Making your own beer is a fun hobby that’s quickly booming in popularity, but most people don’t want to take college chemistry classes to figure it out. That’s precisely where beer brewing kits come in to simplify the brewing process with easy-to-use ingredients and handy dandy step-by-step instruction guides. Whatever your beer preference may be, there’s a wide range of beer making kits on the market that can produce up to 40 pints of tasty brew in two to three weeks. Whether you’re thinking about buying for yourself or as a gift for the beer aficionado in your life, below we’ve highlighted the top 10 beer brewing kits in 2014 to start quenching your thirst.
1. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
With a two-gallon fermenter made from FDA-compliant plastic, the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit includes two of the company’s most popular beer mixes to brew up to four gallons of all malt beer. In the kit, you’ll receive 11 reusable plastic bottles with screw caps and bottle labels as well as two Mr. Beer All Malt Refills and carbonation drops. The Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition kit is also completely reusable with a wide variety of other refills for making batch after batch.
2. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit
Featuring a six-gallon glass carboy for a cleaner finished brew, the Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit is designed to provide you with the tools needed to brew and bottle a five-gallon batch of home brew. In the kit, you’ll receive a handbook, 7.8 gallon fermenting bucket, fermometer, thermometer, hydrometer, bottling spigot, bottle brush, drilled stopper, three-piece airlock, small pack of sanitizer, and True Brew rack. The Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit is assembled using only the finest quality materials available.
3. Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
For beginning brewers, the Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit comes with everything needed to brew and bottle two gallons of top-quality beer. The two-gallon brewing fermenter is composed of FDA-approved plastic to be completely shatter resistant, cleanable, and reusable. In addition to 11 bottles with screw gaps and DVD brewing guide, the Mr. Beer Premium Edition kit comes with a Classic American Light refill known for its pale straw color and mild taste with a crisp dry finish.
4. New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew
Right from the start, the New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew is packed with all the essential high-quality components needed to ensure a great brewing experience for newbies. With the True Brew handbook, the kit shows step-by-step instructions for easily brewing in the 6.5 gallon primary fermenting bucket and 6.5 gallon bottling bucket. Monster Brew’s New Brewers kit also comes with 48 amber bottles, the True Brew ingredient kit, and a Fermtech springless bottle filler for convenience.
5. Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
Including a Classic American Light refill to produce twenty 12-ounce bottles of full-bodied beer with a mild flavor, the Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit allows you to brew two gallons of premium beer without carbon dioxide cartridges. Its FDA-compliant brewing keg features a handy pour tap and wide opening for easy cleaning. Within just two weeks, the Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition starter kit can have you making beer like the pros.
6. BrewDemon Signature Beer Kit
Boasting the world’s first two-gallon conical fermenter, the BrewDemon Signature Beer Kit is an innovative system that uses malts handcrafted from brew masters at the famous Speight’s Brewery in New Zealand. In the kit, you’ll receive a venting plug, adjustable flow tap, stick-on thermometer, dry brewing yeast, no-rinse cleansers, amber plastic bottles, bottle filler, and a plastic mixing spoon. Within the instructional booklet, the BrewDemon also offers its most popular signature recipes for easy brewing.
7. Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit
If you’re interested in brewing two gallons of old-fashioned root beer from home, the Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit provides results the whole family will enjoy in just three days! Within the easy-to-use kit, you’ll receive two packets of root beer extract, two packets of root beer flavor crystals, a packet of root beer yeast, and an instruction guide with fun facts. Mr. Root Beer is naturally carbonated to provide less fizz and a smoother, creamier taste.
8. Mr. Beer Craft Brews Collection Complete Home Brewing Kit
Making two gallons of great tasting beer in just 14 days, the Mr. Beer Craft Brews Collection Complete Home Brewing Kit blends the finest hops produced by master brewers in state-of-the-art facilities for optimal flavor profiles. It comes with a lightweight, plastic fermenter approved by the FDA and 11 reusable plastic bottles constructed with Polythylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic to avoid shattering. The Mr. Beer Craft Brews Collection also includes one Diablo IPA refill, no-rinse cleanser, yeast packets, and a brew pack of the most popular beers.
9. Coopers DIY Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
With top-of-the-line malt refills to offer the signature microbrewery taste in your own home, the Coopers DIY Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit has a six-gallon reusable fermenter for easy brewing and cleanup. Plus, using the kit’s bottling wand to transfer into the 30 plastic O2 Barrier Bottles can keep your brew fresh for months. With the Coopers DIY kit, you’ll receive a Lager Refill Pack and Brew Enhancer to craft straw color beer with a medium-bodied palate.
10. Mr. Beer Hard Cider Home Brewing Craft Cider Making Kit
For those looking to step beyond beer, the Mr. Beer Hard Cider Home Brewing Craft Cider Making Kit comes with a two-gallon fermenting keg for easily brewing flavorful and refreshing hard cider like a pro. Along with brewing instructions, the kit offers eight liter bottles, dry ale yeast, and no-rinse cleanser so that all you’ll need is water to make bold, crisp hard cider.