Let’s get started on how to make beer in your backyard!
The rumors are true – making beer in your backyard is super easy, and a great excuse to be outside on a beautiful day. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and if you can afford beer brewing equipment, you too can enjoy the day and make a delicious beer.
Here is a list of equipment that can turn your backyard turn into a small brewery.
-Outdoor Propane Burner (Be sure to elevate it. I use bricks.)
-A Half Barrel Beer Kettle OR a 7.5 gallon stainless steel turkey fryer pot. There are plenty of large pots out there, but be sure to use stainless steel or copper.
-Fermentation Vessel; Bucket or Glass Carboy
-Wort Chiller (One of my favorites!)
I prefer to brew outside for several reasons. Some people don’t like the smell, clean up is easy with a hose, and I just love being outside for whatever reason. Brewing beer outside gives me that excuse . However, there are some things that you need to consider when brewing outside.
-Check the weather. Make sure its a day you know its not going to rain.
-Other people mowing there lawn. Dust and dirt could make its way toward your brew.
-Creatures of nature. Who knows what could fly into your wort.
-The hot sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen.
Whether you just started homebrewing, or you’ve been brewing for awhile, but never outside, making beer in your backyard is a great way to enjoy nature. Invite some friends, teach them a thing or two about brewing beer, and make a delicious batch of beer with the comfort of the sun. Cheers!