Brew Pot - 5
gallon size of either stainless steel, enamel on steel or
aluminum. The aluminum pots are the cheapest, but can easily
scorch the wort. Constant stirring is necessary until the wort
comes to a rolling boil.
Brewing Spoon -
A long plastic or metal spoon. Do not use wood! A wooden spoon
can carry bacteria.
Carboy - A
Carboy is a glass container that will hold the wort while it ferments.
A good example of a carboy is the jug on top of a water cooler. Always
use a glass carboy since plastic can contaminate if scratched.
Funnel - A
large plastic or metal funnel is needed to pour the wort into the
carboy. Be sure it has a mesh screen to filter the wort and a ribbed
side to let air escape the carboy.
Air Lock - A
small plastic thing filled with water that lets the fermentation gases
out, without letting the outside air in.
Hydrometer - A
device used to measure the density of liquids. This device floats in a
sample of the must (e.g. beer) at various stages of the brewing
process to measure the alcohol content.