Home Brew Equipment

Home Brew Equipment

It really is quite simple, easy and cheap to get all you need for brewing your own brewing these days. and the amount of money that you save on the first 2-3 batches of Homebrew will cover the initial cost. There is some basic brewing equipment that you need and then there are other nifty things you can get to make the job easier and more enjoyable… and that really is the key, it is important to make the brewing process almost as enjoyable as the end result, because nobody likes work, even if they are getting payed in beer.

I advise that when you start your brewing endeavor, get a mate or two to join you and make an event out of it, it is a lot easier to keep up your supply of beer if you have someone else to help and to make the tedious bits fun.

I always stick to the requirement that whenever I make beer, I must be drinking beer.

Home Brew Equipment – Starter Kits

These are great, a lot cheaper then buying everything separate, they usually include some extra goodies and have a good can for you try out first. These are your bare essentials;

Fermenter

– The Brewing container, I find 30lt the best option as most beer kits (the pre-made can of wort) make 23lt batches so this gives you a bit of room. Also the easiest sort of fermenters are screw top plastic ones with a tap at the bottom that has a sediment reducer. You want to have a hole in the top for an immersion heater and an airlock. And it helps a lot to have volume scales and a thermometer along the side.

Bottle capper

The best kind is the bench capper, it is definitely worth spending a little extra for this labour saving device, the other options are not worth mentioning.

Heater

There are 3 main types of heaters around; Immersion, Pad & Belt.

Belt heaters are ok however not the most efficient as they heat from the outside so some is lost to the air around.

Pad heaters are more efficient but limited in that it will just raise the temperature by a few degrees indiscriminately.

Immersion heaters are the best as they heat from inside the beer (thus the most efficient) and it has a thermostat so it never heats too much.

Either way it is best to insulate you fermenter and try to keep it in a stable environment at about 20-25 degrees Celsius. Fluctuations in temperature and temperatures outside this range can produce unwanted results.

Basic Tools

A few things that every good kit should come with, you will find them very useful;

Paddle – with a long arm; about 50cm is best.

Bottle Brush – if you look after your bottles you wont have to use this often but it does come in handy.

Bottler – a tube that inserts into the tap with a valve in the end, which makes bottling a lot easier an cleaner then using a funnel.

Airlock – essential, it keeps your brew sterile while releasing the pressure from the fermentation.

Assumed tools

These are the tools that probably won’t come with the kit but you should make sure you have around the house or possibly buy extra ones specially for brewing.

Electric kettle – to boil water for the brew and to heat up the kit.

Can opener – to open the kit.

Tubs/sinks – to sterilise and rinse the equipment.

Funnel – best to have one if you are measuring the sugar for the second ferment.

Scissors – to open yeast, sugar, steriliser… etc

Notebook – to record each brew so that you can learn from mistakes and remember how you made that awesome brew again.

Towel – comes in handy

Boxes – for storage while the beer matures.

Beer bottles – there is no need to buy them except for presentation, recycling bought beer bottles is fine.

Nice Beer Glass – for sampling the fine brew.

Helpful Extras

These are probably best bought once you know that you are going to be brewing a fair bit.

Bottle Tree – a very useful way of keeping you bottles clean after you have cleaned them.

Hydrometer – used to find out the alcohol volume of your brew.

Beer Brewing Consumables.

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