Basic Brewing Equipment Needed for Home Brewing
Home brewing beer is a fun hobby for those who love beer. Brewing with malt extract is the easiest way to start learning the craft. The following tips will guide you in finding the right basic brewing equipment needed for making your first delicious beer. If you can make soup from a recipe, you can make good beer.
The basic brewing equipment kit will provide nearly all of the items needed for brewing your first beer. It can be found at local home brew shops and at online suppliers. Many of these items will be difficult to find other than from these suppliers, so it makes sense to get an equipment package. Some are more elaborate than required for beginning home brewing beer, with additional useful items, but at more cost.
A brewing kettle is the vessel in which you will boil your wort. A 3 or 4 gallon kettle is probably the minimum size for making the common 5 gallon batch of extract beer. Stainless steel, aluminum, and enamel kettles all work well. Generally, it is a good idea to borrow a kettle for your first batches until you understand the process of home brewing beer. Then, determine the size of kettle that you might wish to purchase.
An ingredient kit includes the raw materials is used for brewing the beer and generally produces 5 gallons. It can be simple, comprised of just one or two cans of pre-hopped liquid malt extract and a packet of dry brewing yeast. Some kits are more elaborate, including liquid and dry malt extract, a variety of specialty steeping grains, a variety of hops, and special strains of dry or liquid yeast. The kits are typically designed for home brewing beer of a particular style, so pick one that you are interested in brewing.
One of the very most important processes in brewing is to follow sanitary procedures. This keeps contamination from bacteria and wild yeast to a minimum, allowing your beer yeast to do its thing in peace and make the beer that you want. The home brewing beer guide should help you with sanitary procedures. Some of these guides may recommend diluted bleach as a sanitizing solution. Although very effective, the bleach residue must be thoroughly rinsed away with hot water to prevent unpleasant flavors in the beer. A number of excellent "no rinse" sanitizers are available that do not impact the flavor of the beer. A good equipment package will often include one of these sanitizers.
There are several excellent books and guides on beer brewing that explain the detailed steps of making extract beers. Also, the brewing equipment packages may include a brief guide with enough information to brew your first batches.