The increase in demand for self-brewed beer mainly led to the success of microbreweries during the mid period of twentieth century. The concept of micro brewing the beer according to your own taste and liking is the real point of interest for many beer aficionados around the world. That is why more and more people are getting into this practice. But, in order to brew rich tasting beer, it is necessary to have the right kind of microbrewery equipment required for microbreweries.
Starting your own microbrewery for business purposes or for fulfilling one's own desire of drinking micro-brewed beer can pose some possible problems. One of the main problems can be the prohibition law placed by authorities in the area you want to start the microbrewery in. After clearing the initial roadblocks, one should go about purchasing the equipment required for microbrewery according to the resources he/she has. There is no need to spend money needlessly on purchasing unnecessary items as the basic equipment required for microbreweries can be easily purchased from a local brew shop or online using the internet.
The basic microbrewery equipment required is a large brew pot. Such a pot can be found very easily, and ideally it should be able to hold 3-4 gallons of beer. A big spoon, preferably made of plastic or metal as these materials are less prone to contamination, is also required to with the brew pot in order to stir the mixture generally known as wort.
The second important piece of equipment required is a nice fermenter with an airtight lid. It is simply a vessel made up of glass carboy or food-grade plastic in which the process of mash fermentation takes place. Ideally, it should be able to hold 6-7 gallons of liquid with enough space to accommodate the foam produced during fermentation. An airtight lid or lock is also needed with the fermenting bucket which will allow carbon dioxide to escape during fermentation and avoid harmful bacteria to come in contact with the beer.
A hydrometer along with a floating thermometer can be used to calculate the density and alcohol content of the beer as well as for taking temperature and specific gravity readings.
The next essential equipment required for microbreweries is an adequate bottling bucket along with a siphoning hose. Transferring the fermented beer to a bottling bucket before bottling is a good idea as it minimizes the risk of transferring the fermented residue.
The siphoning hose is needed because it stops the air from combining with the beer before bottling. Once transferred, the beer needs to be filled in the bottles quickly using a bottling tube and a nice bottle capper. Using screw top bottle caps can be an easy option, but a capped bottle provides a tighter seal, ensuring longer shelf life.