Top 8 Beer Making Accessories

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Beer making is a rewarding hobby that saves money on commercial beverages and allows hobbyists to control the taste and characteristics of their home-brewed products. Standard household accessories, such as pots and kitchen utensils, are effective when making beer, but investing in the right brewing equipment simplifies and speeds up the brewing process. Buyers should learn about the top beer making accessories, as well as how to keep equipment clean and sterilised, before purchasing these products from specialist suppliers and online from marketplaces such as eBay.
1 Brewing Kettle
Brewing Kettle

Boiling the wort, or unfermented beer, is one of the most important steps in the brewing process. A brewing kettle is simply a pot used for boiling. Buyers should look for 20-litre pots with lids because most recipes are for approximately 20 litres of beer. However, larger pots with 23 to 30 litre capacities are required for all-grain recipes. Buyers should avoid aluminium pots, as this metal absorbs flavours that can ruin subsequent brews. Stainless steel and unchipped ceramic pots deliver the best results.


2 Brewing Burner
Brewing Burner

A brewing burner heats the wort in the brewing kettle. It speeds up the heating and boiling process, as it has a higher output than a standard kitchen hob. It also produces a good rolling boil. Hobbyists should use butane burners only in outdoor or well-ventilated areas.


3 Beer Pumps
Beer Pumps

Although many home brewers prefer bottling their beers, some find it easier and more convenient to transfer their product to kegs or pressurised barrels. Beer pumps are useful for serving beer at bars or beer tasting events. These are identical to those found in pubs and allow users to pull perfect pints from their barrels of home brew.


4 Beer Bottles
Beer Bottles

Bottled beer is portable, making it easy for hobbyists to show off their brews to friends and family. In addition, bottled beer is easier to store and cool. Brewers should choose brown or dark-coloured beer bottles because light damages beer, so it is important to avoid clear bottles. Buyers should purchase enough bottles so that their combined capacity is large enough to accommodate the production of beer.


5 Oxygenation System

Brewers introduce oxygen to the wort after boiling, but before adding yeast. This increases oxygen solubility and reduces wort oxidation. During the later stages of fermentation, the uptake of oxygen decreases, but adding oxygen may spoil the taste of the brew. Brewers use two main types of oxygenation systems: submersion and in-line. A submersion, or batch, system uses a diffusion stone submerged as far down as possible into the vessel containing the wort. Air bubbles through the wort until it is saturated. This works with aeration systems that use aquarium air pumps and standard oxygenation systems that use pressurised tanks of pure oxygen. In-line systems inject oxygen into the wort on the way out of the heat exchanger to the fermenter and only work with oxygenation systems.


6 Wort Chiller
Wort Chiller

Cooling down wort can be time consuming, unless a brewer has a wort chiller. An immersion chiller is ideal for smaller batches. First, the brewer submerges the copper coils in the boiling wort for 15 to 20 minutes before the end of the boiling time to sterilise them. Once the boiling process is complete, the brewer connects tubes to both ends of the chiller. One goes to a tap or garden hose and feeds cold water into the system. The other allows hot water to leave the system and runs into a bucket or drain.


7 Kegging System
Kegging System

Storing beer in a keg or pressurised barrel eliminates the need for bottling. The Cornelius Keg is a system traditionally used in pubs for storing and dispensing fizzy drinks. It is ideal for kegging home-brewed beer, and as pubs are phasing out the system, products are readily available on the secondary market. Alternatively, brewers can use plastic kegs or barrels. A kegging system includes a carbon dioxide (CO2) tank, regulator, keg, gas hose, dispensing hose, quick disconnects, and tap. Quick disconnects are plastic or stainless steel fittings that join the hose to the keg.


8 Sterilisation and Cleaning Supplies

Contaminants affect fermentation and the taste of beer. A low foaming, unscented cleaner is suitable for most cleaning jobs. Once the equipment and accessories are clean, brewers should sterilise them to prevent contamination using diluted iodine. Buyers can also look for cleaners and sterilisers specifically designed for brewing.


How to Buy Beer Making Accessories

You can find a wide selection of beer making accessories on eBay. To search, simply type keywords, such as " beer making kit", into the field that you can access on every page. Browse the listings available or narrow your results by selecting the most appropriate category and item features. Beer making is a rewarding hobby, and with the right equipment and accessories to speed up the brewing process, hobbyists have plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
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