Home brewing is becoming popular and an extended hobby for individuals who need to make their own beer at home and drink something quite different from the local spirits and beer sold at bars. Learning how beer can be made at home is not a complicated process. However, beginners should trace recipes thoroughly to ensure the make beer that is both drinkable and pleasant.
Ironically, brewing from home is extremely easy, and yet a little complicated in its process. Making beer at home is a process of preparing the ingredients, fermenting the ingredients, bottling your finished product, and consuming the product eventually. Home brewing is a cheap way of making a lager that tastes almost as good as the ones manufactured by large enterprises.
To help you with making your home beer, below are a list of equipment needed to brew your beer at home:
- Brew Pots;
- Fermentation bucket;
- Yeast starter jar;
- Small saucepan;
- Brew bag;
- Bottle tops;
- Plastic bottles;
- Spray bottle;
- Beer bottles;
- Measuring jug;
- Notepad/record sheet;
- Stirring spoon;
As a beginner, brew in a bag is recommended. For brew in a bag, a minimum of 30 liters/8 gallons pot with a cover is needed. An aluminum pot with a similar size can also work very well. Although stainless steel pots are great, it is hard to justify the cost for people who just want to homebrew for fun.
Usually, fermentation buckets come in sizes of up to 20 liters/ 5 gallons, so your own fermentation bucket should measure up to at least that size. Fermentation buckets are typically available in food grade plastic with sealed covers. Plastic buckets can also be used for this purpose.
The airlock is fixed into the top of the fermentation bucket and makes it possible to discharge gases during fermentation keeping out airborne bacteria at the same time. The most common type of airlock is bubbler which can be filled with sanitized liquid to form a lid.
Sieves are used for removing remains from the brew pot after boiling. This is perfect as a dedicated homebrew kit because a beer’s head can be spoilt by oils from other foods.
Yeast Starter Jar
When using dried yeast, you must restore moisture to it in sterile water. You can do this in any old jar that has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
You can easily get away without using scales, but the moment you start making your own recipes weighing malt and hops becomes vital. The balance of hops should be very precise to the nearest gram as they are used in small quantities.
The colander is made of metal and is used to form a false bottom to prevent the malt from burning.
Saucepan is used for preparing little-sterilized water – essentially for moisturizing dried yeast. Any type of pan you already have is perfect for this purpose.
On the day you bottle your beer, you transfer the fermented beer from the bucket to your bottles. The simplest way of doing it is with a plastic tube. You can make this process even more interesting by adding a racking cane and bottling wand.
The wand is utilized to regulate the flow of beer so the syphon can be moved from one bottle to another without pouring beer everywhere.
The cane goes into the fermenter to stop the tube from flopping and stirring up debris from the bottom.
Sanitizer is everything in brewing. You will probably ruin a batch if bacteria gets into your bottles or fermenter.
This is a simple net bag that lines the brew pot and allows you to lift malt out without taking any liquid with it. Some brew bags are made from clothes similar to linen.
You could buy several colors of bottle tops to distinguish your beers.
Empty Plastic Bottles
Empty plastic bottles are useful for making large blocks of ice for fast cooling and for storing sanitizer.
Spray bottles are very useful when using a sanitizer without a rinse. With such sanitizers, the liquid can be poured over the equipment before use.
Home Brew Bottles
The size of beer bottles you want to use is a matter of personal choice. Collect any used bottles and rinse immediately for subsequent use.
You need a jug to measure large quantities of water. You either use food grade plastic or glass (which is better).
You will need several containers on brew day to store sanitizer and sterilized water. Make sure they are readily available.
If you’re honest (to yourself) about home brewing, make notes each time you brew. Notes become crucial when repeating a successful recipe or working out what went wrong with a substandard batch.
Your stirring spoon must be long enough to reach deep into the brew pot. You can use food grade plastic or metal spoons. Wooden and other rough surfaced items are breeding grounds for bacteria, so you should avoid using them.