Beer Brewing Supplies, and Beer Brewing Equipment
Beer is awesome. It is a beverage that has been enjoyed by the human race since the dawn of civilization. It has been praised and vilified, prohibited and prescribed; and yet is still arguably the most popular drink in the world. In recent years, real beer aficionados have taken their love of the “oat soda” to the next level by setting up their own brewing operations at home.
Home brewing is our passion at Bestbelgianbeers.com. We find nothing more satisfying than enjoying a batch of quality, home-brewed beer with family and friends. We have designed this website as an informational resource for anyone interested in starting their own brewing operation. From beer brewing supplies to beer brewing equipment, we try to offer a comprehensive overview of all aspects of home brewing. Our goal is for our site to become a valuable resource for both novice and veteran brewers alike.
The first step to setting up your own brewing operation is to purchase the right beer brewing equipment. Most of this equipment is relatively simple in design and can be purchased through a number of sources. There are many home brewing retailers that offer pre-packaged kits that contain the majority of the required equipment. These kits are often the best way to get all the items you need, for less money than buying the components independently.
The first piece of equipment that will be needed is the cooking pot and propane burner. The cooking container is basically just a 5 gallon or larger steel stock pot. While these can certainly be purchased through a brewing supplier, many people just convert an existing kitchen stock pot to a dedicated brewing container. A propane burner, while not necessary, is generally recommended. It is indeed possible to simply use your brewing pot on your kitchen stove, but as the process often a bit time consuming, many people prefer having an outside burner for this process.
Once cooked, your will need additional beer brewing equipment. A primary fermentation bucket and a carboy for secondary fermentation (commonly called “conditioning”) are both essential for the brew process. These containers will require siphoning hoses, airtight stoppers and a hydrometer as well. Cleaning agents will also be needed in order to properly clean and sanitize your equipment between batches.
There is more to brewing than just the equipment. Hops, malted barley and other beer brewing supplies have a significant impact on the final product. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different beer recipes which require differing types of hops and other ingredients. Most reputable brewer’s supply outlets will have many different types of hops, barley and other flavorings, and many will offer “recipe kits” which include all of the necessary items for making that specific type of beer. Once an amateur brewer gets the hang of the general brewing process, many will begin to create their own unique recipes using their own combination of hops, barley and yeast.
If you require any additional information about any of the above topics, please refer to our learning center. There you will find a host of detailed information on nearly every aspect of the home brewing process.