The Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit is likely the easiest way to start brewing all-grain beer at home. However, as I noted in my review of the Beer Making Kit, it doesn’t contain everything that you need to brew beer. The kit is missing a couple of essential items, and also some items that are nice to have but aren’t needed when making beer. What do you need to brew with a Brooklyn Brew Kit? This is my list of useful add-ons to the Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit.
For many years, all-grain homebrewing was seen as the pinnacle of the hobby. Brewers would start out using kits that came with pre-hopped wort, or would use malt extract to create their beers. If a brewer wanted to start brewing all-grain, they would need a ton of equipment and specialized knowledge. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need thousands of dollars in brewing gear to brew a great all-grain beer, and nothing exemplifies this quite as well as the Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit.
So you finally did it, you bought a homebrewing kit! Maybe you studied various kits online, or you went to your local homebrew shop and picked out your favorite one with help from the owner. Or maybe you didn’t buy it at all, perhaps it was a birthday or a Christmas gift (this is how I began my homebrewing journey). No matter how you got it, your brew day comes and you excitedly open the box and start reading the instructions.
You find yourself hopelessly lost.
In many ways, Brew in a Bag (BIAB) is the easiest, simplest setup for brewing all grain beer. Unlike the traditional three vessel setup, all you need is one pot to serve as your hot liquor tank, mash tun and boil kettle. There are a lot of reasons to utilize the BIAB method, including saving money, reducing the space needed for equipment, and eliminating the issue of stuck sparges. When I started brewing in a small apartment, BIAB was simply the only way I could brew all grain beer. As I have gained more space, the simplicity of BIAB has continued its hold on me and is still the main way that I brew. As much as I love it, using one vessel for the entirety of your brew day can come with its own set of downsides as well.