Whether you’re about to embark on your first homebrew adventure or you’ve been at it for a while but you’re looking for tips to enhance the process, organization plays a big part in the process.
As with anything in life, if you want to be as successful as possible, organization is key; plus, it just makes the process of home brewing a lot more enjoyable. When you’re organized, you’ll be able to use the proper tools – and use them properly – which will make a huge difference in the final product; not to mention the entire brewing process.
So, in an effort to help Austin homebrewers keep things neat and tidy, here are some handy organization kits for your home brewery.
Hang Whatever You Can Hang
A lot of the tools and equipment you’re going to use can be hung up, and we highly recommended doing so. Your tubes, your spoons, your brushes, your racking canes; hang them up! Doing so will not only make these items easier to locate, but it will also reduce the risk of damage. We recommend investing in a pegboard and labeling the areas where you’re going to hang each item to keep things really neat and tidy.
Invest in Shelving Units
Instead of making big piles on the ground, which will take up a ton of room and can make it tricky to access your gear – not to mention increase the risk of damage – invest in shelving. You don’t need anything fancy; some basic wire shelving units that you can purchase at your local home improvement store will do just fine. Set them up so that there’s enough room on each shelf to accommodate the items you want to store; your brew pots, wort chillers, propane burners, etc. Like your peg board, we also recommend labeling each shelf with the names of the items you’re going to store on them.
Stock Up on Containers
Do yourself a favor and stock up on containers with lids. Again, they don’t have to be fancy, glass jars or Tupperware containers are fine, and they’re great for storing things like bottle caps, plastic screw tops, and even priming sugar and dried malt. You can stack the containers on your shelving units or put them in a large chest (a toolbox with a handle is great idea so you can easily tote it around) to keep them neat and in order. Don’t forget to label the containers!
While we’ve found that these tips work for our organizational needs, it really comes down to your own personal preference; however, whatever strategies you use, we highly recommend keeping your home brewery neat, organized, and in order.