The Brewer's Best Basic Beer Brewing Equipment Kit contains the equipment required for a beginning home brewer to make beer except the boiling pot, bottles, caps and a sanitizing agent. Production Capacity: 5 - gallons. Enclosed instructions provide directions for using the equipment while an informative book offers tips for achieving a successful batch.
- 6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket
During fermentation, the 6.5 – gallon bucket without a hole contains the beer. Following the boil, pour the cooled wort into the fermenter. To guard against off flavors in the finished beer, clean and sanitize the fermenting bucket and lid prior to use.
- Bucket Lid with Grommet
During fermentation, the stem of the Econo-Lock is inserted into the black grommet attached to the fermentation lid, forming an airtight seal. The bucket lid should be tightly fastened to the entire rim of the bucket.
Easily cleaned and sanitized, the clear plastic 3-piece airlock allows carbon dioxide (CO2) to escape from the primary and secondary fermenters while preventing air from entering. To maintain sanitary conditions, fill the airlock halfway with sanitizer solution during primary and secondary fermentation.
- 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket
For bottling the finished beer, the included 6.5 – gallon bottling bucket requires minor assembly. Simply insert the bottling spigot in the 1-inch diameter hole at the base of the bucket and thread on the retaining nut. Prior to filling the bottling bucket with fermented beer, clean and sanitize the interior to prevent bacterial infection and potential off flavors in the bottled beer.
- Siphon Hose with Shut-Off Clamp
The 5 – foot length of clear plastic tubing has a 5/16-inch inner diameter and easily attaches to the provided Siphon Starter for racking and bottling operations. To slow or stop the flow of beer during siphoning, a white plastic shut off clamp is included in the equipment kit.
- Combination Bottle Filler
For bottling fermented beer from the bottling bucket, the Bottle Filler allows home brewers to fill bottles without adding oxygen into finished beer. Reducing oxygen introduction into the beer following fermentation prevents stale flavors from developing in the bottle. Constructed of a clear and rigid plastic tube and a spring-loaded valve, the filler fits the included siphon tubing. To begin filling bottles, attach a 1-foot length of tubing between the filler and the spigot of the bottling bucket, open the spigot and let the beer flow into a sanitized bottle.
- Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser
Easy Clean is an oxygen-based cleanser designed to safely clean the brewing equipment included in the kit. To create the cleaning solution, mix one tablespoon per gallon of warm water.
- Beer Bottle Brush
For cleaning the inside of beer bottles, the 12-inch long brush easily removes debris from the inner walls and bottom of bottles. The brush is constructed of nylon bristles attached to a braided handle.
- Racking Cane
For transferring wort or fermented beer, a 24-inch long rigid plastic tube attaches to the 5 – foot length of included siphon hose. Place a full bucket or carboy above the empty vessel and create a siphon. The attached black tip prevents yeast sediment from being drawn into the siphon. To properly carbonate beer in the bottle, remove the black tip and allow a small amount of yeast to flow through the siphon and into the bottling bucket. The yeast will ferment the priming sugar, creating carbonation in the bottle.
- Triple Scale Hydrometer
Hydrometer readings are critical for monitoring beer during the various stages of brewing and fermentation processes. Incorporating a color-coded scale, the hydrometer is a glass laboratory instrument for measuring specific gravity, prior to and following fermentation.
- Bucket Clip
For securing the racking cane during siphoning, a red plastic clip fastens onto the rim of the bucket or carboy and holds the cane fast while beer is transferred from one vessel to the next.
- Dual Scale Liquid Crystal Thermometer
The Liquid Crystal Thermometer is a thin, black strip thermometer featuring both Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales. To attach the thermometer to the outside of a primary or secondary fermenter, remove the adhesive backing and place the Dual Scale Thermometer at approximately the mid point of the bucket or glass vessel.
- Double Lever Capper
The twin-handled capper quickly attaches bottle caps onto standard crimp style bottles. To operate, simply place a cap onto the opening of the beer bottle. Place the capper bell over the cap, allowing the magnet to secure the cap in place. While applying equal pressure to each handle, push the levers downward, crimping the cap to the bottle.
- ""Home Beermaking" (Moore)
For beginning brewers, Home Beermaking provides basic directions and tips for successfully producing the first batches of beer in a newly established home brewery.
IMPORTANT: The above Equipment Kit does not include a Sanitizing agent. To create fresh and clean tasting beer at home, Brew and Grow recommends purchasing either IO Star or Star San to prevent off flavors from occurring in finished beer.