How To Make Beer At Home

"Brewing beer is neither complicated nor expensive. It's the responsibility of the brewer to make it as complicated and expensive as their wife will allow."

Welcome to MakeBeerAtHome, a source of information for the beer enthusiast. You've found your way to this site either because you are trying to find out if learning hot to make your own beer is worth the effort or you are a homebrew novice who is absolutely convinced that you want to brew, but you don't know where to start. Or perhaps you are a savvy beer pro looking for that perfect recipe or information on how to build the perfect kegorater.


Regardless of why you're here, information is crucial to your success as a home brewer. Make Beer At Home has beer recipes, information on yeast strains, grains, hops, and all different types of beer. Once you grasp the concepts and learn how to implement the newly gained knowledge you will wonder why everyone doesn't brew their own beer.

So, what are you waiting for? Select a topic and start learning the craft of brewing your own beer. We've even included information on the history of beer and all sorts of other information that you don't need to know to brew good beer; but knowing all sorts of useless beer information can impress your friends as you sit back and enjoy one of your very own creations.

Recipe Database and Free Beer Software

Be sure and check out our recipe database of over 200 homebrew recipes and growing at The new database is easy to search or find what you are looking for in the various categories. 

Waiting for Your Home Made Beer is the Hardest Part
When it comes to brewing your own beer the most difficult step is the fermentation and aging process. After all, the steps leading up to the time when you wait for beer to mature is full of activity.   From shopping for new equipment and ingredients, to cleaning and preparation to boiling the wort to cooling and preparing for fermentation, it’s a fun process; just what you want from a great hobby. Before you share your new beer with the guys at the next poker game and while you are waiting on your beer to ferment,  why not sharpen your poker skills with video poker games to help take your mind off the wait.
Using and Calibrating a Hydrometer

A hydrometer is used to track the fermentation progress by measuring the conversion of sugar to ethanol by the yeast which is known as attenuation.

A hydrometer, as far as the brewer is concerned, determines the amount of alcohol content in a liquid by measuring the specific gravity or difference in gravity (density) between pure water and water with sugar dissolved in it.

Basic Equipment

In order to begin brewing your own beer at home you will first need to have a taste for good beer. If you enjoy drinking Bud, Coors or Miller ad nausea you probably won't care much for homebrew. However, if you have already acquired a taste for a variety of micro-brews and enjoy trying new and different beers then you are a prime candidate for brewing your own beer.

Worldwide Hop Shortage

Will Homebrewer's get hopping mad or smile over the brew kettle?

Back in October of this year the news of an impending hop shortage claimed that prices will skyrocket for their favorite craft brew and that the price of hops in general would rise to all-time highs. If you are a micro/craft brewer perhaps the situation of the world hop market should be taken very seriously. If you are a homebrewer, how will this affect you?

Convert Freezer to a Kegerator


Converting a freezer into a Kegerator to dispense Draft Beer is quite simple. Watch this video for more information. However most freezers, even when set on the warmest setting, will maintain a temperature below the recommended temperatures for draft beers.

Most breweries recommend a 36-38°F temperature range for their Ale & Lager type beers, and a 41-42°F temperature range for their stout beers get the best flavor attributes from their products.
Homebrew Beer Brewing Supplies

Not only does Make Beer At Home have loads of information for home beer brewing, the site is full of everything you will need to learn how to make your own beer. From Mr. Beer and Beer Machine beer kits to kegerators and all kinds of home beer brewing supplies for the beginner or for the pro.

Beer Adjuncts

Unmalted grains such as corn, rice, rye, oats, barley, and wheat are called adjuncts. They are used in brewing beer and produce beers with added body and a greater brilliancy. Adjuncts also contribute to the flavor of the beer, for example, rice has a very neutral aroma and taste, while corn results in a full flavored beer and wheat adds dryness to beer. Adjuncts also can result in a final product with higher alcohol content without altering the flavor.

Clarifying beer

It's been nearly a month and you've waited patiently for your latest batch of homebrewed beer. The time has come and you open a bottle or pull the tap and begin to fill a glass of what you hope will be your next favorite beer (generally speaking my favorite beer is usually the one I'm drinking at the moment). The taste is great but the beer is hazy and not very clear. You know it taste good but it's hard to convince your friends, who are used to buying and drinking sparkling clear beer, that the cloudy haze is alright to drink and really doesn't affect the taste. It's widely acknowledged that visual appeal is a major factor for most people when drinking a beer. So, how do we clear things up?