Question by A’s fan: Beer: Single vs. Double fermentation?
I’m interested in home brewing my own beer. I’m considering several start up kits. The more affordable kits within my immediate budget seem to only allow single fermentation. Is it worth spending the extra $ $ $ for the double fermentation kit which includes an extra bucket or carboy? Is single fermentation good enough to produce a good beer? Any tips for a new home brewer?
Answer by Call a spade a spade
you dont need a secondary fermenter. the main reason for using it is to clean the brew a little bit more before bottling to make sure all the debris and the yeast thats settled is out; its an extra step you can take if you choose to but its not necessary at all and most home brewers (me included) dont even bother with it, you get the debris and settled yeast out when you transfer the brew to a bottling bucket anyways. Only tips I’d offer is research as much as you can, home brewing is fun and a simple process but if you dont know the basics of what you’re doing its not worth the wasted money, assuming you’ve done research I’d recommend you start with a simple “beer in a can” for your first brew, use a pre-hopped liquid malt extract; its very simple and will give you a better hands on view of how things are done, then, if you want, move on to partial mash then full grain, theres even some people that have been brewing for years and still use the liquid malt kits; just make sure its either pre-hopped extract or you get hops, some liquid extracts arent pre-hopped. Also, dont slack on the sterilization at all, anything and everything that comes in contact with your wort has to be sterilized, everything from the buckets and bottles to racking canes, airlocks and funnels, everything! Happy brewing!!!
What do you think? Answer below!