As described in Part1 there is a minimal set of equipment needed to get those suds pouring from your own refrigerator which are:

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

This equipment is all very easy to come by and are all cheap so don't sweat it.

Pot or Kettle

A simple pot or kettle will do just fine. The size is the most important factor. 5 gallons of end-result sudsy beer is the norm, and a 3 gallon pot will get you by. The bigger the better though, and will decrease the chances of losing any of the precious wort due to spilling over. When you really get going in the future, pot sizes go up to 20 gallons, and can really help you churn through some beer.

5 Gallon Bucket

A 5 gallon bucket can be found at any hardware store. This is used for the fermentation process, and is where the magic first starts to happen with the alcohol production. Some manufacturers do make buckets specifically for brewing, but there is little difference in what these products really offer in this case. It's important that you find one with a lid, so that it can be sealed, with the exception of an airlock. The idea is to let the co2 gases out, and not let any air in.


An airlock is an inexpensive little contraption that allows air to escape in one direction. This can be found anywhere you buy the ingredients.


Bottles can be purchased, or if you consider yourself green can be recycled. In fact anything that is corkable and clean can be used. For example, wine bottles, 22 oz bottles, or wine jugs all will work fine.

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