Why Brew at Home?
If you are like most home brewers, you have a strong appreciation of fine beer, as well as an intrinsic curiosity into how it is made. Why buy a William’s Home Brewery? The quality of the final beer is only as good as the quality and freshness of the ingredients used, and quality brewing is only possible when basic brewing techniques are learned and followed. In addition, easy to use, well-designed equipment helps to make brewing a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Beer is not like wine. It is best when fresh, then deteriorates after 2 to 4 months. One of the great things about home brewing is knowing how fresh the beer is you are drinking. Unlike expensive imports and micro brews, when you brew a William’s Kit, you can drink it at its prime every time.
William’s Brewing Kits
Every Home Brewery includes a William’s Brewing Kit of your choice (as listed in the Brewery description, kit photo above may vary). Our kits are unique in that they include William’s syrup malt extracts, condensed at low temperatures for a full grain flavor, fresh flavoring and aromatic hops, yeast strains specially selected to enhance the flavor of the finished beer, priming sugar, and illustrated brew-by-number instructions. Every kit has been repeatedly test-brewed in the William’s Brewlab to achieve a perfectly balanced blend of malt and hop flavors.
Instruction & Support
In addition to the brew-by-number kit instructions and beginners Home Brewing book, every William’s Home Brewery includes Homebrewing for Beginners, a video guide which includes an easy to follow recipe for your first batch of beer ‘from scratch’. After you read the included book, watch the video, and brew a few batches, you will find that home brewing can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. To help you progress further, purchase of our brewery also gives you access to the William’s Customer Support line (either by phone or website), so you can get your brewing questions answered.
The Best Equipment
Poor quality equipment, whether it be a fermenter lacking a transfer valve designed to keep yeast out, or a cheap hydrometer or thermometer that is inaccurate or hard to read, will spoil your home brewing experience. Our Home Brewery features the best quality equipment available; equipment we have selected because it is the most satisfying to use over the long term. Included is our unique Siphonless Fermenter, which features an invert tube transfer valve that keeps beer and silty yeast sediment out of the valve during fermentation, and then acts like a siphon hose ideally placed just above the sediment when transferring. This eliminates siphoning, which can be messy and unsanitary, and prevents yeast sediment from being transferred to the Priming Tank. The included Priming Tank includes a bottling valve with tube attachment that again eliminates siphoning and makes bottling (or kegging) easy and fast. A 18" plastic stirring spoon is included to help you stir in the carbonating sugar. For the critical measurement which determines when the beer is ready to bottle, our handmade glass hydrometer features 1 degree calibrations for precise, easy to see readings, and includes a sample tube. For testing the temperature of the beer, a stainless steel dial thermometer is provided, which includes a calibration nut. To sanitize your equipment (vital to prevent sour beer), a dry sanitizer is included that will make up to 8 gallons of solution. To clean your bottles, our bottle brush is included.
If you normally buy microbrews or imports, our Brewery will pay for itself after a few batches. If you usually purchase standard domestic beer but prefer a more robust beer (or just want to brew it yourself), our Brewery will produce the freshest, most flavorful beer possible at less than the cost of store-bought beers.
Needed but not included: a 24 quart or larger stainless or enameled steel boiling pot, and 48 twelve ounce beer bottles or equivalent. (see links below).
Brewing the William's
1. The first step in brewing is to open your William’s Brewing Kit and remove
the liquid yeast pack. Set the pack on a hard surface and break its inner
nutrient pouch, by hitting the pouch squarely with the palm of your hand.
Although more costly than dry yeast, 175 ml of liquid yeast is used in most
William’s Kits (all except the American Ale and Northwest Red Kits) to produce a
2. When the liquid yeast pack is swollen (usually in 1 to 3 days after
breaking the inner seal), boil the malt and fresh hops with at least 3 gallons
of water for 1 hour to blend and flavor the beer. Unlike some hop
extract-flavored canned kits, boiling is necessary to completely sanitize the
wort (reducing the chance of spoiled beer) and blend the flavors of the included
hops and malt.
3. After boiling, the finished wort (brewers term for unfermented beer) is
cooled and poured off its sediment into the Siphonless Fermenter, where the
liquid yeast is mixed in and bubbling fermentation begins in 1 to 3 days.
Fermentation usually lasts 12 to 14 days before the beer is ready to bottle.
4. After fermentation has ended in about 12
days, the raw beer is transferred into the Priming Tank, where the
corn sugar is stirred in to provide food for the yeast to
produce carbonation. This is done in the Priming Tank rather than in the Siphonless
Fermenter, to avoid stirring up the silty yeast sediment. With a William’s Home Brewery,
there is never a need to siphon beer (siphoning can be an unsanitary
mess), as the unique Siphonless Fermenter with its invert tube valve keeps the valve
body dry during fermentation, which prevents silt-like yeast sediment from forming inside the
valve. Then, when the valve is opened, the invert tube valve acts like
a siphon hose ideally placed just above the yeast sediment on the fermenter
floor when the beer is being transferred.
5. After mixing in the carbonating sugar in the Priming Tank, the beer is
bottled or kegged. Five gallons of beer (as produced by all William’s Kits)
requires about 48 twelve ounce bottles or 4 Mini Kegs. After bottling, beer is
aged two weeks or longer before drinking. Ale-style beers (which include Porter,
Stout, and Wheat beer styles) require less aging than lagers, and are highly
recommended for the first time brewer.
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