Make 1 gallon of beer

Cleaning and Sanitizing:

Both a cleaner and a sanitizer should be used. Each has their own function. Cleaners remove organics which are food for unwanted contaminants.

PBW is an example of a cleaner. Use 1/2 tablespoon in 1 gallon of warm to hot water. Let it soak. Scrub surface with brush and rinse 3 X using water.

Sanitizers remove the unwanted contaminants (bacteria and yeast). Star San is an example of a sanitizer. Dilute 1/4 oz in 1.25 gallons. Place in a spray bottle and or dip equipment just prior to use. It can be used wet. 30 seconds of contact will kill 98% of the bacteria. A good rule is to clean all your equipment after its use. Then it will be ready to sanitize just before use. 

Other Equipment Needed:

What's Brewing? Supply 1 gallon beer/wine kit,Spoon, Mesh bag, Thermometer, Spray bottle

Equipment Preparation:

Measure out 1 gallon of water and pour into the bucket. Mark the waterline as 1 gallon with a permanent marker.

Needed ingredients:

What's Brewing? Supply 1 gallon ingredient kit


These instructions are for both All Grain (all grains and no extract) and Extract (some grain plus extract) ways of making 1 gallon of beer.

  1. Heat up 2.52 gallons (All Grain) or 1.75 gallons (Extract) of water to 160°F in a large stock pot. Turn off the stove. Remove from the burner if electric.
  2. Put the grain in the mesh bag and place in the stock pot.
  3. Stir the grain to assure no dough balls(dry spots) are present.
  4. Place a lid over the pot and let it sit for 1 hr (All Grain) or 20 min. (Extract) 
  5. Remove the grain and continue to a boil.
  6. Extract only: Add the extract while stirring. Don't let it burn on the bottom of the kettle.
  7. Add the hops according to the timing and amounts specified in the recipe.
  8. After boiling for 60 minutes, place the pot in a sink full of ice water.
  9. As the wort cools to room temperature, sanitize the plastic bucket and lid.
  10. After confirming that the wort is at room temperature (below 72°F), poor it into the plastic bucket aerating as much as possible. You should have 1 gallon in the bucket.
  11. Pitch the yeast.
  12. Place the airlock (be sure to put water or sanitizer in the airlock) in the lid and place the lid on the bucket.
  13. Wait 2 weeks.
  14. Using the sanitized autosiphon, siphon the beer from the bucket to the sanitized glass jug. Minimize exposure to air. Add the airlock.
  15. Wait 1-2 more weeks or until the beer is clear.
  16. Bottle into sanitized bottles using 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar as primer. Minimize exposure to air. After 2-3 weeks at room temperature, the beer will be carbonated and ready to drink. Cheers!

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