A home party is not complete without a good, cold bottle of beer. If you plan to throw a lot of parties in your home, then home brewing may be the way to go. Brewing beer at home may be a bit overwhelming but getting the right equipment will help you produce quality beer. Don’t worry, buying the specialty gear will not break your wallet. College students are even brewing their beer in their apartments! Here are the essential items you can purchase online or at a homebrew supplier.
Stainless Steel Brewing Pot
When choosing a boiling pot, bigger is better. Make sure it can hold at least 3 gallons but a 5-gallon pot is a good choice for beginners. While a stainless steel is recommended for longer use, you can also purchase aluminum or ceramic-coated steel. Just remember that aluminum pots tend to absorb flavors from the beer and ceramic tend to chip.
A college student’s fermenter is the 6 gallon food-grade plastic pail. It is also the recommended fermenter for beginners. Since the fermenter is where you let your beer sit and ferment, a glass carboy is recommended. Glass carboys can come in 3, 5, and 6.5 gallon sizes. You will need extra head space for beer foams up during the fermentation process. Do not place 5 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon fermenter as it will create mess.
Airlocks come in different styles. It doesn’t matter what style you choose, as long as it work. This tool allows the gasses to escape but restricts any outside air from getting in. You will fill the reservoir with sanitized water during the process.
A hydrometer is used to measure the density of your beer before and after the fermentation. If you place your beer in a bottle without finishing fermentation, your bottles may explode after bottling. A hydrometer will help you evaluate your brew and also determine the final alcohol content.
Siphoning tube, racking cane and bottling wand
Once your fermentation is done, you will need to transfer the beer from your fermenter to bottles. The siphoning tube is the basic tool. The wand will regulate the flow of beer while the cane stops the tube from stirring up the sediments from the bottom.
What is beer without the bottles? Choose a variety of 22oz and 12oz bottles, depending on your number of guests. Champagne bottles are recommended while twist-offs are not recommended. Thoroughly clean your bottles before bottling your homebrew. You can use a long handled nylon bristle bottle brush to clean your used and new bottles.
Bottle Caps and Bottle Capper
Bottle cappers come in two styles: hand cappers and bench cappers. The basic bottle capper is used with a hammer but tend to break the bottle glass. The more expensive but more versatile are the bench cappers. Bench cappers are needed when capping champagne bottles.
Brewing your beer can come in simple steps as long as you get the right equipment from the start. Start your home brewing with standard tools. You can later upgrade by selling your homebrews and earning money. Stop thinking and start brewing!