Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need a home brewing kit to prepare beer. While most tutorials on the internet make use of homebrew kits, it is possible to brew beer without them. Many of the items you need are probably already in your pantry, but some are specialized and a bit more expensive. Either way, it pays to invest in these ingredients if you plan on brewing multiple batches at home.
Another advantage of homebrewing without kits is the freedom to personalize your craft beer.
Here are the items and ingredients you’ll need:
- 10 gallon plastic bin
- 20 quart pot
- 1 kg of malt extract
- 1 packet of brewer’s yeast
- 24 tbsp of white granulated sugar
- Hose clamp for siphoning
- 75 inches of food-grade vinyl tubing siphon hose
- 8 cups of corn syrup or white sugar
- 24, 1-liter plastic bottles
In this Guide
Sanitization and Brewing
Sanitize all your tools in soapy warm water. Rinse each tool thoroughly before combining 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp of bleach and soaking the materials in the solution. Make sure to remove all traces of bleach before moving to Step 2.
Fill the bin with 3 gallons of cold water and set it aside. Next, fill the pot with 7.5 quarts of water and bring it to a boil.
Toss the malt extract into the boiling water. Stir and continue to boil for about 20 minutes. Add corn syrup or sugar to the mixture and continue to stir. When the ingredient completely dissolves, immediately pour the solution into your bin of cold water.
Fill the bin with 2 liters of cold water until the temperature of the brew reaches 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss in the yeast to the bin and stir the mixture.
Cover the bin with its top. Allow the beer to brew for about 6 days at room temperature. Do not open the bin for inspection during this time.
It’s time to find out if your beer is ready after about a week. A hydrometer will help you determine the relative density. If it’s beer, it should have a density of around 1.008 to 1.015.
Place the bin on a table. Bring out the bottles for bottling.
Add 1 tbsp of white granulated sugar to each 1-liter bottle. Connect the hose clamp to the vinyl tubing and siphon the beer from the bin to the bottles. Do not completely fill the bottles, leave a small amount of space at the top of each bottle for air.
Cap the bottles and invert them to dissolve the sugar in the beer.
Store the bottles in a warm, dark place for two days for further preparation. Move them to a cooler, darker area after the 2 days have passed.
You Don’t Need Home Brewing Kits
Some fermentation topics are more generic in nature than others, crafting homemade beer is a popular topic and you’ll find many tutorials dedicated to this topic.