Everybody who has a hobby or craft that they take part in needs their supplies, and making beer is no different. There are many different items and ingredients that will aid in the process of brewing your own beer. From increasing how much beer that you can brew to completely changing the type and flavor of your beer, there is something out there for you.
Obviously most of the beer brewing supplies that you will need can be purchased together in a kit; but as you become a more experienced brewer, you may want/need additional items to help further your expertise.
When you first begin your home brewing adventure, there are some basic supplies that you definitely need. These are if you just want to make a small batch each time you brew. You will need:
- A 4 – 7 gallon pot for boiling
- A fermenting bucket
- A stirring spoon
- And a thermometer
And if you’re going to bottle your beer:
- Bottles (obviously)
- A bottle filler
- New bottle caps
- And a bottle capper
When it comes to beer brewing supplies, you’re going to have a great start with these things.
Once you become an experience beer brewer, you may want to brew larger quantities of beer, or more than one batch at a time. Or you may want a more efficient way of storing and serving your beer. Here is a short list of some additional items that a beer maker may be interested in:
After brewing your first few batches of beer, buying one or all of these things may be a wise investment for you. The carboy acts the same as a fermenting bucket, but typically come in larger sizes; it’s up to you to find out which one would be best for your brewing needs.
If you do decide to go the route of using a carboy, you should also invest in a bottling bucket. Carboys tend to be glass and you aren’t able to fit a spigot to one for bottling purposes, that’s where a bottling bucket will come in handy. You can transfer the beer from the carboy to the bottling bucket, which has a spigot on it, for easier bottling.
If you don’t like the idea of re-washing and refilling bottles every time you finish a batch of beer, you may opt to keg your beer. There are different systems available for this, and if you go this right, you can hook one up in your own kegerator at your home bar and impress all of your friends!
In addition to these things, you obviously need the cleaning solution, malt, hops, yeast, sugar, and anything else you want to add to your beer to change the flavor. There are many recipes that can be used to create some delicious brews or, if you’re up to it, you can combine different ingredients to create a new flavor that’s 100% yours.
Also, if you’d like to create multiple batches of beer at the same time, go ahead and purchase a couple of each item. You’ll be able to make different types so when friends and family want to taste your beer, they’ll have a variety to sample from.
As I mentioned earlier, the best way to be sure you get all of the equipment that you need is to purchase a kit. There are many different kits available, so you’ll definitely be able to find one that fits your budget. Click Here for some more information about kits in general, and to see the kits that I have reviewed.
Go ahead and leave a comment if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to leave a success story. I wish you all best of luck with your brewing!