If you are a beer lover, like me, then you will have noticed that sometimes it is necessary to take your palate out of the comfort zone and try new flavors . However, sometimes the small variety of beers in the supermarket and the high prices of craft beers limit you to settle for one or two of the big commercial brands.
Luckily, the great boom that the beer industry has had in recent years has allowed beer lovers to create our own recipes and enjoy delicious beers at home. And believe me, there is nothing more pleasant than producing your own batch of beer in the heat of your home ; get tired of work and uncover a cold in front of the television, show off in front of friends and work colleagues who surprised tasted the intense flavor of a real beer.
But, despite having easy access to kits and products to make homemade beer, how do you know which one is right? Selecting a kit to make craft beer is not an easy task. While it is important to consider the volume and capacity that we can produce (I know, it sounds amazing to have 100 liters of cold beer in the fridge), you also have to consider the quality of the final product; It is useless to make a lot of beer if not even the toilet will want to drink it.
Another fundamental element to decide which kit to make beer adapts to your needs is the availability of space . Sometimes, in our homes we do not have enough space for a large manufacturing team, so it is necessary to lean towards a compact kit that generates successful results.
The price of the kit can also be a determining factor. Generally the most complete kits are usually more expensive. However, this does not mean that the simplest do not work. On many occasions the sets bring certain utensils that could be easily found in your kitchen (Eye, that your mother or your partner does not find out!).
This is why we have brought you the top 5 best kit to make craft beer:
Northern Brewer “Brew, Share, Enjoy” is definitely the large-scale version of the aforementioned “all inclusive, GOPRO 1 Gallon Batch Kit”. This kit is designed for beginners and includes everything you need to get started.
WHAT INCLUDES? The kit includes: recipe and ingredients for 20 liters (5 gallons) of Block Party Amber Ale, a plastic fermenter of 25 L (6.5 gallons) with lid and air trap to prevent the passage of oxygen, plastic tank for the process of bottling with spike for rapid filling of the bottles, 20L (5 gallon) stainless steel pot, 21-inch stainless steel spoon for maceration, 21-inch auto siphon with 1.5m of polyvinyl tubing (including bra) , kit cleaning kit (brush and detergent), 60 plate veneer.
Basically, this kit is equipped with all the necessary parts to start as a craft brewer and will allow you to produce 20 liters of beer per batch. The included recipe uses extracts of malt and hops , which allow you to store them for almost indefinite time without risk of expiration.
The kit does not include bottles , but it is understandable, since it is difficult to transport around 40 bottles of 500mL along with the kit dimensions. Definitely if you are thinking of buying this kit, it is recommended that you start storing the beer bottles that you normally consume or think about including the bottle kit in the purchase.
Unlike the GOPRO 1 kit, this combo includes a detergent and brushes to clean . This is very beneficial due to the dimensions of the equipment. One of the advantages of this system is that you can buy the extracts individually and produce your own recipes without having to buy them with Northern Brewer.
In addition, the system is adaptable if it is subsequently desired to switch to grain extracts. A very versatile system! If you want to switch to recipes with 100% grains, it is advisable to buy the macerator , densimeter and thermometer .
One of the disadvantages of this equipment is the absence of a glass bottle for the second fermentation. Certain types of beer require a second fermentation to achieve a certain alcoholic strength to improve flavor Northern Brewer has not included this equipment because the default recipe that comes with the kit does not require its use. But it is advisable to acquire one of these fermenters.
The complete equipment is quite large and could be spectacular, however, it provides the benefits of producing a large volume of beer , at almost the same time as the other kits.
Brooklyn BrewShop has created a “minimalist” kit. Like Mr. Beer’s set, this is a kit designed for beginners . However, this set uses previously ground fresh grains , as well as pelletized hops instead of extracts. This kit is ideal for adventurers who want to experience the production of craft beer with a higher level of difficulty .
WHAT INCLUDES? This equipment includes a step-by-step guide on how to be used, in addition to having links for interactive videos on how to make beer at home. The box also includes a one-gallon glass lady with its cap and air trap, the mixture of pre-ground grains, yeast, hops (enough for a batch of beer), a glass thermometer, kit cleaning products, a siphon system with a small filter to prevent the passage of large particles and the food grade vinyl pipe for use.
The kit is completely reusable , although of course, you have to buy the raw material again. One of the great advantages is that this set is expandable , since it is enough to acquire a second damajuana to double the production.
In the same way, the siphon and the thermometer can be used in more sophisticated kits if you decide to go deeper into the subject of craft beer. Its small volume allows the possibility of trying multiple recipes without spending a lot of money . Sometimes we produce 30 L of intimate beers, while this kit allows us to experiment and explore different tastes, and could be used in the future as a pilot plant to evaluate our creations on a small scale.
Another great advantage is its small size that allows it to be stored in any kitchen cupboard or even under a bed without problems. One of the disadvantages of this product is the lack of key tools. This kit does not include bottles, plates, veneer and funnel ; and also requires the use of a cooking pot for cooking the grains and a strainer to separate them from the must that will be subsequently fermented.
But do not worry, you will have two weeks from the elaboration to get the bottles and the plates. However, it would be advisable to purchase a funnel that allows you to work with this kit more easily. While the pot and strainer may have them at home, you can save some money by collecting the amber bottles from your own beer or from your neighbors, but you’re not going to save yourself from buying a 26mm veneer and veneers (ideal if absorb oxygen), unless you buy these bottles.
Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition is one of our most economical options and is also one of the best-selling kits in the United States. This kit is designed for beginners.
In addition, this set includes everything you need; from the raw material to the bottles.These 500mL bottles are made of plastic with screw caps, which avoids having to buy a veneer and veneers every time the kit is used.
These bottles are reusable and easy to wash . However, it is not advisable to keep beer for a long time since it has been shown that plastic bottles are more porous than glass, allowing oxygen to enter that could alter the taste of beer over time.
In the same way, carbon dioxide could escape, leaving beer without gas. But of course, this scenario will never occur, since Mr. Beer’s kit is designed to produce 2 gallons of beer (approximately 9 liters), a relatively small batch that will allow you to keep your bottles in the refrigerator without taking up too much space, and Be consumed in a short time.
One of the advantages is that this kit is reusable and in fact, includes two sets of raw material for you to produce two beer batches. This gives you the advantage of buying only the raw material and continue producing beer at home. When you buy a second pack of raw material your production costs are reduced by half , being even more attractive to use.
Many of the other products are used only once and discarded, and beer ends up costing much more than those obtained in the liquor store. Mr Beer also includes a very simple instruction manual to follow .
The truth is that to use this kit does not require any knowledge in the world of craft beer production. One of the great advantages is that being so simple to use, the risk of contamination is very low .
The low cost does not imply low quality, however it has its limitations; Do not expect to get a clear crystal clear beer, as this requires more sophisticated equipment. But you will definitely get a good taste .
The kit includes recipes designed by professionals that contain the exact proportions to maintain consistency and a good balance.
It is impossible for it to go wrong! This kit is IDEAL FOR A GIFT FOR BEGINNERS with little time but great motivation.
4.- Northern Brewer All Inclusive – Go Pro 1 Gallon Batch Kit – The perfect kit for fans with little space
Northern Brewer, one of the most recognized brands in the world of homemade craft beer, has created the “all inclusive, GO PRO 1 Gallon Batch Kit”. This amazing kit includes everything you need to make your beer at home.
WHAT INCLUDES? It includes a wide-mouth glass container with screw cap with its respective air trap, the auto siphon with the polyvinyl pipe to transfer the beer without risk of contamination or addition of oxygen, valve for filling bottles, plating machine with 20 plates, twelve 500mL glass bottles with two containers of 6 bottles each, cleaning product and two pints (glasses) for you to taste your finished product.
One of the advantages of having a wide-mouth glass fermenter is the ease of cleaning, since it allows removing all waste without the need for special brushes. Being glass, it can be washed in the dishwasher. Zero work!
The kit is designed to produce a gallon (about 4.5 liters) of beer. The recipe included is Northern Brewer’s Chinook IPA, which will produce a beer with a strong hops flavor and pleasant aroma (ideal to get out of the routine of the typical Lager) . Unlike Brooklyn Brew Kit, this combo uses malt extracts and Hops, very simple to use , since it is enough to add water at a certain temperature and the mixture will be ready.
Having malt extracts facilitates the work and significantly reduces the processing time , since it will not be necessary to macerate the grains. Also saving us space at home and money by not having to invest in a macerator. One of the advantages of this system is that you can buy the extracts individually and produce your own recipes without having to buy them with Northern Brewer.
In addition, the kit is adaptable if it is subsequently desired to switch to grain extracts. A very versatile system! On the other hand, the kit does not include the stainless steel pot , thermometer and densimeter . However, being a small volume (4.5 liters) any cooking pot will work perfectly .
As the kit includes a pre-designed recipe, Northern Brewer did not include a densimeter to calculate the alcoholic strength at the end of production, since, if the steps are followed correctly, the alcoholic strength specified by the manufacturer should be obtained.
Obviously, the fact of not including these tools makes the price of the kit attractive to the consumer, but it is advisable to acquire a densimeter to have greater control over fermentation. All items can be easily stored without taking up much space .
In short, this kit is the MOST COMPLETE AND READY TO USE, IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS WITH ASPIRATIONS TO FOLLOW IN THE WORLD BEER.
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