Setting Up a Brewery in Your Home
Local breweries have taken the country by storm. More of them are being opened and staying open, proving that crafting your own beer can be a profitable endeavor. Hops from around the world can be purchased easily and everything you need to start brewing is accessible. Before you go buying hops by the pound, it’s best to have at least the basic equipment to get started in your brewing journey.
If you’re interested in craft beer or even thinking about opening a brewery, you should at least try your hand at brewing before going all-out. Get a couple of notebooks for recipes and personal notes. You can fine-tune your recipes according to your notes once you start brewing seriously.
You’ll need precise measures, so get a digital kitchen scale, an instant-read thermometer, and one of those digital timers. If someone in the house bakes, they’ll probably have these, but it’s always better to get your own. You’ll also need a two- to three-gallon stockpot, a wooden spoon that’s long enough to stir that pot, and a fine mesh strainer that’s around 10 inches or a colander of about the same width.
The Delicate Art of Fermenting
Fermenting beer requires focus and attention to detail. Your equipment must be free from contaminants, so you’ll definitely need a sanitizer that’s iodine or acid-based. Buy kits for fermenting, and get the equipment yourself if you prefer. You’ll need a two-gallon food grade plastic bucket to use as a primary fermenter. Make an opening in this bucket to connect an airlock.
You’ll need a one-gallon jug, too. You can choose between colored jugs that protect from UV rays and clear jugs that let you see the color of the beer. You’ll need a siphon, preferably one of those automatic ones, to attach to a stopper for your jug as well. Lastly, you’ll need a hydrometer to check the amount of alcohol in your brew.
There are hundreds of materials related to brewing, but nothing teaches you as fast as brewing your first batch. Who knows, maybe a brewery with your name rises in the future.