How to boil your own beer
When it comes to boiling your own brew, there’s one rule you should follow.
If you’re going to boil, you’re not going to want to be too high, you’ve got to be a bit above the boiling point.
That means it’s best to boil at a point that’s at least five degrees below the boiling water’s boiling point and that’s what Al Jazeera’s Peter McWilliams was lucky enough to find out when he did a quick test of his own.
He found that boiling water at about 30 degrees Celsius (95F) actually caused the water to boil and get bubbly and foamy in a matter of seconds, making it a bit of a pain to clean.
It also caused the bubbles to form a layer on top of the water, making cleaning a bit trickier.
However, he also found that the water’s temperature was about two degrees lower than it would have been otherwise.
If you’re a little more cautious, there are a couple of options to consider when it comes up to boiling water.
If the water is too hot, the bubbles will form a foam and that will slow the boiling process down, McWilliams explained.
Alternatively, if you have a bit more space to spare, you can try to boil the water at a lower temperature and that should make the process much quicker, he added.
Al Jazeera’s James O’Keefe reported from Washington DC.