Craft Beer at Home - How to Brew Your First Beer
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Craft Beer at Home - How to Brew Your First Beer

A beginners guide to brewing your first craft beer from the comfort of your home.
4.4 (45 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.
2,142 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2015
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Brew your first craft beer from your home
  • Understand the ingredients that go into brewing and how they affect the brew
  • Be guided through the proper brewing equipment and how to use them.
  • Learn the difference between beers and what makes each unique
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  • Have a passion for craft beer!

Brewing Your First Beer Is Easier Than You Think.

If you enjoy drinking beer then you’ve probably thought about brewing your own.

I know I have.

Many times while tasting a flight of beer at a local brewery, I’ve thought to myself “hmm… if this was a little more hoppy or a little more full bodied” – I always felt like I could improve on that beer but I didn’t know how to brew. The truth was… I was intimidated about brewing my own beer. Yet… I still had day dreams of making my own beer someday.

I had convinced myself that brewing beer would be complicated. Until I tried it.

This course is a summary of all the knowledge my roommate and I received from our beer brewing journey that resulted in 6 different beers totaling 30 gallons.

What You Will Learn From This Course

  • An introductory understanding about the background of beer
  • Knowledge about the different types of beer and why they are different
  • Benefits of brewing your own beer and requirements to brew
  • The necessary and best equipment to use to brew from your home
  • The step by step process of brewing to make sure you get it just right
  • Understanding of ingredients in recipes and their role in the brew
  • A thorough list of possible problems and solutions


  • Access to a kitchen
  • A Brewing Kit (We'll discuss this in the course)

What To Do Next

Are you ready to brew your first craft beer?

I’ll walk you through step by step in this course and be available to answer any questions you have along the way. Think of me as your ‘beer brewing tour guide.’

It might be confusing where to start but let me make it clear to you what the first step is…

Register for this course.
The next step in your craft beer brewing journey is waiting.

Who is the target audience?
  • Craft Beer enthusiasts who want to brew their first beer.
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:08

We'll give you an overview of what to expect

Preview 01:08
Different Types of Beer
2 Lectures 04:24
Benefits of Brewing and Requirements
1 Lecture 03:54
2 Lectures 17:14

Brewing Equipment Part 2
Brewing Process
3 Lectures 20:26
The Brewing Process

Preparing to Ferment

Fermentation, Environment and Bottling
Order of Operations
2 Lectures 07:59
The Brewing Process Practical Approach (Steps 1 - 14)

The Brewing Process Practical Approach (Steps 15 - 18)
Understand the Recipes and Example Recipes
2 Lectures 03:46
Understanding Recipes

Example Recipes
Blonde Ale
17 Lectures 39:16

Boiling Water

Sanitizer Preparation

Yeast Preparation


Grain Bag Removal

Adding the Malt Extract

Hop Boil

Adding the Chiller


End of Chilling

Sanitizing Transfer Equipment

Preparing to Transfer

Preparing for Fermentation

Introduction to Bottling

Bottling Equipment

Finishing Bottling
Problems and Solutions
15 Lectures 09:03
Problem and Solutions Overview


Electric Stoves

Tubing & Barb Fitting

Residue on Fermented Wort

Flavor is Acidic or Sour

Fermentation Stops Too Early

Fermentation Never Starts

Rust Residue in Kettle

Hops Boil Over

Not Enough Carbonation

Overly Carbonated Beer

Fermentation Overflow

Airlock or Cap Pops Off

About the Instructor
Craft Beer At Home
4.4 Average rating
45 Reviews
2,142 Students
1 Course
Craft Beer Home Brewers

Our names are Michael and Andy. We are craft beer enthusiasts and have been on a journey to brew awesome and unique tasting craft beers.

We have a craft beer blog and have created this beginners course on brewing beer to help those that want to get started along the journey of brewing craft beer from home as well! Hundreds of students have taken our course and have learned how to brew their own beer.

We have experience brewing a variety of extract beer recipes ranging from IPAs to Hefeweizens to Stouts. We focus on brewing craft beer from home kitchens so everything we teach can be done by the everyday brewer. At this point we've brewed hundreds of gallons of beer from our home kitchen and am now going to explore all grain brewing (a more advanced version of brewing compared to extract brewing).

Andy Norris
3.4 Average rating
263 Reviews
8,131 Students
5 Courses
Mechanical Engineer

My name is Andy Norris and I've been an engineer for 5 years. I graduated from SDSU with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and I am EIT certified in California. I currently work as a salary design engineer for a multinational diversified engineering and manufacturing corporation.

I have a passion for teaching and I hope my courses help you succeed in your professional life, as well as your personal life.

Michael Shen
3.4 Average rating
276 Reviews
8,678 Students
6 Courses

I'm an entrepreneur focused on the online education industry. Aside from teaching several courses myself, I also partner with top instructors to help them with their marketing and sales.

My passion is helping students develop skills that can enrich their quality of life and helping instructors monetize their passions.