The equipment for brewing beer at home
Homebrewers commonly brew 5 or 10 gallon batches. They have equipment including boiling kettles and carboys. Equipment is available for as small as 1 gallon batches. Many small businesses supply equipment and ingredients for the homebrewing scale.
Most states allow adults to brew beer in their homes. An individual can legally brew up to 100 gallons (380 Liters) per year. Hobbyists homebrew to mimic their favorite commercial beer styles and to experiment with new recipes.
The equipment for brewing beer commercially
Commercial brewers brew batches anywhere from 5 barrels to 500 barrels and higher. They have large expensive equipment including mash tuns, lauter tuns, brew kettles, fermentation tanks, and bottling lines.
Commercial breweries can be organized into 4 different scales. Equipment complexity increases with the scale.
Brewpubs: 0 to 15,000 Barrels per year
Micro-Breweries: 0 to 15,000 Barrels per year
Craft-Breweries: 15,000 to a couple Million Barrels per year
Macro Breweries: Millions of Barrels per year
One barrel (abbreviated BBL) is 31 gallons (117 L) in volume. So 15,000 barrels, the nominal line between micro- and craft-breweries, is 465,000 gallons.
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