What could possibly go wrong when you’re brewing your own beer?

Jeff Parker from The Dudes’ Brewery ( and Andy Black from MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. ( talk to us about getting started home brewing beer.

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When it comes to brewing beer and you’re doing it at home, hey try this. What I’ve read was that, there’s no known pathogens that can survive in a home brew. If you start with clean source water, hops, barley and yeast.
[Homebrew Ingredients: The most essential ingredients for your homebrew are simply: Malt extract, yeast, hops, water, priming sugar]
Even if you get airborne bacteria, as long as you dont have anybody who has ebola, stopping by your brew. It’s not gonna make it through the PH that the beer drops down to. Except for the yeast and the wild yeast. It may taste horrible but it won’t kill you. It will just taste awful. If you’re brewing and you put bleach instead of water by accident, yeah, you’ll die but uhm. If you’re responsible and you rinse your sanitizer and you do a clean thorough job in cleaning your stuff. To the best of your effort, clean home brewing.

When it comes to hittin up a brewery for a yeast, I honestly put the offer out here in the tap room. Ive had conversations with home breweries. I think it’s great. As a homebrewer and you develop relationship with your local brewery. I don’t see why there is a problem with sharing some of your yeast. One cell creates hundreds of cells. We pitch 15 gallons in our double truck, we get 50 or 60 gallons when we’re done. And we can’t reuse it all so it goes to the guys that collects our grain. We blend it with our spent grain to kill it so it doesn’t harm the animals and it goes downstream. You need to have the opportunity to share your used with dampster users.

Let’s talk about home brewing woes. My biggest woe right now is adding too much water and I’ll have a watery beer.

Ale. Maintaining your temperature profile and your fermentation. It’s closer to a habitable temperature where you can leave it in your bedroom. A lager, you have to have a separate fermentation chamber.
[Your first home brew: Chances are, your first home brew won’t turn out as good as you’d expect. Be prepared to brew over and over again to achieve the taste you’re really looking for.]

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