers offer non-boil beer brewing kits, removing an additional step and time from the process.
Instead of being a conventional FAQ section, this section of our web site is intended to act as a tutorial of sorts, assisting the new home brewer in making his or her first batch of beer. An excellent source for more information is “The New Complete Joy Of Homebrewing” by Charlie Papazian, available in our on line store.
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First, we will illustrate a sample non-boil process, followed by a more traditional beer making process.
Hygiene is very important in any beer making. Your Morgan’s kit is supplied with a pure yeast culture for fermentation, any foreign yeasts or organisms present in your brew can impart undesirable flavors to the finished beer. Sterilize all equipment and utensils before use with home brew sterilizer or boiling water.
Methods of mixing up – Dissolve contents of Morgan’s kit in 4 liters (1 US gallon) of hot water – water not over 75 degrees C (165 degrees F). Add 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of sugar, malt, corn sugar or some of Morgan’s Master Blends then stir to fully dissolve. Make up to 23 liters (6 gallons) with cold water. While adding this water, stir and check with a thermometer, maybe some warmer water (or even ice) may be needed to achieve an optimum brew start temp of 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Any temp between 22-30 degrees C (71-86 degrees F) is okay, however 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) is the ideal starting and fermenting temperature. It is important that the yeast is added as soon as the brew is mixed. Now add the yeast and stir for 30 second.
Morgan’s kits are perfectly suited for both open or closed fermentation, and can be either single or two stage brewed.
Open fermenting – Cover the prepared brew with a clean tea towel. When open fermenting any brew, it must be fermented above 22 degrees C (71 degrees F), and bottled as soon as fermentation finishes, otherwise spoilage can occur.
At first the brew will develop a thick froth on the surface. Next the froth will collapse leaving a milky very active look. This activity look will slowly subside, the brew will now begin to clear, giving a darker clearer appearance. The beer should now be bottled providing SG is 1005 or below. This brewing will have taken 3-4 days at an even temp. of 25 degrees C (77 degrees F).
Closed Fermenting – This method of brewing is preferred, particularly as the bottling time is less critical. Seal the fermenter and make airtight with the lid and air lock . Half fill the lock with cold clean water. Fermentation will cease in 3-4 days if fermented at 25 degrees C (77degrees F). Wait one extra day for settling, before bottling. Go ahead and bottle providing SG is 1005 or below.
Fermentation will take longer to complete at lower temperature i.e. below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F).
Be sure fermentation has finished before bottling. Once finished, your brew should have an SG of 1005 or below. This finishing gravity may be higher if your kit has been used in a complex recipe. Unfermentables will raise the final gravity.
A Morgan’s home brew concentrate makes 30 x 750 ml bottles of beer (60 x 375 ml). Bottles to be used should be clean and sterilized. They should also be free from chips where the seals are applied or body scratches as these cause weaknesses. Add 6g (a heaped teaspoon) of white sugar to each of 30 – 750 ml bottles or 3g to 375 ml ones. Now fill each bottle to the normal level, leaving proper head space. Avoid disturbing sediment in fermenter when bottling. Crown seal and invert bottles a few times, to dissolve priming sugar. Label bottles and store upright to mature.
Store bottles upright at a temp. between 22-30 degrees C (71-86 degrees F) for 5-7 days for beer to carbonate. Allow another 10 days at room temperature for beer to mature. Further maturing time especially under chilled conditions, will greatly improve the beers finish. A watery taste will indicate immaturity. When serving, chill bottles thoroughly before opening, gently pout into glasses or jug, leaving the small sediment in the bottle.
To begin brewing, we would recommend purchasing a starter kit from our on line store. A complete starting brew kit will contain all the main materials needed to brew your first batches of beer.
That’s it! You now have delicious beer to enjoy with your family and friends.