Good beer brings happiness into your life. There’s nothing more enjoyable than spending quality time with your friends while drinking a good beer. But, have you ever thought about brewing your own beer? Well, if you are interested in finding some good homebrewing recipes, this is the right place to be. Brewing beer is not a complicated task. Moreover, the brewing equipment, as well as the ingredient kits, are extremely affordable. Besides, it saves a lot of money. Not to talk about the health benefits a home-made beer provides you with. As long as it is your creation you will know exactly what it contains. However, before using an ingredient, do some research to see if there are any negative effects.
As an avid beer enthusiast and homebrewer, you have probably noticed that there are hundreds of homebrewing recipes out there. All kinds of ingredients and additives are used to prepare the most delicious beer. With this in mind, we are glad to introduce to you one of our favorite recipes. Let’s take a look and see if it suits your needs.
As its name itself suggests, the Kentucky Mud beer originally comes from Kentucky. It’s a sweet and delicious beer with a few cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. According to the Nappy Roots, the Southern rap group who owns this recipe, the Kentucky Mud is dedicated to all homebrewers and lovers of good beer.
Like most beer recipes, this one is formulated for a 5-gallin batch. The ingredients used for this recipe are:
- 9.3 lb Maris Otter
- 10 oz biscuit malt
- 10 oz Special B
- 10 oz flaked oats
- 5 oz Caramel/Crystal 60L
- 5 oz Weyermann Chocolate Wheat
- 5 oz Patagonia Dark Black Pearl
- 3 oz roasted barley
In spite of the variety of ingredients used, the recipe is not as complicated as you might think. In addition, you should have some extra ingredients at home, that you might add at some point, such as hops.
- 3.5 oz cocoa nibs
- 1 vanilla bean
- 11 oz lactose
- 0.6 oz Nugget
Mash the grains and leave them in the oven for 60 min. at 150°F. Boil the grains in the brew kettle for 30 minutes and add the lactose and the hops. Boil all these together for up to 60 minutes. Leave them out to cool off to 68°F. Add the ferment and yeast. Both the cocoa nibs and vanilla beans should be added when the first fermentation process is over. The secret of this recipe is the water. Add a bit of baking soda and gypsum in the water to get the desired concentration. Also, add a bit of salt to the mash. Remember that both the vanilla beans and cocoa nibs should stay for up to five days in a sanitized strainer bag before adding them into the recipe. The beer has to be carbonated to 1.9 – 2.0 volumes.
As you have already noticed, with the right tools and ingredients it’s not hard to prepare your own recipe. The brew kettle for home brewing is at the center of it all as it provides the means to actually go through with the preparation process. Thus, it’s important to look into a quality kettle that covers all of your needs, and for this, there are a few things you must consider.
One of the most important features of a kettle is the size. For example, to get 3 gallons of beer, you will need a kettle of at least 6 gallons. The kettle should be twice as large as the beer quantity.
You can opt for a stainless steel kettle as well. According to most professional brewers, it is much easier to clean. Plus, it is non-reactive. A more inexpensive alternative is aluminum which is a fast heat conductor. Don’t use bleach-based cleaners to clean them as you can ruin their construction. Since the brew kettle is an important investment, you should pay attention to what you choose. Do some research and find a good-quality model that will last you for many years.
Not only that you will have a greater appreciation for quality beer, but brewing your own beer at home provides a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a nice way to have tasty and delicious beer on hand all the time. The brewing process is a simple one and it doesn’t require much time.