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Homebrewing beer for beginners: What do you need?

16 May 2017
Tags: homebrew

If you’re a new homebrewer or considering trying your hand at homebrewing, there are a number of things that you will need. Having the right equipment can help your brew to turn out great, so it’s important to source as much of these things as possible. Whilst some items are standard and easy to find, some are more specialised and require some research to find the right choice.

Equipment for homebrewing

Here is a full list of the equipment you need to do your own homebrewing. Some of these items may be interchangeable for alternatives, but others are required as they are listed.

Standard household items you might already have include:

  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Plastic hose
  • Thermometer
  • Glass bottles
  • Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Rubber spatula
  • Oven gloves
  • Metal mixing spoon

If you don’t have some of these items, you will need to source them, along with the following more specialised equipment:

  • Home brew kit
  • Bottle brush
  • Capping machine
  • Stopper
  • Airlock
  • Brewing container with lid
  • Bucket with a spigot
  • Fermenting container with lid

Basic homebrewing method

Once you have all the equipment that you need, you should ensure it is all sterile before use. You can then get started with your very first homebrew.

1. Pour 2 ½ litres of water into a saucepan and bring it to the boil.

2. Add the brewing ingredients and take off the heat, before stirring until everything is thoroughly mixed.

3. Put back on the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes on low, ensuring the powder has fully dissolved and keeping the lid on.

4. Remove from the heat and fill your fermenting container with 4 gallons of water, before adding the contents of your saucepan and mixing. Then leave to ferment.

5. Attach the funnel and trainer to your brewing container, then pour your mixture through into the container.

6. Check that this is at room temperature, and if not, leave it to cool until it is.

7. Once cool, add in your yeast and stir quickly to create air bubbles within the mixture.

8. Seal the container with the airlock and stopper and store in a cool and dry location for around 10 days.

9. Check the mixture every few days until fermented. You will be able to tell it is done when you open it and bubbles do not come out, and the mixture has turned clear in colour.

10. Siphon your mixture into a new container before gradually adding 2 cups of sugar bit by bit, whilst continuously stirring.

11. Finally your beer is ready to siphon into individual glass bottles. Always leave a small gap at the top instead of filling the whole bottle, to allow for pressure changes, before using a capping machine to seal.

12. You should keep your homebrew sealed for around 2 to 3 months before it will be at its optimum to drink.

Ready to get homebrewing?

If you’re ready to start homebrewing, all you need is some premium quality glass bottles to store it in. Take a look at JBC’s extensive range of glass beer bottles, and we even stock a handy Beer Bottle Capper and Bench Beer Capper for a seamless capping process.

If you have any questions, get in touch with JBC via the website today to discuss your requirements.