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 craft beer with an unknown production date, when you brew a William’s Kit, you can drink it at its prime every time. You will also save money.
Choose your First William’s Brewing Kit
When you order our Home Brewery, pick your first William's Brewing Kit at a savings over separate purchase prices. Our kits are unique because 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, and every kit on the selection list has been chosen because it is easy for beginners to brew.
Instruction & Support
All William's Kits include brew-by-number kit instructions. We also include the fifth edition of Home Beermaking, an excellent beginners book. After you read the included book 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 email), so you can get your brewing questions answered.
Traditional or Electric Brewing Kettle?
A 7 gallon or larger brewing kettle is needed for boiling the wort. We make this optional so you can choose between a traditional stainless brewing pot with valve, or a stand alone electric kettle so you can brew anywhere there is a 110 volt plug, and not be dependent on a stove or outdoor burner.
Wort Chiller Option:
We highly recommend a copper wort chiller to quickly cool your just boiled wort (unfermented beer) so fermentation can start as soon as possible, minimizing the risk of bacterial infection (copper transfers heat better than stainless). If you choose the copper Wort Chiller option, you will save $20.00 over separate purchase prices.
Included is a 8 gallon Fermenter, which features a transfer valve, airlock, and precise gallon markers. The included Priming Tank includes a bottling valve with tube attachment that eliminates siphoning and makes bottling (or kegging) easy and fast. A kit is also included to convert your Priming Tank to a Secondary Fermenter if you need a secondary for a particular brew. 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 glass sample tube. For testing the temperature of the beer, a stainless steel dial thermometer is provided, which includes a calibration nut. In addition, transfer tubing is provided to transfer from your fermenter to the priming tank. To clean your equipment (vital to prevent sour beer), Brewer's Edge Cleanser is included (enough to make 16 gallons of working solution). To clean your bottles, our bottle brush is included.
For a packing list of included items, click HERE.
Needed but not included: 48 twelve ounce beer bottles or equivalent. Salvage your own (any beer bottles without a twist cap will work), or purchase separately. You can also avoid bottling altogether with the purchase of a William's Home Beverage System.
Brewing the William's Way
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 to produce a cleaner flavor.
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 6 gallons of water for 1 hour to blend and flavor the beer in a 32 quart or larger (optional) gas fired or electric brewing pot. 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 with a Wort Chiller (optional) and poured off its sediment into the 8 gallon Fermenter, where the liquid yeast is mixed in and bubbling fermentation begins in 1 to 3 days. Fermentation usually lasts 16 days before the beer is ready to bottle.
4. After fermentation has ended in about 16 days, the raw beer is transferred into the Priming Tank with the included tubing from the Fermenter tap, 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 Fermenter, to avoid stirring up the silty yeast sediment. With a William’s Home Brewery, there is never a need to siphon beer.
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 equivalent draft system. After bottling, beer is aged two weeks or longer before drinking. Ale-style beers (which include Porter, Stout, Belgian Ales, and Wheat beer styles) require less aging than lagers, and are highly recommended for the first time brewer.