There are many people who like to brew their own beer even today. They do this using one of the two methods for home brewing, extract or All-grain brewing. In order to choose between one of the methods, the following things are taken into consideration.
1- Extract brewing is less time-consuming at an average of 2.4 hours. All-grain brewing can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours for just one batch.
2- Home brew supplies for Extract brewing are less bulky and less in number. All-grain equipment is large and bulky and tends to take considerable space.
3- Usually, those who learn homebrewing start with extract brewing and once they have learned it they start all-grain brewing as extract brewing is both easier and teaches the basics of the brewery.
Whichever brewing method is being used, the following home brew supplies will be needed.
1- Brew Pot- This is the pot for boiling the wort. Bigger size brew pots help in avoiding boils and stains.
2- Grain Bags- For All-grain brewing, a brewer needs specialty bags.
3- Fermenter- Bigger size containers to let the brew sit comfortably and ferment.
4- Air Lock & Stopper- This is the cover used to cover the beer in order to prevent substances like bacteria from entering it while still allowing carbon dioxide to come out.
5- Brew Buckets- These can be used for measuring the water used in the brew.
6- Spoon- It is preferable to have a long-handled spoon for stirring when necessary. A stainless steel spoon is better than wooden or plastic as they could contain bacteria.
7- Auto-Siphon and Tubing- These help in transferring the wort from the pot to the fermenter and then to a boiling bucket. A 4 to 5 feet 3/8 inch tube is ideal.
8- Bottle Wand and bottles- The Wand assists in storing the beer in the bottles.
9- Sanitizer- This is to sanitize the equipment after the beer is made.
Special All-grain equipment
1- Mash Tun– Converted water coolers are used to make Mash Tuns. These are available in the market
2- Wort Chiller- Wort Chiller cools the wort quickly and reduces the brewing time.