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.

  • Brewer

    Product Features

    • Contents: ingredients, priming sugar, grain bag(s), bottle caps, Brewing procedures
    • Fermentables: 3.3 lbs Pilsen lme, 2 lbs wheat dme
    • Specialty grains: 12 oz carapils
    • Hops: 1 oz mt. Rainier bittering, 1 oz Willamette aroma
    • Yeast: 1 sachet

    Description

    • Kolsch is a crisp, clean, easy-drinking ale. It has a Straw- yellow hue similar to a pilsner, but is less hoppy, a bit sweeter and uses pale malts and a small amount of wheat. The lager-like characteristics this ale is Famous for are achieved by using a liquid kolsch yeast.
  • Brewers Best Whiskey Barrel Stout Beer Ingredient Kit

    Product Features

    • Brewers Best Whiskey Barrel Stout Beer Ingredient Kit
    • IBUs: 35-38
    • ABV: 5.5% - 6.0%
    • HBU's: 8.6

    Description

    • Specially selected dark malt extracts and specialty grains combine to release a delightful bouquet of chocolate and roast. We have included a package of genuine whiskey barrel oak chips to impart flavors of oak and whiskey.
  • Handcrafted Small Batch Beer Making Home Brewing Kit with Coasters and Sampler Glasses

    Product Features

    • HANDMADE IN THE USA. Built by hand from rustic pine
    • BREW AND TASTE IN ONE BEAUTIFUL STARTER SET. Fits in a small apartment, hidden compartments keep equipment organized
    • RECIPE KITS AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. Everything you need to start brewing - recipe kits available separately
    • BREWS ONE GALLON. Make one gallon of beer in approx. 3 weeks - 8-10 12 oz. beers.
    • INSTRUCTIONS, RECIPES, BREWERS LOG. Includes full instructions, recipes, brewers log, coasters and 4 sampler glasses

    Description

    • Introducing The Taster, our latest handcrafted beer making starter kit. Handcrafted from rustic pine, this compact and clever design gives you all the basics to brew one gallon of tasty beer (about 10 bottles), including a set of 4 five ounce sampler glasses and coasters to share your brew with friends and family. Hidden compartments give you access to all your equipment when you need it, but keep it neatly out of sight when you're not brewing. A full set of instructions and recipes are also provided. Parts included: - Box Brew Kits wooden base, handcrafted from rustic pine - 1-gallon glass fermenter with crystal thermometer included - 4 5 oz. sampler glasses and removable coasters - Plastic Racking Cane - 3" Stainless Steel Funnel - 3-piece plastic airlock - Drilled rubber stopper - Laboratory thermometer - 3' length of 5/16" tubing and tubing clamp, for siphoning and bottling your beer - Recipe Book with over 25 recipes to choose from - Brewers' Log - Full set of instructions - A large stockpot will be needed for the brewing process - brewing pots are not included in our kits as most folks already have a suitable pot at home! *Note - this model does not include bottles to bottle your beer. Recipe packs are NOT included and are available for separate purchase.