|The site for all your
||It can be
difficult to know where to start with homebrewing.
There is so much in the way of equipment and literature to
choose from it can be quite difficult to assess what you
should buy. Well fear not on this page you will find
all the best in brewing equipment and books reviewed and
rated by practising brewers.
If you are new to brewing and you are planning to start with liquid extract based home brew kits then a home brew starter kit is a good place to start. And probably one of the best available is the HBO starter equipment pack. It comes complete with basically everything that you need to get started including fermentation barrel, airlock, thermometer, hydrometer, testing jar, bottles, caps, crown corker and steriliser. The only thing missing is the extract for brewing.
The complete list of equipment is:
40 PET plastic 500 ml bottles in either green or brown (we strongly recommend going for brown bottles)
Crown corker for sealing the bottles with the caps
Plastic stirring spoon
Siphoning tube for filling bottles
Our brewers say that this basic kit is a great place to start for any new home brewer as it gives you everything that you need to begin brewing. The HBO starter equipment pack costs £44.95 and is excellent value for money.
you would prefer not to bottle your beer then you can get
exactly the same kit but with a pressure barrel instead of
bottles. This allows you to do the primary
fermentation in the plastic fermenter, transfer into the
pressure barrel and allow it to condition before serving.
If you don't like the idea of bottling and storing 40 bottles of beer then this might be a better option. This is also fantastic if you entertain a lot and want to serve your own home brewed beer in top quality professional looking barrel to impress your guests.
The kit consists of the following equipment:
Plastic stirring spoon
The HBO homebrew starter pack with barrel rather than bottles costs £44.95.
|Top tip for airlocks - It is good practice
to sterilise your airlock before use but to reduce the
possibility of your beer spoiling due to microbial
infection fill your airlock up with a cheap white spirit
such as Vodka rather than just water.
Books on Brewing
As is the case with brewing equipment there is a bewildering array of books on brewing, some good and some not. Which books are worth having in your brewing library and which are best avoided. We will try and give a view of some of the best books for home brewers.
If you are looking for a basic no nonsense introduction to home brewing then a good place to start is Home Brewing Self Sufficiency by John Parkes. Parkes is himself a professional brewer having started up the Red Rock Brewery in 2006 in Devon. The guide is very basic but covers most of the detail required for a novice home brewer. The book covers brewing from extract as well as full grain mashing and has a number of recipes in the back for different beer styles. One thing that impressed us with this book was the very comprehensive guide on hop varieties. You can buy this book with prices starting at £7.26 or if you have a Kindle the digital version is only £2.86 which is excellent value.
For many the true bible of home brewing is Home Brewing the CAMRA Guide by Graham Wheeler. You can do a lot worse than to read nothing else but this book and it should feature in any home brewers library. The author has packed so much detail in this book but it is written in a very concise and approachable style which makes it ideal for both the novice and experienced home brewer. From extract to full grain mashing this book has it all and more. We can not recommend this book more highly.
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