Pour grains into a lauter-tun to begin an alt-malt homebrew. This particular unit is a ten gallon cylindrical cooler fitted with a nylon strainer.
Pour near boiling water over the grains.
Nancy and George Hummel partake of a pumpkin beer. When you start brewing your own beer, master the basics first before experimenting.
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An air cap fixed to a glass carboy allows gases to escape and keeps bacteria out.
Add bittering hops to the mixture on the stove.
Flow sparge water slowly through a copper pipe with dozens of small drip holes.
Hops are a rugged plant and growing them is pretty easy.
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A growing stalk of barley. Only the most dedicated purists with a lot of land insist on growing the grain for their home brew.
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