May 28 2011
Cellars are naturally cool humid places not subject to the wild temperature fluctuations that occur above ground and many people choose to use the cellar in its original condition. This may be OK for short-term storage and for relatively inexpensive wines, but for long-term storage of fine expensive wines it is important to eliminate natural daylight and to achieve accurate control over the temperature and humidity.
• How is beer made?
• How do you bottle your own beer?
• What equipment do I need?
• Is it expensive to buy beer brewing equipment?
• Is it a lot of work?
• Is it hard to learn home beer brewing?
Some wince cellars occupy the whole of the cellar space, often these are ‘under pavement vaults’ or small cellars, which were, perhaps the original coal cellar. In these cases the whole cellar must have a totally controlled environment, which means an airtight door, is required. Airtight doors made of lacquered steel with thick layers of insulation are available for this very purpose. Certain models come with a heating and air conditioning unit built into them, which is an ideal way of achieving total environmental control in one go. Otherwise a separate heating, ventilating and air-conditioning unit will need to be installed which vents to the outside of the cellar.
These units are capable of controlling the temperature to within 3 degrees Celsius, which is the normal range for a good quality wine storage environment. Of course it makes sense to insulate the cellar as best you can in order to minimise the energy use of the temperature control unit. This can be done using traditional insulation methods and by using an insulated membrane for the waterproofing such as ThermalDry Wall Floor membrane.
• Primary fermenter – This is where you mix your water, fermentables, and yeast.
• Airlock – This provides a means for letting the CO2 escape and prevents air from getting to your wort.
• Bottling tap – This provides the means for getting your “young beer” from the fermenter into your bottle.
• Bottles – Yes, a lot of the beer making kits out there even provide you with re-sealable P.E.T. bottles. These are handy because you don’t need a bottle caper and you don’t have to save your empty beer bottles to brew a batch of beer.
• A can of hopped malt extract with brewer’s yeast to make your first batch of home brew.
• Instructions on how to use their system. Some even have video available showing how their kit works.
• Some of the better kits even include some things like a hydrometer, mixing spoon, carbonation drops, etc.
You can save yourself some headache and stress by using a beer brewing kit to get started making your own beer. Beer brewing is a hobby that many enjoy and a hobby that will continue to grow
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