Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Advice for New Homebrewers
A veteran attorney who brings almost three decades of experience to his work as a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP, Andrew Barovick litigates directly for the firm’s clients. Away from his work, Andrew Barovick has become a craft beer enthusiast. Many brewers of craft beers start out making small amounts at home. Here are some tips for the novice homebrewer.
1. Invest in a coiled immersion chiller, which will usually costs approximately $50 to $70, so you can cool large volumes of wort quickly. Doing so allows you to drop the temperature of the wort below the dangerous ranges that lead to the development of bacteria, lowering the risk of your beer being contaminated.
2. Every piece of equipment that touches the beer, from spoons through to fermentation buckets and rubber stoppers, needs to be boiled immediately and sanitized. Sanitize using iodine or a specialist sanitizing agent, ideally for at least 1 minute. Doing so reduces the risk of bacteria contaminating later batches.
3. Be patient during the fermentation process, as it can sometimes take up to two days for the results to start becoming visible. If there is no sign of fermentation after this period, adding some more dry yeast to the mixture will usually accelerate the process.