John Lyle Harrison
- Vancouver CA-BC
An experienced home brewer, John Lyle Harrison has been brewing hand-crafted beer since 1987. First starting out by using canned extract kits, John Lyle Harrison has gradually grown his brewing equipment to include a Speidel 20-liter Braumeister, a grain brewing system, and much more. When first learning to brew, one requires a simple set of equipment, which typically costs around $100. A brewing guide teaches the basic process of making beer at home, and many brewing shops offer regular classes. Beginners will also need a brew kettle, typically around five gallons for basic recipes and six to eight gallons for advanced brewing and grain recipes. Stainless steel pots with a lid are best, but ceramic or steel pots also work. A fermenter protects the beer from bacteria and dust while it ferments through its closed system. A six gallon glass fermenter is best for home brewing since it is easy to sanitize. Fermenters protect the beer through an airlock system, so an airlock will also be required. There are several different styles of airlock, but they are all filled with water, thus preventing outside bacteria or dust from entering the fermenter. For a five gallon batch of beer, around 30 to 48 bottles will be needed depending on the size. There are two types of bottle cappers - bench cappers, which are more expensive but more versatile, and hand cappers. Filling each bottle is often easier when using a bottle filler, which is a rigid plastic tube with a valve at the tip, or a siphon, which is a clear plastic tube.