Beer Brewing Equipment: What You Need to Brew from Home

Making the decision to start brewing your own beer is an exciting one but can also seem quite daunting. With all the different pieces of equipment and ingredients out there, it’s hard to know what’s absolutely necessary, what’s recommended, and what’s completely optional.

To help you get started, we’ve broken it down into those exact three categories for you:

What You NEED to Get Started

If you’re a beginner, you’re probably wondering, “What do I need to get started?” At this stage, you may not want any of the bells and whistles but you do need the essentials. Here is exactly what you’ll need for your first 5 gallon yield brew:

Beer Brewing Equipment

If you plan on bottling:

  • Bottles
  • Bottle Brush
  • Bottle Caps
  • Bottle Capper

If you plan on kegging:

  • Cornelius Keg
  • Homebrew Kegerator

You can usually find these components, or a variation of such, in one of our many Homebrew Equipment Kits. For more information on which equipment kit is best for you, be sure to read this article.

6 Gallon Carboy

What You SHOULD Get to Make Things Easier

Although these products aren’t absolutely necessary, they do make brewing easier. If you’re on your 3rd or so brew, it’s probably worth investing in these helpful extras.

  • 6 Gallon Carboy
  • Carboy Brush
  • Stopper
  • Another Airlock
  • Bi-Metal Thermometer
  • Hydrometer Test Jar
  • Beer Thief

Some of these components are included in an upgraded equipment kit while they are all available for individual purchase.

What’s Really Cool but Totally OPTIONAL

Go big or go home, right? Here are some of the cooler gadgets out there that every diehard homebrewer should own. These are not necessary to brew beer, but absolutely make it easier for you to do.

  • Carboy Drainer
  • Carboy Handle
  • Jet Bottle Washer & Faucet Adapter
  • Hop Bag
  • Cornelius Keg
  • Homebrew Kegerator
  • Pail Opening Tool
  • Anti-Splash Funnel
  • A Good Book

If you’re wondering how one or more of these items can make your brewing process easier, read our article on helpful homebrewing components.

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Jeff Flowers

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Jeff Flowers has been a self-described beer geek for over a decade now. When he's not chasing his daughter around, you can usually find him drinking a fresh brew and wasting too much of his time on both Google+ & Twitter.

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