Making your own beer is one of the most satisfying hobbies you can do, you get the satisfaction of learning something and putting it into place and then reaping the benefits of your efforts when you taste the fine beer that you have made yourself.
The simplest way to make beer is the purchase a Home Brew Kit, these kits contain everything you need to complete a batch of beer, which is usually around 6 Gallons or 23 Litres. You can find these kits at home brew specialty shops or sometimes at your local grocery store.
One of these kits will contain a can of beer concentrate (the main ingredients of beer), a number of bottles, dextrose (sugar), yeast (used to create the alcohol), a carboy (large plastic container with lid) and some other accessories like a spoon, airlock and tap for bottling.
The basic principle to make beer is to combine all the ingredients into the carboy and wait for the fermentation process to complete, once this is done you bottle the beer. Then you wait a while longer and your very own beer is ready to drink. The basic home brew kits make it very easy for you to get starting making your own beer and to get an idea of the whole process.
Once you have made a number of your own batches of beer you might decide to take the next step and move into the traditional method for making beer, which is to make the beer from the basic ingredients that go in to make up the beer concentrate. This is a much longer and time consuming approach, but it does have the benefit of giving you more control of the type and taste of the beer you make. Which is a much more desirable approach for the beer connoisseur. It is also not for the faint hearted.
As an alternative for those who don’t want to go into the traditional method of brewing, you can simply change or add to the ingredients in the basic home brew kit and make beer that is more suited to your own taste. For example you can choose a large number of different beer concentrate like Lager, Draught, Dark Ale. You can increase or decrease the alcohol content by changing the amount of dextrose you use; also choosing a different type of dextrose will give you a different result. And this is only the ingredients. There are also different methods for brewing and bottling or you could skip the use of bottles and use a keg system, although using a keg is moving into more advanced brewing techniques.
So there you have it, two methods for you to make beer at home that will only increase your knowledge of the finer arts of making beer and also your enjoyment of beer, which is the main purpose for you to make beer in the first place.