Q. How much does it cost to get started?
A. To get started you'll need at least a 20 qt brew pot, fermenter, bottling equipment and ingredients. Depending on what you already have in your house you're looking at $150-$200.
Q. How long does it all take to brew and bottle a batch of beer?
A. Your brew day is around 3-4 hours for malt extract brewing, 6-8 hours for all grain brewing. About 2-3 weeks of fermentation and aging and 1 week in the bottles. All in all, around 4-5 weeks from the day you brew it to the day you can drink it.
Q. Can't I just buy a bucket at home depot?
A. Buckets from hardware stores are not usually food quality. And they usually are only 5 gallons. Ale Pails are food safe and 6.5-7.9 gallons which is large enough to handle the pressure of fermentation.
Q. Can I reuse bottles?
A. Absolutely. You want to make sure the bottles are pop-top, meaning they need a bottle opener, as opposed to screw top. You can reuse 12oz, 16oz, and 22oz bottles.
Q. What does it take and cost to start kegging?
A. A basic kegging equipment set up will run about $220. If you have a CO2 Tank or regulator it can be much less. If you want to convert a fridge, you'll need at least 28" of height and 9" of depth to fit the keg and tubing.
Download our KEGGING INSTRUCTIONS document.
Q. What can I make that will turn out good?
As far as what tastes good, that's up to you. My Old Kentucky Homebrew can put together ANY style. For first-time brewers a darker, sweeter beer will have a more likely chance of covering up any flaws. All brewers need to understand that unflawed beers will require cleanliness, consistent temperatures and patience.