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For a beginner brewing with malt extract, you need something to boil wort, something to ferment the wort inside, and packaging equipment.
- Racking cane or auto siphon
- Siphon Tubing
- Bottling bucket
- Bottle filler (bottling wand)
- Bottle Capper
You'll also need cleaning and sanitizing equipment and chemicals:
- Carboy brush
- Beer bottle brush
- Alkaline cleaner
- Acid sanitizer
- OneStep cleaner
Broadway Brew Supply carries kits with most or all of these items.
Extract brewing sessions usually take two to three hours, after which the yeast does the work of turning the wort into beer.
The yeast takes, well, as long as it takes. There are a number of contributing factors like yeast strain, the amount of fermentable sugars in the wort, temperature, and much more!
Let's say an average ale yeast can ferment wort into the non-carbonated beer ("year") in two to three weeks. The year then has to be packaged in bottles with additional sugar ("priming sugar"), after which it will take an additional two to three weeks for the bottles to be fully carbonated.
It's really easy! If you can follow a recipe to bake a cake or make a pasta sauce, you can brew beer.
If you're someone who is comfortable preparing meals from scratch, you shouldn't have any problem brewing beer using the ingredient kits we sell.
If you're someone capable of burning water, this probably isn't the right hobby for you.
You'll need basic equipment and an ingredient kit. For a complete list of equipment see "What kind of equipment is required to brew beer?"