One of the best holiday presents I have received in the past few years has been a homebrew kit. This has allowed me to combine my love of beer with me learning my way around the kitchen. By the time I had my own kit, I had already made three batches of beer with my college roommate (not on campus, don’t worry), so I felt pretty seasoned and ready to take on brewing by myself.
The kit that I have is from an Australian outfit called Coopers. The rad thing about the kit (aside from the hilarious Australian instructional video) is that it comes with some of the bells and whistles that I did not have before like a hydrometer and a sticker thermometer. Being from Australia, all the temperatures are in Celsius, so I may look into a Fahrenheit one as well. But if you can deal with some metric conversions, this is a solid kit to have.
My favorite thing about this kit is how easy it is to use. Everything is streamlined and simplified from the instructions to the malty goodness in the can. With that in mind, this kit is perfect for beginning brewers who are just looking to try it out. However, one of the best parts about homebrewing is tampering with recipes and trying new ideas. I would recommend a gift certificate to Listermann Brewing Company for an intermediate or advanced home brewer in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
The first part of the process from the kit is the mix. Mixing beer is very similar to baking or cooking. You have ingredients, temperatures, and methods to mix them all together. The kit makes this process super easy by premixing your hops and malt. You essentially boil some water then dump it in the fermenter, add in the can of malt and hops, add in the pre-measured amount of sugar, stir, add more water, wait until the fermenter reaches a certain temperature, throw in the yeast, jam in the air lock, and seal it up. It is that easy.
The hardest part about this whole process may be the waiting involved! Soon, I’ll complete the second and third steps in the process, brewing and bottling.
Cheers to your good health!
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