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Top 5 Beer-Making Tips

You don’t have to depend on the local bar or market for a cold one -- create your own tasty brew at home.

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There's no denying people's love of beer. It's undoubtedly the most popular choice among alcoholic beverages at barbeques, ballparks and all kinds of parties. How much do we love beer? In 2004, the average American drank 81.6 liters, or 2,759 ounces, of beer [source: Kirin Holdings]. That's 230 12-ounce cans or bottles per year! And if that seems like a lot, the beer fest doesn't end there. In fact, the United States is all the way down in 13th place among beer consumption, far behind number one Czech Republic, which downs 156.9 liters, or 5,305 ounces, per person. That's 442 12-ounce cans per year -- more than one a day.

With all that beer-drinking going on, people love to experiment and try different beers, depending on the mood, event or even season. Many even like taking matters into their own hands by brewing batches of their own beer at home. Sound like something you'd like to do?

To be a home brewer, there are dozens of tips to keep in mind -- it's a good idea to do your homework. Do a full-batch boil. Don't leave it too long in the fermenter. Let your fermenter breathe. Make sure there's a proper airlock. Check your gravity. Do a second fermentation stage. Use a glass carboy.

If you're just starting to make your own beer, you might not know what all those terms mean, much less how they'll improve your beer. In this article, you'll learn the top five tips necessary to get started on a life-long love of home beer making. As evidenced above, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when home brewing, but this article will stick with the basics so you can discover how to make the best-tasting beer possible.

To get started, check out the next page to learn about tip number five.

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