Home Brew Start Kit's are made of the equipment needed to brew your first batch. The equipment for brewing isn't at all that strange or unique, its just not exactly that common. For example, many of the start kits come with some type of carboy or food grade bucket for fermentation. Its important that you use very clean, and sterile buckets or carboys for this. If you have old buckets that you have used for anything other than food, or if they are scratched or have signs of wear and tear, it is much better to start with a new one.

Beer styles in different serving glass styles

The choice of going with a bucket vs a carboy is really up to the home brewer. Either will do just fine. The carboy gives you a some visual indicators of whats going on inside, without having to remove the lid. It also allows you to see the trub that has settled to the bottom during the fermentation process. In the end either choice will work fine as long as they are adequately sealed with an airlock.

The airlock for brewing beer is one of those necessary pieces, yet is not going to be commonly found around the household. It is designed to let air our of the fermentation vessel, and not let air in. As fermentation is underway, carbon dioxide is being released. This gas needs to escape in order to avoid pressure build up. The airlock is what allows this to happen.

Other than the items mentioned, the starter kits that require bottling, will come with a bottle capper and caps. The capper is a lever-based contraption that, without much effort, allows you to pop a cap right onto a bottle. It makes bottling a case or two of beer fairly simple....and the end product (a couple of full cases), is indeed the reward.

The best home brewing starter kits come in various shapes, forms and prices. Some of them would be considered investments, as you can use this equipment over and over. Some also come with the recipes ready to go for your first batch.

  • Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Hard Apple Cider Homebrewing Cider Refill Kit

    Product Features

    • Makes 2 Gallons of great tasting Hard Apple Cider, approximately 4% ABV
    • All Mr. Beer Cider Refills are Gluten Free, all natural, GMO Free and designed to work in your Mr. Beer Home Brewing Kit
    • Easy to follow 14 day brewing process, just add water
    • Mr. Beer Refills take all the guess work out of the brewing process, so you are assured to get a top quality hard cider every time
    • Includes 2 Bottles of Hard Apple Cider Mix, 1 Packet of dry brewing yeast and 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    Description

    • With the Mr. Beer Hard Apple Cider Refill you will get all the ingredients you need to make a bold, and crisp hard cider at home. The perfect drink for any time of year this Cider is sure to quench your thirst and will be one you must brew again. Included with this refill is 1 packet of Dry Ale Yeast, and 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser. All you need is water, and your Mr. Beer Hard Cider Kit to get brewing another batch of clean crisp Hard Cider.
  • Brewery in a Box 1 Gallon Small Batch Beer Making Starter Kit (Off the Topper IIPA)

    Product Features

    • The perfect solution for new brewers and the perfect gift for brew-curious friends!
    • Here at Northern Brewer, we've spent countless hours in the Brew Lab eliminating every obstacle that stands between beginning brewers and the perfect homebrew.
    • Off the Topper IIPA - A hurricane of hops explodes with flavors of fruity pineapple and dank piney-peach. Surprisingly drinkable for the excessive lupulin, this is an exciting starter recipe not for the faint of heart.
    • Just follow the simple instructions in the FREE instructional DVD included with every kit, and within just a couple weeks, you'll yield a gallon of homemade, handcrafted beer (approximately 8-10 twelve-ounce bottles)
    • Kit includes: 1 gallon fermentation jug with cap and airlock, Mini Auto-siphon and tubing, Bottle filler, 8 oz Easy Clean cleanser, Bottle capper and pry-off caps, Off the Topper IIPA Recipe Kit - 1 Gallon, FREE "Homebrewing 100: The Small Batch Way" DVD

    Description

    • The perfect solution for new brewers and the perfect gift for brew-curious friends!

      Make your own beer the small batch way! Here at Northern Brewer, we've spent countless hours in the Brew Lab eliminating every obstacle that stands between beginning brewers and the perfect homebrew. We got rid of the mess, the mystery, and every possible brew day mishap. And when we were done, what was left was a small but revolutionary box containing everything you need to create the perfect brew...our Small Batch Starter Kit.

      Just follow the simple instructions in the FREE instructional DVD included with every kit, and within just a couple weeks, you'll yield a gallon of homemade, handcrafted beer (approximately 8-10 twelve-ounce bottles) - more than enough to make an unforgettable impression at your next party.

      Kit includes:
      1 gallon fermentation jug with cap and airlock
      Mini Auto-siphon and tubing
      Bottle filler
      8 oz Easy Clean cleanser
      Bottle capper and pry-off caps
      Off the Topper IIPA Recipe Kit
      FREE "Homebrewing 100: The Small Batch Way" DVD

      You supply:

      2 gallon kettle
      Approx. 1 dozen 12 oz beer bottles for pry-off caps

      Off the Topper IIPA- A hurricane of hops explodes with flavors of fruity pineapple and dank piney-peach. Surprisingly drinkable for the excessive lupulin, this is an exciting starter recipe not for the faint of heart. Hazy and aromatic, bitter grapefruit and tropical nectarine crash into notes of orange and zesty citrus for a profile bursting with resinous hop character. Impossible to track down and destined to be drank from a can, this clone brew is a tribute to the infamous man with a head full of hops and the tenacious Alchemists that are its creators.
  • Irish Stout Homebrew Beer Recipe Kit - Ingredients for 5 Gallons - Malt Extract

    Product Features

    • Deep, dark brown color like a Guinness
    • Rich, creamy head
    • Bittersweet with dark-roasted grain
    • Ingredients include: 6 lb. dark liquid malt extract, 4 oz. Chocolate Malt, 4 oz. Caramel 10L, 4 oz. Roasted Barley, 4 oz. Flaked Barley specialty grain, 1/2 oz. Nugget, 1 oz. Willamette pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag
    • Makes 5 Gallons of Finished Beer. Works with any 5 Gallon Beer Brewing Equipment Starter Kit

    Description

    • Thank Mr. Guinness, this Irish Stout is a must for the dark beer drinker, with characteristics similar to the big G itself. It's a true pot of gold with a rich, bittersweet taste (thanks to dark-roasted grain), a creamy head and a light carbonation, just as a stout should be. A favorite among dark beer fans.