Firstly, let's look at the equipment we are going to need to make our own beer. We are going to assume we will be doing 40 pints.
- You will need 1 x 30 Litre Bucket With Lid, Grommet & Airlock
- Also, 1 x Airlock for the above if necessary (comes with the 30-litre bucket as standard
- Then a 1 x Easy Start Siphon (MEDIUM) With Flow Stopper And Bucket Clip
- Additionally, 1 x No-Rinse Steriliser
- Also, 1 x Mixing Paddle
- Importantly, 1 x Good Quality Beer Kits
- Add some bottles
What Space Do I Need?
Next, to make the beer, we need two areas. One for fermenting the beer and then one for storing. Secondly, we need a place to serve beer. A barrel/bucket will take up approx 300mm x 300mm. So, this is all the space that will be taken up.
What Temperature Do I Want?
The fermenting temperature needs to be 20-27°C (70 to 82°F). Actually, it’s much better to have a lower temperature that is constant than a higher temperature that is fluctuating. Definitely, airing cupboards are definitely no-go areas.
However, if you are struggling to find an area that is the right temperature, then you can buy a choice of heating equipment. Accordingly, what we have available is a thermostatically controlled immersion heater. Also, a brew belt (this wraps around the container), or a heat tray (that the container sits on).
When you are storing the beer, this wants to be at a cool temperature.
How Do We Make the Beer?
Importantly, we should read the instructions on the beer kit. However, as most use the same methods I will give an overall view.
Firstly, we must sterilise all the equipment that comes into contact with the liquid. This, along with the temperature are the two most important things in beer or winemaking. Poor sterilisation will lead to infections which will contaminate the beer and turn it into vinegar.
You'll need a Good Cleaner/Steriliser and this will also get rid of stains in your equipment. Don’t use bleach as this always seems to leave an after taste irrespective of how much you wash it out with clean water. The steriliser will always tell you to wash afterward with clean water.
How Much Will It Cost?
If you've made it this far, then you'll want to know how much it will cost to get started! Well, we've put together a couple of beginners starter kits that include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying.
Our beginners beer making kits start at as little as £54, which include everything you need to make 40 pints of beer.