Alcoholic beverages have been used for both medicine and enjoyment since before recorded history began. But we know, for example, that beer was prescribed by doctors in 2100 B.C.!
Though drinking alcohol is nothing new, craft beer is a much more recent invention. Getting its start in 1960’s California, craft beer has become a favorite for beverage enthusiasts everywhere.
If you’re a frequent visitor to your local brewery, you might find yourself wondering, how hard is homebrewing beer? And the answer is, not hard at all! With the right tools, anyone can make their own delicious batch of beer.
To learn what these tools are so you can get started with your own homebrew today, just keep reading!
Equipment for Brewing
When you’re gathering supplies for homebrewing beer, there are three groups of items you need to buy: some for brewing, some for fermenting, and some for bottling. Let’s talk about brewing first.
To brew the beer, you’ll need:
- A large stockpot
- Long-handled spoon
- Fine mesh strainer
- Electric kitchen scale
- Candy thermometer
- Digital timer
Your stockpot should hold at least two gallons, preferably three. This will be your most expensive purchase by far, but you can’t brew beer without something to hold it!
Equipment for Fermenting
Unlike the brewing equipment, the homebrew equipment you need for fermenting is a little more specialized. Fortunately, though it sounds fancy, nothing on this portion of the list should cost you more than $10 to purchase.
To ferment your beer, you’ll need:
- Plastic bucket and lid (food-grade)
- Jug with stopper
- Plastic tubing
Ensuring that your equipment is properly connected is essential. If air escapes, you’ll get a flat beer. If bacteria get inside, your finished product will be contaminated.
With that in mind, it’s wise to get a tri clamp or other fitting to securely connect your bucket to your jug via the plastic tubing.
Equipment for Bottling
Once your beer is brewed, all that’s left is to bottle it! Buying new bottles for your beer is fine, but you can save money on your homebrew supplies by cleaning and reusing bottles from store-bought beer.
To bottle the beer, you’ll need:
- Bottle filler
- Bottle capper
- Bottle caps
- Beer bottles
Pro tip: not all bottles are created equally. For the best results, it’s important to get bottles designed to hold pressurized liquid. Swing top bottles might be aesthetically pleasing, but they’ll do nothing to keep your beer fresh.
Start Homebrewing Beer Today
The list of homebrew supplies might seem a little overwhelming, but the truth is, you probably already have a lot of what you need in your kitchen!
More good news – there’s no re-purchasing required. Once you have this equipment for homebrewing beer, you can brew to your heart’s content. As long as you clean your supplies between brews, you can safely use them again and again.
If you’re interested in learning more about making your own delicious food and drinks, take a look at our blog! We have tons of tips and inspiration for the aspiring home chef.