Home Brewed Beer Recipe

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 Updated 19/06/2017

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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.


  • 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 on quantites)


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

Prep Time: 14 days plus

Cook Time: NA

Yield: 4 gallons


Dear Green Chronicle,
What are beer finings?
Thank you.
#0 - A. Gagliano - 11/27/2011 - 10:24
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