What Do You Need to Brew Your Own Beer?

Brewing is a skill that you need in your arsenal. The process is relatively simple but despite the relative ease of putting together the best home brewing kit (on a budget), very few people have tried homebrewing.

It’s a challenging, but ultimately rewarding skill that can save you a sizable fortune. Saving money really isn’t the main reason people do it in general. The quality and price of the home brewing kit depends on your investments and the time you put towards it.

Continue reading to learn which tools are a must-have for brewing at home.

Most of the following ingredients are already included in beer kits, so careful not do double up!

  • Large pan (large enough for 5 liters)
  • Muslin cloth
  • A bucket (large enough for 12 liters)
  • Sterilized auto-siphoning tube
  • Around 40 glass bottles, alternatively, you can also buy a large brewing kit
  • This brewing kit by Home Brew Ohio for the ingredients

If you want to save money, you can always reuse old beer bottles, just make sure to sanitize them before use.

Initiate Beer Brewing Process!

It typically takes three simple steps to brew your own beer. The process will take time and you could be waiting for about 3 weeks, but the end result is definitely worth it, trust us!

1. Boil Malt Extract and Hops in Water

Take a pan and fill it with 12 pints of water, bringing it to a boil. Then add about 5g of dried hopes and leave the mixture to boil for another 30 minutes. Once this process is done, gradually add 1 kg of malt extract and 750 grams of sugar and boil the mixture for about five minutes.

2. Toss in Ale Yeast and Leave the Mixture to Ferment

Cover a sterilized pan with a clean muslin cloth and then carefully strain the contents of the pan into it. Pour about 12 pints of cold water to cool the mixture for half an hour.

Add one packet of ale yeast and completely cover the bucket. Much of what follows is a waiting game since you’ll have to leave the bucket to stand in a cool and dry place for 10 days.

Remember, patience is key here.

3. Siphon the Beer into Clean Bottles

After 14 days, the fermentation should be complete and a crusty layer should form on top of the bucket by now, make sure it is allowed to degrade. Now simply add half a tablespoon of sugar into each bottle.

Now sterilized auto-siphoning tube to siphon the beer into separate bottles.

Pro Tip: Leave as much sediment in the fermenter as possible.

And there you have it, your very own homemade brewed!

Once you’ve gained some experience with the homebrewing process, you’ll realize that it serves so many purposes. You could use it to save money or gift it so someone (they’ll appreciate the beer knowing how much time and effort you committed to the process).

Eventually, you’ll become a pro at brewing beer and can graduate to brewing mead, ciders, and other types of beer.

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Written by Clark Thanh on

Clark is a freelance writer with several years of experience in beer brewing and fermentation. For as long as he can remember, Clark has always found great pleasure in brewing, fermentation and bottling beer.

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