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 How do you make non-alcoholic beer?

How do you make non-alcoholic beer?

Not everyone can or wants to drink alcoholic beer. Nonetheless, we all want a great tasting brew. How can this be done? The process for making a non-alcoholic beer is very easy, and anyone can do it. The process for making the beer is the same (boil, primary fermentation, secondary fermentation, etc). However, at this point, you have a beer with alcohol in it. In order to get rid of the alcohol, the beer will need to be heated to 175 °F.

This is a quick rundown of the process:

  1. Make beer like normal
  2. When you are ready to bottle, heat the beer to 175 °F for 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Alcohol has a lower burn off rate then having to boil your beer. Try to stay as close as you can to the 175 °F temperature to prevent off flavors. When you first start heating the beer you are going to notice a very strong alcohol smell. This is perfectly normal because the alcohol is starting to be burned off and will release itself from the beer,
  4. Cool off beer to below 80 °F
  5. Add yeast and sugar. You have to add yeast when bottling a non-alcohol beer since heating the beer kills off the yeast added during fermentation. If you are kegging the beer, you do not have to add any yeast because you are going to force carbonate the beer anyway.
  6. Bottle or keg

Making a non-alcohol beer is very easy to do, but there is one major drawback. When the beer is heated to release the alcohol, the beer will become very bitter. We aren't talking like a "very hoppy beer" bitter, we're talking "beer that you might swear was made out of nothing but hops" bitter.To address this, all you have to do is cut down on the hops during your boil, and the beer will turn out fine. For example, if your total recipe calls for 2 ounces of hops, only use a total of 1 ounce. Trust us; the beer will be plenty bitter. Because this process alters the bitterness of a beer, styles like pale ales and I.P.A.s are not recommended for a non-alcohol beer as they are way too hoppy. Try a nice wheat beer or maybe a red ale instead. You want the beer to be lacking a lot of hop bitterness before you burn off the alcohol. Additionally, it isn't a bad idea to use hops with a low alpha acid. This way you get a nice hop flavor, but it isn't over powering to drink.

We can't stress enough how bitter the beer will be once you burn off the alcohol. Plan accordingly.

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