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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2-Pack 1 Gallon Micro Bru All Grain Beer Recipe Kits - Smooth Flavors - Triple A Amber Ale and Pride of Dublin Stout Beer Recipe Kits - All Grain for 1 Gallon of Homebrew Beer

    Product Features

    • A 2-Pack of Smooth and Malty 1 Gallon Beer Kits: Triple A Amber Ale and Pride of Dublin Stout
    • 1 Gallon Batch size will work with any one gallon equipment starter kit.
    • Triple A, One step down from the big leagues - brew like the big boys in the comfort of your own home with this one-gallon all-grain beer kit. This small batch version of our extremely popular Autumn Amber Ale hits that sweet spot between pale ale and brown ale - it's a little hoppy, a little malty, not too dark, and not too light.
    • Pride of Dublin Stout: A dry stout of incomparable quality carefully crafted to resemble the classics known throughout the world. For this beer we went back to basics with a simple grain bill that spotlights the soul of any stout: roasted barley.
    • All-Grain Recipes for the freshest flavor! Each All Grain Recipe Kit contains all of the ingredients required to make 1 Gallon of finished beer.

    Description

    • A 2-Pack of Smooth and Malty 1 Gallon Beer Kits: Triple A Amber Ale and Pride of Dublin Stout.

      1 Gallon Batch size will work with any one gallon equipment starter kit.

      Triple A, One step down from the big leagues - brew like the big boys in the comfort of your own home with this one-gallon all-grain beer kit. This small batch version of our extremely popular Autumn Amber Ale hits that sweet spot between pale ale and brown ale - it's a little hoppy, a little malty, not too dark, and not too light.

      Pride of Dublin Stout: A dry stout of incomparable quality carefully crafted to resemble the classics known throughout the world. For this beer we went back to basics with a simple grain bill that spotlights the soul of any stout: roasted barley.

      All-Grain Recipes for the freshest flavor! Each All Grain Recipe Kit contains all of the ingredients required to make 1 Gallon of finished beer.