As promised in my post For the Love of Beer! To Brew or Not to Brew?, I am writing a quick recap of the basic items needed to start home brewing.
The easiest way to start is to purchase a basic brew kit (shown above) with the following items:
- Fermenter Bucket with Lid and Airlock
- Bottling Bucket
- Bottling Wand
- Siphon with Tubing
- Bottle Caper
- Cleaning Brush
These brewers starter kits typically are priced around $69 retail.
Additionally, you need bottles and bottle caps. You can buy new bottles for around $10/case of 24/12ounce and bottle caps around $5/12 dozen (144). However, you can save and reuse any 12ounce non-screw cap style, brown bottles. It is important not to use clear or green bottle as both will allow your beer to be exposed to light, which will damage your beer, greatly affecting the final taste. Note: 2 cases/48 bottles are needed for a 5 gallon batch.
The total outlay is approximately $110 for brewing supplies, which can be used repetitively going forward. This assumes you have a minimum of 3-5 gallon pot, stainless steel is recommended. However, aluminum will do… The cost difference between the two metals can be minimal if you shop around or consider buying a slightly used pot. In fact, a 5 gallon stainless steel pot can be purchased for as little as $33 brand new.
Finally, time to choose your beer ingredients to begin brewing your favorite beer style… We recommend beginning with a beer kit containing grains, liquid malt extract and powder malt extract. This allows you to produce a beer made with a partial mash and the grains will impart a fresher tasting beer when finished. Plus, you will begin learning first hand about brewing with grains, so eventually you can move towards all-grain brewing.
These predesigned beer kits range on average around $30/kit, which are designed to produce 5 gallons of home brewed beer goodness… That’s less than $.63/bottle!
I hope this posts helps you to get started brewing today… There is nothing beer than enjoying your own home brewed craft beer.
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