The Basics of Homebrewing: Supplies
A good, basic guidebook to homebrewing. You always need one handy. Recommend: Byron Burch, Brewing Quality Beers- The Home Brewer's Essential Guidebook (1992) Fulton, CA: Joby Books
One good recipe with ingredients. All you need is one to begin with. I recommend either an amber or a pale ale.
one 5-gallon stainless steel kettle. STAINLESS...not aluminum, wearever, or other such garbage.
one fine-mesh grain-bag. Synthetic works well and is easy to clean.
one long, stainless steel stirring spoon. Not wood or plastic.
one clean, 5-gallon bucket with spigot at the bottom and a 1 1/2" hole drilled in the lid
one airlock valve w/ 1 1/2" stopper. I recommend the cylindrical, chambered one.
3' of clear plastic racking hose
plastic racking tube with end cap
10-gallon plastic tub
lots of gel-ice packets, plastic frozen H2O bottles, or lots of ice cubes
5-gallon glass carboy
Iodophore solution. Use it to sanitize EVERYTHING...yes, including you!
TSP: trisodium phosphate. Nasty, caustic stuff used to remove
gunk from bottles.
Use caution and wash thoroughly three times before bottling.
one large bottle brush for carboy
one small bottle brush for bottling
one bottling tube with e-z flow pressure valve
corn sugar. Not table sugar, brown sugar or honey... unless you're making explosives.
~ 50 12-oz. brown glass bottles. You can use green, but brown glass is thicker. NEVER use clear glass.
~ 38 Grolsch-style bottles with good rubber washers
5-gallon stainless steel keg with good rubber o-rings. You can use refurbished soda kegs.
2 keg tap-hoses
CO2 tank with pressure gauge
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