Beer enthusiasts rejoice: there are a lot of home brewing kits for beer to choose from. Any of them will let you make beer at home, but they have a lot of different features and styles.
Some are more artisinal, letting you control every step of the brewing process. Others work almost like a Keurig, and just make the beer for you.
Whatever style, you’ll find some great brewing equipment in this list for you or someone you’re gifting.
If you really want to go all the way with home brewing, this is the system you need. It's like having a complete home brewery, and it's semi-automated.
What's Good: Get great tasting craft beer at a fraction of the cost of store bought beer. This system allows you to brew all types of beers like stouts, porter, wheat, ESB's, sours, browns and reds at a fraction of the cost of buying beer in stores. This is a very versatile, high-quality, 100% stainless steel system that'll withstand all types of different recipes. Operates completely on electric power, so you don't need to add a gas heating source. You can brew a whole batch of beer in one kettle using just one kettle and a pair of insulated bags. What's Not So Good: The price. It's an investment. Shop on Amazon
This home brewing system is fully automated. That means fewer options and less versatility. But if you prefer a Keurig to an artisanal, espresso machine, then this is a kit for you.
What's Good: First fully automated personal brewer. Push a button and it will brew 2.6 gallons of premium quality beer on its own. Comes with American Pale Ale BrewPrint, with ingredients free from additives and preservatives. Wi-Fi connected. BrewArt app lets you monitor and control your brew and can send you push notifications. LCD screen to check how your brew is going, set temperature and customize the brew. Easy cleaning with a snap tap and flush system. Patented end-of-fermentation (EOF) technology automatically detects when the brew is done and ready for kegging. What's Not So Good: This fully automated system is not for people who want to really get into the process and tweak it. Shop on Amazon
The system comes with everything you need to get started brewing beer at home.
What's Good: This starter kit has everything you need plus some additional gear to make your brewing even easier. Includes step by step instructions. Includes a Megapot 1.2 kettle with ball valve and an immersion wort chiller Instead of a clumsy siphon, you get spigots. The Big Mouth Bubbler and bucket are make kegging super easy. Comes with Fresh Squished IPA Recipe Kit to make 5 gallons Includes capper and bottle caps (but no bottles) What's Not So Good: Bucket does not come with a lid You'll also need about 50 twelve ounce bottles that are not included, unless you buy an upgraded kegging system. These bottles should work. Shop on Amazon
This is arguably the best system for beginners. It's designed to get you started without a big learning curve or huge amounts of equipment and up front costs.
Designed for beginners as well as more expert users. Great system to learn and grow with. Comes with a 9.2 Gal/35 L brewing pot for up to 8 gallons of high-quality beer All-in-one brewing system is easy to use for beginners. The stainless steel construction is designed to stand up to the heavy use LCD control panel lets you select auto or manual mode and adjust power, temperature and time settings. The system can memorize up to 10 beer recipes and will tell you when it's boiling and you need to add hops. Can mash up to 17.6 lbs and saccharify up to 18.7 lbs. Automatic step mashing comes with 7 programmable stages. You can program individual temperatures and duration for each stage Cool down is accomplished by a 28.8-feet-long condensing coil while a filter screen removes particles from the pot. Compact footprint. What's Not So Good: Some complaints about the instructions being unclear Shop on Amazon
This home brewing kit is deliberately simplified, but it does everything you need. It comes with an innovative method to remove the sediment in a single fermenting container.
What's Good: Conical fermenter allows you to skip some of the normal steps and still come out with a great beer. Includes everything you need to make 5 gallons of beer or dry Irish stout Comes with a deluxe capping kit to help you bottle it. Includes 100 caps. Tank made from Tritan, a food-safe, BPA-free polymer which resists shattering better than glass What's Not So Good: You'll need a 5 gallon kettle to go with this. Shop on Amazon
How would you like a beer making kit that was actually designed by a brewery? And comes with literally all the supplies you need to get started
What's Good: Comes with all the things: a patented fermenter, premium quality ingredients, a hydrometer, a bottling valve, and even 15 740ml reusable oxygen-barrier PET bottles. Coopers' certified master brewers offer refills that will let even beginners produce all types of quality beers. You are getting refills that are made by the same company as your brewing kit, to their exacting standards. Comes with a patented one-step brewing fermenter that's based on conical fermenters like they have in breweries. But for the home user, it has a wide mouth and base, making it easy to clean. What's Not So Good: Some users didn't get the full instructions or all parts. If you're gifting this unit, be sure to open this promptly and make sure everything is there so you get any missing parts in time for gift giving. Shop on Amazon