Equipment For Microbrews
Before you can start brewing beer, you'll need to have the right equipment. If this is your first time brewing, you should start simple. Before you begin, the first thing that you'll need is a brewpot. Before you rush out and buy one, you may already have one that will work just fine. The pot should hold at least three gallons of liquid. The next thing you'll need is a fermenter.
For the average five gallon batch, the fermenter should hold six gallons or more, allowing space for a foam that will form during the vigorous process of fermentation. For this stage, a glass carboy or food grade plastic bucket is often used. You'll also need an airlock for your fermenter to allow the C02 to escape while also keeping the air out. A siphon hose is also needed to transfer beer from the fermenter when it's ready, without having to mix air into it. A bottling bucket will also help to make the process much easier.
Bottling buckets are similiar to fermenters, except the fact that they have a spigot at the bottom that allows you to fill the bottles directly, which makes the entire process less messy and gets things done much quicker. You'll also need a capper to seal your bottles; as bottles and caps or even a keg will be needed to store and serve your brew. If you look around, you may be able to find a kit that will contain everything you need. You can purchase kits on the internet, many of which offer the top quality equipment you'll need to brew. All you have to do is look around the net, as there are many different web sites that offer equipment for microbrews. If you don't want to buy a kit, you can always buy each piece of equipment seperately. This tends to be a bit more expensive than buying a kit, although you'll be able to pick each piece of equipment yourself, without having to take what's included in the kit. Once you get all of the necessary equipment together, you should know how to use it before you get started. This way, you won't run into any problems once you start brewing. The equipment needed for brewing is easy to use, so you shouldn't have any problems.
Brewing microbrews can be both fun and exciting, especially when you start brewing your own creations. You can drink the brew yourself, or serve it to friends and family. Microbrews are fun to drink and create - which makes having the proper equipment all the more while. (word count 433) PPPPP.