Getting Started

This section is a beginner's guide to brewing. There are many ways to brew a beer, but in this section we will talk about the two most popular; extract and all grain. In this section, you can expect a sample equipment list, and what to expect during each brew. This is not a definitive guide and in no way are we telling you where you have to buy your equipment. Rather, we aim to get you started.


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Sanitizer is at the top of the list because this is how you will keep your equipment clean. Sanitizer prevents your equipment from harboring bacteria that's not only unhealthy for you - it will cause off flavors in your beer.


Brew Kettle

We prefer to use 5 gallon kettles, but the size of the kettle depends on the size of the kit you plan on brewing. 


Brewing Kit (Extract or All Grain)

There are plenty of kits out there to choose from. The type of kit you choose is completely up to you (and your wallet). 


Carboy or Fermentation Bucket

You will use either one of these to ferment your wort in.


Air Lock

Air locks are incredibly important. They stop your beer from being oxidized during fermentation.




The hydrometer is used to figure out your original and final gravity. 


Bottles or Kegs

Choosing to bottle or keg is your preference. If you decide to bottle please note you will also need the bottle capper and bottle caps listed below. 



A siphon is not required for you to transfer your beer to bottles or kegs, but it sure does make the process easier (especially on your back).  


Bottle Caps + Bottle Capper

Bottle caps are a lot of fun. There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from and that can add personality to your already personable beers. The bottle capper creates that perfect seal to keep the bubbles in, and bacteria out. 


Brewing Resources

We could go on for days about the differences between extract and all grain brewing, preparing for brew day and how to brew your beer, but nothing is more beneficial to you than getting started with your next beer. Below are some resources to further help you along the path to becoming a home brewer. 


Extract Brewing

Extract brewing is a popular choice for novice brewers. Extracts are easy to work with, and they are guaranteed to give you the perfect beer every time.  


All Grain Brewing 

All grain brewing is what people assume brewing actually looks like. Even though holding the grains in your hands and taking the aroma in is something to behold, all grain brewing is more complicated than extract, and you're not always guaranteed a perfect beer every time you brew. 


Home Brew Guide

We could spend all day talking about brewing beer, but you've got beer to get to so we'll make this easy for you. No one has a more comprehensive guide to home brewing beer than John Palmer in his epic book  "How To Brew". We highly encourage you find a copy (look for the 4th edition) and utilize his expertise.