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There is some basic equipment that all brewers need; this can be home made, store bought individually, or purchased as a complete kit. Before you buy your kit you need to consider several things. Some basic equipment can be used for for different types of brewing and can be utilized as you progress, others will not be suitable for the more advanced levels of brewing and/or may be delegated to other jobs.

  • availability of space
  • your budget
  • the type of brewing you want to do
  • whether or not you want to expand to different types of brewing

Few brewers begin with all-grain brewing but rather with extract kits. With a little bit of care you can make sure the kit you buy will grow with you rather than requiring an upgrade as you advance your brewing level.

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[edit] Standard Kit

A standard homebrew kit will contain several key items such as the following:

[edit] Extract

You can get away with a fermenter and just about nothing else if you use pre-hopped no boil kits with just a few items from the kitchen. You will get beer but there's not much fun in that. Lets say you want to follow recipes and add your own hops and maybe steep some specialty grains.

[edit] Budget

budget extract
  • 2-3 gallon pot for the stove top
  • 1 plastic pail fermenter

[edit] Standard

[edit] Deluxe

[edit] Partial Mash

A partial mash is a style of brewing that involved using extract (or a kit) along with some grains, usually roasted grains. The grain (commonly used grains are crystal and choc malt) steeped for about 30 minutes, and the resulting liquid is strained and added to the wort made from the extracts. Some mini mashes also involve doing a small boil in order to include so that unhopped extract can be used instead of kits.

[edit] Equipment needed

Same as for extract brewing, but you need a vessel to do your steeping in. Some people use a small esky, others just do it in a small pot. Either way a container of some sort is needed, and a method for straining the grains out to add to the wort. Boiling the resultant wort is mandatory (as opposed to kit/partial brewing where it isn't), since wild yeasts and bacteria that can infect your brew live on grain husks.

[edit] All Grain

[edit] Budget

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A budget all grain system may be built by adding a large grain bag of fine nylon mesh to any of the extract kits above. With a five gallon kettle serving as a mash tun and the grain bag replacing the "false bottom" of a lauter tun, grain bills up to about 5 pounds can be handled with brewhouse efficiency of 60% easily attainable. With practice, attention to water absortion by grain and evaporation rate of the cooker, 5# of Marris Otter can be processed to 2.5 gallons of 1.063 (or diluted to 5.0 gallons of 1.031), in an 83 percent efficient brewhouse.

Based on Marris Otter extract potential of 38 gravity points per pound gallon, authors brew diary 12-15-2007.

[edit] Standard

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[edit] Deluxe

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