Choose All Grain Brewing For a Great Beer Brewing your own beer can be an immensely pleasurable and satisfying experience. Home brewers from all over the globe have spent countless hours trying to perfect their very own beer recipes. Sometimes, the results are better than what you might drink at a bar. There are a number of interesting ways for you to brew your own beer, one of the most popular methods is the all grain brewing method. It can be a time consuming process to finally taste your creation, but you will no doubt find it worth the wait. When choosing your grain, keep in mind that malted barley is the grain of choice for most beer. Other types of grains may eventually be added, but barley is the best grain with which to start. Different barleys have different characteristics, but typically you would want around 9-10 lbs base malt per 5 gallons. If you'd like, you can add 1-2 lbs of specialty grains to gain a better flavor. For increased sweetness add lighter crystals. Be sure to taste the grain as you create the recipe, this will allow you to evaluate the quality of the grain. You can also buy pellet hops in a number of different varieties for added flavor and aroma. The next step is to mill the grain by cracking it open so that you can have access to the goodies inside. The grain contains mostly starch which needs to be converted to sugar so that the yeast will have something to ferment. You will rely on the enzymes to convert the starch to sugar. Next you will then make the mash tun which will hold the grain at temperature for 1-2 hours. Depend on the enzymes to convert the starch to sugar. The mash tun will then hold the grain at temperature for 1-2 hours. There are different ways to make the mash tun, but a converted Igloo style drink cooler is the cheapest, effective and most common option used. At this point you can begin the mashing part of the process, remember to heat 1 quart of water to 170° degrees for every 1 pound of grain. Simultaneously, pour the 170° F degree water and the grains into the bucket, stirring all of it together as you proceed. Try to keep the temperature at about 150° F degrees. While you are mashing, you can begin to heat up 2 quarts of water per pound of grain. After this is done, you can and then add the wort to it. After an hour, the starch should be made into sugar.. You can then start draining off the wort from the grain bed. The next thing you are going to want to do is called the sparging, this is the name of the process of draining the wort off the grain bed. Ideally, you will want to end up with about 6 1/2 gallons of wort. Now you are going to boil the wort for about an hour, once it is boiling add the hops. The hops are important because they add aroma, flavor and bitterness to beer. There are differing degrees to which the hops can be bitter. Finally you will ferment the beer and then you are one step closer to your finished product. After 1-2 weeks of initial fermentation, transfer the beer to a clean and sanitized Cornelius or corny keg and let it sit for a couple of days. You will find upon serving your beer that you've have created a superb beverage by using the popular all-grain method.