Saw that episode and thought it was pretty good. There were some things he
did/said (such as adding ice to cool the wort down) that made me (and
others, I am sure) shake my head in surprise. However, it wasn't bad
I would not use that episode as an instructional video, however. While he
did outline the basic steps, I would also buy a good homebrewing book and do
some reading before you give it a shot. "The New Complete Joy of
Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian comes to mind. I am not saying it's the
only or the best one around, but it's what I got started on.
I have seen that episode a few times. One thing I have a problem with
is that he leaves the grains in the pot when he does the boil. This can
give you a real astrigent off flavor in your finished beer. The show
does give you a good idea of the basics. Another good suggestion would
be to get the book "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie
Papazian. Hope you decide to take up the hobbie. It can be rewarding
If you want to get into all-grain homebrewing, then the above mentioded
Papazian's book is probably a good choice. Another one would be to go
and read from there (or better yet, get the new edition as a book).
On the other hand if you want to start off easy and with as little
possible, which is with beer kits, you should also check
Yep! It's a pretty good episode. The homebrewing purist have a lot of
problems with it, including some of his vocabulary and technique.
It absolutely IS EASY! That's the good thing about that episode. From
reports in these brewing newsgroups, that espisode has started a lot of
people homebrewing! Just check out
excellent on-line book. You can also buy the newer edition of that
He mentions "all-grain" brewing, which you can advance to later, if you
find you like the hobby. You can make homebrewing as easy or as hard as
you want it to be!
Not really. He stresses sanitization, which is very important in the
later stages of brewing. Most folks don't use ice to chill the hot wort
(commercial ice is thought to contain unwanted bacteria), but instead
use a "chiller" or just cold water. Also, most don't leave the specialty
grains in the boil pot during the boil, that is thought to make the beer
too "astringent." But the bottom line is to get started and then you
can try it yourself every different way you feel like!
I have seen the episode of Good Eats Called Amber Waves were Alton
to brew beer many times now. It’s probably not the best way
to brew beer but for
my first batch following the recipe Good Brew to a
tee, I even left the
specialty grains in the wort, because I did not
know better then, it still
turned out really good. The ice did not cool
the wort enough to pitch the yeast
like he said. However, That was just
over a year and a half a go and at back in
June I found a couple of
bottles of that batch and tried them they did taste
just as good as the
several batches of beer that I have brewed since then. You
can get the
recipe from the Food Network I would say try it; it is worth a try
an ok Amber ale. Here is the link to the recipe
I saw the same episode. Brown made it look so easy that it inspired me to
begin brewing too. That was back in July and I have not stopped since.
New Kegerator (Used, just new to me) $200
Ferment Fridge & Temp Control $55 & swap old golf equipment
Wort Chiller $65
Assorted Brewing equipment $135
Having great quality draft beer around the house whenever you want it:
Seroiusly, anyone can get involved in this for a lot less than the cost of a
new set of golf clubs...
Same story for me. I'm an avid cook and love tinkering around in my
kitchen. I've always been dimly aware of the possibility of home brewing
but never really thought about it much. (Strange given my affinity for both
cooking and great beer.) Alton Brown's homebrew episode made the light go
on for some reason...I had no idea it could be so easy, fun, and affordable.
I'm fermenting my fourth batch in now....mostly extract brewing + steeping
some specialty grains and adjuncts to improve the finished product. My 1st
was an amber ale, the 2nd was a Dunklewiessen the 3rd was a Holiday spiced
ale (which I just finished bottling and will gift out over the holidays) and
I've got a 4th in the secondary....a Belgian Wit that is testing my
patience. Along with a few neighbors who are in awe of how good a homebrew
can actually be.....I'm completely hooked. I've got multiple requests for a
Sam's Summer Clone which I'll likely try in the spring......meanwhile the
weather here in New England has me thinking along the lines of hearty winter
ales and a good Barleywine......with maybe a lager along the way since I've
got a nice cool basement now.
Oh yeah......I'm an avid Sake fan as well......so a batch of Sake is on the
list but may need to wait till spring as the ferment temps are a bit high.
Great hobby which I highly recommend!!