Beginner’s Guide to Home Brewing – Conclusion

Brewing your own beer is a small hobby that can attract a large audience. Brewing outdoors adds a
new dimension and makes it seem almost limitless.
Remember to keep a log of all your batches and take lots of notes. You will refer to them from time to
time to build on your technique. Mark each batch with consecutive numbers or whatever code you
devise. Design some labels and really be creative. Some day you might want to enter a competition
to win a prize or get some constructive criticism. Always read as much as you can to advance your
brewing skills and techniques.

Try to save some full bottles for future sampling. I know it won’t be easy. Imagine trying that amber
ale aged nine months or a year. It’s really worth it.
Go for it! The best brew is homebrew!!

Equipment Summary


Outdoor Burner
Kettle 32Qt. For 5 gal. batches 15.5 for 10 gal.
Immersion cooler
Transfer Tubing 3/8 “ inside diameter (food grade vinyl)
Wort Aerator – O 2 or Air system
Steeping bags (as per recipe)
Glass Carboy
Jet Bottle washer
Tubing shut off clamps
Racking Cane / sediment avoidance fitting and tube clip
Stirring Spoon
Three Piece Airlock
#6 ½ or # 7 White Rubber Stoppers with hole
Remote Thermometer or Floating Thermometer
Glass Wort Sampler – Pipette
Gypsum or Calcium Carbonate
Beer Bottle Brush and Carboy Brush
Brewer’s Cleanser and Star San


Priming Tank with Transfer Valve
Spring Tip Filler with Flexible Tubing
50-60 12 oz. Brown Bottles
Bottle Caps

Approximate cost
Burner $55.00
Remainder $200.00
Ingredients $25.00

Brewing Summary

Gather ingredients

Prepare equipment
Soak tubing and plastic pieces in bucket of cleaner

Set up burner

For 5 Gal. batch
Boil 6 1/2 Gal. water

Shut off gas-stir in extract

Bring back to boil and add hops according to recipe

Boil one hour

Cool as quickly as possible 60-65 F

Transfer wort to fermenter and check S.G.

Pitch yeast and aerate

Cap with airlock and set aside in fermentation area

Bottling Summary

After fermentation is completed:

Sanitize 55-60 12 oz. prepped bottles in the diswasher or rinse manually and set aside

Soak tubing and plastic pieces in a bucket of cleaner solution

Clean and sanitize primer bucket with transfer valve

For a 5 Gal. batch dissolve 5/6 cup ( 1/2 + 1/3 ) corn sugar in 1 1/2 c water – double for 10 Gal. batch –
boil 5 min.- cool with cover on – amount can be adjusted in future depending on carbonation preference

Pour primer solution in primer bucket, rack beer avoiding sediment

Take final S.G.

Place bucket on table or countertop, attach tubing with bottle filler to transfer valve then rest tip in clean

When ready open transfer valve to fill tubing with beer and begin filling bottles one at a time, set bottle
down on deck or floor

Put on cap and continue with rest of bottles

When all are filled crimp cap with capper, wipe and place in case box, mark bottles and move to
fermentation area

Allow 2 weeks to carbonate then try one