One of the most common questions I am asked by people interested in starting to brew their own beer at home is ‘What is the best starter kit?’
My answer is always the same: ‘Well, it depends…’
There are dozens of different starter kits available, each with their own features and at different prices. I suggest if you are interested in buying a homebrewing kit, then have a look at these. According to Amazon.com, these are the most popular homebrew beer kits, and they are all pretty good.
Coming with 50 PET bottles and caps, as well as books, an instructional DVD, your first brew’s ingredients, a hydrometer, and your fermentor. A great place for any beginner to start.
This is a much smaller kit, and probably wouldn’t be best for continual use, however it is pretty cool to look at. The most impressive feature is the fermentor/keg, however it doesn’t come with any important extras, such as cleaning products, spoons or funnels.
Again, this is different to most usual homebrewing kits, as it creates its own kegging system inbuilt into the fermentor. This would be a good way for a beginner to get involved, but is a bit limited for extended or advanced use.
One of the more extensive homebrew starter kits, this contains everything you can possibly need including 6 gallon glass carboy, 7.8 bottling bucket with spigot, Fermentation lock and bung, Siphon tubing, Siphon assembly, Bottle filler, Bottle brush, Adhesive Thermometer, Bottle capper, 144 bottle caps, Triple Scale Hydrometer, and sanitizer, and Brew Handbook. Perfect!
My biggest recommendation is the final kit, because it contains everything you possibly need. It is a little more expensive than the others, but it really does have everything that you will need.