What Equipment Do I Need For Beer. Wine & Cider Making
When brewing a home-brew kit, you will need some standard brewing equipment.
We have listed below the minimum equipment required and some useful extras to help you produce a beer from a kit.
You can also buy a basic starter kit for beginners with most of this equipment included.
To get started on your journey in home brewing there is no bitter place to start than here.
- A 6-gallon fermenting bucket & lid to brew the beer in.
- A pressure barrel or Bottles to store your beer in.
- Should I use bottles or barrels?
- Syphoning equipment for racking off and bottling.
- A hydrometer to measure the gravity/ABV (alcohol by volume) of the beer.
- How to use a Hydrometer Click to read the article
- A trial jar for use with the hydrometer
- A stick on thermometer for monitoring temperature. Most yeasts operate best between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. See yeast or kit instructions for further details.
- A plastic paddle for stirring or mixing your wort. Do not use wood as wood harbours bacteria and organisms that can affect the wort. Metal utensils if not manufactured to the correct standard can also taint the wort.
- An airlock to stop any air getting into the wort. It also helps indicate how well the beer is fermenting.
- A good quality steriliser.
- The importance of Sterilisation Click to read the article
- 1 kilo of brewing sugar is essential for beer kits with less than 3kg of malt extract, brewing sugar can be exchanged for malt extract.
- What sugar should I use? Click to read the article