This post will move us closer to our first brew by preparing you for all the details of what to expect from your first brewing experience. Let’s take a look at the details. This will be more about the actual things involved, and less about brewing terminology. Let’s get started.
First, you really need to understand that home brewing is a lot easier than most people believe it really is. You can brew an easy batch of beer with little stress or time involved. Of course, there are much more complicated brews as well, and we will get into those in the future. For now, however, we will focus on a nice, easy DME (extract) brew.
There are over 700,000 people in the United States brewing their own beer currently. This means that you can do it, too.
To start with, click the link to the left. This will take you to Amazon.com where you can purchase the kit I recommend for your home brews. It has everything you need to brew your first batch. The only other things you need are bottle caps and bottles. Those can be purchased here and here(remember you will need 2 cases of bottles). Those are both affiliate links, so I do make a few bucks when you purchase them. If you would rather, you can stop into your local home brew store with the specifics and purchase there as well.
We went over the specifics of a kit in this previous post. Those should all be included in your first kit. A kit will run you anywhere from $75 to $120, depending on what is included, and if you get a glass carboy or not. A less expensive version of the kit above without a glass carboy is here. Same idea, feel free to use the link or use it as a shopping list for your local store.
Next, you will need the kit we are brewing from. We will be using a standard pale ale for the first brew, and I will post that when I find a good link for it, so we’re all on the same page when going through the steps. A kit will cost around $20-$30.
The last thing you will need is water. Definitely good, fresh water. I recommend picking up some water-cooler water for your brew. A 5-gallon jug is perfect. These can be picked up for not too much cash from places like Lowes, Home Depot, Grocery Stores, etc.