Home brewing mistakes to avoid

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Measuring ingredients carefully is part of the brewing process. Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Every batch of homemade beer does not turn out perfect, particularly for novices getting their feet wet as brewers. There may be some blips along the way, but important lessons can be learned through trial and error while honing the craft of brewing. Brewing beer dates back thousands of years. Residue on pottery dating from around 5,000 years ago shows beer was brewed using barley and other grains in China. There’s also a 3,900-year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing, that contains the oldest surviving beer recipe. Brewers can learn a thing or two from the people who have brewed before them. The following are some mistakes to avoid. Not pitching enough yeast. Yeast feeds on the sugars in the grain and fires up the fermenting process. H
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