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Friday, March 27, 2009

Beer Brewing Equipment

Beer Brewing Equipment is essentially all the equipment you need to Brew your own beer at home. Beer brewing equipment is used to essentially support the simple chemistry that happens when you brew your own beer while keeping contaminates out that can ruin your batch of home brew. Some of the essential pieces of beer brewing equipment include:

Fermenter – This is essentially the vessel that contains your wort while fermentation takes place. Your fermenter can be made out of plastic or glass. Depending on your method you can either have a single fermenter or two fermenters included in your beer brewing equipment list.
Airlock – An airlock is what allows your fermenting brew to vent off CO2 to the atmosphere will keeping the outside air from getting into your Fermenter and potentially contaminating your wort. Airlocks are either plastic or glass. This is an essential piece of your beer brewing equipment list.
Bottles – This is an obvious component, but bottles serve a function other than only storing your beer. Bottles are either glass or plastic (more specifically P.E.T. which stands for: polyethylene terephthalate). This is a food grade quality plastic). The bottles in your beer brewing equipment allow for the “conditioning” of your brew. This is what gives your beer its pressure in the bottle.
Capper – This is an essential piece of beer brewing equipment if you use glass bottles to store your beer. There are several styles available.
Hydrometer – A Hydrometer is used to measure the specific gravity of a liquid relative to water. Water has a specific gravity of 1. This is an essential piece of beer brewing equipment for determining the alcohol content of your beer or wine.
Thermometer – A thermometer is an important piece of beer brewing equipment because some of the processes are temperature sensitive. This includes checking temperature when adding yeast or the temperature at which fermentation is taking place at.

Your specific type of beer brewing kit and method of brewing will determine your different pieces of beer brewing equipment. For instance, the kegging of beer is a great way to store and dispense your beer. This storage and dispensing method has a whole different set of beer brewing equipment pieces that essentially replace the bottles in your beer brewing equipment list. We’ll cover that later....

Have fun!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

You’ll Enjoy Brewing Your Own Beer if…

Brewing my own beer at home is something I truly enjoy and like helping others with. I enjoy the process, the simple chemistry involved, the anticipation, the final product, and sharing it with my friends and family. Everyone has different hobbies and interests. If you’re not sure whether or not home brewing is for you here’s a few characteristics of those who home brew and enjoy it quite a bit (these certainly describe me).

· They enjoy drinking beer and like trying new styles of beer (duh).
· They enjoy cooking and trying or experimenting with new recipes.
· They like learning how things work or how things are made.
· They are willing to try new things out, and take pride in their accomplishments.

Those are a few characteristics that I definitely have as well as some of my buddies who also brew beer or make their own wine at home. Hope that helps!


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Try out new beer styles…

As the micro brewed and craft beers have become increasingly popular over the last few years. The awareness of the different varieties and styles of beer have become more and more evident. Many home brewers can tell you the characteristics of Lager beer vs. an IPA (Indian Pale Ale) and how they are brewed. Much like a wine connoisseur could tell you the difference between a Merlot and a Blush.

It can be both fun and informative to experiment with some different beer styles. Try out a Stout and Wheat beer or see how an Indian Pale Ale compares to a Pale Ale. Some larger liquor store also sponsor beer tasting events where the different distributers will allow you to taste test their different styles of beer. I highly recommend this if you have the opportunity.

There are now several micro breweries who market “Variety Packs” that allows you to try out several different styles, I also have a liquor store that I visit that allows you to mix-and-match six packs so you can pick and choose what beer go into your 6 pack. This is a good way to try out different beer types because you can easily taste the different styles next to each other. I do this often because it gives me an idea of what type of Beer brewing Extract Kit I want to try out next.

Have fun : ) JB

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Economics of Home Brewing

You can’t argue that any hobby has an associated cost to it. Many people hunt, fish, like to cook, etc. One of the coolest things I like about brewing beer at home is that if you are going to drink X number of beers you can save money by brewing your own vs. going to the liquor store and buying a 6-pack or a case of beer.
If you haven’t noticed, micro-brews or craft beers are quite expensive when you compare them to, well let’s just say some American Pilsner style beers, that I admit, drank a ton of these in my younger days. But as we get older our tastes become more refined and quality, not quantity becomes more important.

Depending on your location and what beer you get, a quality craft beer is going to cost you $7 - $10 per six pack. You will save a little bit by opting for a case but for comparison reasons let just say the cost per beer is: $1.25. When you compare this to the cost of brewing your own 5 gallon batch at home you’ll spend about $30 to make 5 gallons of beer (with an extract kit). That equals about $.57 per beer or about $3.42 per six pack.

Here’s another way to look at it:
Cost of 1 six pack a week from the store: $9 X’s 52 weeks = $468.00 per year.
Cost of a home brew six pack per week: $3.42 X’s 52 weeks = $177.84 per year.
Sure you can factor some other variables but you can conservatively save $250 a year or about $5 each week. That doesn’t even factor in the fact that you hopefully enjoy brewing your own beer and that my friend is priceless.


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

My First Home Brewing Experience

Hi Beer Lovers,

It wouldn't be fair for me to say that every single beer batch I've made was a success, well I could say it but it simply wouldn't be true. My very first experience with making beer at home wasn't a success....

I can't remember if it was 2 or 3 Xmas's ago, my wife got me a small home beer brewing kit. Needless to say I was super excited. What a perfect gift, right? Well not quite, let me explain. The kit was a kit that is sold at Bed Bath and Beyond, if my memory serves me right it had a couple different dry malts and a small fermenter, that was large enough to do 6 12 ounce beers at a time. It also came with hops, dextrose (corn sugar) and 6 plastic bottles. Here's a picture...

Beer Brewing Kit

Well needless to say when you start brewing you'll learn (or already know) that cleaning is about the number #1 thing of importance when you're brewing beer. The amount of cleaning and cooking, etc is pretty much the same if you're brewing enough beer for a 6 pack or 2 1/2 cases.

Fast forward to the end the beer didn't ferment. Not sure if the yeast was no good or if I screwed something up.

Bottom line if you're buying your man or whoever a beer brewing kit, opt for a known quality kit. He'll appreciate it, and if he doesn't like it, these kits can be easily sold on ebay.


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Welcome to Beer Brewing Kits Reviews!

HomebrewHi Everyone!
Well first off, if you found this beer brewing blog you're probably looking for some information about brewing beer at home or are looking for some information on the different home beer brewing kits that are available. Well you're in luck! WHY? I absolutely love brewing beer and well.....drinking it to. I started brewing beer at home about 2 years ago and I've learned so much about it that I want to share some of my newly gained knowledge and help others get started with this rewarding hobby.

It doesn't seem all that long ago when I was searching around on the Internet looking for information on brewing beer at home and how to get started. I looked at Mr Beer brewing kits, The Beer Machine, Cooper's Beer Brewing Kit, and some other pale kits. I also searched around for information on what it takes to make beer at home. How does making beer at home work, how much does it cost, and so on and so on.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Mission Statement

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To offer our users a fun, personal, reliable, and informative resource so they can make informed decisions about purchasing a beer brewing kit and to know exactly what they are buying for themselves or as a gift.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

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About the Auther

Beer Brewer

In case you're wondering who is authoring this Beer Brewing blog and has compiled and done the Beer Brewing Kit Reviews, here's a little introduction to...myself.

My name is Jason Bolte. I live in North Dakota, where we have winter about 9 months out of the year (not really...but close). I've been brewing beer from kits for about 2 years. Like many hobbies beer brewing is a hobby that you can will continually learn more and there is always a next level if you want to challenge yourself more.

I want to provide basic brewing information and enough information so you can take a look at the popular beer brewing kits we've featured and be able to pick one out and know what your buying and that it'll fit your needs and expectations.

Hope you find this site helpful and interesting. Please contact me if you have any questions at all about brewing beer. If I can't answer it, I'll take it upon myself to find you the answer.

Have fun brewing!