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Best home brew kit?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by madeline25, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. madeline25

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    I'm trying to decide which home brew kit to get for a craft beer lover in the family, and since he's always talking about his favorites, I figured to get him his very first home brew kit.


    Originally, I was going to buy the Mr. Beer brew kit but I read that it was pretty much an easy bake oven and wouldn't get the full experience so I started browsing and reading beer blogs and found two that are in my price range.

    So... which of the two is better for a beginner? The Craft a Brew kit or the Brooklyn Brew Shop kit?
     
  2. fauxpunker

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    Do you mean the kit with all the ingredients, or the kit with all the hardware (fermenter, tubing, racking cane, etc.)?
     
  3. madeline25

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    A beginner kit, to understand the process.

    That's why I ruled out Mr Beer
     
  4. fauxpunker

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    Looking at the two, I'd lean towards the Craft a Brew one. Looking at the two, it has a rubber stopper for the jar rather than a screw cap. In terms of sanitizing and cleaning, the stopper is easier to clean (no nooks created by threading). Also, the funnel is a nice addition.

    I was going to recommend looking into some of the larger batch stuff that's around the same price, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are usually other things that are needed as well (cookware, bottles, etc). The one gallon stuff should be a good way to get his feet wet. If he likes it, he can always upgrade :)
     
  5. utahbeerdude

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    Northern Brewer also has a 1 gallon starter kit. It includes 5 options for an included beer kit.
     
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  6. HerbMeowing

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    Brooklyn and Craft kits will net one measly gallon of beer + you have to procure your own bottles and non-resuable caps. The NB kit is more better value...equipment-wise...but still makes one measly gallon.

    Mr Beer has vastly improved the quality of their product line in recent months having switched their malt extract provider to Coopers + you brew twice as much beer as the others. There's no need to use MrB recipe products after batch #1 so it's no more an Easy-Bake than the others.
     
  7. Ford

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    Anyone get any of these for Christmas?
     
  8. fauxpunker

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    Nope. Got a new 6 gallon carboy and a banjo burner thought :D
     
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    The one gallon kit is great for experimenting. I would rather wast 1 gallon than 6
     
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