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Monday, August 15, 2005

Basic Brewing Equipment

Here is what I use to make 5 gallons of beer (actually a little less). I just asked the person at the home brew store what I needed and he set me up.
  • 6.5 gallon plastic fermenter (bucket)
  • 6.5 gallon plastic secondary fermentor (bucket with spigot)
  • 3 or 4 gallon pot to boil the wort in
  • long spoon
  • thermometer, the kind that clips to the side of the pot
  • air lock
  • wort chiller (not necessary, but, saves you lots of time)
  • hydrometer
  • deep sink or sink with hose
  • "One Step" Sanitizer
  • 53 or so 12 oz bottles
  • 4 feet or so of plastic tubing (3/8 outside diameter I think)
  • racking cane ( tube with simple shield on bottom to limit sediment transfer)
  • bottling cane ( tube with valve on the end )
  • clip to hold racking cane on the side of the bucket
  • Plus the stuff that typically comes with ingredient kits.
  • Grain steeping bag
  • Malt extract
  • Crushed grain
  • Priming sugar
  • Bottle caps
  • Yeast
If you want to save some money you could skip the wort chiller. It is no’t necessary, but, it really saves you time.

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