There are many different ways of brewing beer as a home brewer. And as with other hobbies, there are a lot of cogniseurs and so-called experts, who proclaim that a certain way or style of brewing is better than all others. That is not my take on brewing. I think there are a lot of ways of brewing, and to me most of them have fun aspects and areas you can improve yourself in.
Let it be known to all that I have brewed using simple beerkits from Muntons and Coopers – and I have created good beers that way. I have made better beers by tuning such kits with special fermentables, dry hopping and the like.
As I live north of Copenhagen, my preferred stores for supplies are Maltbazaren and Humlecentralen. I have also visited the big, but cozy, BrygForretningen (which is run by very admirable CSR principles) and the old and traditional VinØl Hobby (which has existed since the 1980s).
As with other hobbies it is quite fun to share this hobby with others- and friends and family seem to think it is fun when I share the results of it. My wife gifted me the Brew Your Own-magazine, and I have been a subscriber since.
I use sugar for carbonation (putting the bubbles/carbondioxide in the beer) and bottle my beer or use 5 liters so-called party kegs, for which I have a couple of different draught beer-systems from a BierMaxx, over a Partystar Deluxe to simple picnic taps – basically you need the beer cooled, a tap, and some carbondioxide to serve it.
I brew larger batches (up to 30 liters) using a RIMS (Recirculating Infusion Mashing System) called “Brewster Beacon“. There are several systems that look a lot like it – basically it is a customized rig from a (Chinese produced?) standard platform.
Small Batch Brewing
My preferred way of brewing small batches is the socalled Brew In A Bag (BIAB). My pot is 15 liter and I use my induction stove, an ANOVA Sous Vide-stick, and a 27 liter Brew Bag. This means I produce batches of around 10 liters (which gives me 9 liters of finished beer, when taking the yeast cake/trub into account).