Enjoying a beer after a long day of work or to celebrate your team scoring the winning touchdown can be a great way to cap off an evening. But what about making your own beer? Maybe you’re not quite ready to launch a full-scale independent brewery, but trying your hand at crafting your own craft beer has never been easier thanks to home brewing kits.
The best home brewing kits come with the tools necessary to make a great batch of beer in the comfort of your own home. Unlike buying from a brewery or a liquor store, brewing at home gives you complete control over your beer. If you prefer a certain style of beer or want to get a little wacky with the ingredients, you can do that! Want to make a personalized gift for a friend or invite family over for dinner with a unique craft beer? A home-brewing kit makes it easy to become a brewmaster.
Combining a little bit of science and a lot of beer, home brewing kits have made crafting small batches easier than ever. Check out our favorite beer brewing kits below.
1. Northern Brewer HomeBrewing Starter Set
Knowing what tools are required to start your journey into home brewing can feel overwhelming, which is why we like the Northern Brewer HomeBrewing Starter Set. The set is designed by brewmasters and comes with everything needed to start brewing for the first time, including a test jar, a lab thermometer, a bottling bucket, a 6.5-gallon fermentor with a spigot for easy pouring and more. The kit includes premium hops, brewing yeast, corn sugar, malt extract syrup and more, allowing users to begin brewing as soon as their Northern Brewing set arrives. We like that the kit comes with both print instructions and visuals, a digital manual and online videos to help users brew easily and safely.
Pros: For those looking for a kit that is large enough to craft beer for a big gathering, the Northern Brewer yields five gallons of finished beer or 50 12-ounce bottles.
Cons: Buying a separate hydrometer is recommended and users may need to purchase additional sanitizer to clean the instruments. It’s also too large to make smaller batches and users should stick to the five-gallon batch recipe.
2. Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Complete Starter Beer Making Kit
Brew your fresh batch of beer quickly with the Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Complete Starter Beer Making Kit. The comprehensive kit includes a fermenter that is modeled after a professional-grade tool, as well as reusable and shatterproof bottles, brewing extract, cleanser and carbonation drops. Mr. Brew works with Coopers, making it one of the only kits to partner with a professional brewery. Using all-natural ingredients, each kit comes with a classic American and Oktoberfest lager refill.
Pros: Mr. Brew includes pre-made malt hopped extract, which cuts brewing time down to 30 minutes.
Cons: Mr. Brew offers a shortened brewing process because of the malt hopped extract and some users may want a more traditional kit.
3. Craft A Brew Premium Homebrew Starter Home Brewing Kit
Make the beer you’ve been searching for with the Craft A Brew Premium Homebrew Starter Home Brewing Kit. The high-end kit includes all the must-haves for home brewing without any of the unnecessary extras. A raised conical fermenter that is BPA-free provides an elegant and robust spot for beer to brew and ferment. Thanks to the clear design of the fermenter, users can watch their brew as it becomes ready to drink, making it convenient for new brewmasters to see exactly when it’s time to pour their first pint. A capping kit is also included, as well as a thermometer and brewing guide. The kit comes with everything users need to make a five-gallon brew.
Pros: The Craft A Brew kit includes ingredients for brewing an Oktoberfest beer that has a light red hue and includes subtle notes of bitterness and caramel sweetness with a clean and dry finish.
Cons: The Premium kit from Craft A Brew comes with a premium price tag.
4. Brewer’s Best Home Brew Beer Ingredient Kit
For brewers who have already invested in a kit that comes with all the instruments needed to make a delicious beer at home, we recommend expanding their taste buds with the Brewer’s Best Home Brew Beer Ingredient Kit. The kit includes everything users will need to make a Belgian Tripel brew, including malt extract syrup, specialty grains, hops, yeast, spices and flavoring, a grain bag, priming sugar and bottle caps. Easy-to-follow instructions are included to help users make the brew, which has an alcohol level of 8.5 to 9.0 percent. The high gravity golden and creamy beer can yield five gallons from one kit.
Pros: Brewer’s Best makes a wide variety of exciting flavors, including Blueberry Honey Ale, Peanut Butter Brown, White Chocolate Blonde Stout, Belgian Caramel Wit, Passion Fruit Gose and Tangerine Pale Ale.
Cons: The kit can only be used by those who already own a brewing kit.
5. Muntons Craft Beer in a Bag Beer Making Kit
Brewing beer at home can be quite overwhelming. Sure, that’s part of the journey, but sometimes you want that DIY taste without that DIY work. Well, Muntons thinks so too, so they whipped up this homebrew kit for those looking for a simple option. As crazy as it may sound, this really is a “just add water” option for home brewing. Well, okay, just add water and some yeast. But that’s it! It all comes in the kit. You add the required amount of water, shake, add the yeast, and then let it sit for 30 days. That’s it. Oh, and then of course you’ll have to enjoy your beer. But that’s the easy part.
Pros: Just-add-water option. No confusing pieces or directions.
Cons: Not as hands-on. Only four styles to choose from.
6. BeerDroid Fully Automated Beer Brewing System
This home-brew option is all about precision. If you’re looking for an option that lets you get your hands dirty, we recommend another kit. If you want a freshly brewed beer with as little involvement as possible, then you’ll love BeerDroid. Using an accompanying app, users can track their brew and fiddle around with it as much as they’d like. The types of beers you can brew are based on popular finds from other breweries. The BeerDroid comes with an easy to read LCD and a window on the side which gives you a good gauge on how your batch is doing.
Pros: Easy to do, difficult to mess up. Large variety of flavors to pick from.
Cons: Less hands-on than some of the best beer making kits.
7. Craft A Brew Home Brewing Kit
Beginner brewers, it’s time to check out the Craft A Brew Home Brewing Kit. Made in the US, the kit comes with a one-gallon carboy, funnel, racking cane, rubber stopper, transfer tubing and thumb clamp, airlock, thermometer, Guide to Craft Brewing, sanitizer, and flavored hops (German-style Hefeweizen is shown here). The reusable equipment is large enough to make one gallon of beer per batch. We also like that the company has the widest selection of flavors including gluten-free options.
Pros: Craft A Brew is the best kit for those who are new to brewing thanks to its price point and easy to follow instructions.
Cons: Craft A Brew does not include bottles or a brewing pot and works better as an introductory kit than one users can continually use.
8. Brooklyn Brew Shop Hard Cider Making Kit
For those who don’t love beer but still want to try their hand at brewing, we recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop Hard Cider Making Kit. The comprehensive kit includes enough ingredients to make three one-gallon batches of fizzy hard cider. A reusable glass fermenter, along with vinyl tubing, a clamp, a racking cane and tip, a chambered airlock and a screw cap stopper are all included in the kit, as well as three packets of cleanser. The brewing process takes three weeks and only requires users to add a few tablespoons of honey after the two-week mark to help the cider properly carbonate.
Pros: The user-friendly set comes with written instructions as well as online videos to help those new to brewing make the most of their kit.
Cons: Users still need to supply their own apple cider or apple juice.
9. BrewDemon Craft Beer Brewing Kit
BrewDemon designed their home-brew kit with ease of use in mind. The whole thing will produce two gallons of beer and will only take 14 days. While many home beer making kits competitors take twice that long, this kit will give you more beer in less time. What’s not to like? The brewing kit comes with everything you need to get started right out of the box. What’s more, the kit even comes with bottles so once you perfect your brew, you can fill your own bottle for storage.
Pros: The BrewDemon has a 14-day brew period and comes with bottles for storage. A large opening on the vat creates easy access.
Cons: Only brews with one style of beer. Not a great fit for more experienced homebrewers.