Hello all and welcome everyone. I hope your all as anxious as I was to get starting making some brews! I started brewing in 2003 with an extract kit from my local home brew shop. IMO this is the quickest and easiest method to get going as it has all the ingredients you need to make your favorite style of beer. A kit comes with detailed instructions and will help any starting brewer make good beer and acclimate them to the world of home brewing. Part of the acclimation is learning the lingo and how to calculate certain numbers for procedures your going to undertake. So without wasting another keystroke lets get to the nitty gritty!
Recommended reading list:
- How to Brew by John Palmer
- Brewing Classic Styles (Zainasheff/Palmer)
- Clone Brews (Tess and Mark Szamatulski)
- Beer Captured (Tess and Mark Szamatulski)
Here is the very basic equipment one needs to get started with an extract kit. All this equipment can be purchased online. One of my favorite online sites, “disclaimer I am an affiliate and do get a small commission should anyone purchase using this links.” Is Adventures in Homebrewing. It was the first online Homebrew shop I used years ago and continue to purchase things from them they are a great independent resource.
- Boil kettle
- Large spoon wooden or stainless steel
- Plastic fermenter or carboy
- Racking cane and tube or Auto Siphon and tube
- Bottle Brush
- Notebook to record process and keep notes
- Bottling bucket
- Twin Lever Capper
- Beer bottles
- Co2 tank
- Silicone tubing
Tips and things to think about for your first brew day:
- Dry run
- Test your equipment
- Clean your equipment
- Sanitize your equipment
- Work out logistics on straining, chilling the wort after boil and moving wort to your fermenter.
- Stick to the basics don’t go overboard with fancy expensive equipment etc..