How Long Does It Take To Brew Beer At Home?

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How Long Does It Take To Brew Beer At Home?

A very common question from people new to homebrewing is how long does it take to brew beer at home? There are a few different factors that go into determining how long it takes to brew beer at home.

The first factor is the type of homebrewing are you doing – malt extract brewing or all-grain brewing.

In all-grain brewing you have to create what's called a “mash”, a large volume of hot water in which a large amount of milled grains (malted barley for example) are soaked for usually an hour to convert the starches they contain to sugars. The grains are then rinsed (this is called sparging) and the sweet sugary liquid (called wort) is now ready to be boiled. All in all, brewing a batch of all-grain beer will take you between three to six hours depending on how proficient you are.

With malt extract brewing you do not need to create a mash. Malt companies create a mash for you and dehydrate it down into a concentrated syrup or powder called malt extract. You simply buy this extract and can skip the entire mashing process, which saves you hours. Total brewing time for a batch of malt extract beer is typically between two to four hours also depending on how proficient you are.

Once the beer has been brewed and the yeast has been added, fermentation begins. This is the process of the yeast eating the sweet wort and converting it into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Ales are fermented at warm temperatures and will take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to complete fermentation. Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures and will take anywhere from two weeks to a few months to complete fermentation.

A couple of basic guidelines for fermentation:

  • The warmer the temperature, the less time fermentation takes.
  • The stronger the beer (more sugar in the wort), the longer fermentation takes.
  • How long does it take to brew beer at home – mostly depends on the health of your yeast and how smoothly your fermentation goes.

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Cheers,
Steve

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