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Homebrewing 101: The Gear You’ll Need to Get Started

From our Illustrated Guide to Homebrewing, here’s a rundown of the basic equipment you’ll want to have on hand.

Dave Carpenter Jan 28, 2023 - 9 min read

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A proper sauté pan, for instance, should cause serious head injury if brought down hard against someone’s skull. If you have any doubts about which will dent—the victim’s head or your pan—then throw that pan right in the trash. — Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly


Brewing, like cooking, requires a certain minimum assortment of tools. And just as using a high-end sauté pan doesn’t guarantee great scallops, high-end brewing equipment doesn’t guarantee great beer. In the right hands, good gear can certainly turn out exquisite beer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need the fanciest stuff out there.

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