Brew Real Beer
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Brew Real Beer

Brewing 101: Make real beer using grains, malts, and yeasts. A beginner's course in partial mash brewing.
4.3 (60 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,862 students enrolled
Created by Ted Esler
Last updated 4/2013
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Over an hour and a half of video content including theory and demonstration
  • By the end of this course you will know (and observe) the process of home brewing
  • Understand what equipment is necessary to brew beer at home
  • Know what sort of ingredients comes in a typical beer recipe
  • To see the overall process of brewing, fermentation, and bottling
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  • A love for the taste and craft of brewing beer
  • Before brewing, you will need equipment and ingredients - but take the course first to be an informed buyer

In this course you will you will learn the basics of home brewing. Walk through the process of boiling wort, fermentation, and bottling beer using full and partial mash recipes. During this course, Ted will brew a batch of Nut Brown Ale in his kitchen, inviting you into the process. He will also talk about the basic ingredients used in beer making and take you to a brew store to show you what you need to buy.

If you ever considered brewing your own craft beer this course will teach you how. This course is for the beginning brewer with minimal knowledge of beer brewing.

This course is not based on the "plastic keg and cans of syrup" approach but will teach you the process of making real beer using methods that mimic those of the large breweries.

This course is made up of short video lectures which describe and demonstrate the art of craft brewing. At the end of this course you will be able to brew real beer at home.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who are considering brewing beer and need to know what it entails before purchasing equipment
  • Anybody who has ever wanted to brew craft beer
  • If you have brewed beer in a "plastic keg and cans of syrup" kit and now want to step up to using partial mash recipes
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Welcome and Intro
1 Lecture 03:25
Welcome and Intro
Beer Theory
6 Lectures 27:24
Water is, of course, what makes up most of the beer. Selecting the water that you will use is a part of creating the taste you want.

Fermentable sugars, particularly malted barley, is covered in this section of the course. Ted explains that malted barley is and how you can choose barleys to make the flavor you want.
Fermentable Sugars

Hops the little flower that makes beer bitter, flavorful, and aromatic. It's inclusion in beer is a big part of what makes the taste we know as beer.

While homebrewers don't mess around too much with yeast, it's obviously a key ingredient. Ted covers the two types of years commonly used by home brewers.

A range of additional items are covered in this lecture, from honey to the strangely named "Irish Moss" Ted looks at a few of the many things added to beer.
Other Things to Add to Your Beer

At the end of this lecture you will know why partial mash beer kits are perhaps the best choice for a beginning brewer.
Why Partial Mash?
Brewing Essentials
4 Lectures 10:45
A basic brewing kit provides you with all of the necessary components you need to brew beer. In this session Ted walks you through the items that come in a typical home brew startup kit.

Sorry about the hum - the refrigerators were buzzing in the background!

This store can be found online at The Home Brew Store.
Basic Beer Equipment

In this lecture Ted gives an item-by-item breakdown of what comes in a partial mash brew kit.
What's in a Beer Kit?

Ted goes over the ingredients in an all extract kit. You can skip this lecture if you are doing a partial mash and don't want to take the time on all extract kits.

What's in an All Extract Kit?

Ted's kit is a little bit different than what you saw in the brew store. Here are a few additional items to consider.
What Equipment Does Ted Use?
Brewing a Batch
11 Lectures 44:24

In this lecture Ted will talk about cleaning and the five major Steps in making beer:

  1. Combine and dissolve the malt extracts
  2. Add the hops (and any other adjuncts the recipe calls for
  3. Put everything into the fermenter (wort, water, and yeast)
  4. Ferment for 8 – 14 days
  5. Prime the beer and bottle, let sit for another week or so
Oh, step number 6: drink the beer!
The Big Picture

The boil is when you put in all of the ingredients, boil them up, and make wort! It will smell really good in your house. In this lecture, Ted combines all of the ingredients and gives them a good boil, showing you what he is doing along the way.
The Boil

The yeast is added to the beer.
Pitching the Yeast

In this lecture you will learn how the hydrometer works. Then, you will see a graphic illustration and the math behind using the hydrometer readings.

The Hydrometer

Here you will see the fermentation setup and hear the bubbles as the yeast does its magic.
Fermentation Time!

This lecture describes the types of bottles and process of cleaning necessary before we head into bottling.

Siphoning off the beer from the fermenter and placing it into the bottling bucket. Care should be taken to avoid getting sediment into the beer that will be bottled.
Moving from The Carboy to the Bottling Bucket

Bottling the Beer

In this demonstration you will see how the beer is transferred from the bottling bucket into the individual bottles.
Into the Bottles

Capping is a simple and straightforward process which is often a mystery to the unitiated. Here, Ted demonstrates the capping process.
Capping the Bottles

After the beer has been primed and placed in the bottles, it is fermented a second time. This will provide carbonation to the beer.

Done with Secondary Fermentation
Tasting, Evaluating, and Closing Remarks
4 Lectures 08:16
Using our hydrometer readings and formula we can determine the approximate amount of alcohol in the beer we just brewed and fermented.
How Much Alcohol Is In Our Beer?

In this short lecture you will see an example of web-based, open sourced software that allows you to track your batches of home brew.
Brew Blogging Software

Please review the course. If you are unsure how to do it, this screen capture shows Ted reviewing another course.
Reviewing the Course

We made it to the end! Now you will see the final result of the brewing process.
The First Pour
About the Instructor
Ted Esler
4.3 Average rating
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1,862 Students
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PhD, husband, father and life-long learner

Greetings! My name is Ted Esler and I am hopeful that I can be of some help to you as a teacher.

I have a life-long love for learning that recently culminated in obtaining a PhD - but please, don't hold that against me. I love to learn and so teaching is a natural extension of that passion.

I have a BS in Computer Science, a Masters in Theological Studies, and a PhD in Intercultural Studies. I have had a lot of different jobs throughout my life. From washing dishes to get through college I became a CEO of a software consultancy, worked in war torn Bosnia, and managing an international non-profit organization. It's all been fun and I wouldn't change any of it looking back on it.

Much to the dismay of my wife, I have a lot of hobbies. I believe that these keep me balanced and ready for each day. I sails a 19 foot Com-Pac, run, bike, and have a black belt in Karate.

I currently live in Orlando, FL, and am the executive vice president of a large, faith-based non-profit. I speak nationally on issues related to spiritual movements, the topic of my dissertation.

I look forward to learning from you!