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Home Brewing INGREDIENTS
Home Brewing EQUIPMENT
BASIC Home Brewing
ADVANCED Home Brewing Procedures
Home Brewing Equipment
When home brewing beer there are two types of homebrewing equipment: the necessary equipment and the optional equipment.
Extra refrigerator : This would be great for those who want to lager their beers and use lager yeasts.
Wort chiller : After the boil, it is important to get the beer cooled down as soon as possibly in order to minimize any infection of the beer. A wort chiller is basically a replacement for your bathtub filled with cold water. A wort chiller is a copper tube coiled and covered with a garden hose. Now the wort chiller is wide enough to fit a boil kettle in the middle of it. The wort chiller can be attached to a faucet which can pump cold water all around the brew kettle until it cools down and the yeast can be pitched. It is important to chill your wort because if it is too hot, it may kill some of the yeast if it is pitched when the wort is still very hot.
Sparging equipment : If you are using actual grains in the brewing process, then you will be mashing and in order to get all the fermentable sugars from inside the mass of grains you will have to have a way of running water through it all in order to wash it all out and into your boil kettle. I usually get a warm saucepan of water and pour it slowly over the grains as they sit in the strainer while allowing the water to run through it all and into the brew kettle.
Straining bags : Bags make it much easier for those who don’t like too many messes. You can use cheesecloth or straining bags and avoid using a strainer altogether. Just think of these as big teabags for grains as well as for the hops which will be added during the boil.
Scale : A decent scale to measure your hops with is a very good idea. Or else you can just use the one at the shop and be done with it. the scales usually go by ¼ oz. increments.
Kegging equipment : if you do not want to use bottles you can keg. It’s much easier to deal with, but it does require a lot more money to be invested in equipment. In this case, you would need a keg, a carbon dioxide cylinder along with a pressure gauge and faucet, as well as the fittings that are needed in order for the equipment to function properly. See your home brewing shop for more details on kegging equipment available.
Bottle washer : There are devices that help wash out the bottles for you by placing them upside down over a spiquet and pushing down, which causes a burst of cleaner and water. This can really speed up the bottle cleaning process. Or else you can just use a bathtub full of cleaner, then sanitizer.
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