Before you purchase any homebrewing equipment, there are some important things that you must consider first. This article will discuss the three most important homebrewing tools that every starter brewer must-have. The 3 best ways to brew beer include extract brewing, partial mash, and all-grain brewing. There is also a debate over which is the best way but they all are pretty good ways to brew beer. I will simply refer to them as ‘homebrewing’ since that is what I do. Some homebrewers may prefer one or the other but I tend to favor all three.
Bottle or container for storing the beer
Your first piece of equipment for home brewing is a bottle or container for storing the craft beer that you create. Kegging requires very little storage because you only use it once to stock your kegerator and mix up the ingredients with a sanitizer solution. Homebrewing involves constant stirring so your best bet for storing the yeast and other components is to store the container in a cool dark place away from light.
A few homebrewing starter kits will include bottles that have caps, but if you are just starting out, I suggest buying an empty one. It is important to note that most commercial beers are sold in 14-ounce plastic bottles so you are not trying to conserve space but simply maximize convenience. When investing in bottles, though, it is important that you get one that is the right size for your needs.
The next item on the list of homebrewing equipment for beginners is a fermenter. fermenters allow you to create wort, which is the sweet beer, or beer and yeast, which is the bread-like beverage traditionally made in home brewing America. In order to be able to enjoy these beverages, you must also be able to keg them (fermenting them). Kegging your own beer is a great experience but can become very expensive if you are a serious home-brewer.
The final piece of homebrewing equipment for beginners is the kegerator. You may already have a generator at home but if not, you should definitely purchase one since they are inexpensive and quickly becoming very popular among the homebrewing community. Kegging requires a lot of cleaning so having a unit like a generator will greatly reduce maintenance and prevent your legs from accumulating debris, bacteria, and even mold. There are also units that come with features that allow you to mix different types of beer such as an English beer style keg, which has its own taste and can be used to create a variety of different beers.
As far as equipment for homebrewing in the united states, you will need to get bottles for all of your ingredients as well as kegs. If you plan on bottling your beer, the cheapest option will probably be a six-pack of CO2 ones. These are usually around fifty dollars and are perfect for bottling for parties, festivals, and even storing for a longer period of time. Kegging is usually a bit more expensive, but if you are just starting out, you will probably want to go with the five-gallon generators which can cost upwards of two hundred dollars. It is not recommended for every homeowner because these units can take up quite a bit of counter space and you will need a place to store them as well as clean them. Some brewers do recommend that you use plastic kegs because the metal ones can corrode over time.
Other items needed for homebrewing starters are specialty mugs for when you make your first batch of brew, sanitizers, and even sanitizers for cleaning containers. As far as brew day goes, there are a few more things that are essential for brewers. Of course, water and malt extract are the two main ingredients you will need to make your brew. Depending on how well you know your brewer’s abilities, you may decide to buy your grains at a grocery store and simply use these grains in the same way you would buy your water. This is certainly a viable option but if you are just getting started, it may be best to keep your grains at home.
Finally – get the right ingredients
Once you have the right homebrewing equipment for home brewing, you will then need to get ingredients. Many people brew different varieties of beer based on different flavors and ingredients. Finding the right ingredients and making a diverse variety of batches should be a great way to keep people coming back for more. The best way to learn what is popular and what people are interested in is by checking online for reviews or asking local homebrewing clubs. Finding what people are looking for is half the fun of homebrewing. Once you find what they want, you can then create the rest of the recipes.