Brewing homemade beer may sound intimidating, but if you are prepared to follow instructions, get a little creative and have fun, it might be your new favorite hobby. Downtown L.A.’s new craft beer manufacturer Angel City Brewery’s brewmaster, Dieter Foerstner, offers several tips for at-home brewers. Foerstner’s recommendations stem from his unique passion for beer, a long legacy in beer making and a zen attitude in the kitchen.
Angel City Brewery
216 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Foerstner says to be meticulous. The best way to ruin a batch of beer is by not being thorough. Use the freshest and highest quality ingredients, which will give you the best opportunity for success. Refrigerate liquid yeast, store grains in a dry pantry and put hops in the freezer. Keep your brewing station clean and welcome a solid sanitizing regime by utilizing glass or stainless fermenters – they are easier to keep clean and sterilize.Foerstner encourages home brewers to experiment. “If you want a certain style of beer you can go to your local grocery store and pick it up. If you’re anything like me, you picked up this hobby so you can have a brew that is designed for your taste preferences.”
Weather in Southern California doesn’t really affect brewing, and Foerstner suggests searching on the Internet and visiting local home brew shops for ideas and equipment. Glass or stainless steel fermenters, an immersion wort chiller for clarity and quality of your brew, fermentation refrigerator, and glass carboys all come in various sizes – you just have to figure out what suits your brewing style.
Share. Beer is meant to be enjoyed with friends family loved one, even enemies. Is meant to be enjoyed with others. Just remember, not everybody has a palate for craft beer, so don’t take criticism to heart. If you like it, that’s all that matters.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.