Wine, Spirits, Epicurean: Let the Brewing Begin

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Making a personal, special brew of handcrafted beer from the comfort of one's own home is an enriching activity that's mentally engaging, absolutely delicious, and potentially profitable. Here's how to create a unique home brew.

To successfully create a delicious glass of beer, an individual needs some vital equipment that's probably not lying around the house. If you've ever wondered what you need to start a brewing hobby, here is a helpful list for your convenience.

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Accessories: Labels, Bottlecaps and Glass Bottles

Homemade beer needs a place to be stored and adequately sealed. The first products necessary for a successful home brewery include quality glass bottles and caps. Depending on the number of brews made, these items should be purchased in bulk. Play around with different shapes and sizes, finding the combo that fits an upscale brand.

Speaking of brand, don't forget an excellent label for the bottles! Decorating homemade drinks with a clever, unique image or words makes the hobby fun and personal. Much like bottles and caps, design the perfect bottle label with a specific brand in mind.

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Ingredients: Fermenters

Part of the brewing process involves pouring wort (heat solution of grains, malts, and hops) into a container after cooling to ferment. This step is where the flavor of a beer truly gets locked in. Fermenters come in many shapes and sizes, as well as various price tags.

An exceptional brew master should use a stainless-steel conical fermenter or one of similar quality. For beginners, a glass carboy fermenter is straightforward to use and also produces great-tasting drinks. Remember—a classy beer isn't one simply made in a plastic bottle, so splurge for the best possible products!

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Extracting: Racking Cane

In brewing, the liquid is siphoned through racking canes, which help move beer from one container to another. Brewed contents are moved from various containers throughout the entire brewing process. That's why having a quality racking cane is so essential, even for an amateur enthusiast.

Splurge on an auto-siphon device that makes the chore of transferring far easier. Alternatively, high-end fermenters come with their own apparatuses that make racking canes obsolete.

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Specialty Extra's

Other required equipment for beer brewing mainly includes buckets and utensils that are most likely already in the home, along with organic materials for making the beer itself. With this list, you'll never have to wonder what you need to start a brewing hobby, and you'll instead be able to focus on crafting quality beer for loved ones to enjoy.

Let the brewing begin!

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