Learn How to Home Brew at Jim's
Welcome to Jimís Beer Kit!
I'm Jim, an enthusiastic home brewer from Washington, England; a warm
welcome to the site!
This site will show you how to brew your own beer and caters for
beginners, intermediate and advanced brewers. Our brewing forum,
Jim's Homebrew Forum , is one of the top homebrew forums on the internet for brewers of British
Ales, attracting members from all over the world - including
some of the real experts in the field of brewing. The forum is run by a
friendly bunch of administrators and you'll be made very welcome if you
take the plunge and join.
The basic ingredients for brewing beer are malt, hops, water and
yeast, but there are several ways you can approach brewing at home: -
Also known as 'grain brewing' or 'mashing' this is the method used by
commercial breweries, but adapted for use at home. See my pictorial
Extract brewing simplifies the home brewing process by allowing the
malt extract manufacturers to perform the first stage of brewing -
extracting the sugars from malt grain. See how it's done
Kits are the easiest way to brew at home, as all stages of the
process other than fermentation are carried out for you. All you need to
do is dilute the concentrated wort, add the yeast and wait! Horden
Hillbilly shows you how here.
My Home Brew Set Up
I use the traditional 'mashing' system (grain brewing) for my homebrew; it allows me to make
high quality beers that I'm proud to serve
up to my friends (though sometimes I think I'd prefer to drink it all
My preferred beer is traditional English
style beer, now commonly known as 'Real Ale' (presumably to distinguish it from the more or
less 'Unreal Ale' which is often served up in pubs these days). You will find
information on brewing almost any type of beer on the site, though.
I hope you enjoy the site and Happy Brewing!