Yeah, it's true, tasty craft beers abound. They're in your supermarkets and gas stations, and there are more than likely craft beers at your local bar.
So, what's the new frontier of beers?
Brewing your own batch using home brewing beer kits. While it's not likely you'll make a delicious batch on par with the pros your first go, you're very likely to get a yummy homebrew if you can follow directions.
It's a dream for many to brew their own beers, but a lot of people are defeated by a lack of patience and a lack of space. With great home brewing beer kits, you really don't have to worry about either.
A quality home brewing kit will be compact enough to fit in a closet or basement corner and still provide excellent beer. Let's look at what else you can expect when investing in quality brewing beer kits.
Choosing The Best Home Brewing Beer Kits
Brewing at home isn't just a fun sort of science experiment; it's also a challenge to make beer that is worthy of drinking as well as sharing with others.
Here's what you need to bring to the table:
1) An informed purchasing decision
2) Patience (a good brew could take up to a month)
3) Interest, as the process will be both exciting and educational
But what do the manufacturers of home brewing beer kits have to bring?
An All-In-One Product
There's a lot that goes into turning a mixture of ingredients into a crisp refreshing batch of beer. You will have to add mixtures and boil the water before cooling the water, fermenting, straining...the list goes on.
What makes a great product is one that can do all of these things and function in as few pieces as possible. In the least, the product should mainly consist of a big reservoir that can be moved around and still perform most of these functions. You'll still likely have to add a few elements (don't expect the kit to come with water), but they should be minimal.
A great beer kit won't make you run to specialist stores to grab specific heating or cooling coils. When hunting for a great beer brewing kit, do your research on what comes in the box before you start pricing out models. Save yourself the headache and cost of purchasing additional elements with a truly quality product.
The Basic Ingredients (And Hopefully More) You're going to need to include a handful of ingredients that will meld together to form your unique brew. The four basic ingredients of most beers are water, malt, hops and yeast. But don't think for a second that all you have to do is dump in your ingredients and leave them for a month. In fact, depending on the specific flavors and aromas you're going for, there will be many individual ingredient steps over the weeks.
So, where are you supposed to find all these ingredients?
You may be able to find some of them at the supermarket, but don't always count on it. In fact, if you don't live near to a brew shop, you might not be so lucky to find them at all. Do some research and see where ingredients are available.
The best of the best home brewing beer kits will come with most (if not all) of the basic beer ingredients. And the truly exceptional kits come with spices and special flavors like dried fruit to put an individual spin on your homebrew.
Ideally, you can brew the beer at home and maybe move it only once from a cool place during fermentation to the kitchen where drinks will be poured. Look for home brewing beer kits that come with a dispenser right on the reservoir. That way, when it's finished, you won't have to compromise the flavor by skunking it early with oxygen and movement.
A Decent Price
If you're spending thousands of dollars on a beer-making kit, it should probably be for an entrepreneurial endeavor or business, something that brings in a return. If you're looking for the perfect home brewing kit, though you don't need to take out a loan to buy it.
The sweet spot is somewhere between a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. But you can start if you're a beginner, around $40-$50 for a starter kit.Ultimately, you have to choose the right one for your budget but aim for somewhere around $1,000 if you want quality without compromising on features.
The Perks of Brewing Your Own Beer
You'll always have the beer you want most on hand: the beer you brewed with your chosen flavors. Once you get things up and running, you'll actually start saving money in the long run if you brew most of the beer you drink at home (ingredients are less expensive than a few six-packs). Above all, you'll have a great time and gain some insight into how beers are made around the world.
You know what to look for in a home beer brewing kit and how to weed out the less-than-essential kits. But what about all the other crucial details of beer brewing you should know about? Lucky for you, you're already at the hub for educational videos on all things home beer brewing.
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