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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.
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Welcome and Intro
|Section 1: Beer Theory|
|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.
|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.
|At the end of this lecture you will know why partial mash beer kits are perhaps the best choice for a beginning brewer.
|Section 2: Brewing Essentials|
|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.
|In this lecture Ted gives an item-by-item breakdown of what comes in a partial mash brew 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.
|Ted's kit is a little bit different than what you saw in the brew store. Here are a few additional items to consider.
|Section 3: Brewing a Batch|
In this lecture Ted will talk about cleaning and the five major Steps in making beer:
|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 yeast is added to the beer.
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.
|Here you will see the fermentation setup and hear the bubbles as the yeast does its magic.
|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.|
Bottling the Beer
|In this demonstration you will see how the beer is transferred from the bottling bucket into the individual bottles.
|Capping is a simple and straightforward process which is often a mystery to the unitiated. Here, Ted demonstrates the capping process.|
After the beer has been primed and placed in the bottles, it is fermented a second time. This will provide carbonation to the beer.
|Section 4: Tasting, Evaluating, and Closing Remarks|
|Using our hydrometer readings and formula we can determine the approximate amount of alcohol in the beer we just brewed and fermented.
|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.
|Please review the course. If you are unsure how to do it, this screen capture shows Ted reviewing another course.
|We made it to the end! Now you will see the final result of the brewing process.
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!