I was only going to do three stages but I didn't want to leave this picture out. This is the vial of my millions of minions that will work very hard over the next week to help make my beer. You probably already know that yeast is a living thing. Well, now that the wort is cooled and the whole batch is a decent temperature I will "pitch" the yeast. That is what simply pouring the yeast in is called. Pitching sounds cooler than pouring I guess. Over the next few days the yeast will begin to feed on the malt sugars that are in my brew. They will multiply and form a critical mass in the whole batch. The whole thing will bubble and froth. A pretty cool process. The byproduct of the yeast consuming the sugars is alcohol. And there you have it.
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