Homebrewing is a nice way to spend time as a hobby, plan to start your humble brand of beer or ale, curious about how beer is made, or you just simply love beer so much that you can’t help but make your own. Before dedicated homebrewing kits were a thing, beer enthusiasts had to build their equipment and make their ingredients. Nowadays, where beer-making is starting to become common, many homebrew kits are available, but if you want the best brews, then you need to have the best homebrew kit.
- Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition
- Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies BSG Gold DP-GFZY-7I2K
- Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies True Brew Oktoberfest
- Home Brew Ohio RL-WKZ2-0IJS Gold
- Home Brew Ohio Maestro Homebrew Beer Equipment Kit
- Brewery In A Box
- Craft In A Brew American Pale Ale Beer Brewing Kit
- Brewer’s Best RA-D1KL-DOQN
Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition
What’s classier than making your beer? Well, stepping it up a notch by putting your brewed beer in a barrel complete with a tap of course! Priced below 50 bucks, the Gold Edition Premium homebrew kit from Mr. Beer is one of the best packages and most complete packages you can get for its price.
The most noticeable inclusion in the premium package is the beer barrel or beer keg. This 2-gallon beer keg is not your ordinary beer keg in which it is modeled after professional brewing barrel designs and comes with a tap to serve freshly-brewed beer straight out of the cask it was brewed in, so you won’t lose any subtle flavors. Of course, what would a homebrew kit without the included brewing ingredients? This package comes with brewing extracts that deliver great tasting home brewed beer but without the need for specialized equipment and lengthy fermentation process.
The whole set even comes complete with eleven 25 ounce bottles that are shatterproof, sterilized, and reusable. The bottles even come in classic brown tint to prevent light from affecting the flavor. Since each brand of beer comes with its characteristics, not to mention highly-seasoned beer connoisseurs can even detect the faintest subtleties in flavor difference; having a well-protected beer bottle is already a huge bonus.
Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies BSG Gold DP-GFZY-7I2K
Coming in at 5 gallons, the Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies BSG Gold is a perfect kit for starting big. While 5 gallons may not be enough to supply a party, it’s big enough to be used as a small commercial equipment, or simply want more home brewed beer in a single batch.
The kit is very bare-bones in design but comes with all you need except the bottles and an included recipe mix; this is meant to give you the tools you need to start but does not provide you with a pre-made recipe. The package includes a 6-gallon glass fermenting carboy, a 5-gallon fermenting bucket, a siphon for serving, an adhesive thermometer to monitor the temperature of your brew, as well as a full 27-page beginner’s guide to help you with your brewing escapades.
Priced higher than the Mr. Beer Premium, this brewing kit is a bit of a hard sell considering you get all you need with the Mr. Beer set, but this homebrew kit does provide you with a set of professional tools that are albeit scaled down for personal or hobby use. Think of it this way; the Mr. Beer is the definition of consumer-friendly goods, while the Monster Brew Homebrew kit is the equivalent of laboratory equipment in quality and precision, as well as overall feel.
Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies True Brew Oktoberfest
For an added cost, you can complete your Monster Brew Brewing kit with the Monster Brew True Brew Oktoberfest brewing ingredients kit. Distributed solely as ingredients to add to your home brewing kit, this homebrew ingredients package is optimized to have the perfect proportion of ingredients for the Monster Brew Homebrew kit 5-gallon fermentation containers.
Using only Monster Brew’s finest beer making ingredients, the True Brew Oktoberfest is like having the taste of fall gently lingering on your tongue after you savor a freshly-brewed batch. The ingredients kit comes with your basic ingredients such as malts, hops, as well as going so far as including free tin bottle caps to seal your brew once you’ve started bottling them properly; however, the kit still lacks the actual bottles themselves which are a downer.
If you’re looking for value, I find it hard to recommend Monster Brew Brewing Supplies despite the quality of the ingredients and the equipment included. While it does allow for more ways to spread your wings if you’re treating homebrewing as a hobby, it’s not recommended for beginners that don’t have an idea of what they’re doing. With that in mind, this set is for those looking for quality and are willing to spend extra to get the finest equipment and materials in addition to the equipment they already have such as the bottles that are lacking in this set.
Home Brew Ohio RL-WKZ2-0IJS Gold
Like the Monster Brew kit, this kit from Home Brew Ohio includes a full set of professional brewing equipment but keeps it as a barebones kit and does not incorporate a set of bottles or brewing ingredients. Also, like the Monster Brew kit, the Home Brew Ohio is targeted towards hobbyists instead of those looking to get started. While the kit does allow for freedom and is much more satisfying to work with and achieve results than a get-up and go kit, it’s up to you if you’re looking for a challenge or are not ready to delve too deep with the nuances of making your beer.
This kit comes with various equipment in addition to the 7.8-gallon brewing bucket complete with lid and grommet, and a 5-gallon glass fermenting carboy that allows for secondary brewing to achieve a cleaner brew. You also get with the kit items such as a beginner’s handbook, a rack and fill kit and other add-on items. The include a thermometer, fermometer, drilled stopper, hydrometer, a spigot used for bottling, an included capper also for bottling, an airlock, a brush to clean bottles, and a pack of sanitizer.
Despite having all these equipment, it still lacks the basics to get you started; sure you have tools to do so, but you have to separately purchase brewing ingredients as well as acquire your set of bottles despite the set already including bottling components.
Home Brew Ohio Maestro Homebrew Beer Equipment Kit
This package is the upsized version of the Home Brew Ohio Gold set. Branded by Home Brew Ohio as their beginner set for amateur home brewers, however still contradicts itself when it comes to ease of use for beginners; but still, has merits to give it an edge over other beginner sets.
The set includes two buckets that are 6.5-gallons each and each has a different purpose. One particular bucket is designed to handle the fermentation while the second bucket is used to house the brewed beer when it’s ready to be bottled. In addition to the buckets, Home Brew Ohio included their automatic siphon to make it easier to bottle and transfer brews from bucket to bucket or bucket to bottle. Each bucket has add-ons such as a thermometer and an airlock for the fermentation bucket as well as an auto siphon that connects the two buckets via a 5 foot long clear tube.
To complete the set, you also gain a bottle filler and bottling spigot combo tool, a triple scale hydrometer, a capper, a bottle brush to clean up bottles, as well as bottle cleanser and the right brew detailed instruction booklet. Brewing ingredients are not included in this package, and you have to purchase them separately as well as acquire your bottles for bottling.
Brewery In A Box
Despite being one of the priciest items on this list, the Brewery in a Box homebrew kit is more value for your money than any other professional grade beginner homebrew set. Unlike other kits in this list except the Mr. Brew set, the Brewery In A Box set has all you need from professional equipment to excellent ingredients. Brewery In A Box is a Brewery in a box because when the package arrives at your doorstep, all the contents are ready to be used so you can start brewing straight out of the box save for a few omissions.
If you’re a first-time brewer and willing to spend a hundred bucks or more for your starter kit, the Brewery in a Box set is all you need to get started right away. The set includes a fully-detailed beginner’s instruction handbook that complements the all in one Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit. The buckets can yield up to 5-gallons of freshly-brewed beer that’s ready to be bottled thanks to the included equipment such as the siphons, bottle fillers, and bottle holders. The set also includes a 5-gallon brew kettle to heat up ingredients as well as other equipment. These include a 6.5-gallon fermentation bucket, bottle cleaner, and sanitizer, as well as a capper and a full set of 60 bottle caps; if only it included the actual bottles but it’s still better than any other professional grade established for the price.
Craft In A Brew American Pale Ale Beer Brewing Kit
If you’re looking to brew right out of the box, you can rely on Craft In A Brew’s brewing kit. The set includes a standard glass carboy that’s big enough to accommodate your first brew’s beer tasting plus simple yet useful tools to get you started. The whole set is cheaply priced and includes all the necessities such as the brewing ingredients and bottling equipment as well as fermentation monitoring tools.
The whole package is designed to work with ease; you can achieve your first brew in just four simple steps. To begin, open your pack of brewing ingredients such as the included brewing ingredients which come in 13 different flavors of your choice. Pour them in the included burlap sack, and toss the ingredients in a metal pot on the heat that’s indicated by the detailed quick start guide that’s included with every pack of the brewing ingredients of your choice. Once you’re done brewing, add the fermentation ingredients and transfer the contents from the pot to the included glass carboy. Once fermented, you can now use the included siphon and bottler to transfer the contents over to your bottle of choice. Now you have your first batch of home brewed pale ale; enjoy.
Brewer’s Best RA-D1KL-DOQN
The Brewer’s Best Package is the most expensive item on this list but includes all the stuff you need to get started with home brewing and is easy to use both as a professional, or a beginner looking to try out beer brewing as a hobby.
The whole set is ready to use for brewing and has all you need except for a few simple items. To brew your ingredients, you’ll need a metal stock pot which you probably already have in your kitchen for use in soups or cooking stock. Also, like most packages in this list, this home brewing kit also does not come with bottles and bottle caps. What you get in the set is a 6.5-gallon fermenting bucket that’s designed with a grommet style lid for sealing as well as compatibility with add-ons such as the siphon and thermometer. Also included is a 6.5-gallon bottling bucket that’s paired with a bottling spigot. For fermentation, you are provided with a 5-gallon glass fermenting carboy.
To round out the set, you get a triple scale hydrometer, a clear siphon hose with integrated shut-off valve, a fancy LCD digital thermometer, a traditional glass laboratory thermometer, a brewing ladle, Fermtech branded automatic siphon, bottle filler, as well as bottle cleaning brushes with included sanitizer and cleanser.
All the products in this list strike a balance of price and ease of use, but most of them rely on you having basic stuff as a cooking pot for brewing. While most of the items have all the things you need to start brewing, most manufacturers distribute their products without the brewing ingredients which makes for added cost. While the total cost of ingredients plus equipment add up and closes the gap in price, there are subtle differences per package that can strike a deal with you.
If you’re still in the dark about what goes on in brewing, or if you want to make your beer without the hassle of having to ferment it yourself, then you can go the easy way and get the pre-made ingredients for hassle-free brewing. However, if you’re serious about brewing, and want to learn more about the craft, the professional tools are for you. Despite being more expensive, they offer the proper beer brewing experience without delving too deep in the art.