If you wanted to make a bare bone equipment check list you would be looking for 4 basic things a stock-pot or a brew pot, something to ferment in, something to prepare for bottling, and actual bottles or a kegging system.
Continue reading for more information on the equipment required for home brewing.
Here my equipment list:
- 30qt Turkey Deep Fry Kit - 30 quarts will allow me to brew 5 gallons of beer which is about 48-50 beers, also I went with the deep fry kit because this was actually cheaper than buying a 30qt stock-pot. Also I don’t have to worry about potential boil-overs or creating a mess, or having to rely on my stove to keep a constant boil for 2 hours at a time. The deep fry kit includes a 12” long thermometer to accurately test the temperature of my wort. This is a 45,000 btus and can easily keep a boil for a long time. It should make for an interesting time to be brewing beer in snow outside.
- Homebrewers Outpost Starter Kit - This kit includes everything you need to get started minus bottles and the brew pot. It’s rather cheap and replicas of this kit can be found around the internet and in other brew shops around the country for almost the same price, so you should call around cause the money you spend on gas could possibly be less than shipping. I’ll briefly describe whats in the kit:
- 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket with lid - this bucket is used for primary fermenting. As stated above, something to ferment in is absolutely required whether you buy this kit or not.
- 6.5 gallon bottling bucket with spigot - this bucket is used to store the beer before you bottle. If you want a fruit flavored beer you can add the fruit or extract into this bucket before bottling. This technically isn’t required but should be used.
- 3 piece airlock - Vital part to the fermentation process. Both wine makers and beer brewers use them. Basically allows air out without effecting air pressure. Also helps from allowing bad bacteria in that causes bad tasting beer.
- No-rinse sanitizer - This is where most first time brewers screw up, or sometimes it can take a few times to even perfect the “art” of sanitizing. Everything that the beer touches needs to be sanitized. Cleaning does exactly what it states: it cleans. This means cleaning removes left over bits of wort or stickiness. Sanitizing is removing the micro-bacteria that naturally occurs in the world. Something as small as a non-sanitized thermometer that you put in your beer can effect the taste of the entire 5 gallon batch.
- Siphoning package - When transferring beer from your fermenting bucket to your bottling bucket you just don’t want to pour it in there. You will use this siphoning or “racking” kit. This package also includes a springless bottle filler that allows you to quickly and easily fill your bottles.
- Liquid Crystal Thermometer - This is a just a thermometer that attaches to you fermenting bucket to closely watch the temperature. If you don’t know what a thermometer is then you should probably not be trying to brew your own beer.
- Bucket clip - helps hold you racking cane that’s included in the siphoning package.
- Bottle brush - Helps in the cleaning process of your bottles and racking/siphoning hose.
- Bottle Capper - This combined with bottle caps allows you to use pry-off (non-twist off) bottles and recap them for your usage. This is important when creating carbonation in your beer.
- "How to Brew" book - Exactly what it sounds like.
- Ingredient kit of your choice - You have the option to save money by not buying this kit, but I wouldn’t suggest it because this kit includes everything you need including 50 bottle caps. This kit has all the right measurements of ingredients and can’t really be messed up unless you don’t sanitize everything, or don’t follow the instructions.
- Bottles - You’ll need bottles to store you beer. These bottles cannot be twist-off bottles that most beers are made in. They have to be pry-off. You can also use swing-top bottles that are extremely rare to find outside of a brew shop or a glass recycling factory. If you buy them from a brew shop they are extremely expensive. They range from 3 to 4 dollars per bottle. The great thing about swingtop bottles is they don’t use bottle caps. They have gaskets that create the seal on the top of the bottle. These gaskets do go bad after a long period of time however they are about 1/4th the cost of bottle caps. Regular pry-off bottles can be found at the beer distributor or recycling plant. If you buy these bottles from a brew shop you’ll pay a lot considering they are empty. 24 x 12oz bottles will cost you almost $25.00. You can find a cheaper case of beer at the beer distributor and at least get to drink the beer and have a good time. This is what I did. My personal experience is try to find a beer that has sub-par labels on it. I’m currently in the process of stripping 72 bottles labels off, and let me tell you it sucks…
My total cost:
- 30qt deep fryer - $59.99 + Tax
- Starter Kit - $94.99 + Shipping ($15.00)
- Bottles - 2 x Cases are needed (I bought 3)
- Samuel Adams Harvest Variety Pack - 30.99
- Full Pint Brewery Co Variety Pack - 28.99
- Franziskaner - 30.99
- TOTAL: 229.96 + Tax
My next post, I’ll talk about my nightmare of cleaning and removing labels from bottles.
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