Beverage Recipes > Home Brewed Beer

How to make home brewed beer:
Before the advent of safe drinking water in the home, small beer (a homemade drink) was used extensively. Here is a very basic recipe for making your own home brewed beer. It is a good starting point and if you have success you can progress to more sophisticated techniques.


4 gallons of water
10 cups soft brown sugar
3 handfuls of hops
2 cups extract of malt
1 tablespoon dried yeast or equivalent fresh yeast
1 teaspoon beer finings
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Boil one gallon of water.
- Put the hops into a muslin bag and simmer in the water for 20 minutes.
- Remove bag of hops put into a container and allow to cool, (you will need this later).
- Add the sugar to the hot water.
- Make sure it has dissolved and bring it back to the boil.
- When it reaches the boil add the malt extract and boil for a moment or two.
- Measure the liquid using a plastic measuring jug into the brewing bin, noting how much liquid you have put in.
- Squeeze the hop juice out of the now-cooled bag and then add enough cold water to bring the total amount to 4 gallons.
- The liquid should now be at about blood heat.
- Add the yeast and stir really well.
- Cover and leave in a warm place for 4 days.
- After about one week transfer to a barrel or strong bottles.
- Add a little sugar at this stage, approximately 2 teaspoons per gallon of beer.
- The beer can be drunk after ten days but will not last much longer than 2 months.
- Keep it in a fairly cool place.