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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Supplies for Home Brew Beer

Supplies for Home Brew BEER:

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Make sure you have all the necessary supplies BEFORE you start!! Check your local Brew store for the necessary supplies...shipping can really add up on some of the larger items!
  • One Step Cleanser
  • Beer Kit or Beer Ingredients
  • 6 Gallon Pail (One)
  • Large Stainless Steel Pot (to boil water)
  • Rubber Stopper &; Air Lock - we have several extra Air Locks just in case 1 breaks, they are super cheap and can really make or break your brew!
  • Thermometer
  • Siphon Hose
  • Racking Tube
  • Large Spoon (long enough that it can reach into the bottom of your bucket)
  • Bottle Filler
  • Bottles (ask friends and family to start collecting bottles, or check your local brew store for their old bottles...they usually sell them alot cheaper than the new ones!)
  • Super Grunge Remover (or similar item) this will be necessary if you are using recycled bottles that you need to get the sticky icky labels off!
  • Bottle Caps and a Capper (not necessary if you are using a keg)

The easiest option would be to buy a home brew kit but that isnt always the least expensive option. Check garage sales and craigslist for wine kits and carboys. We got our kit at a garage sale for $10. Then if a few items are missing they are relatively inexpensive to replace instead of spending hundreds of dollars upfront for a home brew kit. We slowly collected our supplies over about a years time and then when we finally had all the equipment then we took off, be patient and save money :)

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