Homebrew Kits: How to Choose the Right Kit for You

Having the right equipment is crucial to a successful home brewing. Rather than attempting to search for all of the necessary components individually, choosing to get a comprehensive Equipment Kit is the best place to start. That way, you know you’ll have everything you need right there and won’t be scrambling for parts come brew time.

We’ve put together an assortment of equipment kits that range from basic to complete, all created with the needs of all types of homebrewers in mind. We’ll take you through each package to help you decide which equipment kit is the perfect one for both your brewing style and your wallet.

Equipment Kit Staples

No matter which kit you decide is right for you, all of them include the following seven components:

  1. True Brew Handbook — excellent primer for brewing with our equipment kits.
  2. Beer Bottle Brush — bristle brush for the easy cleaning of 12 – 22 ounce bottles.
  3. Double Lever Clapper — for quick and easy bottle capping.
  4. B-BRITE™ Cleanser 8oz. Tub — for proper sanitation of all beermaking equipment.
  5. Adhesive Thermometer — for monitoring temperatures within buckets and carboys.
  6. 3-Piece Airlock — used with the fermentation bucket and carboy, allows the release of CO2 produced through fermentation while preventing external air from altering the process.
  7. Triple Scale Hydrometer — to measure specific gravity before and after fermentation.

Basic Homebrew Kits

Maestro Kits

Maestro Homebrew Kits

The Maestro kits are the perfect starter kits for the aspiring home brewer. In addition to the staples mentioned above, these kits are also equipped with:

Maestro Kits Comparison Chart

Take a look at our comparison chart to help give you a better idea of which equipment kit would be best for you.

  Basic
Kits
Complete
Kit
Includes
Bottling Kit
Pieces of Equipment K3 K3
BPKIT
K3
COMPKIT
K3
BABTLKIT
K3
BPBTLKIT
6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket (w/ Lid)
6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket (w/ Spigot)
20 Quart Brew Pot - -
Plastic Spoon – 24″ - - - -
Mesh Straining Bag - - - -
Floating Thermometer - - - -
48 Beer Bottles (12 oz.) - - -
Silver Bottle Caps - - -
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Gold Kits

Gold Homebrew Kits

The Gold kits are a great choice for those who want to get a bit more from their homebrew kit. The basic versions of the Gold kits will, in addition to the staples, include:

Gold Kits Comparison Chart

Take a look at our comparison chart to help give you a better idea of which equipment kit would be best for you.

  Basic
Kits
Complete
Kit
Pieces of Equipment K6 K6
PET
K6
BPKIT
K6
PETBPKIT
K6
COMPKIT
7.8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket (w/ Lid)
6 Gallon Glass Carboy (w/ Stopper) - -
6 Gallon PET Carboy (w/ Stopper) - - -
20 Quart Brew Pot - -
Mesh Straining Bag - - - -
Stainless Steel Spoon – 24″ - - - -
Bi-Metal Dial Thermometer - - - -
Auto-Siphon
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Complete Homebrew Kits

The Maestro Complete and Gold Complete kits have everything included in the basic kits with added accessories that, if you don’t already own, will definitely be needed when brewing. As you may have noticed in the above charts, these complete homebrew kits have been upgraded with the following components:

  • 20 qt. brew pot:
    Essential for the mash and boiling process of brewing.
  • Brew Spoon:
    A heavy duty long-handled spoon for stirring, preventing boilover, whirlpooling and even yeast activation.
  • Straining Bag:
    A reusable nylon fine-mesh bag that’s perfect for holding grain during the mash process.
  • Upgraded Thermometer:
    An easier to use and more precise measuring tool for monitoring temperatures during the brew.

Bottling Kits

Bottling Kit

To help you avoid the hassle of finding, collecting, and cleaning old bottles, we offer Maestro kits that include all of the bottles and caps you’ll need. Maestro kits upgraded with:

Now that you’ve got your equipment kit narrowed down, it’s time to learn more about beer ingredient kits.

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Jeff Flowers

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Jeff Flowers has been a self-described beer geek for over a decade now. When he's not chasing his daughter around, you can usually find him drinking a fresh brew and wasting too much of his time on both Google+ & Twitter.

Comments

  1. george martinez says

    Hello Jeff , Do you know of any Home Brew Classes in AZ ? I can read for days but i dont retain ……. I have to see and do ? thanks

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    • Jeff FlowersJeff Flowers says

      Hi George,

      I don’t know of any personally. However, the American Homebrewers Association has 19 different homebrew clubs listed for the state of Arizona. Check them out on the link below:

      http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/community/clubs/find-a-homebrew-club/

      From there, you can find all of the contact information that you need to get involved with each club. You may also be able to find one not listed there with some strategic searching online.

      Good luck to you! It’s a great hobby to get into.

      Jeff

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