You Can Homebrew Beer, Its Real Simple

By Brian Lemay 41 comments


Mary Midgley

Jan 1, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

Did u have some beer before you started the video??

Sophie Bakall

Jan 1, 2019, 9:58 pm Reply

When I make Chinese congee soup (basically rice and flavored stock boiled for a while til the rice breaks down), boil-overs are common. I found that placing a wooden spoon over the top of the pot and then rest the lid over the wooden spoon, won't allow the soup to boil over. It's something about the wooden spoon because you can sometimes see the soup boil up near the spoon but it won't go any further beyond that. Not sure if it works in this situation but worth a try the next time you brew..

Brody Burt

Jan 1, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

?good video for beginners, it doesn't have to be hard, were not all trying to win medals when we brew.
I agree some people really waste a lot of water using their wort chiller, I run mine onto the lawn or in the garden during the winter I run it into my animals water troughs, I've seen people collet it in their washer to do a load of laundry.
I've also been known to let my wort just chill in the sanitized fermenter over night with it sealed up from outside "germs" and pitch my yeast the next morning. I also like to pour my wort from the boil kettle through the grain bag or a colander to help reduce all the trub in the fermenter and makes it easier to wash yeast to use again. Anyways good video and I hope to see more from you, I enjoy pretty much all of them

Kathy Johnson

Jan 1, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

What’s in the bottle on top of the lid of the bucket

Brian Favorite

Jan 1, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

Great video! Been wanted to make some home brew!!


Jan 1, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

3 minutes in and this is already the best video I've seen on brewing. Good work Eric!

angela sheppard

Jan 1, 2019, 11:06 pm Reply

I've got to try this

Pedro Morales

Jan 1, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

I'm not allowed to make beer indoors anymore…


Jan 1, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

I've made a lot of beer in past days and I never made a beer from malt extracts that didn't have this distinct funky flavor.
Another good cleaner is Oxy Clean Free. It has no dyes or perfumes. Kitchen brewing is something the wife never liked because of the odors so I got a burner and moved to the garage.


Jan 1, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

No need to stir after you pitch your yeast.


Jan 1, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

Great video, though I will probably never brew beer hut should never say never ;). Found it interesting just the same, as well as hilarious! Love gardenfork ???????

Ken R

Jan 1, 2019, 12:02 am Reply


james schwartz

Jan 1, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

I listened to this with ear buds in, so when your doorbell rang I got up. Then I remembered that I don't have dogs…. ?

charles vereschagin

Jan 1, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

Man are you lucky that mom wasn't around when you had the hot break spill over. Just sayin.


Jan 1, 2019, 1:42 am Reply

Careful. Hops are poisonous to dogs.

Johan de klein

Jan 1, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Guess now it's the waiting game to try it out..

Rick Kennerly

Jan 1, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

I’m confused. Everything had to be sterile but you put more tap water or ice cubes into the wort to cool?

Also, when you sterilize the plastic container, did you just pour the sterilizer out or did you also rinse with tap water?

Russell Franke

Jan 1, 2019, 4:16 am Reply

Tip: Fill the vent with vodka instead of water. Nothing will grow in it like regular water and it will not contaminate the wort if it over flows or gets some sucked in.

Craig Nehring

Jan 1, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

BELCH… excuse me
 Dang, I can almost smell that brew over here
Hi Charlie girl… I have a tennis ball for you

Kathryn Socci

Jan 1, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

Are you kidding me., around the corner you can buy beer, what a mess. Sorry, this one got me.

Steve, Jen Q,P Nelson

Jan 1, 2019, 6:18 am Reply

Cool Eric, looking forward to how it turns out!! Cheers


Jan 1, 2019, 10:30 am Reply

I must make some home brew except its been so hot around here the other day it was 44.Celsius , and inside it still gets hot. I will just do the kit and Kilo method of Extract Brewing. When I mix mine I use a paddle and put it in the Cordless Drill.

James Goacher

Jan 1, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

I am a Home Brewer of 45yrs or so and that is the clearest explanation of Partial mash Brewing I have seen. The only bit I have an issue with is your boiling with the lid on. The object of the boil is to extract the "bittering agents" from the hops and to evaporate out other things. The lid should be off and it should have a vigourous rolling boil. Over the period of an hour say of boiling you would expect to evaporate 10-15% of the wort.
Lots of years ago btw I did the boiling stage by Pressure cooking the hops making a "Hop Tea". I cannot remember the result.
I do full Grain Mashing now, have been doing for40-45 yrs.

Kurt K

Jan 1, 2019, 11:54 am Reply

The mash (water and grain) becomes wort when you separate the grain in the laughtering process ?

Orbital Tube

Jan 1, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

Cool video. I did a video on the youngs extract kit last year on my channel. Turned out pretty good, you just dry hop that one. Thanks for showing a partial mash.

Torrey Jones

Jan 1, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

Nice! Totally want to encourage anyone and everyone to brew at home. DIY and put the ABP beer companies out of business!
A few comments though:
1:20 You can totally use bread yeast. bread yeast and brewing yeast are the exact same species. The difference is like the difference between Spain and Portugal. They both do the exact same things in the exact same ways, just that some are slightly more fine tuned for survival in higher concentrations of alcohol. I've seen bread yeast produce upwards of 15% alcohol (30 proof). A reason to use brewers yeast is more fine control over the flavor profile when you're looking to fine tune a recipe for specific flavors and repeatability. each batch of bread yeast is going to be slightly different, where as one packet of a specific brewers yeast, such as Wyeast British Ale II 1335, is going to give you the exact same results (assuming you do everything else exactly the same as well), every single time. LOTS of people use regular bread yeast and get great results from it, especially for things like table wine, the house beer, a generic mead/cider/whatever. It's really quite good for your first few batches, especially if you've already got some sitting around because you frequently make bread. If you don't know what you're doing yet, you can totally start with using cheap bread yeast and get good quality brews. Some brewers never go to the commercial stuff unless they run into a stuck fermentation (which can still happen with commercial yeast) and still wind up with fantastic brews. You'll never win gold medal at the state fair, but it's still good drinking.
5:00 If you make a second batch of beer using the same grains, which is something that you can totally do, you won't get as much sugars from it, meaning less alcohol in the end product, and it's called a "Small Beer."
5:20 if you do wind up having a brick of extract, put it in a pot of water on the stove to heat up. I do that just as a matter of habit. get it warm to the touch, and it'll flow nice and easy. Add some of your hot water to it to rinse the bottle and get all the goodness out.
5:30 absolutely agree, If you've never done it before, or you've got less than a few batches under your belt, read the instructions. FOLLOW the instructions. It keeps you doing things in the right order, and doing things in the wrong order DOES NOT WORK. Once you know what you're doing, then you can get creative.
5:50 beer brewing day is a great day to drink some beers and hang with buds. lots of stuff not happening where you can't go anywhere or get distracted by a football game or whatever.
8:20 Don't worry too much. just expect that you're going to make a mess your first few batches until you learn to regulate the temperature properly and stir. It will make a huge mess that's going to be a P.I.T.A. to clean up. It's not beer yet, so it's not alcohol abuse.
9:00 Yup. foaming happens. it's the stage of the process that indicates that the proteins are breaking down and turning into sugars that they yeast will be eating shortly to turn into alcohol.
11:30 Yeah, the reason you pitch your yeast as soon as possible is that whatever microbes get in there first are the ones that are going to dominate your brewing process, and you want that to be your yeast, not a bacteria (unless you're doing a specific bacteria brew, like the sour beers, but that's a master's level thing, so don't worry about it for your first several dozen batches). If your bucket and lid are sterile, and you put that lid on, yeah, it's fairly safe to stash it in a cold place, like the back yard in winter until it cools down. Still, a DIY wort chiller is really easy to make and pretty cheap too.
12:38 not all sanitization liquids should be rinsed. RTFM, then FTFM.
14:00 After aeration, which is important, it is really important to take a gravity reading. you need to take a gravity reading with every batch, and pretty much at every step from this point on. If you don't have a gravity reading and something goes wrong, nobody will be able to help you figure out what the problem is. With those gravity readings, experienced brewers will be able to provide advice on how to fix whatever went wrong. It's cheap and easy to do, and will save you time and money in the long run, don't make excuses, just do it. Think of it like sanitization.

Julia Campbell

Jan 1, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

Great video dear.
I know know little about beer making, but the husband wants me to give it a try. I do make homemade wines though. Simple and easy to do. The family favorite is the Strawberry wine I start in the spring and give out for Christmas.

Flannel Acres

Jan 1, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

Good video, Eric! I've never been a fan of beer. Not sure why. But I do enjoy wine (and brewing it myself). I like how you show people that they can do this stuff, too. 🙂

Tasting Nitch

Jan 1, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

Bravo! bringing the good word to the peoples! thank you for sharing

Elizabeth Loesch

Jan 1, 2019, 10:07 pm Reply

so cute…..I figured that you are over 50 …therefore forgetting words ….I do that. Now I don't feel so bad. Your video is adorable! and I always wanted to make my own beer…you made it look fun.

John Doe

Jan 1, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

Gardenfork Lager , 50 Bucks per Gallone… 🙂

StarWars IRL

Jan 1, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

Cool video! So you’re supposed to leave it fermenting for how many weeks? I had no idea it took so long.

Cole Painter

Jan 1, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

I use a wort chiller, and yes they are a waste of water, however if you have a 55gal rain barrel and a pond pump you can recirculate your water through the wort chiller. also if you have a probe thermometer in the barrel you can monitor the temp, and add ice accordingly. I also brew my beer outside, on a turkey fryer base, so if I do have boil overs they're far easier to clean up. Just a couple suggestions for you. I do like to use malt extracts from time to time, it's far less time consuming than an all grain. I do like all grain brewing, because I feel you get a better taste, but if I'm in a time crunch I'll do a malt extract kit. All in all great video Eric, very helpful.

Philip Grocki

Jan 1, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

Eric…….LOVE all your videos. In making quality beer one needs to be precise. We understand that you're hurrying the process steps to shorten the video. But the viewers need to know that following each ingredient "step" precisely is very important. There's no "winging" the process.

Philip Grocki

Jan 1, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

"Star San" is about the best instant sanitizer. We all virtually drink a small portion of it when we drink most soft drinks.

Dale Leppert

Jan 1, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

I noticed you spilled a couple pellets of hops on the ground. I just started my first brew and in the instructions it warns that hops can be deadly to dogs. It causes what is called malignant hypothermia. According to the instructions in my "Brewers Best" kit even a small amount can be deadly.

Alan Herbst

Jan 1, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

I use my spent grains to make dog treats. They will do ANYTHING for them.


Jan 1, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

Just a thought, but wouldn’t the wort cool faster outside if you add the cold water later? The cold water drops the temperature – but doesn’t remove any energy. You’re goal is to lose the energy which happens faster when there’s a larger temperature gradient.

Barry Wauldron

Jan 1, 2019, 11:48 pm Reply

When I transfer the wort from the boil pot to the fermentation bucket, I usually pour it through a funnel with a fine mesh screen or filter to strain out the hops, grain debris, etc. You can do it again when you rack the beer off the dead yeast after fermentation as you prepare to bottle.

Brewster Brownville

Jan 1, 2019, 8:09 am Reply

I can’t believe you read the directions!

Ezra Boren

Feb 2, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

How about root beer for minors?

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