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Getting Started with Home Brewing

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Getting Started with Home Brewing

Author: beermasters.org
📅 Friday Sep 15 2017    📂 Homebrewing Tips

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Before any aspiring home brewer can get into the process of brewing, he needs to know what equipment is essential to get started. Initial cost varies from $20 to $100 depending on how much detail you want to cover. A wise option is to make do with materials you already have at home and only purchase those that are not on hand. To help you get started, the next section will be devoted to listing the equipment you will need to setup a home-brewing station.

Fermentation Lock

Otherwise known as airlock, fermentation lock is a device used in beer brewing that lets carbon dioxide produced by the fermenting beer to escape without allowing air to enter the fermenter. Although several variations, they are generally filled with water to prevent contamination.

Boiling Pot

This must be high-quality pots made of ceramic-coated steel, stainless steel, or aluminum and can easily contain 3 gallons.


For a 5 gallon brew, you will need at least 48 recappable 12-oz bottles. It is wiser to use used champagne bottles than twist-off bottles that are more prone to breaking. You may choose to utilize bigger bottles to reduce capping time.

Bottle Capper

Among the two kinds of bottle cappers, the bench cappers are more versatile. However, it may cost a little more than hand cappers.

Bottle Caps

These may be standard or oxygen-absorbing caps. Take care to make sure they fit your bottles.

Bottle Brush

These are used for sanitation purposes. Thus, for the first cleaning of used bottles, they need to be nylon-bristled, long-handled brushes.


For beginners, a 6-gallon food-grade plastic pail should suffice because they are relatively easy to handle. However, glass carboys in 3, 5, and 6 gallon sizes are also available if you want.

Measuring Cup

A measuring cup is an invaluable tool in brewing. Heat-resistant glass measuring cups are ideal because the brewing process may require you to measure boiling water.


This usually made of clear plastic tubing with a racking cane that is used to transfer beer from one container to another without contaminating the brew.

Racking Cane

Racking canes can be made of plastic, steel, stainless, or even copper. It causes less disturbance on the sediment upon siphoning and leaves the trub behind.

Stirring Paddle

This is used to stir wort when boiling. Food-grade plastic paddle is ideal, and if possible, avoid wood.


Thermometers will be used to measure the heat of the wort, so choose one that can be safely submerged into it. Also make sure that it has at least a 40°F to 180°F range.

That said, it is easy to see that it isn’t as tough as it may seem to setup a home brewing station inside your home. Now, all you need are some recipes to get you started.

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