U-BREW 101

It's easy to brew at Westside U-Brew. We provide the facilities, the ingredients and the coaching to help you brew a terrific tasting beer on your very first try. Below is a detailed tutorial of the process. But remember, there will always be someone around to help if you need it.

STEP 1: Reserve a Kettle
STEP 2: Choose a Recipe
STEP 3: Record Deviations
STEP 4: Measure and Crack the Grains
STEP 5: Allow it to Steep
STEP 6: Add Malts
STEP 7: Measure Hops and Irish Moss
STEP 8: At Boil, Add Hops and Irish Moss
STEP 9: Follow Hop Additions Until Finished
STEP 10: Schedule a Bottling Appointment
STEP 11: Turn in Deviation Sheet and Pay Us
STEP 12: Go Home and Wait
STEP 13: Sanitize Your Bottles
STEP 14: Bottle Your Beer

STEP 1: Reserve a Kettle
Call and make a two-hour reservation to brew some beer. You may reserve more than one kettle to brew more than one batch at a time. But PLEASE do not reserve kettles unless you are sure you will be using them. We hate to turn anyone away. If you do need to cancel your reservation, please call us immediately, so we can give that kettle to someone else.

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STEP 2: Choose a Recipe
Arrive on time or a little early if you don't already know what you want to brew. Choose a recipe from our book of over 90 recipes. Can't decide what to brew? We may have a sample. Don't hesitate to ask.

STEP 3: Record Deviations
If you make changes to a recipe on purpose or oops, by accident, please ask for a Deviation Sheet. This way you can replicate (or not) your batch the next time you brew, and we can track our inventory. To keep our prices low, we do charge if you add more ingredients than listed on the recipes.

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STEP 4: Measure and Crack the Grains
If your recipe calls for grains (most do), measure your grains into a clear plastic container on the scale. Pour them into the grinder and use the drill to crack the grains. Note: do not crack wheat.

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STEP 5: Allow it to Steep
Let your grains steep according to recipe. We will show you when and how to adjust the temperature. Now is a good time to order a cold beer on draft to drink while you are waiting.

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STEP 6: Add Malts
Measure malts (pale, wheat, glucose) into a pitcher. Although the malts ooze out of the barrels slowly, do not leave your pitcher unattended. They spill over easily and make a HUGE mess which ruins the surface of our floor. Place a diffuser into your kettle. Pour the malt into the diffuser. Put the empty pitcher upside down in the dishwasher. Put the empty diffuser into an empty kettle for us to wash.

STEP 7: Measure Hops and Irish Moss
As your brew approaches boil, measure your first addition of hops and Irish moss into a small bowl on the scale.

STEP 8: At Boil, Add Hops and Irish Moss
When your brew starts boiling, add hops and the Irish moss SLOWLY. It boils over easily. Let your brew boil according to recipe. Call us if your brew looks like it will boil over. You don't want to lose any of the precious liquid inside, and we don't want to clean up the mess.

STEP 9: Follow Hop Additions Until Finished
Continue adding hops at timed increments as your recipe dictates. Let us know when you are done, and we will turn off the heat.

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STEP 10: Schedule a Bottling Appointment
Schedule your bottling appointment for 3 weeks out. It should take one hour per batch. You can bring your own bottles as long as they are clean, or you can buy ours. We always carry 12-oz bottles and 22-oz bottles, and we have a limited amount of specialty EZ-Cap bottles. If you need to change your bottling date, call us immediately. We will adjust our schedule and adjust the date that we filter and carbonate your beer.

STEP 11: Turn in Deviation Sheet and Pay Us
We require payment for the brew at this time. If you need bottles, you can buy them when you come to bottle. We take cash, check, visa or mastercard.

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STEP 12: Go Home and Wait
You are free to leave now. But what happens to your beer while you are away? First we transfer the beer through our filters into a fermenter. The liquid yeast is added at this time and then oxygen is added to jump-start the yeast. The fermenter is kept in the fermenting room where it will sit while the yeast does its work. When the yeast is done working, the fermenter is transferred into the cold room. We filter it and carbonate it the day before you are scheduled to bottle it. You can monitor your batch on our batch tracker.

STEP 13: Sanitize Your Bottles
After 3 weeks of waiting, your beer is finally ready. Bring in your bottles and put them into our Bottle Santizer. Remember, your bottles must be clean before putting them into the machine. The Bottle Sanitizer does not clean bottles, it chemically sanitzes them. Dirty bottles clog up the jets. Start putting your bottles in from the left. After you fill side A, you can fill side B. If you don't have enough bottles to fill side B, turn side B off by flipping the switch. Use our clear bottles to cover any empty jets. Press the start button. The machine will sanitize the bottles in approximately 5 minutes. Note: New bottles are already sanitized.

STEP 14: Bottle Your Beer
We will hook your beer up to a tap at the Bottling Station. Fill your bottles from the tap and cap them with the bottle capper. Bottle caps are free when you bottle here. We will provide you with a pitcher and cold glasses, so you can enjoy your beer while you are bottling.

We hope you will enjoy your time at Westside U-Brew and become one of our frequent customers. See our SERVICES & PROGRAMS section for details on our Frequent Brewer Program and our Referral Program. Enjoy your beer!