So you have been making beer at home for a little while. That’s great, and you are probably having an amazing time! However, once you have done this, it is time to start looking into moving up in the world. Basically what this means is that you need to start focusing on improving your beer-making skills and doing more to ensure that you make the best beer possible every single time.
The first step that you can take towards making your beer-making process even better is starting to use specialty grains. Regular grains are great for beginners because they are not going to require any extraordinary amount of effort into the process, but once you start really getting into the beer-making process you should start looking into fancier grains that are tougher to deal with but provide you with newer flavors to experiment with.
Secondly, now that you have been chilling wort for a while, it is time to put some money into it and buy a wort chiller that is designed specifically for this task. You see, when you chill wort with ice you are doing well and are ensuring that oxygen does not enter the mix, but the fact is that a little bit of impurity always manages to find its way in. A wort chiller is going to ensure that this does not happen at all and will help chill your wort to just the right temperature every single time as well.
Another way in which you can control purity is by changing the water you use. Many people simply use tap water which is fine to start off with because you have so many other things that you have to take care of, but the fact is that there are so many more things that you could be doing, like using filtered water. Don’t use mineral water because the minerals have a flavor that can get quite unpleasantly strong when you pair them up with the other flavors in beer. Instead, just add a water filter to your tap and use the water from there. You will be amazed at just how much difference something like this is going to make.
A common mistake that you can avoid is putting dry yeast into your mix. Dry yeast is a great tool that will help you a great deal in your beer-making process, but adding dry yeast directly into your mix is going to end up denaturing a lot of the biochemicals present in the compound and will throw off the flavor. Instead what you should do is slightly rehydrate the yeast before you add it to the mix. This is going to ensure that the yeast has time to absorb moisture without any chemical reactions taking place.
Just keep in mind that beer is the sort of thing that requires a deft touch. Even the most inconsequential thing can result in a vastly different flavor in your final product. This is why you should be very careful while you are taking part in the home-brewing process.