The Art of Homebrewing: Your Guide to Essential Homebrew Supplies
By Liquid Cheers |
Aug 24, 2021
man holding glass of beer on a table

Home Brew Supplies for beginners

Are you searching for homebrewing supplies? So, you’re interested in picking up homebrewing? We can’t blame you. It’s fun, tasty, and can save you money in the long run! with the right home brewing supplies, you can become a brewer!

And who doesn’t want to call themselves a brewer?

Getting started can seem overwhelming at first, but after reading this guide, you will know exactly what equipment and supplies you need to make your first delicious batch of craft beer!

Essential Homebrew Supplies

Having the correct home brew supplies is essential to becoming a proper homebrewer, but it doesn’t have to be costly. 

It might seem like you need a lot of supplies to get started in the brewing process, but fortunately, the items are pretty small, and some you can even find in your kitchen.

Finding the balance between quality and price may take some research, but remember, you can use your equipment over and over. 

If you like brewing beer and decide to continue, you can quickly earn back your upfront costs after a couple of batches of excellent beer. 

Listed below are basic homebrewing equipment to get you started!

Homebrew Supplies for Brewing at home

For the brewing process, we recommend the homebrew supplies listed below:

A big stockpot

The bigger the stockpot, the more beer you can make. If your current stockpot holds a minimum of 2 gallons, you can use it at the beginning of your homebrewing journey. If you purchase a new one, we recommend 3 gallons or larger.

Note: you can always use your new stockpot for soups or lobster when not making beer.

Small nylon bags

The nylon bags are used to add hops to the boil. You can use pantyhose if needed, but use a new pair for each batch.

Large fine mesh strainer or colander

Use this to separate the grains from sugary liquid when brewing. It should be big enough to hold a few pounds of wet grains and fits easily inside the top of your stockpot and your fermentation bucket mentioned below.

Note: If you choose to use a colander, the more holes, the better.

Long-handled spoon

Your spoon needs to be able to reach the bottom of the stockpot without submerging or burning your hand in boiling water. We recommend one with a large, paddle-like head.

Electric kitchen scale

Just like with baking, precision is key when brewing. Make sure it can switch between ounces and grams and can weigh as little as one gram precisely. 

Instant-read thermometer

Just like the kitchen scale, a digital thermometer is necessary for accurate brewing. Do not buy a meat thermometer; they are not precise enough and take too long to measure the temperature. 

Digital timer

You don’t even have to spend money on this one as long as something like your phone or oven has a timer that signals when the time is up.

Bottles for homebrewing lined up on top of a shelf

Homebrew Supplies for Fermenting

Food-grade plastic bucket and a lid with a hole

We recommend the bucket be at least 2 gallons, but you can also size up to 6 gallons or larger. This bucket will be one of your primary fermenters. It also has many other uses, such as sparging, sanitizing, and bottling. It is truly a multi-purpose bucket! Make sure the lid has a rubber-lined hole for the airlock. 

Note: Mark your bucket with measurements for ½ gallon, gallon, 1 ½ gallon, etc., to be able to check fluid levels quickly.

Airlock

An airlock allows gases to escape from your bucket as your beer ferments while not allowing anything like bacteria or debris to enter. 

Note: There are different styles of airlocks. Each type of airlock will have slightly different methods of use. Familiarize yourself with your airlock before your first use.

1-gallon jug and stopper with a hole

This jug is your secondary fermenter, the less active stage of fermentation. Green glass jugs are ideal because they block UV rays, but clear glass jugs work as well. Your stopper for the jug needs to fit snuggly in the neck of the jug with a hole in the stopper for an airlock.

Mini auto-siphon

The auto-siphon helps transfer the beer from the bucket to the jug and also when you bottle the beer. A 13-inch auto-siphon is best for one-gallon brews.

Plastic tubing and clamp

Use this tubing paired with the auto-siphon to transfer the beer. It should slip easily and fit snugly over the top of the auto-siphon. 

Note: Check the specifications of your auto-siphon to figure out what size of tubing is required. The clamp is used to clamp the tubing shut when needed.

Hydrometer

The hydrometer calculates the alcohol in your finished brew. Depending on the hydrometer you choose, you may need to purchase a tube separately.

Sanitizer

The key to tasty and safe beer is keeping your equipment sanitized. Buy a sanitizer that is easy and dependable.

Jug of Beer with Airlock for fermenting on top

Homebrew Supplies for Bottling

Bottle filler

Just like the name implies, this piece of equipment makes filling your bottles much easier and with far less mess.

Butterfly bottle capper

This is the perfect bottle capper for beginner homebrewers. It’s the easiest and least expensive option to bottle your beers. Use the arms to crimp down a bottle cap around the lip of the bottle.

Bottle caps

You need new, unused bottle caps for every beer that you bottle. Crown caps are your best and cheapest option.

Beer bottles

You can use beer bottles as many times as you like. You can either buy new bottles, or you can use brown glass bottles saved from store-bought beers. You can also use swing-top bottles that are designed to hold pressurized liquid.

Note: Do not use twist-off bottles when using previously used bottles.

Bottling Machine placing beer inside bottles

If you plan on kegging your beer, you need:

Cornelius keg (corny keg.)

Depending on how much beer you are brewing, you can get this stainless steel canister in many different sizes.

Homebrew kegerator

These keg beer refrigerators are specifically designed to tap one to four ball-lock Cornelius kegs. 

Where to Buy Home Brew Supplies

There are a couple of different options when shopping for homebrew supplies.

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with a homebrew store, you can generally find basic kits to get you started and any other supplies you may need. 

Home brew supply stores are popping up everywhere across the US and Canada! 

All you have to do is a simple search online such as “homebrew supplies Seattle” or “homebrew supplies Milwaukee.” You can even expand your search from “homebrew supplies Seattle” to “homebrew supplies Washington” or “homebrew supplies pacific northwest” to make sure you are really finding the best deals possible.

Get creative with your searches. A quick search will help you find what you need in many different varieties at a low cost no matter the state or country.

If you buy a beginner’s kit, make sure that it has the gear listed above or states that it has the essentials. You can always supplement your kit with whatever else you need in-store or online. 

When shopping for your brewing equipment is the perfect time to think about your ingredients as well.

While we won’t get into ingredients like yeast, malt, and hop in this article (we’ll save that for another day), it is SO easy to find a recipe or recipe kit for your favorite beer online or in a book to make an ale, lager, IPA, mead, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Read more in our article about different beer hops types.

What’s Next: More From Liquid Cheers

Once you’ve mastered the art of homebrewing and know you are in it for the long haul, it may be time to step up your equipment.

Maybe you want to play around with a tabletop nitro infuser or upgrade your kegerator’s beer tower, drip trays and tap handles – Liquid Cheers has got you covered.  

Check out Liquid Cheers™  for all the potential upgrades to your home beverage dispensing equipment! 

We have a wide range of excellent beer dispensing equipment and nitro infusers for all of your homebrew needs. Contact us today for more information!