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Beer Brewing Equipment: What You Need to Brew from Home

Homebrew Equipment

Making the decision to start brewing your own beer is an exciting one but can also seem quite daunting. With all the different pieces of equipment and ingredients out there, it’s hard to know what’s absolutely necessary, what’s recommended, and what’s totally optional. To help you out, we’ve broken it down into those exact three categories for you:

What You Need to Get Started

If you're a beginner, you're probably wondering,"What do I need to get started?" At this stage, you may not want any of the bells and whistles but you do need the essentials. Here is exactly what you'll need for your first 5 gallon yield brew:

• 6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket with Lid
• Hydrometer (these can be tricky, here's how to use one)
• Airlock
• Auto-Siphon
• Bottling Bucket w/ Spigot
• Sanitizer
• Large Spoon
• Stock Pot
• Grain Bag
• Ingredient Kit (wondering what's in one of these? Click here to learn more.

If bottling...

• Bottles
• Bottle Brush
• Bottle Caps
• Bottle Capper

If kegging...

• Cornelius Keg
• Homebrew Kegerator

You can usually find these components, or a variation of such, in one of our comprehensive Equipment Kits. Want to know which Equipment Kit is best for you? Read our Homebrew Equipment Kits article.

What You Should Get to Make Things Easier

Although these products aren't absolutely necessary, they do make brewing easier. If you're on your 3rd or so brew, it's probably worth investing in these helpful extras.

• 6 Gallon Carboy
• Carboy Brush
• Stopper
• Another Airlock
• Bi-Metal Thermometer
• Hydrometer Test Jar
• Beer Thief

Some of these components are included in an upgraded equipment kit while they are all available for individual purchase.

What's Really Cool but Totally Optional

Go big or go home, right? here are some of the cooler gadgets out there that every diehard brewer has to have.

• Carboy Drainer
• Carboy Handle
• Jet Bottle Washer & Faucet Adapter
• Hop Bag
• Auto-siphon
• Cornelius Keg
• Homebrew Kegerator
• Pail Opening Tool
• Anti-Splash Funnel
• A Good Book

If you're wondering how one or more of these items can make your brewing process easier, read our article on Helpful Extras.


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