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.
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 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.