Malt and yeast are needed to brew beer. We get the sugars needed from the malt and the yeast does the job of turning those sugars into alcohol. Water and hops are also needed when brewing beer. Hops give the beer its bitterness and aroma depending on when they are added during the brewing proces. Last but not least you need water. We are lucky living in Colorado Springs. The water out of the tap is good enough to brew with. Are you able to brew with your tap water or are you brewing with bottled water?