Home Brewing
For beer lovers, home brewing can be the ideal hobby. Home brewing is a challenging, enjoyable and economical hobby for anyone who enjoys a variety of beers, including light and dark brews, ciders and even mead. While you can build your own brewing kit, starting out with a pre-assembled homebrew kit is an easy way to give brewing a try. Skip that run by the liquor store, and serve home-brewed  beer at barbecues, pool parties, and the Sunday afternoon football game.

Step 1
Sanitize all brewing supplies. Use a purchased sanitizer or add 1 tbsp. of bleach to 1 gallon of water, according to RealBeer.com. Sanitize your supplies in your keg, allowing them to soak in the solution for 20 minutes. Rinse a plate or bowl in the sanitizing solution, and place your supplies into this bowl when they come out of the keg.

Step 2
Measure 4 cups of water using a sanitized measuring cup, and pour into the 3-quart pot. Add Booster from the Mr. Brew kit to the water, and stir until fully dissolved. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil, then remove from heat, and stir in the hopped malt extract or HME to make the wort for your home-brewed beer.  If you're working with raw ingredients, rather than a Mr. Brew refill, bring malt and hops to a boil, maintaining a rolling boil for one hour, according to RealBeer.com.

Step 3
Cool the wort quickly by placing the 3-quart pot into a sink of cold water. Once the mixture has cooled to around 80 degrees, pour the wort into the 2-gallon fermenter, and add cold water to make 8 1/2 quarts. Sprinkle yeast into the mixture, and allow to rest for five minutes, then stir well. Allow to sit in a dark place between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit for seven to 14 days, according to MrBrew.com.

Step 4
Bottle your beer once it is clear and tastes like flat beer, with minimal sweetness. Sanitize the bottles that came with your kit; you can also reuse plastic soda bottles. Add 2 1/2 tsp. white sugar to each 1-liter bottle, then fill from the keg to just below the neck of the bottle. As an alternative, boil 3/4 cup sugar with an equal amount of water, and allow to cool. Pour into the keg, and stir well to mix before bottling. After filling each bottle, screw the lids securely into place, and invert a few times. Leave for two to three weeks for the best flavor.

Step 5
Store your carbonated beer in a warm place or the refrigerator, and drink within four months, recommends MrBeer.com.

RedEnvelope's Mr. Beer Premium Home Brewing Kit
1-gallon container
3-quart or larger pot
Can opener
Metal whisk or spoon
Bowl or plate
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
White granulated sugar

Thoroughly clean all equipment after use, then store until you are ready to brew another batch. Sanitize immediately before making beer or bottling a new brew.

Darker, stronger beers like stouts may benefit from sitting longer in the bottle before you drink them. Try tasting your beers over time to determine the conditioning time you prefer.

Your fermenter may leak, causing a mess. Consider fermenting in an unused bathtub or an easily cleaned surface.

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