For the record: Brewing is easy. Repeat: eeeeezy. When starting out, it is extremely likely that will make very tasty home brew on your first attempt with little investment.

Homebrewing is as simple as heating up some liquid, adding some ingredients at the right time, and bottling. Its been said that "Making beer is as easy as cookin' up chili". If you've ever thrown some beans and tomatoes in a pot with some chili powder and called it dinner, you are well on your way.

Why are new brewers intimidated? There is new terminology, different types of equipment, and frankly no real good place to just go and learn in one fail swoop. It's true that you can be very advanced with brewing beer. Like anything that has been around for thousands of years, there are advancements in technique and equipment. You can have kegorators, cool fermentors, commercial propane equipment, but is it needed? Nope....not at all. In fact, there is really only one very common item that you likely do not have, and that is a seal able bucket for fermenting. Other than that, you probably have everything you need to do it, and enjoy it!

Will having even basic equipment make good beer? Absolutely. Does a 10 year old kitchen pot make good chili? Sure, and why not? Its the heating of the right ingredients, adding spices, and eating at the right temperature that really counts.

For the ingredients, its simple:

  • Barley Malt
  • Hops
  • Yeast
  • Water

For the equipment it's almost more simple

  • A pot or kettle
  • 5 Gallon bucket with Lid
  • Airlock
  • Bottles

Read more in Part 2