Brewing your own Beer – What you will Need

by Patrick Anthony

The techniques for beer brewing have become more refined as the technologies used have advanced over the centuries. Most of the processes used in order to produce beer are relatively simple and so you can if you want actually brew your own beer at home. Of all the processes that are undertaken when brewing beer the most important one of all is the fermentation one.

Today you can if you want have a go at making your own beer at home. A quick search online and there are numerous sites that offer advice and sell the equipment that allows you to set up your own beer brewing facility. Below we take a look at what the main pieces of equipment are so that you can produce your own beer at home.

Item 1 – A large boiling pot that is made either from stainless steel or the steel has been coated with ceramic. You need a pot that is big enough to hold at least 3 gallons of fluid and still have some space available.

Item 2 – Next you need to get yourself a five gallon carboy (a large glass bottle) and will look similar to bottles in which large amounts of water are sold. However, you cannot use the plastic ones it must be made from glass as the hot liquid from the pot will be placed in it to allow the mixture to ferment.

Item 3 – Next you will need a large funnel and some good quality plastic tubing (clear is preferable). This are what you use to transfer the beer mixture from the pot into the carboy and then into a bucket (see below) before it is then bottled.

Item 4 – The bucket you need for putting your beer into should be able to hold at least 6 gallons of fluid and made from a food grade plastic only. This is where the beer is stored until it is time for you to bottle and the easiest way of transferring the beer from carboy to bucket and then to bottles is through the use of a siphon made from plastic tubing.

Other items that are essential to your home brewing kit are a raking cane which you connect to the tube before you begin to siphon the beer from one container to the next. Also you need a specialist valve the sits in the top of the carboy and will allow carbon dioxide to escape from the bottle but prevent contaminants from getting in during the fermentation process. You will often find that this piece of equipment is provided with the carboy.

Other essential items which one needs to get as part of a home beer brewing kit are a wooden spoon, a thermometer and some brewer’s iodine solution. You need a thermometer that allows you to read temperatures ranging between 40 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit and the most suitable type is the stainless steel dial one although a floating dairy one can be used if you want. The iodine solution is crucial as this is what you sterilize all the equipment with both before and after you have brewed beer.

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