Love beer enough to want to brew it yourself? Tired of the mass-produced beers you get at the store? Wanting to try out home-brewing for a while?
Improve your beer making skills, know what you need to get in your home brewing equipment.
Home-Brewing Equipment Essentials
- 1 Home-Brewing Equipment Essentials
- 1.1 Take a Look at the Brew Pots & Kettles
- 1.2 Wort Chillers to Keep Beer Cool
- 1.3 Beer Funnels and Brushes
- 1.4 Measuring and Testing Tools
- 1.5 Digital Scales
- 1.6 Boiling Equipment
- 1.7 Beer Bottling Accessories
- 1.8 Drying and Storage Racks
- 1.9 Labels
- 1.10 Beer Sanitizers
- 1.11 How about cleaning the beer line?
- 1.12 Are your hands safe?
- 2 Get the Equipment Kits You Need
- 3 The Few Other Things You Will Need
Take a Look at the Brew Pots & Kettles
This is a pretty basic and very essential thing to hold your wort. A stainless-steel pot for brewing can be your best choice as it’s durable, easy to clean, and doesn’t get discolored. If you plan a low-budget brewing, aluminum brew kettles can substitute well.
Wort Chillers to Keep Beer Cool
If you want to cool your brew quickly to avoid the growth of bacteria, never try running the wort through a water tub. It might crack and harm you. So, get any of these three— immersion chiller, counterflow chiller, or plate chiller to cool your brew.
Beer Funnels and Brushes
The beer funnels are not expensive and very useful. You also need the brushes to clean the bottles and all.
Measuring and Testing Tools
You need to have accurate measuring and testing tools for a better brew. For instance, to determine the specific gravity and the transformation of wort to beer, you may want to get hold of hydrometers and test jars. These are essential home-brewing equipment that you will need.
To measure the ingredients perfectly and brew a good beer, you need to use the digital scales.
Beer Bottling Accessories
As you can’t drink the beer directly from the carboy, you’ll need beer bottling accessories like bottles, growlers, caps, beer bottle crown caps, cappers, fillers, washers, brushes, and spigots to bottle the brew.
Drying and Storage Racks
To avoid any excess water left when you wash the bottles, you need to let them dry before you bottle the beer.
You can buy labels or make your own at home. Though it’s not vital to label them, it’s so much fun and avoids the confusion too.
From the yeast you use to the beer you brew, you need to maintain sanitization throughout the process. Everything you use in the brewing and bottling process has to be clean to prevent the growth of bacteria.
How about cleaning the beer line?
You can use the line cleaners in any form like powder, and tablets. Some line cleaners can be harsh, so be careful before using them for beers and rinse them well.
Are your hands safe?
A beer sanitizer is a must-have while brewing a beer. You can get the beer sanitizers in powder or liquid form. Dilute the sanitizer in water and mix for the proper dilution. Now, flush all your home-brewing equipment through the sanitized water.
Get the Equipment Kits You Need
Instead of buying individual pieces, you better buy an equipment kit. It’s suggested to make a list of the tools you need and then go buy a kit. So, if anything you don’t get something you need, you may have to buy it. You don’t want to go through that moment when you realize that you forgot to buy an item after you start brewing.
Extract Brew Kits
Their price is affordable and best for the homebrewers whether you are a newbie or not. These extract kits need very less equipment. You need to add water, ingredients, and the extract to the kettle. Now, start boiling and cool the wort.
Then, ferment the wort for a few weeks before bottling. You can skip the mashing process with these kits.
The All-Grain Brew Kits
If you want to level up your brewing, all-grain brew kits are the best. They don’t need extract but they do have some good flavors that you can use. If you’re a beginner, you need more equipment for this than the extract kits. This calls for the “splurging you.”
Partial Mash Brew Kits
If you don’t want to spend so many bucks and don’t want the basic extract, this partial mash kit is a good choice that uses grains and malt extract. You just need a boiling kettle, a grain bag, a drink cooler with a plug, and a bucket. So, this one’s affordable if you want a medium that’s between extract and all-grain kits.
Don’t forget the Brewing Ingredient Kits
Beer brewing kits are classified based on the base. You can have them as a liquid extract, or in the form on milled grains. Some of the kits have both of them. These kits are economical to set the process up, but it all depends on where you purchase it and how you want to brew. If you need any extra items like brew bottles, check before buying the kit.
The Few Other Things You Will Need
Here are some tips to help.
- Ensure you buy a propane burner of appropriate British thermal units (BTU). If you’re going to pick a camping burner that’s not designed to be used as home-brewing equipment, ensure its short and has wide legs, so it won’t tip over when a large pot is placed on it.
- The filter screens and infusers help you get the flavor into the brew without any mess. A hand strainer also works, but a mesh hop bag is a convenient method. You can use it to throw in the hops into a bag, and then place it in the kettle.
- The paddles and spoons made up of stainless steel, plastic that can resist heat, wood, and bamboo can be used to stir the brew. You can use any of your tools that are long and strong for stirring.
- You might be using a candy thermometer or an odd meat thermometer, but the stainless-steel thermometers are more accurate to read the temperature.
- You need to have the right equipment for fermentation to get good alcohol content and carbonation for your beer.
- You’ll need a good container like Glass Carboy, Plastic Carboy, Fermenter Bucket, Conical Fermenter, or an Oak Barrel that can hold the wort. This is an important process when it’s turning into beer.
- You can use thermostat or wraps and pads for better temperature control of your beer.
- You’ll need Siphon Hose, Silicone, or a Vinyl Beverage tubing to move the beer out of the container, to move the hot wort, and for other uses. You need to get the right-sized tubing. Keep it sanitized and replace it regularly.
- You’ll use this rubber stopper bungs to airlock the fermenters, and growlers So, buy a bung of the right size and it’d be much better if it’s a pre-drilled hole.
- Instead of using your mouth, use these racking canes by attaching the short end to the tubing and inserting the order end into the beer to transfer it. This reduces the growth of bacteria.
- To use a siphon, fill the tube with clean water, close the end of the hose, and insert the tube into the beer.
As long as you choose the right equipment according to your specific needs, nothing can stop you from brewing the best beer. Happy brewing!