Get beerganized: How we easily organized our home brew kit

Guest post by Casey Osmundson

Beer-Kit-(1)Craft brewing is awesome. The hubs and I live near a ton of fantastic craft breweries, including Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Iron Hill, and Fordham. We also love experimenting with recipes and brewing our own beer at home! 🙂

You know what we DON’T love? The mess! Brewing at home takes up a ton of space, and between the equipment, utensils, and ingredients, it can start to take over your whole house!

We needed an organizing solution that could:

  • Store all of our home brew stuff in one place
  • Withstand exposure to water and wet brewing tools
  • Give a visual reminder that we had all of our gear
  • Give us a designated place to keep our tools while we were using them or when we put them away
  • Keep everything safe and protected
  • Travel with us when we brew at a friend’s house

Our plan:

  • Create a storage board to organize all of the little odds and ends
  • Figure out how to fit everything into one plastic tub

Here’s what we did:

Beer-Kit-(2)We measured out a piece of plexiglass to use as our storage board. I wanted to attach everything with elastic bands, so I placed all of the brewing utensils on the board and decided where I wanted to attach the bands.

Beer-Kit-(3)We drilled holes and cut up the elastic hair ties, tying the ends to hold them in place. Make sure you test your elastic to make sure the instruments fit through before you tie them off!

Beer-Kit-(7)In order to make it SUPER easy to see where each piece belongs when we take it out, I added labels and traced the shape around each piece. Now everything is in one place and is easy to keep organized, and nothing is banging around in there when we travel.

Beer-Kit-(5)Another space-saving tip? When you’re picking out your home brew containers, make sure that your carboy, fermenting bucket, and stainless steel brewing pot can all stack together!

So now, ALL of this:

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Fits into THIS:

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Problem. Solved. We are BEERGANIZED!! (See what I did there?)

Bonus Tip:

If you don’t have the space to keg your beer, save yourself some time when bottling. Flip-top bottles eliminate the need for a capper altogether! (We use Grolsch bottles — so far, so good!)

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Don’t have any swing tops? You can still save time on capping. Dogfish Head 750ml bottles are great because the labels come off easily and they hold a LOT more beer per bottle, which means fewer bottles need caps! Besides, a home brew is always better when you share it.

How do you organize equipment for YOUR home brew equipment?

Comments on Get beerganized: How we easily organized our home brew kit

  1. As soon as I read the names of the breweries you lived near I got all excited because I knew you were talking about Delaware breweries, and its always exciting to meet fellow Delawareans. Delaware has a surprising number of great breweries as well as great home brewing stores.

  2. we bought the flip top bottle caps and use 32 oz bottles. makes life extremely easy for bottling. soooo much less of a mess!

    I love you’re ideas for this. i’m totally stealing it… the beer corner of our basement is becoming overwhelmingly cluttered as we get more and more supplies!

  3. Love this! I’ve been trying to get a handle on homebrew supplies for ages. We just inherited a cheap-o cabinet that can fit everything but the kegs, carboys, and keggle. I’m in the process of buying baskets (my baskets moment!) to contain all of the little stuff like the hydrometer, filters, etc. Grains and sugars are stored in a plastic organizer do-dad in the pantry. Homebrew stuff is not easy to get organized and I love your board!

  4. I love your board solution! We were lucky enough to have the privilege (ha) of completely re-doing our kitchen before we moved in, so we made sure to get enough pantry cabinets so one could house the brewing equipment. The problem we didn’t factor in, however, is the recycled bottle clusterfugg we have going on in the kitchen. We used to store them in this “breezeway” area we have, but bugs and dust are in great quantity there, so the bottles got all gross and we just ended up throwing them in the recycling. So now they sit in the kitchen all over. We’re thinking about kegging to get rid of the bottling, but then that’s a whole other space issue.

  5. This is great! We have been wanting to start home brewing for a while but feel slightly overwhelmed by the learning process. Can anyone recommend a good website or book about getting started?

  6. Holy cow. You are a girl after my own heart. I live in a tiny town home and the brewing supplies my husband brought home were completely overwhelming. He started keeping them at a friends house because storing everything was giving me some serious anxiety This might just change my life!

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