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Equipment You Will Need to Start Home Brewing Beer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Home-brewing beer is a fun and rewarding experience. Not only will you end up with a brew that tastes great, but you'll save money.  A lot of people buy beer at the liquor store on a regular basis, but it is far cheaper to make your own.

To get started, you'll need some equipment. The cost of this equipment it minimal compared to the result. You can buy the items you will need at several locations. Some local grocers carry the equipment, but the easiest place to start is at a home-brew or wine store.

Beer can be made from scratch, but that might be difficult for the beginning brewer. If you want to buy a pre packaged kit that comes with a brewers wort and a package of yeast to start making beer at home, here is a list and a quick description of the equipment you will need:

1.Primary Fermentor

This is a big plastic pail with a tight-fitting lid. It will hold 25 to 30 litres of liquid.

2. Carboy

For making beer you will need a 23 litre carboy. It clear glass and shaped like a pop bottle.

3. Racking Cane and Tube

This is a hard piece of plastic shaped like a check mark. The tube is just clear hose that acts as an extension when attached to the short end of the racking cane.

4. Bung and Air Lock Assembly

This is like a cork for the carboy. It allows gas to escape during the fermentation process and keeps anything from getting into the carboy.

4. Sanitizer

You will need a good sanitizer.  Sanitizing all equipment is necessary.

You will need a few more items to bottle your beer but those are the basic items you will need to begin. I purchased my first home-brew set in a package and received a mixing spoon and a hose clamp, two items which I never use. I also paid more for the package than the items I needed would have cost individually, but I had no idea what I was getting into, so I bought the starter kit. Hopefully this article steers you in the right direction by helping you save money on the equipment you need and gets you started on the exciting journey of home-brewing beer! 

 

 

Home-brewing beer is a fun and rewarding experience. Not only will you end up with a brew that tastes great, but you'll save money.  A lot of people buy beer at the liquor store on a regular basis, but it is far cheaper to make your own.

To get started, you'll need some equipment. The cost of this equipment it minimal compared to the result. You can buy the items you will need at several locations. Some local grocers carry the equipment, but the easiest place to start is at a home-brew or wine store.

Beer can be made from scratch, but that might be difficult for the beginning brewer. If you want to buy a pre packaged kit that comes with a brewers wort and a package of yeast to start making beer at home, here is a list and a quick description of the equipment you will need:

1.Primary Fermentor

This is a big plastic pail with a tight-fitting lid. It will hold 25 to 30 litres of liquid.

2. Carboy

For making beer you will need a 23 litre carboy. It clear glass and shaped like a pop bottle.

3. Racking Cane and Tube

This is a hard piece of plastic shaped like a check mark. The tube is just clear hose that acts as an extension when attached to the short end of the racking cane.

4. Bung and Air Lock Assembly

This is like a cork for the carboy. It allows gas to escape during the fermentation process and keeps anything from getting into the carboy.

4. Sanitizer

You will need a good sanitizer.  Sanitizing all equipment is necessary.

You will need a few more items to bottle your beer but those are the basic items you will need to begin. I purchased my first home-brew set in a package and received a mixing spoon and a hose clamp, two items which I never use. I also paid more for the package than the items I needed would have cost individually, but I had no idea what I was getting into, so I bought the starter kit. Hopefully this article steers you in the right direction by helping you save money on the equipment you need and gets you started on the exciting journey of home-brewing beer! 

 

 

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