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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!

JB

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