Beginners Beer Recipe


  1. Sanitizer – Star San is best, but care is needed mixing. You will also need a spray bottle. Everything post-boil needs to be sanitized.
  2. Heat source (i.e., a stove/hob)
  3. Stock Pot and Lid – at least 20 litres or 5 US gallons capacity. This should fit in the basin you need to cool it in after boiling. You will also need to be able to lift it carefully while hot.
  4. Brew Bag – preferably nylon. This will need to fit in the kettle without falling-in. Clip it on if it’s too loose.
  5. Insulation for the kettle (optional) – an old beach towel will do
  6. Hop bags (optional) – these are generally a muslin for leaf hops and nylon bags for hop pellets
  7. Strainer that fits over the pot (optional)
  8. Stirrer/Spoon
  9. Hydrometer
  10. Fermentation Vessel (FV) with a tap, and a bottling wand or a Fermentation Vessel (FV) with a siphon and bottling wand
  11. Food Scale
  12. Thermometer – any type with reasonable accuracy around 67oC (153oF)
  13. Ice and a Basin – you will need to cool the kettle after boiling. Ice water in the kitchen sink works.
  14. Bottles – 500 millilitre swing tops are best. Ensure you have enough bottles for the volume of beer you are making.
  15. Brush or scouring pad for cleaning (not metal)

Pale Ale (Beginners Beer Recipe)

Target OG: 1.050

Estimated FG: 1.010

Estimated Volume to bottle: 9.5 litres or 2.5 US gallons

Estimated ABV: 5.2%

Ingredients (metric):

  • 16 litres water
  • 2.5 kilograms crushed/milled pale malt
  • 30 grams of any hop with Alpha Acid between 4 and 7%
  • 1 pack of Fermentis US-05 yeast
  • 60 grams priming sugar for bottling.

Ingredients (US):

  • 4.25 US Gallons water
  • 5.5 pounds crushes/milled pale malt
  • 1 ounce of any hop with Alpha Acid between 4 and 7%
  • 1 pack of Fermentis US-05 yeast
  • 2 ounces priming sugar for bottling.

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