Home brew may seem to be shrouded in mystique and entirely too complicated, but when you separate the nonsense from the useful information, you'll discover that you don't have to be a mad scientist to make a great beer.
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To make good beer, you need five basic ingredients: water, sugar, malt, hops, and yeast. Shop for the best.
Cleaning the bottles thoroughly is a necessity.
The fermenter. It helps to mark one-gallon intervals.
Keep records of the preparation process so that you can duplicate good batches, and avoid repeating bad ones.