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Beer Supplies For The Home Brewer

Updated on May 16, 2015

Beer Supplies for the Home Brewer

Making beer at home means you're going to need to purchase some beer supplies. Start by choosing the kind of fermenter that you'd like to use. It might look like a fancy word but a fermenter simply means a way to ferment.

Does this mean you can use anything you'd like for that process? No, because you'll want a fermenter that has an airtight seal. That seal is what helps keep your beer safe to drink and keeps the bacteria from taking over and spoiling the brew.

Because spoilage can happen, you'll want to be sure that you take great care in sanitizing everything from the cookware to the bottles you store the beer inside. One of the ways you can sanitize is through using an Iodophor. This tool is especially handy if you plan to make repeated batches of brew. You'll also want to get the right tools to use for the fermentation process.

Wherever beer supplies are sold, you can usually find large specially made gallon buckets with lids that seal tightly enough to ferment correctly. You don't want to buy a fermenter that doesn't have a lid.

Sometimes, people skip the simple fermenting tools and opt instead to go ahead and go with a commercial grade one made of stainless steel. While this is a good idea if you plan to brew your own beer consistently, know that a good fermenter of this type will easily set you back $600 or more.

Necessary Beer Kit Supplies

Ale one of the oldest drinks know to man!

You'll also need to have pots for the cooking process and the best choice in that area would be a large, stainless steel pot. There are some more expensive ones that are built with thermometers right on the side of the pot and that would eliminate the step of having to buy and test with a separate piece of equipment.

Some other tools you might want to consider purchasing as you go along are a refractometer-this tool is used with sugar measurement that's been dissolved. Another tool that many home brewers find helpful to have around are test jars. These items are just what they sound like. Jars used to hold an amount of beer so you can judge the color and taste before storing the brew.

Some beer supplies are more necessary to have when you first begin at home brewing, such as a scale for measuring hops and other grains. Buying the finest ingredients is important but it's also important that you use the correct amount so you don't brew a bitter beer.

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Brewing Beer - How Hard Can It Be?

Are you ready to begin brewing beer right in your own home kitchen? Now you can. It doesn't take an expert to learn how to make a tasty, frothy glass of your favourite brew. All you have to learn are the simple, beginning steps and you'll be ready to go.

The first thing you want to learn about is the stuff beer contains. Each of the following items in beer is necessary to either the flavor, the taste, or the durability of the liquid. If you were to divide beer up by the main ingredients, you'd find the following: hops, water, yeast and barley.

You have to have those ingredients but more importantly, you have to know how to use them and how they're combined to give the beer a decent taste. If one isn't right, the beer won't be either.

One of the first ingredients we'll discuss is barley. You can either buy barley or grow it yourself. If you choose to grow it yourself, obviously, it'll take longer before you can make beer.

Most people find it easier (and a lot less complicated) to simply buy it. When working with barley, if you choose to grow it at home, you have to take the barley through a process known as germination.

This just means the seed is growing and you're going to have to figure out the kind of container to use to make the process right - using the wrong one can impede or cause the germination to flop. When you get a beer making, kit, those usually come with the right type of container to use.

Hops - Here Comes The Flavour

Brewing beer also needs the use of hops. These are plants that are perennials and gives beer that strong taste. So when you enjoy the flavour of your beer, know that hops is behind that flavouring. They also work to keep your beer from growing things you don't want in there.

Water is hugely important when you create brew at home. You can't take water that has a nasty after taste and get good beer. If you live in the country and use well water, you'll definitely want to buy purified water to get the best tasting beer.

Finally, yeast is the ingredient you have to have to make your beer from being blah. You can use one of two types of yeast to make the beer. Again, if you're brand new to brewing beer, you might want to consider getting an instructional book, or a kit or maybe both before you begin.

Once you have a batch or two under your belt, you'll be able to surprise family and friends with your own home brew and who knows - you might get so good at it, that you'll be asked to provide batches of it for your family's special events.

How to Brew Beer You and Your Friends Will Enjoy

Not like the stuff my dad used to make!

Learning how to brew beer is something you can enjoy with your friends and it's easy to learn in a weekend. Even if you're all thumbs with plants or not handy in the kitchen, you can still master brewing a beer that will taste delightful and earn you and your friends bragging rights for many gatherings to come.

Plus, if you go into making brews with a large enough group of friends, the cost can be divided, you can buy top of the line equipment so that it won't be at all expensive to get started with the best stuff. Each person can chip in and buy the ingredients as well as the tools and you'll be set to get busy brewing.

Set up a place where the brewing is going to take place. Preferably a large enough kitchen where there's plenty of room so you're not all tripping over one another. You'll want ample counter space to work with.

First things first - decide on the recipe you'd like to make as your debut batch. Assign someone to calculate what ingredients are needed for which recipe and get those set out before you start.

Recipes can either be simple, or all grain and complex. Depending on how secure you feel starting out with a more complicated recipe is your judgement call. You can find some beer recipes online on various websites or forums, but be cautious because sometimes an important ingredient or step might be missing. You can find recipe books or low cost how to brew beer eBooks with great beer making recipes already in them so that might be one route to go as well.

Start out by making sure your work area is super clean. Sanitize everything. Keep in mind that if the tool or equipment is going to touch the liquid, it has to be cleaned first, even if it's brand new, sanitize it.

You'll find some sites that will tell you to sanitize using straight bleach. This is a mistake because if you don't get all the bleach residue out, it'll transfer to the beer and you and your friends won't be very thrilled if that happens.

When you first learn how to brew beer, make sure you keep your grains separate. Adding hops is a delicate process. You'll want to know the specific timing for introducing the hops so that you can control the bitterness and flavour of the beer.

It's easy when friends are over to lose track of time, so you might want to have a kitchen timer ready for this step. Brewing beer can be a great experience for one person but richly shared by a group of friends.

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      HowToKeg 5 years ago

      Brewing beer is a lot of fun. Cider is also fun to brew. It is much more straight forward.

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      AMan4AllSaisons 6 years ago

      Yes, I've brewed several different styles of ale, as well as gallons of hard cider. Turned out great!

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      MrsBlack 6 years ago

      I've never had home brewed beer...sounds like it could be dangerous (in a good way, of course). Definitely something I'd like to try one day.