- 1 The best beer brewing kit
- 2 Similar equipment, less clear instructions
- 3 If you don’t need a kettle
- 4 The best 1-gallon kit
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The best beer brewing kit
This is the best kit we’ve found for beginners. It includes more of the most important tools than other kits, and it costs less.
The Brew Share Enjoy kit has everything you need to begin brewing, including a 5-gallon kettle (essentially a large stock pot) and a 21-inch stirring spoon—two items most other kits in this price category don’t include. It has better brewing instructions than other kits, and it’s the only one that comes with laminated general brewing guidelines (a nice touch for the messy brewing process). While the quality of the beer produced in any kit depends on a huge number of variables (most of which are in the brewer’s hands), the amber ale recipe in this one is a safe choice for any fan of craft beer.
Midwest Supplies Platinum Pro Beer Brewing Starter Kit
Similar equipment, less clear instructions
This kit is almost identical to our top pick, but it includes an inferior siphon for transferring the finished beer. The instructions are also slightly confusing.
Midwest Supplies Platinum Pro Beer Brewing Starter Kit is nearly a duplicate of our top pick (Midwest and Northern Brewer are owned by the same company). Like the Brew Share Enjoy kit, it comes with a 5-gallon kettle and a stirring spoon, as well as everything else you need to begin brewing right away. But while the Northern Brewer kit includes an auto-siphon for transferring beer from one vessel to another, the Midwest kit has a racking cane—a less hygienic, manual siphon—and the included instructions aren’t as clear, so we give the edge to the Northern Brewer kit.
Midwest Supplies Beer. Simply Beer. Starter Beer Brewing Kit
If you don’t need a kettle
This is a less expensive option, but it’s missing a brewing kettle, and a couple of other tools you may want to buy separately.
If you already own a 5-gallon pot, we’d recommend the Beer. Simply Beer. Starter Beer Brewing Kit from Midwest Supplies. It costs about half as much as our top picks and has everything you need to begin brewing right out of the box, except for a brew kettle. The instructions are clearer and more thorough than those included with our runner-up pick (also produced by Midwest Supplies), and it even comes with a hydrometer (a tool for determining a beer’s alcohol level), which is something that both of our top picks lack. The kit doesn’t come with a stirring spoon and an auto-siphon, as well as bottle caps (but you can purchase all of those separately). Like our picks with kettles, this one comes with only one recipe, a pale ale.
Midwest Supplies Micro Bru All-Grain Brewing Kit
The best 1-gallon kit
This is as good as our main pick, just on a smaller scale. Get this if you prefer to brew in smaller batches.
If you’re intimidated by the volume of a 5-gallon kit or don’t have a lot of space to make your own beer, consider a 1-gallon kit. While the effort involved is still considerable, the smaller size makes the process less intense. The Midwest Micro Bru was the only 1-gallon kit we found that comes with more of the most important tools you need to brew, ferment, and bottle your beer in sanitary conditions. It includes fewer recipes than some kits, but you can always graduate to more exotic brews once you’ve mastered the process.
Source: The NY Times
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