Home brewing might sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. When you brew your own beer, you have total control over the end product at just a fraction of the cost of store-bought beer. Home-brewed beer is tailored to your own personal taste, is always fresh, is environmentally friendly and makes for a great hobby. If you’re ready to get started, check out any of these great supply companies for equipment, ingredients and even classes on brewing your own beer.
650 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
Bootleggers makes brewing fun. If you like, you can purchase all of your supplies and bring them home, but why do that when you can have a beer-brewing party? This unique experience can only be found at Bootleggers in all of Tampa Bay. Perfect for any kind of grown-up party, you can choose your own style and ingredients while the friendly staff at Bootleggers helps you put it all together. Then you leave your freshly brewed beer in Bootleggers’ care until it is ready to be enjoyed. Finally, the best part, you get to have another party to sample your own concoction.
Tampa’s Homebrewing Supply Store
333 Falkenburg Road. N., Suite D-405
Tampa, FL 33619
This supply store is part of Booth’s Brewing and Bar Supply and offers equipment and ingredients to professional pubs and novice home brewers alike. Here, you can find any kind of equipment you can think of, including kegging equipment, brewing stoves and malt crusher mills. Varied ingredients to suit any taste are also plentiful – you’ll find a huge variety of different types of malts and hops, along with bare essentials like pH stabilizers and ascorbic acid. Flavorings include Belgian candi sugar, whole cumin seeds, dried coriander and cherry flavoring, just to name a few. As if that’s not enough to get you started, you can also sign up to take brewing classes, or maybe just buy a book or two about brewing at home.
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Avid Brew Co.
1745 1st Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Avid Brew Co. has everything you need to get started with brewing at home: mash rakes, stock pots, hydrometers, malt extract, whole-leaf hops and even specialized recipe packs. There is enough brand name variety to fit just about any budget, including some top-of-the-line brands like Brewcraft and Brewer’s Garden. In fact, if you are new to home brewing, there are even pre-packed starter kits for as little as $79.99. If you’re feeling especially creative, you can even choose from a number of flavorings, including cinnamon sticks, mango and bitter orange peel.
Southern Brewing & Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603.
Southern Brewing & Winemaking appeals to the beginner and the veteran brewer alike. With high-quality equipment, knowledgeable staff and fresh ingredients, you can make this your one-stop shop whether you are a long-time brewer or just starting out. Hops, yeast, grains and malt extracts, recipe kits and brewing equipment can either be purchased online from the website or at the retail location on Nebraska Avenue. With a few clicks around the website, you can also discover some tips and tricks as well as instructional YouTube videos to assist you in your new hobby. And who knows — maybe you’ll even check out the wine-making section too.
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