Buying things for homebrewers can sometimes be difficult. Not knowing what to buy or what they need. And if you are a new homebrewer knowing what to get next might be a little daunting task. Maybe you don’t know what everything is and what you might need.
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We will show you 10 things under $50 that you want to buy, either for a homebrewer or you maybe want to add to your own brewery.
1. Yeast Starter Kit
We said it once, we say it again. Brewers make wort, yeast makes beer. And part of yeast making the beer has to d with cell count, viability, and healthiness of your yeast. One of the ways to confirm viability and increase the health of the yeast is to do a starter.
The starter kit comes with yeast, nutrient, and a package of DME. If you want to step it up to the next level and make your yeast starter even more effective, the deluxe kit adds a stir plate, a stir bar, and a couple of other small items. We highly recommend doing a yeast starter, especially if you are a new brewer.
2. Brewing Gloves
If you want to take your experience and comfort to the next level, these things are really great. The chemicals that we use in brewing are not meant to be exposed to the skin. And if you read any of the labels you should follow the instructions on how to use them. Glover work for many different situations and they are a great gift.
3. PH Meter
You should get a quality PH meter. If you want to level up your brewery also get PH calibration liquid. A couple of things to adjust a PH meter are lactic acid and phosphorus acid. When you brew dark beers use sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Grab yourself a big box along with a new PH meter.
4. Carbonation Cap
You can get them from stainless steel or plastic. They both work very well. We usually stick them on top of the fermenter vessel and use them to do a pressure transfer. They are really cost effective devices that you can use in so many different ways.
5. Bench Capper
Bench cappers are better because you can raise them up and down. Get it set to the right height to put your cap. Then just push down and it forms the cap over the top of the bottle. For us they are much more effective and easier to use than your conventional cappers.
6. Temperature Control
Whether it’s the cold of winter or the heat of summer you definitely want to control the temperature range of your beer and wort while it’s fermenting. You can choose from heating belts to heating pads. Some even work using WIFI.
Most brewing kits come with a hydrometer and they are just a basic one. If you want to step up your game and get a really nice hydrometer you can find one with a thermometer on the bottom and a hydrometer on top. Most of these things are calibrated to 60 F. A few or even 10 degrees above or below that will throw off the readings.
8. Mash Pedal
You can choose them in stainless steel version or wood. When you are doing an all grains recipe they are great to have. You need to make sure to keep stirring your mash. Good luck with them.
They are great for capturing a drop of wort from your process. You simply need to read the scale on the inside. You can use them for checking gravity readings in unfermented wort. But as soon as you have alcohol present in your wort. they lose their effectiveness.
10. Cleaning Kit
It comes with a cleaning solution, a hand pump, the fastener that goes into the keg, and the faucet tap. Cleaning kits are important in protecting your beer from infections and bacteria. They make a perfect present for a beginner homebrewer.
With this, we come to the end of our list. We hope you got an idea of what you can give to your friends and family who are into brewing. And they can give you a beer instead. Cheers.