Brewery to table: What does it take?

The Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold is the largest homebrew store in New Jersey.

The Brewer's Apprentice in Freehold is the largest homebrew store in New Jersey.

Every beer is an original when created/made at a brewery, and the possibilities are endless. You never know what the beer going to taste like until after the process is completed.  

For this chase, a South Street Abby brew was chosen, which is a chocolate, caramel tasting beer.

First step: gather your ingredients, which include grains, extracts, hops, and spices.

Next, you steep the grains in a huge kettle -- ours included chocolate and biscuit. This step is similar to steeping tea leafs.

“And now you’re going to take this mash paddle and those holes are going to let the grain kind of flow through it and mix it in evenly so that it’s not clumped up in there and you get the most efficiency out of the grain,” employee Lou Louzzo explained.

Then add extracts and syrups, and stir some more.

Add the bittering hops -- then you wait.

Step four: it’s time to take your beer and put it in the fermenter.

It sits there for about two weeks and then it’s finally time to bottle it.

To brew your own, the price ranges from about $225-$300 all depending on what you choose to brew.

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