Beer Making
Brewing beer is probably one of the oldest hobbies on earth, but that doesn't mean everything has been done. If you're new to beer making the best advice I can give is to brew some beer. While the shop offers a free weekly intro-to-brewing class as well as a wide selection of instructional books and recipes, the best way to learn is to just brew it. Focus on sanitation, temperature control and patience and any recipe can come out as a world-class brew. At the shop, we recommend starting with an established recipe. This can be one of our pre-made Classic Styles, one of the recipes out of our many books or even replicating a commercially available beer. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create but, it's about what you like and what you are going to want to pull out of the fridge at the end of the day.

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Beer Making F.A.Qs

Q. How much does it cost to get started?

A. To get started you'll need at least a 20 qt brew pot, fermenter, bottling equipment and ingredients. Depending on what you already have in your house you're looking at $150-$200.

Q. How long does it all take to brew and bottle a batch of beer?

A. Your brew day is around 3-4 hours for malt extract brewing, 6-8 hours for all grain brewing. About 2-3 weeks of fermentation and aging and 1 week in the bottles. All in all, around 4-5 weeks from the day you brew it to the day you can drink it.

Q. Can't I just buy a bucket at home depot?

A. Buckets from hardware stores are not usually food quality. And they usually are only 5 gallons. Ale Pails are food safe and 6.5-7.9 gallons which is large enough to handle the pressure of fermentation.

Q. Can I reuse bottles?

A. Absolutely. You want to make sure the bottles are pop-top, meaning they need a bottle opener, as opposed to screw top. You can reuse 12oz, 16oz, and 22oz bottles.

Q. What does it take and cost to start kegging?

A. A basic kegging equipment set up will run about $220. If you have a CO2 Tank or regulator it can be much less. If you want to convert a fridge, you'll need at least 28" of height and 9" of depth to fit the keg and tubing.

Download our KEGGING INSTRUCTIONS document.

Q. What can I make that will turn out good?

As far as what tastes good, that's up to you. My Old Kentucky Homebrew can put together ANY style. For first-time brewers a darker, sweeter beer will have a more likely chance of covering up any flaws. All brewers need to understand that unflawed beers will require cleanliness, consistent temperatures and patience.

Brewing Calculators

These calculators can help you with your brewing recipes for the best results.

IBU (International Bittering Units)

ABV (Alcohol By Volume)



While at My Old Kentucky Homebrew check out our Local Recipe Board. There are always 20 recipes up in the shop and all the rest are available for download here. Recipes are sized to five gallons and are written for both malt extract and all grain. Check out local picks, popular clone beers and seasonal favorites. If you would like to submit a recipe please email us or bring it by the shop.

3Floyds Dreadnaught IPA German Alt
Yuengling (Ale) German Ale (Oktoberfestish)
California Stout Fat Tire New Belgium Brewery
Just a Smoked Porter English Pale Ale
Single Hop IPA Mild
Kelvins Kilt Ale (Scotch Ale) Dunkel Weizen
Rye IPA Ale Cream Ale
Red Rocket - E. Brill Red Ale Just a Chocolate-Coffee Stout
Just a Red Ale Just a Brown Ale
Just a Pumpkin Beer Just a Black IPA
Just a Porter Bell's HopSlam
Just a Pale Ale Bell's 2-Hearted
Just an Oatmeal Stout Belgian Wit
Nut Brown Ale Belgian Tripel - Owens
Noble Pils (Ale) Belgian Tripel
New England Porter $20 or Death (Barleywine)
Norris Farmer Breakfast (Milk Stout) Amber Ale
Magic Hat #9 Dogfish Head's 90 Min IPA
Light American Lager Hefeweizen
Kolsh (Light German Style Beer) Saison Ale
Killians Red (Ale)

Other Info & Resources

This document shows you the steps for malt extract brewing.

This document gives you tips on planting and cultivating your own hops.

This document is a very basic, umbrella formula for all grain brewing.

A quick step by step guide for successful home brew kegging.

This document shows CO2 yields for specific beer temperatures.

This blank recipe card helps you plan your batch of All Grain homebrew.

This blank recipe card helps you plan your batch of homebrew.

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