This week 1 in a 4-part introduction to homebrewing. Beer Making 101 is for anyone interested in making your very own craft beer at home.  In this series we will walk you through making a one-gallon American Wheat Beer kit. This American Wheat Beer is light-bodied with a smooth finish creating an easy-drinking summertime classic. 

Week 1: Prepare

This week we’re going to review the basic equipment you will need to brew your first batch of beer. Our goal is to help you discover the joys of brewing without spending a fortune on equipment. 

Below is the equipment you will need. I’ve attached links below to items available at a couple local companies Grains & Taps in Lee’s Summit, MO  and Apex Ale Works in Independence, MO.

There are a couple equipment kits available that are made for larger batches but could work for this.
Apex Kit
Grains & Taps Kit

The equipment you will need is also listed and linked individually below.


This kit contains: 

  • 1 lb. Wheat Dried Malt Extract Fermentable
  • 4 oz. Caramel 8L  Specialty grains
  • 2 packs of 3g Lemondrop Hops
  • 1 Sachet Yeast
  • Grain Bag
  • Priming Sugar
  • Bottle caps

Equipment needed for the Mash and Boil:

  1. BREWERS BEST AMERICAN WHEAT KIT – 1 gallon recipe kit
  2. Stock Pot: While your final batch will be 1 gallon, you will need a pot that can handle 2 at least gallons (7.5 liters), plus headspace. Anything smaller than that and you will end up with wort all over your stovetop.
  3. Thermometer. You’re going to need to take the temperature of the mash, as well as the wort when it’s time to pitch your yeast. A digital thermometer will give you precise readings, quickly.

Equipment needed for the Fermentation:

  1. StarSan Sanitizer. StarSan is food-grade, flavorless, so it won’t taint your beer, it sanitizes almost instantly (in 1-2 minutes), and doesn’t need to be rinsed off.
  2. One 1-gallon carboy. This will be your fermentation vessel. A glass carboy is easier to maintain than plastic, and you can see how the beer is doing without removing the airlock.
  3. Funnel: The carboy has a narrow opening and this will make it much easier.
  4. Plastic screw cap to hold your airlock.
  5. 1 airlock. You’ll add sanitizer to your airlock, which will keep a seal on the carboy and let carbon dioxide escape to prevent your carboy from exploding.
  6. Auto siphon. Siphon helps you transfer liquid into bottles without disturbing sediment.
  7. Bottle Filler. A simple bottle filler that attaches to your racking cane or bottling bucket spigot and fill your bottles.

Now that you have assembled all the equipment needed to brew your first craft beer, you must sanitize all equipment that the beer will come in contact with.

Sanitizing Video:


Next week – Week 2 Brew