How To Brew Beer At Home – Basics, Tips, & Mistakes To Avoid !

By Brian Lemay 28 comments

Hello and Welcome to The Kaizen Projekt I am the Kaizen Man I am very excited about today’s episode, we’re
going to learn the ABC’s of craft brewing. And how you can brew delicious beer right
at home. Microbrews have been all the rage for the
past few years and they’ve been popping up everywhere. And if you’ve ever thought of
brewing your own beer at home, perhaps giving it to the people that you love, then this
video is for you. Today we’re talking to Colin Walker who is
the Walter White of home brewing. This guy is a master of his craft, he’s taught hundreds
of bartenders all across Toronto their craft, he’s worked in some of the highest-end cocktail
bars, opened some of the best restaurants in the city. This guy has really done it all. And I’m so excited to have him on today’s
episode so he can show us what he knows and give us the basics of home brewing right at
home. So without further ado, let’s get right into
it. Starting right from the beginning, what first
drew you to home brewing – how did you first get started. Actually it was my roommate who pitched it
to me, came to me one day asked about starting to brew some beer. Something that he had tried
back out in Vancouver, while he was living out there with a former roommate, and decided
that he wanted to give it a shot again. Naturally me being me, very hands on, so we
tried it out a couple of times, it wasn’t really my roommate’s thing he decided, kind
of fell of a little bit, so I picked up the flag and just ran with it. If you were teaching someone completely new
to Home brewing what are the three basic things you would focus on? Three basic things – Number 1, hands down
cleanliness. I’ve got a bottle of bleach and a bottle of sanitizer solution with me at
all times while I’m brewing. It’s just one of those safety precautions where if a batch
of beer, because beer can go wrong very easily. You can get infections in beer, it may not
ferment properly, and then you don’t get a good quality product at the end of it. One
of the simplest ways to make sure that you’re eliminating as many of the variables as you
possibly can is just by keeping everything clean. Second one – for teaching new people would
be don’t be afraid to screw up, like be adventurous with this man, I mean at the very basic level
your formula for making beer is yeast + water + sugar=CO2 and alcohol. Don’t cheap out, buy as high as you can possibly
afford to. Yes it is a little bit of an investment, it’s actually a lot less expensive than a
lot of people think, but you’ll spend a few hundred dollars getting started. When you first started out what mistakes did
you make and what mistakes would you tell people to avoid. As you’re putting your beer into the bottles,
basically what happens is your beer isn’t carbonated at that point, your beer is flat.
In order to carbonate your beer you have to reactivate the yeast that’s in there. To do
that, all you’re doing is adding a little bit of sugar to your batch of beer before
you put it into the bottle. Not that much, like seriously a very very small amount. Like
to do a gallon size like this you’re talking like a quarter to half ounce of sugar. Teaspoon,
table spoon, mix it into some water so it’s dissolved, let it cool, pour it into your
beer, stir it up and plunk it into the bottle. So that’s something to keep in mind, don’t
put too much sugar when you’re brewing beer cuz that’s not good. Explosive ! Making those mistakes is actually pretty crucial
to the learning process so hands down make ’em. When you first started home brewing, what
did that process look like, how many hours did you put in, what kind of resources, maybe
what books you read, and since then what have you done to keep your skills nice and sharp. When we first started out home brewing, basically
what we did is went batch by batch. So we’d start out and luckily now there’s a lot of
really good resources out there. There’s full brewing kits that you can buy; it’s literally
a box that’s this big and has everything you need in terms of ingredients to brew your
beer. Those were immensely helpful to get the ball
rolling, especially for people who didn’t know what they were doing ahead of time. So
starting with that we’d start with a batch, we’d brew that batch, we’d wait till it went
to bottle we’d wait till it conditioned, we’d pop the bottles, we’d taste it, we’d see how
it went and we’d then start another batch. The only thing I could say is, I mean me personally,
I just jumped into it, like it’s one of those ones where if you’re going to do it bite the
bullet, go for it, don’t be afraid to screw up, get out there, get some of the basics
together and just start brewing. It doesn’t matter what you’re brewing, start with a pale
ale, start with something and just keep going, try different recipes, try different ingredients,
it’s one of those that it’s such an organic process that everyone’s journey through brewing
is totally different. Awesome And how has home brewing impacted your life? It’s given me a great hobby. It’s become more
than just a passion, it’s gotten to the point where like I said before, I’m actually working
right now to go back to school to actually take brewing a lot more seriously. Awesome, well thanks so much for coming on
the show. It’s been a pleasure. likewise, we’ll see you next time. There you have it, let the home brewing begin,
I definitely learned a lot from that video and I hope that you did too. Leave a comment, share the video and Subscribe
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Apr 4, 2017, 3:20 pm Reply

doing 1st batch today . thanks for the tips


Jun 6, 2017, 7:15 pm Reply

at 2:54 what is he saying? "quarter to half ???" im a non native speaker, i cant hear well. thank you.

Home brew beer guide

Jul 7, 2017, 5:19 am Reply

Great tips for starting out! Glad to hear someone that has a lot of experience encourage others to make the mistakes starting out to gain the experience. Good video

Kenneth Mundell

Aug 8, 2017, 10:13 pm Reply

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Sep 9, 2017, 10:44 am Reply

"What was the process look like?"

Jay Q. McBurger

Oct 10, 2017, 9:02 pm Reply

"What was the process look like?" lol nailed it


Oct 10, 2017, 4:42 am Reply

"when its fully clean and decontaminated, only then we cook"


Nov 11, 2017, 6:05 am Reply

This was not a how to but an interview

marty stamplecoskie

Nov 11, 2017, 1:30 am Reply

good video

Samira Silva

Dec 12, 2017, 3:28 pm Reply

you fool just talking


Mar 3, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

You guys have kiddie equipment….great tips for new brewers, but don’t go around telling people you’re serious about it with an $80 kit


Mar 3, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

You guys have kiddie equipment….great tips for new brewers, but don’t go around telling people you’re serious about it with an $80 kit

Matt Mcdonald

Mar 3, 2018, 12:21 am Reply

Bruh never use bleach brewing

Joe Stolzenberger

Apr 4, 2018, 3:46 pm Reply

you are wasting the time of people. Shut the fuck up.

John Brandolini

Apr 4, 2018, 6:04 am Reply

I have about $180 dollars invested in my brewing equipment. Half of that is in bottles. What most people tend to overlook is that a lot of kitchen equipment will double as brewing equipment. For example I have a 4 gallon stainless stock pot that I use to make chicken stock that also doubles as my wort boiler. I have kitchen funnels I use to add priming sugar and a food scale that reads in grams for portioning out priming sugar. Both of those items are repurposed for my brewing. So my advice before making the 3 to 4 hundred dollar investment in all the fancy shmancy equipment being hawked to you see what you have on hand in your kitchen that you can use. Once you get set up bear in mind that you'll only need to replace bottles if you break them so just like any other engineering project there is a certain amount of capital expenditure you'll have to make but that will be amortized over time by the beer you make. I have 8 cases of 12 each 22 oz bottles which allows me to always have fresh beer on hand to drink while the others are conditioning. This essentially has enabled me to untether myself from the commercial breweries. Incidentally I brew the equivalent of a strong imported porter ale for 63 cents per 12 oz. Natural ice (carbonated water with alcohol) goes for 60 cents per 12 oz. Imported brews go for about $1.50 per 12 oz. bottle. A year of brewing will cover the equipment cost. Brewing ales and lagers isn't rocket science. Our ancestors have been doing it ever since yeast was discovered. Cleanliness is indeed important; however, chlorine bleach is anathema to yeast. There are better sanitizers out there viz. StarSan. Be advised that StarSan, despite what the manufacturer and retailers will tell you needs special handling when diluting the concentrate. The concentrate is 50% phosphoric acid (the active sanitizer) and 25% sodium laurel sulfate (wetting agent). You must use gloves and eye protection when handling the product. Don't take my word; look up the SDS. If you don't want to commit to home brewing right off the bat use a couple of empty 5 gallon water jugs intended for bubblers and empty liter soda bottles for bottling. That way if you decide you don't want to pursue the craft you can return the jugs and bottles for their deposits.

Anuj Kapoor

May 5, 2018, 3:23 pm Reply

Hey are you forgetting something.. what were those equipment for… Ding ding..

Andres Farrar

Jul 7, 2018, 10:31 am Reply

How did it impact your life? Became an alcoholic

Apathy For Production

Jul 7, 2018, 10:40 pm Reply

why is the sugar amount treated like a dirty secret

fun4 funstyle

Aug 8, 2018, 7:29 pm Reply

Beer lovers' t-shirt is here

Zak C

Sep 9, 2018, 4:24 am Reply

This is "how to do nothing"…


Nov 11, 2018, 3:07 am Reply

Why are beer and wine making videos not age restricted? Kids could make this easy and hide it in the shed to ferment. Come on you tube, you sure are political on what you age restrict!

Aaron Bond

Nov 11, 2018, 7:24 am Reply

Amateurs full of shit.

Fenllin Skill

Dec 12, 2018, 1:43 pm Reply

What the fuck was that?!
U said nothing about brewing but some bullshit interview. Content less!

Hovsep Gurunian

Jan 1, 2019, 11:08 pm Reply

Seems like you are smart enough as 0

ws_wino 99

Jan 1, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

Some good advice it was helpful.

Sanjay Tewari

Jun 6, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

Won't you die if the beer is bad? Like impure alcohol


Jun 6, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

You don’t bleach anything beer touches. You get sanitizer 🤦🏻‍♂️. Clearly he doesn’t know much

laszlo halasz

Aug 8, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

And how to make beer? 5 simple steps…

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