How can I make my own malt extract for home brewing. Also, how do I develop my own strands of yeast?
It's called All-Grain Brewing. It's the process where you extract the fermentable sugars from the grain. I'm a recent all-grain brewer. I did extract brewing for about a year. Switching to all-grain isn't as difficult as it may seem. Sure it takes more time, but, to me, it's more pure. You are involved in the entire brewing process, start to finish. I'm from Louisiana, and my explanation to fellow Louisianians is like this.
"Extract brewing vs. all-grain , is like making a gumbo with store bought roux. Sure you can make a damn fine gumbo with store bought, but making the roux yourself( all-grain), adds so much more to the gumbo that you could not get otherwise.
As far as developing your own strands of yeast, unless you are doing big batches, i don't see the need. Especially if you are still extract brewing. It is possible, though, but, i don't do it personally. A lot of effort for an inexpensive product.