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The cleanser that has prevented me from EVER having a contaminated batch is Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash)! I have used this to thoroughly cleanse everything I use for brewing over the last four years and have NEVER had a contaminated batch. I stand by this product not only because it works phenomenally (which it always has!) but also because it is easy to use and doesn’t make messy foam. It is a powerful cleanser that removes all debris I’ve come across – even mold from donated bottles given by friends who hadn’t rinsed them well enough before saving them for homebrew.
This sanitizer has also been essential to 100% prevention of contaminated batches, Star San- 16oz. This is a no-rinse sanitizer that is very easy to use, just add water as directed and rinse your clean equipment with the solution, that’s it! No need to dry or wait for foamy bubbles to pop, according to directions and my experience it is literally that simple. However, it does foam when you are mixing it, which can be somewhat annoying with certain pieces of equipment but again- there’s no need to panic if there’s bubbles in your utensils, this will not affect what you are brewing. I have been using this product 4 years and it has always sanitized very effectively.
Mr. Beer Homebrewing Kit is the quick-start kit that made it extremely easy for me to begin brewing when I first started! It includes most of the items you need to begin brewing for an affordable price. I highly recommend using this product if you’ve never done any beer brewing at home and don’t have any equipment for brewing. This makes the process so simple and fast you can brew a 2 gallon batch in under an hour!! You get the benefit of brewing your own at home without the expense of fancy equipment or time involved of brewing straight from grain. This kit was the best way to break into brewing beer at home to see if it was a good fit for me, once I mastered a few brews from this kit I knew I was ready to do more!
Everyone who does homebrewing should own at least one gallon sized Glass Carboy W/Air Lock. This is great for beginners and advanced brewers alike, it has so many uses for brewing. For beginners, this is a perfect fermenter for small batches and test batches. For advanced brewers it has the same uses, along with the capacity for starter batches for yeast propagation, steeped ingredients, and more. I myself have used this too many times to count, it has even come in handy for batches that were a little larger than planned so another gallon was fermented or aged separately in this vessel. Whatever it is you might be brewing, you’re sure to find a use at some point for this handy little guy!