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Equip: 12 Essentials for Home Brewers, Week of March 22nd

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Whether you’re shopping for a spouse, neighbor, friend or yourself, you know that homebrewers love new gadgets, tools and technologies that will make their lives easier.

Both experts and beginners will love the following.

1. Hops Chart 2nd Edition 

Hops chart, a brewing essential.

Every good brewer knows that hops are an important part of the brewing process. However,  they can be one of the most difficult things to master because there’s no surefire way to know what they’ll taste like before you use them.

Help yourself — or your favorite brewer — out with a hops chart. This particular chart includes 90 varieties of hops and compares essential oils that may impact the beer’s aroma and flavor. 

Get it from Data Supply

2. Brew Journal 

Brew journal, a brewing essential.

Once you have the hops chart, you can experiment with different flavor combinations and write down your best ones in a brew journal. This way, if you ever want to make another batch – or avoid making the same mistake twice — you’ll have the batch on record. 

Get it from Amazon

3. Brewer’s Best Kit 

Brewer's best kit, a brewing essential.

If you ever run out of ideas or just need some inspiration, try a Brewer’s Best Kit. This particular kit yields five gallons of American Amber, which delivers a flavor that’s balanced between hops and malt. Use it as a base for a larger batch if you want to try something new. 

Get it from Amazon 

4. Cocktails on Tap

Brewing book, a brewing essential.

 For brewers that love cocktails and beer equally, there’s Cocktails on Tap, a book that includes more than 50 recipes for drinks that feature both. Learn how to make a few classic cocktails like the beer margarita and use your personal brews to put a new spin on vintage favorites. 

Get it from Amazon 

5. FoodSaver FM2435

FoodSaver, a brewing essential.

Buying ingredients in bulk can save brewers a lot of money in the long run. However, if they’re to do so, they must have some way to preserve their hops, malts and yeast. Luckily, this vacuum sealer sucks all the air out of whatever bags you choose to store ingredients in, keeping them fresher longer. 

Get it from Amazon

6. Bottle Drying Tree

Bottle drying tree, a brewing essential.

The last thing you want to do on bottling day is sit around and wait for all those longnecks to dry, which is why this bottle drying tree can come in handy. Hook up to 45 bottles onto this little tree and watch them dry in minutes. 

Get it from Amazon 

7. Chefast Hydrometer

 

Hydrometer, a brewing essential.

Make sure your beer’s gravity, ABV and sugar levels are just right with a hydrometer. This handy gadget is easy to read, environmentally friendly, mercury-free and incredibly accurate. Your combo kit will also include a 250ml plastic cylinder, a cleaning brush, cloth and storage bag to keep everything organized and together. 

Get it from Amazon

8. Brix Refractometer

Refractometer, a brewing essential.

If you’d rather measure the amount of sugar via light refraction, a refractometer is a must. This tool requires a smaller sample size and less equipment than a hydrometer. Plus, the automatic temperature compensation feature allows for a fast, accurate read. 

Get it from Amazon

9. Emily Bottle Capper

Capper, a brewing essential.

When you don’t want to haul out the big floor capper, it helps to have a high-quality replacement like the Emily Bottle Capper. This nifty tool has a built-in spring that allows the mechanism to retract automatically, making capping a breeze and bottle less likely to break. 

Get it from More Beer

10. Torpedo Key Buoy Floating Dip Tube

Dip tube, a brewing essential.

If you or your favorite brewer are already into kegging, a floating dip tube will come in handy. This device features a buoy that keeps the tube one inch below the beer’s surface to kick haze to the curb and ensure your brews come out clear. 

Get it from More Beer

11. Matte Custom Beer Bottle Labels

 

Bottle labels, a brewing essential.

Brewers that like to make and keep small batches for themselves might not bother with a custom label. However, those that make large beers for sharing might like to adorn their bottles with colorful labels. Choose from a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and quantities to showcase your unique flavor of beer.

Get it from UPrinting

12. Brumate Hopsulator 

Hopsulator, a brewing essential.

Beer tastes better cold, which is why a Brumate is so essential. Enjoy your batch the right way and appreciate every tasting note with these handy hopsulators that keep your brew colder longer. Push-lock technology keeps your can or bottle in place and nixes condensation for a slip-free experience. 

Get it from Amazon 

Get Brewing!

Now that you have your essentials — plus a few extra fun gadgets — it’s time to whip up your next batch of beer.

Put your new tools, ingredients and recipes to good use as you ferment, funnel, sanitize and bottle the day away. Then, sit back and enjoy a cold one. Cheers!

Martin Banks