If you want to make your own high-quality beer at home then there is some essential beer-making equipment you are going to need if you are going to brew beer right.
The first piece of beer-making equipment you will be needing is room to make the beer in. No, you cannot just use the kitchen because you will be having buckets and stuff all over the place and you could very well come home one day and find your beer-making equipment all packed up because she needed to use the kitchen.
Also, you do not want anyone messing with your beer as it goes through the fermentation process so it is best to get a separate room. You should also want to invest in a good lock for the door as well because you will need to keep all nosy people out and you certainly do not want your kids messing around with your beer-making equipment. That would be the last thing you need. Your kids were sent home from school because they were slurring their speech due to over-exposure to your homebrew beer. So just find a nice quiet cool room and lock it tight so you can your beer making privacy.
In addition, you are going to need flowers and probably dinner plans. How are flowers and dinner plans considered beer-making equipment? Well since you will be locking everyone out of a room in your home she is probably going to get pretty upset about the whole thing and the last thing you need is someone like her mad at you for your beer-making equipment. So make nice and make sure you set aside enough free time to remind her of exactly why she puts up with this stuff all the time and exactly why she is allowing you to brew beer in a room in your house.
Read A Good Book
To brew beer in your home you do not need a still like you do with alcohol so there is no threat of a still explosion in your house. If you did know that you may want to invest in a very important piece of beer-making equipment called a book.
The procedure for making beer is complicated and takes a long time to develop and you certainly are not figuring this one out on your own since most guys have enough problems making toast in the morning. So get a book and do some reading before you start dumping time and money into the process of brewing beer a good place to start is your local library.
How To Brew is a great book that will explain the basics and the more complex methods of brewing.
The most important piece of beer-making equipment you are going to need is patience especially if you have no experience in brewing at all. It is going to take time to get it right and you will fail many times before you succeed. Don’t quit or give up and you will soon have the satisfaction of making your own and enjoying your homemade beer in a few weeks.
Research at a Commercial Brewery
Another smart thing to do if you want to learn how to make beer is to go and see what the pros do. Go and visit a commercial brewery and take a look at a commercial brewing system. A brewhouse is the headquarters of a well run commercial brewer. You don’t have to visit a huge brewery like Budweiser to see a brewhouse in operation because smaller mirco-brewery operations also depend on them. It is just a matter of scale. Any thing that a brewer the size of Budweiser or Coors does is just going to be massive in size.
One of the most popular style of brewing system that you will find in smaller local breweries is a two vessel brewhouse. The advantage of a two vessel brewing system is simple and not too complicated and because of this simpler design, the costs are kept down so that even a smaller restaurant brewpub can afford this type of commercial equipment.
A two vessel brewhouse saves cost and space by combining Mash Tun & Lauter Tun (here is a good article explaining Mash and Lauter Tuns: https://www.ubowedgewire.com/about/What-is-the-difference-between-a-mash-tun-and-Lauter-tun-1982-1.htm), and the Kettle & Whirlpool into a small efficient area. You can get these brewing systems in a variety of configurations so each brewery you visit will likely have different options on their brewhouse.
You’ll want to look out for does the brewhouse have a steam jacket, is it temperature controlled, and how much automation is built into the system? A brewer may choose to add options like insulated and integrated hot and cold liquor tanks, large sanitary pumps and even manual butterfly valves.
It really just depends and every brewer will setup their equipment to their particular style.
These systems can also come in a wide variety of sizes. For most brewpubs and micro-breweries, they can get by with a three bbl system, 10 bbl brewhouse, all the way up to a twenty bbl brewhouse. And any operation running 30 – 100 barrel (bbl) brewing systems are considered large commercial operation, although they still fall in to the “micro” brewery category.
So there you have it. These are the basics to get you started on your home brewing journey. Anyone can buy the equipment, the hard part is learning how to use it and that is why you should visit as many breweries as you can. By visiting breweries you see how they set up their operations and you’ll often find brewers that will talk to you and explain everything and offer advice.
Good luck and get brewing!