The Best Home brewing Kits

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:

1.- Northern Brewer “Brew, Share, Enjoy” – The large-scale version of GOPRO1

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.

2.- Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA – The Minimalist Kit for Beginners

 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. 

3.- Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition – The Perfect Gift

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.

5.Northern Brewer Deluxe Homebrew Starter Kit, Equipment and 5 Gallon Recipe 

  • PROVEN: The Deluxe Brewery in a Box is our best-selling beer brewing starter kit in history! Tested by our employees and trusted by our customers for over 20 years.
  • CURATED ingredients for 5 gallons of homemade beer that tastes like it was made by professionals. Recipe: Bavarian Hefeweizen. Yield: 50 twelve ounce bottles.
  • BAVARIAN HEFEWEIZEN: Brew up a batch of our Bavarian Hefeweizen, and you’ll feel the call of a traditional Bier Hall in every sip. This foolproof beer recipe kit yields a medium-bodied, malty and spicy brew, with a smooth mouthfeel and dense, whipped-cream head. A shining, hand-crafted example of Bavaria’s signature brew.
  • FEATURING: 2 premium large glass bottles (carboys) for two-stage fermentation. Foolproof instructions. Your first homebrew is a guaranteed success.
  • CONTAINS: Bavarian Hefeweizen Recipe Kit, 6 Gallon Glass Carboy (Primary Fermentor), Bung & Airlock, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy (Secondary Fermentor), Bung & Airlock, Blowoff Hose, Funnel & Adhesive Thermometers, Auto-Siphon & Tubing, Bottling Bucket & Spigot, Bottle Filler & Tubing, Bottle Capper & Caps, Carboy Brush & Bottle Cleaning Brush, Brewery Cleaner & Carboy Dryer. REQUIRED BUT NOT INCLUDED: a 4 to 5 gallon brew kettle and roughly 50 empty 12oz beer bottles that accept pry-off caps.

6.Home Brewing Kit for Beer – Craft A Brew Oktoberfest Ale Beer Kit 

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  • MUNICH CALLING – Oktoberfest is here, wherever and whenever you want “here” to be. With a light red hue, subtle bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a clean dry finish, you can enjoy this full-bodied, malty beer just like they do in old Bavaria.
  • HOME BREW STARTER KIT – Designed to help first-timers and hobbyists alike get the most of their beer experience, this beer maker starter kit teaches you about the art of brewing with our Craft a Brew Guide to Craft Brewing.
  • FULL BREWERY KIT – This homemade beer making kit comes with the right supplies to brew beer. Enjoy our beer making kits complete with everything you need to become a master brewer, so hop to it!
  • CRAFT A BREW QUALITY – Each beer crafting kit is assembled by hand in Orlando, FL instilled with the core values of providing high-quality ingredients, elegant and effective design, and an environmentally sustainable mindset. Enjoy beer the right way with your own Craft a Brew kit.

Make your own craft beer in 5 simple steps

Due to the craft beer boom in Mar del Plata, more and more people are encouraged to make their own homemade beer.

The craft beer trend in Mar del Plata began a few years ago and never stopped. But apart from the commercial ventures that flourish in the city every day, a current was generated that increasingly adds more followers, it is what in the jargon of the beer environment is known as “Homebrewing”.

This practice is carried out by people who make beer for commercial purposes, which they develop only for the pleasure of making their favorite beverage. When becoming something more and more habitual, different businesses were opened in the city that are dedicated to sell supplies and equipment for the elaboration of craft beer.

One of them is Punto Cerveza, located in Alvarado at 2600, where courses are also taught to learn how to make this millenary drink. The owner of the store, Mariano Balacco, told LA CAPITAL how to make homemade craft beer in 5 simple steps.

Ingredients (to make 15 liters of homemade beer)

  • 30 liters of dechlorinated water
  • 4.5 kilos of barley malt
  • 25 grams of hops
  • An envelope of yeast to make beer (not bakery) and sugar.

Note: Before starting, check the cleanliness of the elements to be used, since the presence of unpleasant bacteria can ruin the taste of homemade beer, to sanitize them the right thing is to do it with alcohol and not with detergent.

The 5 steps to make homemade craft beer:

Maceration

The barley malt is placed for 90 minutes in a pot of hot water, which has a temperature between 67 and 70 degrees, taking into account that for every kilo of malt 3 liters of water should be used. Stir so that unwanted lumps are not generated.

Here the starch is transformed into sugar and the must is obtained, a sweet and dense liquid.

Boil

The must must be boiled for one hour. Meanwhile, it is added, in parts, hops ,  which is what gives bitterness and aromatizes beer. Once the boil is finished, the mixture of must and hops should be stirred so that the residues that were generated in the process fall to the bottom of the pot.

Cooled

Once the must has been boiled, it must be passed to a fermenter, and for this, its temperature must fall as quickly as possible. This can be done in several ways, from the most homemade, which is to place the pot on a bacha with ice, to the serpentine method, which consists of passing the beer through a copper pipe rolled and cooled with ice.

Fermentation

The mixture of must and hops is poured into a fermentation vessel, which can be a water canister or a camping refrigerator. There the yeast is added, which will convert the sugars of the must into alcohol. The container must be trapped so that the air can escape but not enter. A common technique for this step is to use a water can and place a punctured balloon at its end. The fermentation takes approximately 10 days and as a result you get beer without gas. The fermentation vessel should be stored in a dark environment close to 19 degrees.

Maturation and bottling

Once the fermentation is finished, the beer must be transferred to another drum. This is done to discard all the yeast bed that formed in the fermenter and let the must rest before bottling. If this process, which lasts a week, can be performed much better cold, as beer will be clarified better.

Here also the technique of natural carbonation with sugar in bottling should be done. For this, a syrup is created, which is placed in the ripener before bottling. To make the syrup, calculate 7 or 8 grams of sugar per liter. With a minimum amount of water the sugar is heated until it is boiled for a few minutes, then it is added to the must, stirring gently, without the beer making contact with the air to prevent oxidation.

Subsequently, the beer is placed in the bottles, which must be covered and then awaited 10 more days. The way to realize if the beers are ready is to open a bottle and serve it in a glass, if it is observed that it has gas, they are already optimal for consumption, but wait a few more days.

An important fact is that for the carbonation process to be successful the bottles must be stored at room temperature and never in the refrigerator, since the cold would affect the yeasts, so the carbonation would not take place and the beer would be ruined.

Once the process is finished, you can taste and consume the homemade craft beer with family and friends. Health!

How to make craft beer at home with Best Making Beer equipment

With the boom in craft beers and the “do it yourself” many of us are the ones who set out to make our own beers at home. In this blog post we want to clear some doubts about what equipment you should buy to start enjoying this exciting world of home brewing. These are just some recommendations from us. Surely there are many more options but these are the ones that seem most appropriate to us.

Beginner (wort kit):

For those who start the ideal, from our point of view, it is to start with a kit to make beer from prepared must. It is a good idea since the initial investment is not so high and you are taking away the fear of making beer and knowing a little better what are the steps of the preparation, although obviously you skip the most important that is maceration.

These kits can be found in Amazon, here you have several where to choose and compare prices. Kit Includes: Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit, 6.5 gallon fermentor w/ spigot, lid & Bubbler airlock, Bottling Bucket w/Spigot assembly, bottle filler, 5 Gallon Stainless Brew Kettle, 21” Stainless Spoon, 5 ft. Siphon Tubing, Cleaner/Sanitizer – Fermenter’s Favorites Oxygen Wash, Bottle Brush, Royal Crown Bottle Capper & Caps (60ct.) Yields 5 gallons of finished beer, filling 50 twelve ounce bottles.

Beer Brewing Recipe Kit For Making 5 Gallons Of Homemade Beer

In addition to this kit you will only need a pot of about 9 liters where you can heat the must with a little water.

The result is usually good although if you are demanding with your elaborations you will soon realize that you need to go to the “whole grain” and elaborate the entire process. This step we advise you as long as you have clear all the concepts of the elaboration. You can read books, consult blogs and forums on the subject and if you have the opportunity, attend a course on elaboration.

Advanced (all grain):

Once we decide that we want to do the whole process we have to take into account what material we need and look a little to the future so as not to make unnecessary purchases of equipment that in a short time may remain small or that to start with are fine but then you are thinking in perfecting the process. Therefore, the first thing we should know is what quantities of beer we want to make. 20, 30, 50, 100 liters … Given this we must buy the macerator and the cooking pot adjusted to these measures and if we are going to make more than 25 liters we will have to buy new fermenters.

But let’s start from the beginning: When we give way to all grain, we will need a mill to grind the malt , unless we have a friend who already has it and can lend it to us. There are also online stores that sell the already ground grain but we recommend grinding just before brewing. Also surely to reduce costs you will start buying bags of 25 kg of malt so sooner or later you will need the mill. Mill cost: from 129$ approx.

Kegco KM11GM-3R Grain Mill with 11 lb. Hopper and 3 Rollers

The macerator: There are the classic water heaters with filter and tap incorporated but in our opinion it is not a good option since it is sometimes difficult to control the temperature. Our recommendation is to make an electric pot with thermostat and tap. Germans also have some that they use to make their mulled wine for family and friends gatherings. You can find this type of electric pots both in beer equipment stores and in catering equipment suppliers. It is a more expensive option than the cooler but it will certainly avoid many dislikes and will be much more comfortable since you can make temperature steps in the maceration.

Brewer’s Edge Mash and Boil with Pump | All Grain Home Brewing System 7.5 Gallon

The other option is a pot with a gas burner or the typical 50- liter barrel drilled from the top and with a tap. For those of you who are very handy and have time there are many tutorials out there on how to set up a good nanobrewery with beer barrels.

Bag for the grain / double bottom grid : There we will put the grain during the maceration. These are food plastic bags 

Bellamei Brew Bags Reusable 2 Pack 250 Micron Fine Mesh Bag

in the form of a very resistant grid and that allow you to put up to 10 kg of malt although we do not advise you to put more than 8 kg so that it does not get caked. Another option is to make a stainless steel grid (obviously more expensive) to place at the bottom of the pot and act as a filter. By the way do not forget to 

put a rack that lifts about 5 cm so that the rack bag does not touch the bottom of the pot and burn. 

Cooking pot: Here you have two options. Use the same electric pot or buy a pot (always made of stainless steel) and use a gas burner. To use the electric pot you must bypass the thermostat so that when it reaches 100ºC it does not stop. These pots give many problems for cooking and do not maintain a continuous boil if the thermostat is not “trick”. So if you don’t have much idea of ​​electronics you can load it. There are also tutorials to manipulate the thermostat. It is a good option if you do not have much space at home and little money to buy another pot. Of course, prepare the portfolio for electricity consumption.

Our recommendation is that you buy a stainless steel pot. with tap. You can find them in beer stores (a bit expensive) and very cheap on eBay for example. Of course, without tap; although with a drill and a little bit of skill you will have no problem to incorporate it.

CONCORD Stainless Steel Home Brew Kettle Stock Pot (Weldless Fittings) (30 QT/ 7.5 Gal)

The cooler: There are several types of gadgets to cool the must from 100ºC to 20ºC to be able to inoculate the yeast. As you know it is very important to do it as quickly as possible to avoid contamination. On the one hand we have the stainless steel or copper coil tubes that are submerged in the must and through which we pass the cold tap water. There are also the systems against the current, that is, one tube inside another. The wort passes through the inside in one direction and the cold tap water passes through the outside tube in the other direction. Some use it micro breweries And finally and the one that is our recommendation, plate coolers. They are the most efficient. Used in micro and macro breweries. There are different sizes and prices, obviously the larger the more efficient when cooling and of course more expensive.

Others:

The refractometer: For us it has certainly been a discovery. We were tired of having to cool the must to be able to measure the density during maceration and washing. With this gadget it is easier to cool a small sample and see what density we have. Very useful.The refractometer is fine as long as you take the samples before fermenting. Once fermentation has started, all measurements should be made with the densiometer. There are tables to convert the measurements of a refractometer once the fermentation has started. However, we recommend using only the densiometer to know the final density after fermentation.

Brix Refractometer with ATC, Brix 0-32, Hydrometer in Wine Making, Homebrew Kit

You will also need a pair of silicone tubes , iodine to perform the starch conversion tests, some filter to place in the cooking pot and prevent hops from passing to the cooler. Hops filter bags …

There will be processes that you may want to automate or that you simply want to do more comfortably. A device that will facilitate some tasks such as recirculation and transfer is a liquid pump. You must pay attention that the pump withstands temperatures above 100ºC. Some commonly used are the Novax (N14 or N20) to which you have to change the rubber gasket (viton gasket) for one that supports high temperatures. In this case, these pumps are very powerful and you may need a power regulator for your home equipment. Another option is that of 12v pumps. Of course, if your filtering system is not very good, it may be that the pump is clogged and you have to disassemble it to clean it. But we assure you that it is not a big inconvenience.

bayite BYT-7A006 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump

cellar When you take a while you will see the need to control the fermentation temperature. It is very important that you control this process as it has an important impact on beer. In hot places a refrigerator will be essential to which you can add an electric thermostat that is very easy to install. There is also the possibility of wine cellars or refrigerated wine cabinets . They have a thermostat already included. Before buying it, verify that the thermostat reaches 19-20 and goes down to at least 5 degrees Celsius. Both refrigerators and wineries can be found very cheap used.

There is another option to make beer for those who do not mind paying a little more. It’s about the Braumeister. It is a specific machine to make beer automatically. The maceration and cooking is carried out in the same container. There are different options of 20, 50 and 200 liters. In this case we do not recommend it because of its high cost since it has some limitations in terms of malt yield. However, if you have money to pay for it and little place to make beer is a good option. Its price is from 1330$.

With this article we hope we have cleared some doubts when it comes to start brewing at home. We are sure that there are many more options and configurations and of higher or lower prices.