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Brewing Equipment For Making Beer At Home
Brewing your own beer can be an incredibly rewarding hobby. Just imagine the looks on your friends faces when you proudly tell them that the libation they are enjoying was mad by you. Now that you have decided that you want to brew beer at home, you will need to know what brewing equipment you need to get started.
Boiling Pot: Should be made of aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic-coated steel and be at least 4 gallons.
Thermometer: Should be a floating thermometer with an upward facing dial that can stand boiling temperatures. A floating dairy thermometer is perfect.
Siphon: Clear plastic tubing with a racking cane that sometimes comes with a bottle filler.
Bottle Filler: I think this is pretty self explanatory.
Stirring Paddle: Should be food grade plastic, wood, or stainless steel and be able to reach the bottom of your boil pot.
Carboy: A carboy is a glass fermenting vessel with a stopper and a blow off tube to prevent bacteria from getting into your beer and to blow off excess foam during fermentation.
Racking Tube: This is used to keep the sediment and sludge out when transferring beer from your fermentation vessel to bottles or kegs.
Bottles and Bottle Capper: This should be self explanatory. When you are done brewing your beer you need to have a place to put it. Twist off style bottles do not recap well and are prone to breaking. There are 2 types of cappers available. Hand and bench. Bench cappers are more versatile and easily worth the extra cost.
Brewing Equipment Kits: There are hundreds of kits commercially available to get you started. They vary in price depending on the brewing equipment included.
Brewing your own beer at home is a very rewarding activity and there is always more to learn if you want to be an accomplished homebrewer, but starting with the right brewing equipment is your first step towards learning this creative hobby.