For the beer aficionado who’s serious about their drinks, there are a few things more rewarding than getting into the hobby of home brewing. One of the first questions every person asks themselves before buying the best home brewing kit is: how long before the beer is finally ready?
While it is true that homemade kits have made it easier to make your own beer, there is, of course, a lot of patience involved. And that is part and parcel of the homebrewing.
In this Guide
From Preparation to Drinking
The total time it takes for your beer to be ready for consumption depends on various factors. If all goes smoothly, the process should take 4 to 8 weeks (or about 1 to 2 months). Preparing the ingredients doesn’t take more than a couple of hours, but your mixture will need to be fermented for at least 2 weeks (the timeframe may be longer depending on the beer), followed by a few more days of bottle conditioning for homebrewed beer.
The types of yeast and the temperature you’re using to brew the beer will play a role on the timelines.
It is important to remember that your beer will only be ready with its ready. So patience really is virtue when it comes to home brewing.
Hence you’ve brewed your first batch, make sure you move on to the next match right away so that you’ve got a continuous supply of high quality home made beer. This will the waiting time more bearable.
Below is a More Detailed Timeline of the Process:
Beer starts off as water, hops, yeast, and malted grains.
- First you combine the malted grains with a calculated amount of warm water and let it steep everything – this is known as mash.
- Sparging: You strain the liquid from the grains and rinse the remaining sugar from the leftover rains with freshwaters.
- The Hop Boil: You heat the wort until it starts to boil and add the hops – these are what make the beer taste good.
- Yeast: Allow the wort to cool and bring it down to room temperature to add the yeast.
You will now transfer the wort to a sanitized bucket for about 7 days.
Primary Fermentation: 1 week
The yeast eats up all the sugar and gives you alcohol in return. You can’t do anything at this point other than ensure the bucket with the fermenting beer stays away from direct sunlight.
The yeast needs about a week to eat through all the sugar and settle down. After this, you can transfer the beer into a smaller container for secondary fermentation.
Secondary Fermentation: 2 weeks
The yeast is finishing up the process of eating the sugars and making sure the beer is ready. Any sediment kicked up during the first stage will settle to the bottom of the jug, leaving the beer looking crystal clear and sparkling.
Time in the Bottle: 2 Weeks
Now you’re ready to divide the beer into bottles, cap them, and wait a few more weeks before drinking.
The Total Time to Make Homebrew: 4 to 8 weeks minimum
The bottom line is, you should never rush the steps involved in making beer and hope to ump to the fun part of drinking the beer sooner rather than later. The instructions are there for reasons after all. And while you can rush the process, you only do so as the cost of low-quality beer that just doesn’t taste as good and lacks flavor.
It’s best to let time do its job and let the homebrewing process run its course without interruption.