Complete newbie advice on equipment needed

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funstuie

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Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« on: August 31, 2009, 21:45 »
Hi All,

I would like to start brewing my own beer (lager and bitter) but I have no equipment or any experience at all so not sure where to start.

So if I was to start with a larger what equipment should I buy? Or is there a good kit available to get me started.

Thanks

Stu

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 09:45 »
It may be worth you starting with a kit.

If you go to your local Wilkinsons, you should be able to get everything you need.

You'll need a fermenting bucket, syphon and sterilizing agent. You will then need to buy a kit of the bitter / lager of your choice and a kilo of sugar. I like the Geordie Mild make.

Follow the instructions on the kit, which will basically be to empty the contents of the can into a big saucepan, mix in quantity of sugar and boiling water - use some of the boiling water to rinse out the can. You then tip that into your sterilized bucket and top with cold water to 5 gallon mark and then tip in your yeast packet. Put the lid on and leave in a warm place until it's finished working - about a week.

You'll need pressurised bottles then. I keep fizzy water / pop bottles and sterilize those. You can spend more and buy grolsch type bottles if you wish. You must ensure that the bottles can take a build up of gas. You place a spoonful of sugar in each bottle and I put a drop of hot water in to dissolve. You then syphon in your beer, leaving a half inch gap from the top. Screw top on - job done!  :) When you see hold the bottle up to the light and it is clear, it is ready. It will taste better if left for a few weeks though.

Good luck - the main thing to remember is hygiene - sterilize everything, wash your hands thoroughly etc before you start.

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 14:05 »
OH is thinking of doing some lager when my blackberry wine comes out of the fermentation bucket.

He was watching this for an idea of what is involved....

NWRlzl_bv84
What if the Hokey Cokey IS what its all about...

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funstuie

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 09:19 »
OH is thinking of doing some lager when my blackberry wine comes out of the fermentation bucket.

He was watching this for an idea of what is involved....

NWRlzl_bv84

Thanks for that. I he the bloke from Strictly Ballroom?

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funstuie

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 21:31 »
Went down to my local wilkinsons today and they had only Geordie lager and beer canisters and a couple of air lock bubble things.

Does anyone know of any other bricks and motar shop which would sell the gear?

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 23:12 »
OH is thinking of doing some lager when my blackberry wine comes out of the fermentation bucket.

He was watching this for an idea of what is involved....

NWRlzl_bv84

Thanks for that. I he the bloke from Strictly Ballroom?

I've never watched Strictly Ballroom and if the guy is anything like him i'll never watch it lol.  I cringed at both of them but the info was good.

As for a brick n mortar shop, can't help you there unless you're willing to travel to Glasgow.

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Re: Complete newbie advice on equipment needed
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