In the up-and-coming industry of home brewing, having the right brewing equipment is a necessity. Without it you’re stumbling around in an arena of specific temperatures and times. Simple things like have an evenly heated wort mixture is vital to ensuring that your finished batch resembles the instructions or is simply accurately representative of the innovation you put into that nearly-perfected brew. This article will go over the common brewing equipment that every brewer needs, with an understanding of the difference between the economies of scale the corresponding equipment that follows from it.
The brewing process has a number of critical steps, much like any alchemist’s procedure. The initial step involves creating the mash. The mash tub is the primary fabrication for this. The mode of doing so involved the additions of water, malt, and the grain you’re using in the beer. The timed combination of the ingredients is stirred with a continual increase in temperature. However, the temperature change flatlines at 45, 46, and 73 degrees Celsius, points at which key chemical reactions occur. The longer the cooking time during this process the sweeter the beer becomes because of the reaction to get the starches our of the grains. The beer can be flavored more with the introduction of hops.
The next process that is most commonly done is the lautering process. Brewing equipment such as a lauter tun is used. These vessels has small holes in the bottom. The wort, or collection of leftover non liquid mash, is allowed to settle into the bottom against the small holes. Then heated water, in the German system, is poured over the wort and allowed to filter through it to the small holes in the bottom and onto a boiling tank. The removal of the mash is necessary, because the next process is boiling.
The boiling vat is a customized instrument for both the microbrewer and those who use home brewing equipment. The boiling vat has a continuous mode of heat, with simplistic direct heat application or complex steam jackets within the boiler. A home unit will typically have the former. During this process, the hops are added to give additional aroma and flavor to the beer. The color has already been fabricated during the lautering process, where the starch is filtered from the mash into the wort. A new way to introduce hops is through t he cooling jacket. Before the yeast is added, the wort must be chilled. Yeast will not grow in extremely warm areas, and for that reason a flash chill occurs prior to the yeast being added. Hops are sometimes added just before this to release the aromas without sacrificing them to the scalding temperatures of the boiler, because it is immediately flash chilled.
In order to exit the boiler, another common micro brewing tank is used called the whirlpool. This form of brewing equipment creates a whirlpool so that the solids are drawn to a cone in the center. Near the perimeter of the bottom of the pool a small outlet is made for the liquid which doesn’t have to be pressed against any remaining substances, including hops, which would infuse the wort even more. The liquid is then flash chilled by being run through some heat sink plates, which absorb the warmth, and then is sent to the fermentation tank where the yeast is added.
This form of brewing equipment can be utilized by both the home brewer and the micro brewer. A tank with a conical bottom and a cylindrical top is used. The yeast is allowed to ferment and then settle. After the appropriate amount of settling, a flush can be opened at the apex of the bottom cone and the solids can be flushed out. A recent addition is the use of a bung to seal the chamber. If the chamber is sealed, carbon dioxide, a natural release from the fermentation reaction, is sealed within the chamber which creates a natural carbonization process. The term is similar to a stopper, only it is intentionally situation to the brewing process or sometimes chemistry. The last step is to filter the mixture one last time and then send it off to packaging.
The remainder of this website is devoted to the other kits and brewing equipment that is used in the seemingly complex brewing process.