After years of consuming liquid gold you have decided to take the leap into home-brewing :)
Before you head to the shed and fire up your cauldron take a look at this guide to getting started.
The easiest and most cost effective way to make great tasting craft beer is to use a method that was invented by our friends down under called 'brew in a bag' or BIAB (homebrewers acronym)
Here are the differences between both methods:
The traditional brewing process contains 4 vessels (or pots in lay-mans terms)
BIAB allows you to cut out 2 vessels, AMAZING!! It will save you money and you have less to clean (let's be honest here we all hate cleaning).
So what do you need, how much will it cost and how on earth do you use it?
The main piece of equipment you need is a Burco boiler. What's that I hear you ask?
Remember when you were young and you went to a soccer tournament or a swimming gala or a FEIS (Irish dancing competition)? Remember everyone queueing for tea and custard creams? Well that large stainless steel pot that had a constant supply of hot water is exactly what I'm talking about.
So lets add this to your shopping list
Ok so now that we have our shiny new boiler what else do we need?
Fine mesh bag, just like this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Brew-BIAB-mash-diameter/dp/B00OX8PLHW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527577089&sr=8-2&keywords=brew+in+a+bag
This will be used during the mashing process which we will cover in another article.
Star San or Sani Clean
this is needed to make sure everything is sterile, this small bottle is concentrated (just like Mi-Wadi) so it will last you for many many brews.
Mash paddle or a big spoon
Used for mixing the grain with water, just like stirring your porridge in the morning
This is really just a big plastic bucket
After we boil everything we need to cool to 20 degrees as fast as possible (more about this in the brew guide).
It's important to get something that's accurate and fairly durable. I have a thermopen for 3 years now and it has never let me down. It's a bit pricy but better value in the long run.
Hydrometer & Trial Jar - this will help you figure out how much alcohol is in your beer.
Bottle capper & caps
Finally you need to buy some ingredients. The best option is to buy an all grain mash kit from The Home Brew Company. For your first brew I would recommend 'Particular Peters Stout'. This kit will come with all the ingredients that you need to make around 40 delicious pints :)
Dont like stout? Have a look at a bigger selection here:
Okay dokey so now that you have everything that you need, lets get cracking.... here is a link to your first all grain BIAB brew day :)