What Equipment Do I Need For Beer. Wine & Cider Making
When brewing a home brew wine 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, wine or cider 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 better 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, cider or wine in. For further information read 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, cider or wine. 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 is essential for home brewing. For further information read The importance of Sterilisation
- Brewing sugar is required for kits with low sugar content, brewing sugars are required to create alcohol. The more sugar the higher the potential ABV. What sugar should I use? (Click to read the article)