Tools Needed to Get Started Home Brewing

By on December 18, 2013

home brewingYou’ve decided to embark on a home brewing journey.

You love beer and everything about it – the taste, the smell, the wonderful brown color of your favorite brew.

The problem is that, as with any commercially produced item, there are ingredients in your beer that could be potentially making you sick, fat and tired.

You may not notice these things or, if you do, not attribute it to your beer.

For example, Scott drinks beer every night. And I started to notice that shortly after he did he started to get wicked gassy. I know, what a great story.

He denied the connection at first but then something clicked. He started paying attention and realized that wheat based beers made him gassy, while the lagers didn’t have that effect on him.

Scott decided to avoid the wheat based beer for awhile to test the theory and I can tell you for sure that he doesn’t have the gas he always did with his summer ales.

As a second example, I read in a forum about how commercial beer made this one particular person break out on his face with acne. When he started making his own beer at home, he had no issues at all with his skin.

All commercially produced products affect us in one way or another without us knowing it. I always recommend making anything you can at home on your own. I’ve talked about this here and here.

So, if making your own beer at home sounds like a new fun hobby you might like to undertake, here are the tools you’ll need to get started:

Home Brewing Tools

The great things about starting a home brewing hobby is that it is super affordable. You can get started for less than $100 and even less if you buy pre-packaged kits.

You’ll first need hardware:

There’s a great kit with everything you need right on Amazon here =>

1. 7.8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket

2. 1 Lid Drilled & Grommet

3. True Brew Rack & Fill kit

4. 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

5. Fermometer Fermentation Thermometer

6. Small Buon Vino Drilled Stopper

7. Hydrometer

8. Bottling Spigot

9. Emily Double Lever Capper

10. 3 Piece Airlock

11. Bottle Brush

12. C-Brite Sanitizer

13. Strainer

When home brewing beer in a kit like this, the yield is generally 5 gallons.

However, if you don’t want to brew that much you could also get a smaller kit like this one. The capacity is only 2 gallons, I believe but the fermenting chamber is made of plastic.

Some people say it’s good, some people say it makes the beer taste off. However, at that price point it’s hard not to pick that kit up to try your hand at home brewing. Less risk.

You’ll also need bottles and caps:

You can get both right on Amazon as well.

This is the bottle and cap kit that is made by the same manufacturer as the smaller kit I mentioned above. I’m sure it’s fine, but the caps are plastic and I’m not sure how that affects taste.

If you’d like the “real” bottles and caps give these a shot:

These are the bottles that are sold most frequently and have good reviews.

These are the oxygen absorbing caps that go with them.

Home Brew Ingredients:

Check out some of the ingredient kits for your favorite beers that are also available right on Amazon.

Oktoberfest Ingredient Kit

Pale Ale Ingredient Kit

Irish Stout Ingredient Kit

Pilsener Ingredient Kit

Porter Ingredient Kit

American Wheat Ingredient Kit

Red Ale Ingredient Kit

Belgian Ale Ingredient Kit

Double IPA Ingredient Kit

Black Lager Ingredient Kit

Wrapping Things Up

Getting started home brewing can be fun and doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, after you invest in the initial equipment you may even save money in the long run.

Just remember that having things clean and sanitary throughout the process is imperative to your health and great tasting brew.

Have fun!


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