As winter winds down and spring kicks in, chances are your mouth is watering for some ice-cold beer. Maybe fond memories of days at the ballpark are flooding into your mind or taking foamy sips with your dad. There’s really nothing like beer to bring back good times. For those of you interested in making your own brew this year, here are some recommendations to get you started. Below, you’ll find the top five best homemade beer kits on the market.
Home Brew Academy and Midwest Supplies Kit
The homemade beer kit that wins hands down is the Home Brew Academy and Midwest Supplies Kit. Released just this year in February 2013, it’s perfect for first-time home brewers. The kit will cost you around $130 and includes a long list of supplies. Like most beer kits, it does include a kettle, bottle and ingredients so don’t open the box and expect to start brewing if you haven’t made these purchases. Because it’s connected to an established organization, you can visit the Home Brew Academy’s website, register for free and watch video tutorials to get you started.
More Beer offers a homemade beer kit for about $110. The kit has a few of the supplies to get you started but you will also need a 5 gallon brewing kettle, glass beer bottles (you can recycle old bottles so start saving), and a beer ingredient kit for every batch. The kit comes with instructions but general feedback is that they are not very easy to follow. If you choose this kit, be sure and watch plenty of videos from other sites to get you started.
Northern Brewers Deluxe Starter kit
This kit gets five star ratings from reviewers. Although reviews are small in number, they all seem to be legit and give the kit great feedback. Based on what Fermenter and Beer Recipe Kit you choose, the kit will cost around $150 and comes with a free copy of their Getting Started in Homebrewing DVD. Like other kits, you will need to purchase your own beer bottles (again, you can reuse beer bottles so start a collection), kettle and ingredients.
New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew
The third recommendation for a homemade beer kit is offered from Monster Brew. It costs around $150 with shipping but you’ll get five gallons of beer out of it along with the bottles to put the beer into. You’ll receive an instruction booklet as well as a variety of videos on their website to get you started.
Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition
If you are looking for something super simple to brew your first homemade beer, then try the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit. You can buy the kit from Amazon for just $46 and you’ll get four gallons of home brewed beer. The nice thing about this kit is that if you try it and don’t like the flavor, you haven’t invested that much cash. Plus, if you have Amazon Prime you can get the kit delivered in just two days.