Alcohol by Volume Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode of Alcohol by Volume: a new podcast dedicated to the homebrew community. In this episode, Josh Carr and Dennis Niedfeldt continue our “Beer Basics” series as they discuss the equipment necessary to start brewing at home. It’s a continuation of our beginner’s guide to homebrewing.

As we mentioned last time, if this show ends up being a little too basic for you, we’ll move into more complicated conversations in the future. This series is really meant for people who are new to the homebrew community. This “Beer Basics” series is a great way to familiarize yourself with the concepts.

Our hosts, Josh and Dennis, are avid homebrewers that wanted to take their interests to the podcast format. Dennis has been brewing for a few years already. Josh is really just getting started. Together, they make a great team: a rookie and a veteran with questions and answers that will have you listening each week.

As we move forward with the podcast, we’ll step out of the “Beer Basics” series and into recipes, interviews, Q&A from our listeners, etc. We want your feedback. Sure, we’re doing this show because we love it, but we’re also doing it for you. If we mess up, we expect you to tell us. If you want us to answer a question, ask it. Feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.

Episode 2 – Homebrew Equipment Show Notes

All of our podcasts include show notes. If we reference something in the show that you need to know, we’ll put a link here. The notes may include stories we reference, definitions we think you should know, companies we like, or other cool stuff.

Dennis’s Starting Equipment

  • 2 – 6.5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
  • One of the buckets with a lid with a hole for an airlock.
  • Stick-on thermometers to keep track of the temperatures
  • Hydrometer (not absolutely critical)
  • A basic starter kit would run about $150
  • The cost of the beer is after you’re done is about $1 a bottle.

Dennis’s First Beer was an extract (concentrated wort)

  • 2 cans of syrup, one has the hops
  • Pour two cans into the bucket, mix some water into it
  • Pitch the yeast, that was it
  • Basic beer can be really easy to brew
  • Brewing an extract can be underwhelming, FYI.

Carboy – a glass or plastic vessel used in fermenting beverages such as wine, mead, and beer.

Racking Cane – a bent plastic tube that is used to syphon liquid from one container to another, that process is called racking.

Gravity – relative density compared to water, of the wort or must at various stages in the fermentation.

CraigTube – Dennis’s recommended beginner YouTube channel.

Northern Brewer – Online Homebrew Supply Store.

Northwest Brewer Supply – Another Online Homebrew Supply Store.

Recommended recipe kits: Chocolate Lab, Nut Brown Ale, Surly Furious, Chocolate Milk Stout.


Josh Carr
Josh founded eciov in 2008 and has overseen it's evolution into a lifestyle site. He enjoys all things digital, art, music, creativity -- anything that can evoke emotion. If he's not working on this site or at his day job as a UX Engineer, he's out riding his motorcycle or jumping his truck on trails in the mountains.
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