Home brewing is something that when done right can create delicious drinks for a fraction of the cost, and you’re sure to have great fun while you’re doing it too. Whether you’re making beer and wine from scratch with your own equipment or you’ve got a home brewing kit to make life that bit simpler, it’s easy to get started, and our beginner’s guide to home brewing will help you do just that.

Home brew supplies

To make your own beer and wine, you’ll need to start off with all the right home brewing equipment and kitchen utensils (most of what you’ll need should already be in winemaking and beer brewing kits if you’re opting for one of these).

Beer making shopping list

Fermenting bin and lid 25L
40 pint pressure barrel
Syphon tube
Plastic spoon
Cleaner and steriliser
Bottle brush
Beer bottles
Metal caps for bottles
Plastic funnel

Wine making shopping list

Bung and bubbler airlock
Cleaner and steriliser
23 litre fermenter
Syphon tube
Bottle brush
Plastic funnel
Plastic spoon
Wine bottles
Corks

How to make beer with a 40 pint beer kit

Step 1 Clean and sterilise all equipment.
Step 2 Stand can in hot water for five minutes. Pour the can contents into the sterilised fermenter. Then add brewing sugar or spraydried malt extract.
Step 3 Add 3.5 litres (6 pints) boiling water, then top with cold water up to 23 litres (40 pints). Thoroughly mix to make sure all the contents are dissolved, then replace lid loosely.
Step 4 After 4 – 6 days, stir in the yeast, cover the fermenter and leave to stand for a further 4 – 6 days in a warm place (between 18 – 20°C).
Step 5 Wait for fermentation to finish. You’ll know when this is by when the bubbles cease to rise (or when gravity remains constant below 1008° if you have a hydrometer).
Step 6 Transfer the beer into bottles or pressure barrel and add appropriate amount of carbonation drops to condition the beer.
Step 7 Stand bottles or barrel in a warm place for 2 days then leave for 14 days in a cool place until the beer is clear.
Step 8 Either drink now or leave to improve with age – ideally 2 – 6 months.

How to make wine with a 30 bottle wine kit

Step 1 Clean and sterilise all equipment.
Step 2 Empty the can contents into the wine fermenter.
Step 3 Pour 3 litres of cooled boiled water into the fermenter then stir in 3.5kg of brewing sugar. Fill the fermenter to the 23 litre mark with cold water.
Step 4 Sprinkle the yeast and yeast nutrient sachets onto the wine, stir and replace cap – leave to ferment.
Step 5 After approx. 7 days the fermentation should be complete. Add the wine stabiliser, followed by the wine finings ‘A’. Stir, replace the cap then leave to stand for 1 hour.
Step 6 Add the wine finings ‘B’, stir gently then replace cap again. Move the fermenter to a cooler place and leave to clear – this should take approx. 7 days.
Step 7 When the wine is crystal clear, syphon it directly from the fermenter into a secondary fermenter, stir well to remove unwanted CO2. Replace cap.
Step 8 Syphon into sterilised bottles and seal with corks or plastic stoppers. It’ll now be ready for drinking but will improve with age – ideally leave for 6 – 12 months.

Once you’re done, all you need to celebrate your home brew creations are some new beer and wine glasses – and of course don’t forget your barware accessories.

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