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Homebrewing is the process of brewing beer, wine, cider and other beverages through fermentation on a small scale as a hobby for personal consumption. In order to have a better, more complex understanding of home and microbrewing, we must first understand the terminology associated with home brewing. Below are several terms to be familiar with when researching home brewing recipes, ingredients and equipment.

  • Home Brewing Kit - A home brewing kit consists of everything needed in order to successfully make or brew one's own lager, pilsner, stout or IPA. The ingredients in the kit will vary slightly depending upon the type and flavor of beer one is brewing. Regardless, the kit will come with a list of instructions for a specific recipe. Many experienced brewers will come up with their own microbrewing recipes in order to create a unique ale or lager. Kits are ideal for first-time brewers who want to learn about the brewing process or experiment with how to make different types of beer.
  • Hops - Hops are a twining plant that bears male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers which appear cone-like. The dried female cones are used in beer recipes and are what gives the brew its bitter taste. Hops are used throughout the brewing process.
  • Growler - Growlers are large bottles generally made of glass and have either a screw-on cap or a hinged porcelain gasket cap, which can provide freshness for a week or more.
  • Siphon - A siphon is used to extract liquid without the use of a pump. It is used during the brewing process to transfer the first fermentation into a new, clean container. Proper siphoning keeps impurities such as dreg or foam from being transferred to the new container.
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    Beer & Winemaking Supplies Inc
    154 King St, Northampton, MA 01060
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    (413) 586-0150
     
    User Review: "I have been buying my brewing supplies there for years and have not found a better or more knowledgeable shop, they have..."
    Beer & Wine Hobby
    Woburn, MA 01801
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    (800) 523-5423
     
    User Review: "Great selection and friendly, helpful staff. Kits are a bit expensive as were some supplies but it's worth it if you want a..." - Erika (MA)
    Pioppi's Package Store
    183 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360
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    (508) 746-1943
     
    User Review: "Excellent local find for me. True brew kits at $26, who can beat that? plus great selection of yeast, malt, and hops! no..." - Erika (MA)
    Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies
    403 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 02895
    (401) 765-3830
    Champlion's General Store
    2 Old Mill Ct, Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268
    (860) 429-1144
    Silver Lake Beer & Wine Making Supply
    65 Moorefield St, Providence, RI 02909
    (401) 944-4320
    Basement Brew Haus
    116 Calverley St, Providence, RI 02908
    (401) 272-9449
    Hoppy Brewer Supply Co
    1182 S Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
    (508) 223-4677
    Homebrew Emporium
    45 Sterling St Ste 9, West Boylston, MA 01583
    (508) 835-3374
    Witches Brew The
    12 Maple Ave, Foxboro, MA 02035
    (508) 543-0433
    Walpole Wine & Spirits
    660 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081
    (508) 668-3338
    Walpole Wine & Spirits
    669 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081
    (508) 668-3338
    Barleycorns Craft Brew
    21 Summer St, Natick, MA 01760
    (508) 651-8885
    Brew & Wine Hobby
    12 Cedar St, East Hartford, CT 06108
    (860) 216-5795
    Beer & Wine Makers Warehouse
    290 Murphy Rd, Hartford, CT 06114
    (860) 247-2969


    Making beer is a fun pastime for many people. While there are many different types of beer, they should contain the main ingredients of malt, yeast, grain, and hops. This fermented alcoholic drink is similar to ale, lager, pilsner and stout, but they all feature different consistencies, colors, and flavorings. People who want to make their own beer at home can take on this project with a few simple pieces of equipment. They should head to a retailer or wholesaler that specializes in beer homebrewing equipment and supplies. Here, they can purchase anything from thermometers and siphons to pots and kegs. Sales associates skilled in homebrewing themselves are often on hand to help consumers pick out the right products such as bottles and ingredients for their endeavor. Whether a customer is interested in brewing dry lager, porter, scotch ale, or Belgian beer, he or she needs the main equipment and supplies for the job. This may include bottles, pots, and kettles for fermentation and other processes. Books are available on this subject. Head to the library or check the Internet for tips and tricks on how to get started. Stores that sell beer homebrewing equipment may provide extra services in addition to sales, such as delivery, forums, online shopping capabilities, and wish lists. They may sell products like chillers, kegs, kits, spoons, and racks. They should also sell the ingredients you'll need to actually make the beer, such as malt, grain, and hops pellets. For those just getting started, it's probably best to go with a basic home brewing kit, which contains all of the supplies needed to get started. Other items such as taps, caps, siphons, growlers, and draft beer dispensers can all be purchased from local beer homebrewing equipment and supplies providers in a range of prices.
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