In theory, it should be very easy to make beer at home. It requires only a handful of ingredients that are very easy to find all over the world. After all, people have been making beer for millennia, so how hard can it be. Say this to any beer brewing aficionado, including me, and they will laugh.
Making beer is a complex process with multiple variables. Even the slightest variation in quality or procedure can spell the difference between a robust beer and an awful one. For years I have been working on the process and ingredients in order to be able to create great beer. Through my journey, I have come to realise the importance of using the right ingredients. From using the right type of grains with the right crushed size to using hops sourced from the right farm, everything can and will affect the end result.
One of the areas I have been focusing on lately is the grain I use. After using several pre-crushed grain mixes in my early days, another brewer was kind enough to tell me to crush my own grains, and I haven’t looked back since. When I crush my own grain, I get to pick and choose exactly which grains and in what proportion in order to achieve the right balance. A good grain mill should be heavy duty and should have a decent capacity.
There are many grain mills marketed towards brewers, but I recently heard of people using the grain mill attachment in their KitchenAid stand to do this job. If the KitchenAid grain mill works well, then a kitchen appliance that most homes have will suddenly make crushing grains for brewing beer accessible to many people.
The grain mill attachment fits easily into the KitchenAid and comes with a handy set of instructions and care manual along with the appropriate warnings.
I ordered my grain mill attachment from the KitchenAid website and received it soon. While I was waiting, I sourced raw barley from my trusted farmer who has been growing barley specifically for brewing beer. I do not suggest using general barley that is found in feed stores as the flavour of the beer will not be good. I soaked 10 kilograms of the raw barley in fresh water for 8 hours; then air dried them in the sun for the same amount of time. It then when back into the water for another 8 hours where the rootlets started to appear. I then spread them in a cool area for 4 days to allow the germination process to continue.
The green malt then went into a food dehydrator until the rootlets fell off easily. One the grain had been separated from the rootlets I popped them into my oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour as I wanted a beer with a light and slightly nutty aroma. I then stored them in a paper bag for two weeks to get rid of the harsher aromatics from the grain.
The grain was finally ready for the grill mill attachment on my KitchenAid. The attachment itself is easy to fix. I decided to make a small batch of beer with the Kitchen aid and decided on testing about 2 kilograms of my malt which would yield around 10L of beer. Since I needed a good mix of coarse and fine particles, I divided my malt into three and began the milling process. I set the attachment to the highest setting which would result in the coarsest grind.
Although the coarsest setting did not have the capability of producing the right size of the crushed grain, I went ahead with it anyway and continued to feed the grain into the hopper. I then switched to a lower setting which would give me a finer grind and continued to mill the grain. By this time my motor had started to overheat, and due to this, I decided to mill the rest of the grain after letting the machine rest. I also milled corn and oats in order to add fermentable sugars to the mash. Since these where to be used in lesser quantity, the KitchenAid stand did not overheat, though the crush size wasn’t ideal here either.
Finally, I began the brewing process with the malt in my brewing system which is beginner-friendly. I had some difficulty with the lautering. The resulting beer wasn’t as full-bodied as wanted it to be since the lautering process wasn’t smooth. I would recommend using the KitchenAid grain mill attachment for home brewers brewing small batches as the KitchenAid’s capacity is less
Simply put, the grain mill attachment for the KitchenAid stand is worth it mainly for milling small amounts of grain. It is all metal and is hence really sturdy. The adjustable knob is very handy to control the coarseness of the grind. The wide hopper that holds the grain is very convenient. It is incredibly easy to assemble and use.
Having rigged up a few DIY brewing setups over the years, I was always under the impression that all brewing kettles were more or less similar and did the same job despite their differences in material and build. Upgrading to Spike’s brewing kettles; I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. Spike’s 15-gallon kettle replaces my current one, and they offer their brewing systems as Spike and Spike Plus models with the Plus model featuring some smart upgrades.
Whether you are building a new set up or upgrading your old gear, the kettle is at the heart of any brewing rig. There are numerous options on the market - aluminium or stainless, welded or weldless, a number of ports, and innovative designs. What I loved about Spike’s kettles is that they are modular and one kettle can take up the function of any of the three tanks in an all-grain brewing set up. Before upgrading to their 3 kettle single tier system, I replaced my old stainless Boil Kettle with the Spike 15 gallon V3. Immediately the advantage of their Tri-clad bottom became apparent with my propane burner. The heat distribution was smooth and uniform along the bottom and sides of the kettle. In previous thin-walled kettles, I’d noted temperature differences of a couple of degrees across the kettle while the Spike V3 with its thick walls had about half a degree of difference. So that avoids hot spots and differential heating.
Homebrewers often favour kettles because of their dished bottoms that naturally allow kettle trub to collect. I find it has more downsides to it than advantages such as the convex outside shaping being unstable on burner platforms and uneven heat distribution. Spike’s kettles have a fair amount of thought put into their design in the form of “stepped bottom” on the inside to collect trub while maintaining efficiency and a flat bottom on the outside for stability and uniform heat distribution.
While being stable and robust, the Spike Kettles are also appropriately sized. With a height-width ratio of 1.2:1, my 15-gallon kettle works perfectly for smaller batches as well. While brewing large batches, there’s enough room for boil over and have the least impact on efficiency.
There are times when some of the ingredients used in the boil can deteriorate a kettle made out of softer metal like aluminium, while on the other hand, a robust stainless steel kettle is almost indestructible and lasts for decades. Having experimented with aluminium kettles in the beginning years of my brewing journey, vessel deterioration is something I’ve observed personally. These 1.2mm thick 304 stainless kettles are not only impervious to chemical deterioration but can also take the abuse of an average home brewer.
The kettle’s welded fittings are a bit of a luxury for me upgrading from weldless fittings. The pristine, sanitary welds are easier to clean and maintain as they have fewer nooks and crannies.
Brewers who have used clunkier lids would come to appreciate this thoughtfully designed version of the Spike. It can be removed and rested on the kettle handle as you go about your task. It is an excellent upgrade as you don’t have to find a place for the lid.
The kettle handles are covered in wear resistant silicone grips that make it easy to carry while avoiding a burn. Anybody who has thoughtlessly grabbed a kettle handle during a full boil would understand what I mean here.
Internal volume markings give you an exact idea of how much liquid there is in the kettle. The markings go a long way in helping you prepare consistent batches. Although Spike maintains it is permanently etched into the stainless steel wall, they recommend not using aggressive abrasive cleaners on them. After over a dozen batches the markings on my kettle still look brand new.
Although it is slightly on the pricey end compared to most other kettles on the market, Spike’s adherence to quality and innovative design is worth paying for. Great design often equates to great looks, and this is true in case of Spike’s gorgeous looking kettles.
I’ve been able to brew over 10 batches of beer with consistent taste and quality thanks to their smart features that allow precise process control. Other than a few tweaks to make their valve’s profile and to add a hook to the lid, there are no changes I’d want to be done on these kettles.
In the process of brewing my beer, and one of the issues I was facing so far as controlling the temperature of the fermenting wort. I knew that I had to control the temperature to an optimal level. Any high temperature would end up hampering the final flavour by making the brew harsher or make it exhibit a fruitier characteristic.
I did not want to wait till winter to control my fermentation temperature, and that’s why I got myself the Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 thermometer. I’ve used Thermapen for a couple of months, and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best investments I’ve made as a brewer.
The Thermoworks Thermapen is extremely simple to use and has a digital display that makes it simpler to read the temperature. Here are the more salient features of the temperature:
Since I began brewing, I always had an issue trying to gauge the right temperature to get the beer to ferment. The system is excellent and allows me to receive full readings within just 2 or 3 seconds. It also has excellent accuracy and speed, making it one of the best in the world. Brewing is a passion of mine, and I always wanted to make my own brand of beer, right at home. However, making it meant I needed to have a good temperature measuring setup.
I generally begin the process by mixing the malt extract along with water and then pouring it into the fermenter. The process generally requires brewing the milling grains with water and boiling the same and extracting the wort. This is then boiled, after which the hops are added. The process generally takes around 30 minutes, but I wasn’t able to clamp down on the right temperature. That’s when I used the Thermaworks MK4 thermometer, and I’m so glad I did. It allowed me to control the temperature to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the accuracy was brilliant.
Obviously, now the beer tastes fantastic and allows me to brew for longer as well. The thermometer also allows me to experiment with more grains while fermenting the next batch as well. By following the instructions well, I’m able to get that perfect batch of beer every single time I brew, and my first batch of ale came out absolutely fantastically.
The thermometer is an excellent investment, as the pros speak for themselves. It is great for anyone who’s serious about brewing beer at home, and its intuitive display allows you to read in a different setting, including Celsius and Fahrenheit. The backlight feature is an added bonus, and considering that it gives at least a year’s worth of readings on a single AAA battery, purchasing this is almost a no-brainer.
have been a great fan of the Yeti Rambler Beer Growler since the time I have owned it. I have always wanted to own a growler that could help me store all types of beverages, and this seems to be the one. Read on to get a better insight into this product.
A unique offering from an exclusive brand, the Yeti Rambler growler is one of the best ways to store your beer and keep it fresh at the same time. It features a minimalistic, yet efficient design for consistent and reliable performance. The strong and resistant materials used have contributed immensely in making this beer storage growler a durable and long-lasting product.
I have always been an out-and-out beer lover, and everyone in my friend circle knows about this obsession of mine. Hence, on my recent birthday, my friends teamed up and presented me with this beautiful-looking storage growler that I could use to store my beer or my own brew. It took me some time to start using this growler after I received it; however, once I fell into the groove, I realized that it had great features and superior functionality.
I opened the growler on the first day, checking it inside out and realized that it had been designed with a vacuum insulation system. It has two walls that help in keeping your beverage fresh and tasteful through the day. I was totally bowled over by the fact that the inner wall is also equipped with the technology to preserve the natural flavor of the stored liquid and does not allow the metallic taste of stainless steel to permeate into the brew. This was one of the greatest USP’s for me as most of the other bottles that I have tried have always had this problem of metallic taste.
The dual wall design also ensures that the temperature of the liquid is maintained. So, hot beverages stay hot and cold ones stay cold. This is due to the fact the two walls have no air in the space between them. This made me extremely happy, as I could use this growler as a flask and carry my coffee to work in the mornings and carry by beer during long rides on the weekends as well.
Add to the fact that it has a triple-haul cap that makes sure there is a minimal amount of spillage and adds another layer of insulation to the overall mechanism. The cap is attached with a three-finger grip handle that makes it super-easy to carry around. Thus, it has become my perfect companion for long weekend tours or travels. I have even used to carry soup for my mom in the hospital and store milkshake in it for the summers.
The smart design of this growler is quite different from anything else in the market. It has become one of my favourite gears that I simply can’t do without in my day to day life.
The Yeti Rambler Growler brings the classic features of flasks and thermoses together in a more enhanced and compact form to give you a storage option for most of your brews.
I have been having a smooth run with this growler and haven’t faced any functionality issues to date. It has been a constant companion in storing my beer and coffee on the go.
Submitted by Sasha.
I get very excited with changes in technology when it comes to the art of home brewing. When I first started, there weren’t too many options available that were dedicated to perfecting beer brewing. Fortunately, the landscape has changed irrevocably with more and more people trying to brew their own beer in their homes. After hearing many good things about the PicoBrew Pico Model C, I decided to check it out for myself.
The Pico Model C is an offering from Pico Master dedicated to the home brewer. Pico is compact enough to fit into any home kitchen and can brew up to 5L of beer in under 2 hours. Other features of this system include:
Once I looked at the system and familiarised myself with its capabilities, I ordered the Pico Model C and selected a beer recipe. They have on offer recipes that have been sourced from over 150 partner breweries around the world and the option to customise a recipe yourself. For the sake of testing out the equipment the way it was designed to be used, I decided to pick one of the recipes offered with their service instead of a customised recipe. The Pico Master has a wide selection of beer recipes. What makes this exciting is that these recipes come from small craft breweries whose beer I would not be able to taste unless I travelled to them. The Pico Master system allows me to brew and taste beer from all over the world. I picked the Black Beauty Cream Stout by Packing House Brewing Company.
The Pico Model C box finally arrived contained the actual brewing system, a serving keg, and a brewing keg. I connected the Pico Model C to my home internet via the Wi-fi using the control panel on the system. First, the step filter and Brew Keg has to be rinsed in tap water. Then, using distilled water, I had to select the First Rinse option on the control box and allow the rinse cycle to clean the equipment. This was done in 7 minutes.
My PicoPak had also arrived, containing the blend for the Black Beauty Cream Stout. First, I placed the Pico Hops Pak into its slot and then went in the Pico Gain Pak in front of the Step Filter. I filled the Brew Keg with distilled water until it reached the fill line in the keg. I then filled the water reservoir with around 3.5L of distilled water. I switched it on and selected the Brew PicoPak option. The Pico selected the recipe automatically by reading the RFID code on the PicoPak. At this stage, I also had the option of changing the alcohol content or bitterness of the beer.
The brewing process took around two hours. I allowed the Brew Keg to cool down and added the yeast in within 24 hours after connecting the fermentation seal. I had to store the keg in a temperature-controlled area at a temperature within the Fast Fermentation rate set by the temperature decal on the brew keg. Since the ABV of this particular stout is under 6.5%, I stored it for 7 days at 68° F.
I cleaned the serving keg, racked the beer and then added the carbonation sugar to the serving keg. The carbonation process takes twice as long as the fermentation; about two weeks. After chilling the keg for a further 12 hours, the stout was finally ready to drink.
The Black Beauty Cream Stout is rich, creamy, and has notes of chocolate and coffee. Though the alcohol content is not very high, the flavour and complexity of the beer make it worthwhile to brew. The beer has a sweet aftertaste and finishes off smooth.
For a first-time brewer, the brewing and cleaning process might prove difficult especially if you are not aware of how you can infect your beer. This system isn’t even for those looking to learn how to brew their beer. Since the machine takes care of the entire brewing process, including the recipe formulation, there isn’t much to see and learn other than how to clean your equipment thoroughly.
I think this system is perfect for those who love craft beer and want the ability to taste different beers from all over the world. While the beer might not be the perfect replica, with some practice, you can get it to taste close to the original.
As for me, I will continue to experiment with this system and definitely try out the different beer recipes available.
As someone who enjoys brewing his own beer, I am always on the lookout for quality products. My own brewing journey has taught me the fine nuances of making beer, from ensuring the quality of the malt to experimenting with the hops to equipment capabilities, have a deep impact on the beer. Sometimes, even the water I use can affect the final taste of the beer. I like to be on the look-out for new brewing kits and the different equipment they come with. No two types of equipment provide the same features, and the journey to finding the perfect equipment can be a long one
The Minibrew kit is a great device because it’s pretty much reduced the process of brewing beer to a couple of buttons. It’s a neat little machine that simplifies the whole process and creates brews on-the-go.
The day when the Grainfather Connect arrived, I installed it according to their instructions. I also downloaded their app as they say that it provides the most benefits of the system. In order to test the system, I decided to go with one of the pre-installed recipes with one of the grain kits from The Grainfather.
However, I still wanted to challenge the system, and so I picked their Black IPA recipe and kit instead. The kit came with two packets of mixed grains which included Gladfield American Ale Malt, Gladfield Dark Crystal Malt, Gladfield Munich Malt, and Gladfield Dark Chocolate Malt. It also came with two packets of Mangrove Jack's M44 US West Coast yeast, and the hops were a combination of Pacific Jade, Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic.
The recipe on the app called for 23.2L of water which it then continued to automatically heat to the required mash temperature of 50 degrees Celsius. I then slowly added the mash into the water, taking care to mix fully to avoid lumps. The recipe called for a steady increase in temperature at different times, all of which was automated by the control box and the app.
Next came the sparging process after which the system automatically begins the boiling process by increasing the temperature. According to the recipe, the liquid had to boil for ninety minutes. During this phase, I added the timed hop to the liquid. Then came the cooling process using their convenient counterflow wort chiller.
As the cool wort was collected, I added both packets of the yeast for the fermentation process which can last between 7 to 10 days. The temperature for this process was also maintained automatically by the control box and app. I tapped the beer into a keg for a further 3 weeks after which the beer was ready to taste.
The beer has a strong aroma of citrus, pine resin, mango, and passion fruit which is a result of the dry hopping during the fermentation. The flavour has a smooth caramel malt body which is offset beautifully by the bitterness. The hop adds great depth of flavours that complement each other.
The system has much scope to play around with, especially in the manual setting. The next step for me will be to experiment with my own recipes that I have perfected over the years.
The company also has an effective customer support team. After the success of this initial experiment, I am definitely curious about the system’s abilities and how far I can test its accurate temperature control.
Submitted by Ryan.
I think Minibrew is may be one of the best investments an avid beer brewer could make. For someone who loves brewing at home, the Minibrew is quite a good purchase as it’ll help you create craft beers pretty much on-the-go. The machine is a home-brewing device that can be carried around the home. Kudos to the Dutch entrepreneurs who came up with this portable beer brewing machine, because it is quite a convenient tool to have.
The Minibrew kit is a great device because it’s pretty much reduced the process of brewing beer to a couple of buttons. It’s a neat little machine that simplifies the whole process and creates brews on-the-go.
Ever since I had my first sip of beer, I always thought it would be pretty awesome if I had my own little brewery at home which can serve me drinks whenever I felt like. Since I wasn’t able to set up an entire system at home, I was always looking to get a machine that could do an equivalent job. I had kept an eye out for kits that could be used at home, and that’s when I came across this.
The Minibrew had everything I was looking for - portability, ease of use, beer on-the-go and a hobby I could really invest my time into. From the moment I got it, I knew I’d taken the right choice because the instructions were super clear and I was able to get the first batch ready within a couple of weeks. Although it did take me a couple of tries to get it right, I knew it was just a matter of time.
By the end of a couple of weeks, I was able to brew batches of beer that were tasty and also a great drink that was a perfect accompaniment for my food. I called over a couple of friends and had a nice Barbeque and beer party, and it actually turned out to be a big success. Since I don’t need to transfer the produce from vessel to another, it lessens the chances of contamination as well, and it’s been a great purchase.
Your love for beer will make you practically try all varieties that you could get your hands on during the first couple of years trying home brewing. You would start with extract brewing and eventually get into all-grain brewing to have complete control over what you made. My first set up was a total DIY 5, gallon rig with which I brewed some great batches. There were many difficulties associated with my DIY setup, especially with temperature control and the struggle to carry the hot wort to the bathtub for an ice bath. Going through some recommendations, and my experience, you can pick the Spike Brewing System by Spike Brewing. Their set up is robust and appealing, and will help you upgrade to larger batches with some incredible results.
The first thought right off the bat as I put the system together was about how easy it is to assemble. When set up was complete, I was struck by its commercial-grade looks which could potentially give my old DIY rig a complex. You will notice that the kettle walls are thick and the tanks have a substantial mass to them making them study. It is something you would need when handling gallons of carefully controlled fluids. If you’re a first time user, it’s essential that you understand the flow circuitry well before connecting or starting the brewing process, it’s easy to make a wrong connection if you don’t understand or get confused over where the hoses exit the tanks and enter the pump and vice versa.
The 15-gallon brewing kettle I have allows me to make batches between 5 to 11 gallons which is a doubling of my previous capacity. On this brew, I decided to make a 10-gallon batch and started off filling up the HLT with water enough to well submerge the HERMS. The strike temperature is set at 170 F so when the grains are added you’d hit a final mash tun temperature at about 155 F. Before turning on the pumps it’s essential to open the valves and bleed the air in the system and prime the pumps. Once the mash tun is heated, I add about 18 pounds of grain while stirring continuously for a uniform mix. The liquid circulates for about an hour, and the pumps are turned off and valves closed to prep for sparging.
The hoses are removed to set them up for sparging by connecting them to the Boiling Kettle whirlpool port. The process of transfer of the wort to the BK needs to be done as slowly as possible; I gave it about 45 minutes. You need to ensure there’s more liquid in the BK than your batch size to account for evaporation and hose losses. Once the wort hits boil, I add 3 ounces of hops for the bittering and add about another 1.5 ounces at 15 minutes to the completion of boiling.
Once the boiling is done, the next step is the whirlpool, and the hoses are removed to create a closed circuitry between the BK and wort pump to circulate the wort and cool it. The next step is to chill the wort, and that’s where the counterflow heat exchanger is used. One direction if the flow is of the hot wort and the other is cool water from a source. The cooled wort goes into the fermenting tank in a continuous flow.
The resulting beer matched the taste of my old DIY rig, but only this time I brewed every subsequent batch with consistency. I’ve experimented with a variety of grain and hop combinations and have been able to replicate them time and again.
Other than a few glitches during the first brew with the assembled system, I have no complaints about it. I love the amount of thought and engineering that has gone into this product to make it intuitive and user-friendly!
Any homebrewer spends much time trying to compare a kit with other products, asking experts and discussing with fellow homebrewers before going ahead with the buy. You are right to be sceptical of the mechanism and usage as this system is different from any of your old brewing kit. However, its advanced features and solid design will definitely win you over. Here, I have discussed the same in details below so that you can get a better understanding of this product.
An all-in-one solution to your brewing woes, the Robobrew version three is decked with all the necessary features to boil your own brew with your recipes and blends. It comes with an all-grain brewing system, with a capacity of nine gallons and a digitized controller that is built into the design and an attached pump that is perfect for recirculation.
As a connoisseur of home brewing, you’ll find it extremely advantageous that you got all the necessary systems and mechanisms in one machine and did not have to go looking for add-on gadgets for a perfect brew. Although you may have had tried your hands at malt extract brewing, the all grain brewing concept of this device will be a pleasant change.
On your brew day, all you have to do is, plug your Robobrew in the kitchen socket, put in the grains for mashing and use its dedicated boiling and heating mechanisms to add water and convert the grains into a wort. The digital temperature control pad is a friendly addition as you could easily understand and follow instructions for the mix.
The compact design, with the pump at the bottom, is on-point for anyone. You can carry it and place it anywhere around the house. You can even brew your beer while watching the T.V. Another great fact that struck out about this brewing system is that, the dual heating elements run from the same plug. The two elements are 1000 watts and 500 watts respectively and you could use them one by one or both at same time to get the desired heat.
Your first brew on the Robobrew V3 will taste exactly as you wanted. Thus, the use of this brewing system will give you the confidence to brew your own beer and experiment with different blends and recipes. It's easy to use technology, and the smart design will make it one of your best investments to date.
The Robobrew’s third version, V3 brings the classic features of the earlier versions together in a more enhanced and compact format at a very affordable price.
My friends have been having a smooth run with this system and haven’t faced any functionality issues to date.
Even I am looking forward to creating even better beer brews in the future and utilize this brewing system to brew some great-tasting batches of my favourite drink.
It has been a full three months since I tried the Mr. Beer Brewing Kit. I happened to receive it as a birthday gift from a fellow beer lover. Having already owned another brewing system previously, and brewed several successful batches of beer, I wondered what I would make of this new and compact brewing kit. I was given the Premium gold edition which I have discussed below.
The Mr. Beer Kit comes with a lightweight fermenter, brewing extract, carbonation drops, reusable beer bottles, and a cleanser. They have a neat 2-gallon keg with a locking spigot for the easy bottling of the brewed beer.
Ever since I moved homes and had to dismantle my old brewing system due to space constraints, I have been quite disconcerted that I had to step out to get my favorite drink. It seemed too tiresome, and I got lucky with a gift from a friend. This has been a great brewing experience, and the entire brewing process is uncomplicated and doesn’t even take up much space.
I started by mixing the hopped malt extract with water and filling it into the fermenter. It took just a few minutes of mixing the extract with water to create my wort. A traditional brewing process consists of milling grains, mixing it with heated water and boiling, and then extracting the liquid called wort. This wort is first boiled, and then hops are added to it. Once it is processed enough to remove all malt and hop particles, it is cooled and fermented.
With Mr Beers, this entire process came down to a mere 30-minutes because the extract provided by them is already malted and has hops too. Once the yeast began the fermentation process, I just had to sit back and wait. I waited out the entire 3 weeks of brewing time because I wanted to follow all instructions. I know from experience, though, that if you let it sit for longer, the taste is definitely more robust. I should be trying it out with my next batch.
Once the three weeks of fermentation was done, I put the carbonation drop (one each) into the bottles and tapped my beer and shut the bottles. The carbonation took an additional 2-weeks. And, I tried my best to keep the temperatures optimally around 70 degrees F. I plan to let the brew ferment for longer and maybe get experimental and add more grains while fermenting the next batch too.
But, for sure, patience is what results in good quality beer, and I am happy that I followed all the instructions without any deviation. Although I was a little skeptical about the process being so simplified, I found that the end result had not been compromised. I am excited to say that I ended up with the first batch of Bavarian wheat beer which tasted great and had a light aroma and a malty yet light body.
Mr Beers Premium Gold Edition Brewing Kit could be a super satisfying buy. I say so because I had the best time brewing my beer after several days.
I haven’t had any complaints so far and have had no need to reach out to their customer service representatives, but I hear that they provide efficient post-sale services.
This has been an exciting and satisfactory experience, and I see myself buying more refills in the future.
For the majority of the people, the beer tastes great when chilled. You could use the normal freezers to keep your beer cold, but why should you bother with the fridge when we have specially designed coolers for that purposes. Some call them beer koozies, bottle jackets, can coolers, and beer bottles among other names, but whatever the name you prefer to call them, they are accessories you will appreciate having when you want to drink cool and refreshing beer during the hot summer afternoons. They are portable, simple in design and versatile in use, and their availability in a variety of price ranges ensures that you will find one that will be fit for your bottle cooling needs.
Just like with every other purchase, you don’t just want to storm the store and pick any can cooler. It pays to know how to choose the right one that will not just your money’s worth but also will do a good job in ensuring that your beer is chilled. Many are the various types of can coolers from different manufacturers in the market today, and it can be confusing to pick the right one. To help you out here is our simple and concise guide on what you should look for when shopping for a can cooler-:
If you are like most people, then you have a favorite beer brand, and you know the exact size of that bottle. It would be a waste of time to try and go for a can cooler that doesn’t match the size of your preferred brand. Therefore, before anything else, consider only the koozies that will fit well with your preferred beer brand.
The material of the beer bottle cooler will determine the quality of cooling you will get as well as the longevity of the cooler. As usual, you want to have a cooler with the material that will not just ensure that your beer bottles stay cool for the longest time possible, but also it should last long so that you don’t go back to the store to shop for a new one after just a short while. As far as the material goes, your preferred cooler should be made of metal, fabric or rubber. These are the ones that have proven to give better performances and are also durable.
You should be interested in the mode of carrying the cooler if you want versatility when you have to have your beer outdoors. Depending on your preferences, consider if you're going to have a cooler with side handles, lid straps or shoulder straps. Again, be sure to check that the handle will give you the convenience you need to carry the size of your bottle comfortably.
This is important because it determines how well your drinks will stay cold. To get it right regarding insulation, consider the maximum duration you would desire your drinks to remain cold. Though you may like the idea of having a can cooler that will maximize on the ice life, you don’t need a cooler that can keep the beer chilled for one week when you only need to use it for a couple of hours. Therefore, consider your preferred cooling duration then make an appropriate choice.
The Asobu Frosty Beer 2 Go is a double wall stainless cooler that will bring the ultimate chill to your beer bottles and cans. It features vacuum insulation that will ensure that your beer bottles remain cold for hours on end. The size is just perfect for giving you the versatility you need to carry in comfortably in a bag or your hand so that you can enjoy your favorite beer at the beach, barbeque or during a party.
The beer bottle opener fitted at the top will also help you not worry about how to pop up your beer when you need the drink. It is available in black or silver, and both look exceedingly appealing to the eyes. The design is simply elegant, and it is a cooler you will not be afraid to show around for your friends.
The BruMate Hopsulator slim double wall stainless steel can cooler is designed to fit all of the 12oz slim cans. Irrespective of the temperatures, this cooler can keep any beer can 20 times colder than what you would expect with the normal neoprene can coolers. Its quality double wall insulation is what you need to ensure that your sips will always be refreshing as the very first one.
The cooler is designed with a simple push-lock technology that makes it really simple to use since all you have to do is push your beer can into the slim and it will be tightly held in place. Once you are done with your drink, all you have to do is unscrew the gasket and remove the empty can. Again, no matter the temperatures, the can doesn’t sweat, hence, no worries about having a sweaty palm when carrying the can
The BottleKeeper 2.0 is nicely designed to suit various sizes and types of beer bottles. Its insulation gives it the ability to keep your beer colder for longer, while also protecting it against gravity. The BottleKeeper also comes with cup seals that conveniently encloses the beer bottle so that no one can know what kind of bottle you are carrying inside. The base of the bottle is padded to allow for sturdy support when placed on the table, and should the cooler fall by accident, the padding will help to ensure isn’t broken, and you lose your beer.
It has a metallic and printed finish and is available in a variety of colors. The top hangs conveniently using a strap attached to the neck of the cooler. Other than providing an excellent attachment for the top, it also allows for great convenience when carrying the cooler around.
The Tahoe Trails 12oz stainless steel cooler will conveniently fit all the 12oz beer cans and bottles. Its double wall vacuum insulation featuring additional copper plating gives it superior cooling capabilities due to the extra temperature retention features it has. The stainless steel has a powder coating that makes it rust-proof and durable. If you are worried about sweating and having sweaty palms, then you will be pleased to know that the cooler doesn’t sweat and stays dry on the outside at all times.
Whether you need cold beers when watching games, or hanging by the poolside or when going for a hike on a hot summer afternoon, this can will serve you just right. Its availability of a variety of colors presents you with various choices and the freedom to choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.
The Kollea stainless steel beer chiller sticks are easy and convenient to use for faster chilling of your drinks. They are designed with advanced cooling technology that enables them to chill your beer in the shortest time possible. All you have to do is keep them in the freezer for about 45 minutes, then insert them in long neck beer bottles and let them do their magic.
The chiller sticks are clean, 100% FDA compliant and can fit a variety of beer bottles, so long as the bottles are at least 8.5” tall. Once done using them, cleaning them is easy since all you need is to wash them, and dry using a towel then keep them back in the freezer. If you are for faster cooling of your beer, especially when you are around the house, then this is one of the most versatile beer chillers you will ever have.
The Thermos stainless steel beverage can is designed with a vacuum insulation technology that allows it to render maximum temperature retention to keep the content at the desired temperatures for as long as possible. The thermos is designed to hold one 12 ounces can, and it also offers good insulation from the can and the hands so that you don’t have to worry about feeling too much cold or heat when carrying the can.
It can keep its content cold for up to three hours, and this three times of what you can expect with the normal cans. The surface of the can is scratch-resistant, and its size gives it the versatility to fit conveniently on car cup holders. Additionally, it is sweat proof, so you don’t have to worry about water rings, and the silicon ring on the top allows you to secure it safely.
This stainless steel cooler features DuraCoat Color that makes it retain its good looks for long – it won’t peel, crack or fade. It gasket is designed with the load and lock technology that will ensure your cans are well secured in place. Its design also features a double wall vacuum that will see to it that the contents of the cooler stay colder for longer. With the no-sweat design, you don’t have to worry about your hands getting damp or frostbitten and this gives you the versatility to carry the can comfortably and for longer.
The cooler is designed to carry 12oz standard cans and bottles very conveniently. If you want the best from this brand, however, you must be careful to watch out for the fakes. They are very many in the stores, and you can be easily duped into purchasing the wrong can. Don’t buy fakes when you can get the original.
If you are looking for the right can cooler for your water, beer or any other refreshment, then you will find a lot of pleasure in the KelvZ insulated stainless can cooler. The cooler is designed using the KelvZ stainless technology, making it one of a kind, with great looks and the versatility to hold the various type of 12oz bottles. It is made with high-quality stainless steel with a double wall interior to ensure that the contents of your bottle remain cold for longer.
Since it is condensation-free, you won’t have to worry about frost bites because your hands will remain dry all the time. Additionally, the walls are scratch-resistant, and this ensures that the bottle will not lose its nice looks for as long as you shall have it. Whether you need can cooler for hiking, or you want to gift your friend, this cooler will not disappoint you.
These beer bottle coolers with zipper are available in an assortment of bright colors that will make it possible for you to identify your drinks easily. You don’t have to accidentally grab the wrong drinks if you have a pair of these. The coolers are made from wet suit materials, featuring 3mm neoprene. The foam is of quality material and does not easily fold. Their versatile design makes them fit purses, glove box, or pockets and you can go with them places quite easily.
Again, unlike most of the competitors’ products, these bottle coolers with zipper don’t have any logos, and if you love screen printing or similar DIY projects, you will be delighted with them. The zipper has a holding ring so that you don’t have to hold onto the walls of the can directly. You can just dangle it on your fingers you walk, and they will be perfectly secure.
Beer chillers have been around for a while, but rarely will you find quality and effective chillers as these beer chiller sticks. They are what you need when you want to keep drinking your beer at the same temperature. Simply freeze the chillers for 45 minutes then insert them in a bottle of beer and enjoy a cold and refreshing sip every time.
Once you insert the chillers in the bottle, they will press firmly and create an airtight seal. Their design feature a stainless steel frame that is smooth, sturdy and freezes quickly. They are also easy to clean since, after each use, all you have to do is simply wash the sticks, dry with a towel and take them back in the freezer. To enhance further your experience with them, they include a stylish bottle opener for your convenience when you need to enjoy your beer.
It is always pleasurable to gut down beer that you made on your own. Of course, you can’t be in lack of ready beers since we have a plethora of them on the shelves, but those who are into home brewing find a lot of reward in having the ability to craft their own beers, and possibly add their own twists so that they can come up with unique crafts. If you are interested in this passionate hobby, then just know that you have an exciting ride ahead, but you will have to get the right apparatus first – best beer making kit.
A home brewing kit is what you will give you the ability to have your own mini brewery at home. It makes it possible for you to mix the various ingredients needed for home brewing and also facilitate the process of brewing the components together to give you your beer finally. It ensures that all the ambient conditions are maintained, including the proper hygiene, temperatures, and insulation to help you get the best possible home brewed beer.
Many are the types of brewing kits today, but the ideal ones should have brewing kits components such as wort chiller, a thermometer for temperature monitoring, glassy cowboy, pail opening tool, muslin hop bags, jet bottle washer, and homebrew kegerators and books about brewing if possible. A home brewing kit with these components will provide with everything you need for an optimal home brewing experience.
Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition Craft making kit is one of the best home brewing kits you will find in the market today. It is unique in the sense that it has been designed and manufactured by a brewing company and not just a random manufacturer who wants to make money from other people’s passions.
As such, its component design is aimed at making the process of crafting as simple as possible, while giving you the chance to have a quality homemade beer. With it, you are guaranteed to have the best out-of-the-box experience even when it is your first time to craft your own beer.
Created by beer masters – Mr Beer is the proud product of Cooper’s Brewery – Australia’s largest craft that has been around for the last 150 years. This is a guarantee that quality is written all over the kit, and you can expect nothing but the very best experience with it.
This 2-Gallon Fermenter – the kit comes with a fermenter with a wide mouth to make it easy for you to brew and to clean. The fermenter has airlocks to keep their contents therein from unnecessary exposure, and it is also UV-resistant to ensure that the harmful sunrays don’t have to interfere with your brew.
Hoped malt extract – this is perfect irrespective of your experience as a brewer. With it, you can reduce your brewing time from nine hours down to 30 minutes or even less.
• Very good quality brewing kit
• Beginner friendly
• Fun and easy to use
• Keg may leak at the spout
If you are just starting out with home brewing and you want to hit the road running immediately, then you have every reason to get this home beer brewing kit. , and so it took into account all the needs of the home brewers.
If you are just getting started with home crafting, then the Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday beer brewing kit is of the best kits you will find in the market today. With this kit, you will find the process of home brewing to be simple, fun and you will also love the resulting taste you will get from the beer.
It comes with easy to follow videos and step by step guides that will turn you into a pro; even it is your very first time to open an extractor. With it, you will have an incredible chance to use only fresh, whole ingredients, as well as the traditional methods of home brewing that have been passed to generations for centuries
Created by published beer authors – this is not just another random home brewing kit you will find in the market today. It is the work of published beer authors who know exactly what goes into the process of making great beer.
Beer brewing components – the kit includes components such as yeast, hops and grains, one-gallon glass fermenter, vinyl tubing, thermometer, chambered airlocks, cleaners, and screw cap stopper.
Glass-spirit filled thermometer – this is to help you monitor the temperature of the brew since you know that certain optimal temperatures are necessary for quality brews.
Easy to clean – hygiene is very important when it comes to home brewing and with this kit, no hassles, whatsoever when it comes to cleaning all the components so that you can always brew in a clean environment.
• Comes with instructions on how to use
• Has a thermometer
• 1-gallon fermenter
• Made by published beer authors
• Doesn’t have strainer, funnel, pot or bottles
The Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday Beer making it is a decent choice if you are new at creating your craft and you need a kit with detailed instructions on how to make a homebrew. It has every vital component necessary for a decent brewing experience, and if you use all the available guides and brewing materials, nothing should stop you from crafting a great home beer with this kit.
Northern Brewer is not a new name in the home brewing scene, and from them, you will find some of the most robust home brewing equipment. The Northern Brewer Brew is a highly rated starter kit for anyone who wants to embark on the home brewing journey. It comes with every component to make the most of your brews, including foolproof instructions that will make you feel like a pro even if it is your first time seeing a fermenter.
Designed by brew master – there is no denying that Northern Brewer is an industry titan when it comes to home brewing. The fact that they are the manufacturer of this kit should inspire a lot of confidence in you.
6.5 Gallon Fermenter – If you are just starting out, then this is more than you need. However, it should suffice for most of your brewing needs. Bottling bucket with a spigot assembly – to make the process of transferring your beer to bottles safe, clean and fast.
Cleaner/Sanitizer – include a bottle brush, royal crown bottle capper, and oxygen wash. Block Party Amber Ale recipe – should get you going even if you are a complete newbie. The other kit components include-: lid and bubbler airlock, bottle filler, five stainless brew kettle, stainless spoon auto siphon.
• Comes with the Block Party Amber Ale recipe
• Great for newbies
• Available at a great price range
• Lids are not 100% airtight
If you are looking for a decent home brewing experience, and you want to use one of the best beer making kits, then you will never go wrong with the Northern Brewer Brew. The kit is designed and manufactured by real leaders in the brewing industry, and as such, you can always expect to have a very good experience with it. Whether you are a starter or a veteran, you will be pleased by the performance of the kit, and of course, the taste of the beer.
Here comes another Northern Brewer kit that makes it to the list of the best beer making kits, and a single glance at its features will tell you why it deserves a place in the list. It is one of the best selling beer brewing starter kits you will find in the market today, and if you are just starting out, with making home brews, then it should on top of your list.
The kit has every component you will ever need as a newbie to get started with making beers that will taste as if professionals made them. Also included in the kit are full-proof instruction to guarantee the success of your very first home beer.
Curated ingredients – the kit comes with curated ingredients enough to make 5 gallons of homemade beer. In the end, your beer will taste just as good as the ones made by pros.
Two premium large glass bottles – you will be thankful that you have these during stage two of the fermentation process.
Blow-off horse – to make the cleaning process faster and more efficient. Made by pros – the manufacturers of this kit has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. This is a subtle testament to the quality of this brew kit. It has been refined over the years to give you the very best brewing experience.
• Very good quality
• Has a step by step instruction manual
• Ideal for starters
• Gallon brew kettle is not included
This should be your go-to kit if you want the best beer making kit for beginners. Other than the detailed step by step instructions, it has every component you may need to get you started on your home brewing journey as a newbie. Using it is easy and once done, you won’t have to worry about cleaning it either.
The Home Brew Ohio Gold Complete Beer Equipment is what you need to take your homebrew to the next level, just as the name suggests. One of the things that makes it one of the best beer making kit is the inclusion of a glass carboy that aids the secondary fermentation process. If you have brewed in the past, then you know that just a single fermentation process would be enough to make a great beer, but if you want a cleaner finished brew, then secondary fermentation is always recommended. This is the kind of versatility you get with this Home Brew Ohio Gold Complete Beer Equipment.
Kit instructions – important to make the assembly process easy. Also included is a true brew handbook
7.8 Gallon fermenting bucket – this will give you the capacity to make enough beer for your home needs
5 Gallon glass carboy – as explained above, this is vital for secondary fermentation. Fermentation thermometer – temperature control and monitoring are vital for the fermentation process, and this thermometer will help you to keenly monitor the temperature. Cleansers – these include a bottle brush and a c-brite sanitizer.
• Perfect for brewing nearly everything. You are not restricted to home beer alone.
• Great for starting out and beyond
• High-quality carboy
• Solid homebrew kit
• All components work perfectl
• Doesn’t ship with a siphon. You have to buy one.
• Has a rigid tube which may easily break
The Home Brew Ohio Gold may not be the very best beer making kit in the market today, but it is a decent one and will be of great value if you are just starting out as a home brewer. It is quite a versatile one, and this gives you the pleasure to brew just anything you may want to brew.
Midwest Supplies Beer Brewing Starter Kit
The Midwest Supplies Beer Brewing Starter Kit boasts of having everything you need and nothing you don’t need to get going with your home brewing passion. It promises to make it a breeze for you to make your very first beer, which may be your first but will taste as if it was crafted by the pros. In the kit, you will find Pale Ale Recipe kit, bottle bucket, bottle filler, siphon, bottling tubing, adhesive fermentation thermometer, bottle capper, beer brush bottle, oxygen wash cleaner, and instructions.
Everything you need – every kit component you need to start making beer is included in this kit. It is one of the most complete beer brewing kits you will find in the market today.
Easy to use – assembling the kit and using it doesn’t require you to be a genius. If anything, it comes with a complete set of instructions on how to get all the components together and start brewing your beer.
Easy to clean – cleaning home brewing kits are normally a challenge to many people, especially those who are just starting out. That is not the case with this kit. Since it includes the oxygen wash sanitizer, you will not have any problems when it comes to cleaning it.
• Almost the perfect kit for newbies
• Simple and convenient
• The bucket doesn’t seal properly
Many customers have reviewed this beer brewing kit as the most perfect kit for newbies. With all its features, components and detailed instructions, it makes a good choice for anyone interested in a tried and tested home beer brewing kit. Its five-star rating is a further confirmation that most users are very pleased with it, and if you were to purchase it, then you can also expect a similar experience.
Home-brewing is not a new thing and not about to end. If you think it is something you would like to try, then, by all means, you should not let anything hold you back. However, you should know that the quality of the beer you will make will depend on the type of the beer brewing kit you will use. If you are just starting out, then you should consider investing in one of the best beer brewing kits because they will avail to you everything you will need to make great beer, including step by step instruction that will take you from a newbie to a pro in home brewing. The above-reviewed brewing kits will not disappoint you, but we would personally recommend the Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition Craft making kit.
If you’re a true beer lover, you must be well aware of the difference between a draught beer and the beer that is poured from a bottle or can! And a true beer enthusiast knows very well that the former tastes much better and gives you the right kick that you’re looking for!
When drinking out, you can easily enjoy the draught or draft beer! However, what to do when you’re at home or at a house party or BBQ? Well, when it comes to buying beer for home, people are compelled to buy the bottled or canned beer because it is easy to store and sell.
If the craft beer enthusiast in you is not satisfied with bottled beer at home, investing in a mini kegerator can be the best bet! If you’re impressed by the idea of a kegerator and are looking forward to investing in one, we have enlisted the best ones for you!
But before you look at your options, you should know a bit more about mini kegerators. So, let’s get started!
Kegerator is a small refrigerator-like machine or a portable container that is designed to pour beer right from a keg. Now, a keg is a metallic pressurized barrel that is used to store carbonated drinks like beer. One end of a keg has a valve that is used to dispense beer.
A keg is put inside a kegerator to dispense beer directly into a beer mug. So, it feels like a luxury to have one at home! Besides that, let’s look into more logical reasons why you should buy a kegerator.
No matter how many bottles of beer you stock up in your fridge, nothing can beat the idea of draft beer being within your reach even when you’re home. This is why it is a great idea to invest in a mini kegerator.
However, if you still need some solid reasons to invest in a kegerator other than just the craving of draft beer at home, we are here for you. Luckily, we have got a whole list of reasons for you. So, here is why buying a kegerator is beneficial for you:
If you’re someone who likes to drink beer quite often and likes their fridge stocked up with bottles and cans of beer, you’ll save up quite a lot using a kegerator. The science behind this is that buying a kegerator and a whole keg of beer seems to save a lot of your money that is otherwise spent on bottles and cans of beers.
So, after you consume a few kegs, if you calculate, you would have saved up enough money on beer that covers up the cost of your kegerator. So, you wouldn’t regret investing in one! Plus the enjoyment of draft beer at home is priceless!
Unlike opened beer bottles or cans, a keg keeps your beer fresh and enjoyable even after a long time. So, you need not rush and finish your beer fast thinking that it will lose its freshness and carbonation.
In a kegerator, your beer will stay intact for an estimated time of three to four months. It’s like a dream come true for beer lovers!
You know where on one hand, it is quite satisfying to keep your fridge stocked with your favorite beer, and on the other hand, it is quite irking to find no space for other things. Your fridge stays occupied almost all the time and that just does not work well.
When you invest in a beer kegerator, you get rid of this problem as no refrigerator is needed for bottled beer when you use kegs of beer. The kegerator not only helps you directly dispense your beer in the mugs but it also keeps it chilled throughout the time! So, that’s like killing two birds with one stone!
Made from heavy-duty stainless steel, the features of NutriChef kegerator tells pretty much all about the quality of this one. This beer kegerator system stands out from the others as it comes with a 16g CO2 cartridge that gives a constant CO2 supply to your beer, keeping it carbonated for a long time! So, forget flat beer for the rest of your life!
It holds 128 ounces of beer and keeps it fresh for 2 months! The adjustable gauge and regulator help you get the beer at the right pressure and makes the right head of the beer for you to enjoy!
- Great material and good manufacturing
- Easy to set up
- Portable and easy to carry
- Good customer support
- Learning to use the regulator takes time
- Tough to fit in a refrigerator with ease
This stainless steel keg is another hit in our list. This one comes with a capacity of 128 ounces that is equal to 8 pints of beer. Just like the NutriChef variant, the Keg Smiths kegerator also comes with CO2 supply-enabled tap configuration. With a threaded CO2 cartridge system, this keg accepts 12-16gm of CO2 to keep your drink carbonated throughout the time.
It is a portable kegerator and is suitable not just to serve beer but also other drinks like an iced tea, homebrew, and even coffee.
- Double size as compared to other growlers
- Doesn’t take too much space
- Strong and durable material
- Good customer support
- Difficult to seal the fittings
- Issues with regulating pressure and carbonation
This growler is available in copper color and has a capacity to hold 64 ounces of beer. The product is one of the most bought item that does the same work as a mini kegerator. Made of 18/8 stainless steel, it has vacuum insulation that helps keep your beer chilled throughout the day. On the outside, the uKeg is plated with copper to give it the look of an old brewery item.
The growler is made of steel; thus, there is a sight glass available on it that helps you know how much beer is left in the growler. It comes with an adjustable VPR cap and a custom tap that can be locked if you’re traveling with your kegerator. It keeps your beer fresh for 2 weeks!
- Portable and easy to carry
- Keeps beer fresh
- Strong built
- Quality issues with CO2 cartridge & regulator cap
- Leakage or excessive dripping
An item for your home, the KRUPS B100 is a high-tech version of a classic kegerator like uKeg. This product flaunts the Heineken Draught Keg Technology. The kegerator comes with Peltier cooling system that is claimed to be ‘ultra-quiet’ and helps your beer stay continuously chilled.
The KRUPS keeps your beer fresh for 30 days after tapping. It has a modular yet classic design like the old-school beer dispensers and has a drainable platform where you can easily keep your beer glass or mug to be filled. The high-quality tap configuration is also quite easy to use and is sturdy manufacturing. It also comes with a 2-year warranty, valid worldwide.
This dispenser holds about 14.3 pounds of beer and the temperature of your beer can be inferred through an LED temperature indicator.
- Value for money
- Comes with a very helpful manual
- Great for serving beer in parties and gatherings
- Easy to set up
- Hard to find the right-sized keg
- Requires more space
- The tubes are longer than required
This kegerator claims to make brewing easy and is an advanced model with the ball lock tapping system. The tap system allows you to regulate pressure and carbonation with great ease. This mini kegerator is the best option if you’re always trying new beers as its 5L capacity will allow you to enjoy a beer in small batches. Thus, no beer goes bad, and nothing is wasted with this kegerator.
Made of stainless steel, the Weekend Brewer is best for different types of beer, kombucha, and cold brew nitro coffee. So, if you’re a fan for any of these, this kegerator is for you. This Weekend Brewer comes with a kit including the 5L stainless steel mini kegerator, double ball lock top, vinyl dip tube, and a storage cap.
- Bigger than other growlers but easy to fit in a refrigerator
- Easy to use
- Sturdy and high-quality manufacturing
- Difficulty in sealing
- Tough to clean
- Difficulty in maintaining the right pressure
This kegerator is something you must consider before you buy one! Ideal for enjoying your draft beer at parties or BBQs, this kegerator is easily portable and offers ease of usage. It holds 128 ounces of beer and is made of stainless steel. The built of this keg allows you to keep your beer chilled and fresh!
The tap system is highly advanced with enabled CO2 supply and pressure gauge to control the pressure of beer. It allows you to make the perfect head through the right carbonation in your drink and prevents your beer from getting flat.
If you’re not sure about what size to buy, you can pick from different variants – 64 OZ, 128 OZ, 64 OZ Kit, 128 OZ Kit, and 175 OZ Kit!
- Strong and high-quality material used
- Easy to set up
- Smooth working
- Tough to fit in some refrigerators
This is a unique, high-quality, and highly advanced beer dispensing system. A lot more than a kegerator, this system flaunts a unique technology that helps you create the right head of beer without adding CO2 to your drink.
It has a stylized tap that is customizable with different tap top labels. The beer temperature and beer level are very conveniently shown on the LCD screen display. The BeerFlow is one part of the entire BrewArt system and for enhanced functionality, it should be used with the BeerDroid or the whole system can be purchased.
The tap system is easily connectable through a smooth 2 snap connection for easy change of kegs. The compressor is very quiet and makes no noise yet it is quite powerful and keeps your beer chilled.
- Durable, high-quality, and aesthetic design
- Great for home brewers
- Good customer support
- Easy to set up
- Highly Priced
- Limited warranty
- Takes more space
No matter how hyped you are about buying your beer kegerator, you must buy it after thorough research. To help you, we have enlisted all the factors you should consider before investing your money in a kegerator – after all, it’s not every day that you buy a thing like a kegerator. So, let’s explore:
The size of a kegerator not just decides how much space it will take but also the size of keg it can hold. If you are sure that your favorite beer is available in small kegs, you can happily go with a mini kegerator. But if there is difficulty in getting the right size of a keg of your favorite beer – getting a full-sized kegerator would be the best bet!
However, there are certain benefits attached with investing in a mini one like they occupy smaller spaces, they use small kegs, so it is easy to finish the beer within time, and they are also affordable.
So, pick a size that meets all your requirements well.
Kegerators don’t come as is. They come in boxes and need to be assembled rightly. Before you buy a kegerator, read about its functionality and how it is to be assembled. This kind of information can be found through buyer reviews at e-commerce stores.
If the assembly of your kegerator is rocket science, you should reconsider it. Would you like to spend some extra bucks on the assembly of your kegerator? If yes, go for it and if no, move on to another option. However, it is mostly easy to assemble kegerators. But you shouldn’t take a chance!
The other thing to consider is the tap configuration of your kegerator. How many taps do you want on your kegerator? Most people would go for one. However, to perk things up a notch, a kegerator can be available in multiple options of tap configurations. These include single tap options, dual tap options, and even three tap options! Also, to keep the carbonation of your beer intact, some tap systems also come with a CO2 cartridge that helps supply CO2 to your beer.
Also, the advanced tap systems also come with pressure regulators that help you form the right head of a beer. So, know what you’re looking for, browse your options, and go for it!
Now, this is the main factor to consider because, in the end, you can only spend as per your budget. As for cost, mini kegerators turn out to be the cheaper ones as compared to full-sized ones. However, you have to look for other features as well – so pick the best combination of great features and a reasonable price
All these portable kegerators are the best options to consider when buying one for you or to gift others. So, consider these options before you make a purchase. Buying a beer kegerator is not something you do every day, and if you want to make a smart investment, you must consider all your available options.
Make a pick from all the available options – you’re just one purchase away from enjoying draft beer for the rest of your life! So, go ahead and make the right decision. We will keep educating you about your favorite drink – beer – and the different ways to enjoy it to the best! Cheers!
Whether you want to cut down cleaning time or you want to stop racking, a conical fermenter may just be the right equipment you need. To those who don’t know, a conical fermenter has a cone-shaped bottom fitted with a valve at the point of the cone and not a flat bottom as is usually seen in carboy or buckets.
All the solid contents collect at the cone, and the valve makes it easy to safely and cleanly remove the yeast and trub for repitching or disposal. Conical fermenters are not outrageously expensive, and it is a versatile piece of brewing equipment that every professional brewer must never lack in their arsenal.
The process of home brewing is always a worthwhile pursuit, but it can also be time-consuming. This is especially if you have not invested in proper techniques and equipment to allow you some great deal of efficiency. If you can’t operate efficiently in your home brewing pursuits, you will always a lot of time, and you may not enjoy the results of your efforts.
As such, those who are serious with home brewing will always invest in techniques and equipment that will make their processes easier, less messy and lead to quality beers. This is the very essence of using conical fermenters.
This 7.9 gallon FastFerment conical fermenter gives you everything you need to begin brewing or making wine like a pro right from the comfort of your home. It is designed with special features to make the brewing process fast, easy, and efficient, leading to quality brews. It has a wide top opening to facilitate easy ingredient addition.
The yeast collection ball fitted at the bottom will give you the convenience you need to collect all the sediments and trub so that you have a very clear wine, cider or beer, not to mention that you can also use it to collect yeast for reuse. It also comes with a bottle filling attachment for fast and easy filling of your kegs or bottles. You will also love the stainless steel thermowell that will be of immense help when it comes to temperature monitoring.
• Easy and efficient to use
• Allows for yeast collection
• Good capacity of 7.9 gallons
• Wide opening
• Wall mount as an accessory
• Weak brew ball valve
BrewDemon conical fermenter is considered as the world’s first small batch conical fermenting system that has enabled home brewers to brew like real pros. It is a panted system that features a 3-gallon conical fermenter ideal for brewing 2-gallon and 2.5-gallon beer batches. However, the system is not just designed for beer alone, since you can still comfortably use it for brewing hard cider, mead and also for wine.
The fermenter is constructed using heat tolerant food-grade plastic, and as such, it will not introduce any unwanted flavors into your brew. It cone design also facilitates the transfer of beer into bottles or mugs, while the trub remains at the bottom. With this design, no airlock is necessary.
• No airlock required
• Completely reusable
• Perfect for small batches
• Brittle spigot. May make you lose your batch
• Cheap tap. Can easily break
• The lid doesn’t seal effectively
This is a special edition package from FirstFerment, and it is one of the top first fermenters you will find in the market today. The set up features a 7.9-gallon conical fermenter, stainless steel thermowell, homebrew thermometer, a carry strap, and a fermenter strand.
With the stand, you get the flexibility to brew anywhere you seen convenient around the home, and with the stainless steel thermometer, you get the ability to consistently monitor the brew fermentation without the need to interfere with the process. The straps, on the other hand, will fit so firmly around the kit to make it a breeze for you to move it from one place to another.
Finally, the stainless steel thermowell will also help you monitor the process without necessarily having to disturb the fermentation and again, you won’t have to worry about changes in taste or corrosion.
• Versatile stand with tight-fitting straps
• Stainless steel thermometer
• Can be moved with ease
• Not leak-proof
This is an impressive 6-gallon conical fermenter that will do an exemplary job in separating sediments, eliminating transfers and allowing you to bottle your brew directly from the fermenter. The fermenter is made from Tritan, a food-safe polymer, which will ensure that the material will not lose its clarity or smoothness and is also resistant to shattering.
Another notable feature is the 3” trub trap butterfly valve which other than being the largest in the industry, is extremely useful in catching and storing yeast which can be used for future fermentation. The set up comes with a lid, stand, bottling attachment, tubing clamp, transfer tubing, a proprietary butterfly valve, and a rubber stopper. You will also appreciate the wide mouth Mason jar that will make it a breeze for you to add your ingredients.
• Kettle rub for pre-fermentation
• Allows for secondary yeast harvesting
• Made from innovative materials
• Ineffective lid seal
This fermenator comes fitted with every feature ideal for successful home brewing. The interior of the fermenter is weld-free, and this not only makes it easy to clean but also increase its sealing capabilities. It has a dump valve that is of immense importance when it comes to the removal of sediments and yeast.
It is also fitted with a rotating racking arm primarily designed to aid the transferring process. Before you transfer your beer to bottles or kegs, you can conveniently dump the trub and yeast out of the bottom, thereby allowing you to have a very clear transfer. The lid comes with a removal keg-style hatch with pressure capabilities to make it easy for you to transfer carbon dioxide and to minimize exposure to the air. With this fermenter, you can comfortably ferment beer in batches of 10 gallons each without compromising the quality.
• Weld-free interior
• Dump valve
• Rotating racking arm
• Air-tight lid
• Hard to Clean
The Ss Brewtech home brewing fermenter is one of the top fermenters worth considering if you are looking for an effective option to take your home brewing to the next level. The fermenter has been designed with every home brewer in mind with the aim with the aim of giving them the convenience to use quality tanks like those used by the professional brewers.
One of the features you will love about it is the dual fermentation facilitated by the bottom dump valve that will effortlessly allow you to harvest yeast as well as reduce the contact between the yeast and the beer thus allowing for both primary and secondary fermentation in the same bucket. It also comes with temperature control to give you more grip on the quality of your brew.
• Dual fermentation
• Temperature control
• Professional brewing at home
• Not ideal for small batches
The Brewmaster Brewcraft primary fermenter is an affordable food grade fermenter ideal for wine, beer, cider, mead and other types of fermented beverage you would like to make at home. It comes as a complete equipment kit, with every feature you will ever need to make your brewing process a success.
Some of the notable features include its decent capacity of 6 gallons, a plastic lid grommet for an airlock, ergonomic handle for safety and comfort when lifting or moving from one place to another, and it can also tell the temperature of its content. Even when filled to the maximum capacity of 6 gallons, there will be enough headroom for the wort so that it can ferment away slowly and gently, leading to high-quality brew.
• Lid grommet for airlock
• Can tell the temperature of the content
• Low cost
• Versatile in applications
• Poor seal
• Difficult to open
Northern Brewers are known to create some of the best beer fermenters and home brewing equipment in the world, and a look at this fermenter is a further demonstration of their commitment to quality brewing equipment. This fermenter features a revolutionary mouth that will not just make the addition of ingredients easy but also will make it a breeze to clean the entire inside of the fermenter.
Also worth noting are the volume markers present on the side of the vessel to help you get the fermenting volumes right. The fermenters come with a standard #6.5 stopper which ensures no leakage, and since it is made of glass, it will also allow for easy monitoring of the fermentation process. The fermenter is ideal for primary fermentation for beer or wine making.
• Wide mouth for easy cleaning
• Volume markers on the sides
• Clear for easy monitoring of the fermentation process
• The lid is not 100% leak-proof
The Northern Brewer – Fermenter’s Favorites 6 Gallon Glass Carboy promises to make the fermentation process of your brewing as smooth as it can possibly be. The fermenter guarantees the highest quality for your wine, beer, kombucha, cider or any other brew for which you may wish to have a quality fermenter. The fermenter has an enviable capacity of 6 gallons, and this should be sufficient for your home brewing needs unless you want to get into the big leagues.
You will be interested to know that the glass used for making the fermenter is not permeable to oxygen, and as such, the brew will be adequately protected from oxygenation or any other form of contamination that might arise due to contact with oxygen. For the sake of sanitation, washing and sanitizing the glass is easy, and you won’t have to worry about it having any scratches as a result of the washing.
• Doesn’t hold any odor
• It is easy to clean
• Do not scratch while scrubbing
• Don’t break down over time and keeps oxygen out
• Delicate. Requires handling with care
• May crack if not well taken care of
If you are using the normal fermentation buckets, it is always a challenge to stop trub from getting into the secondary fermenter, and this is never good for the process because it can make your beer hazy. It will also make the beer less appealing to look at and may drive away all the appetite. With conical fermenters, both the trub and the yeast will gather at the bottom of the cone, from where all you have to do is dump the sediments by draining with a hose or by removing the containment unit. As such, you won’t have to worry about racking or the need to use a secondary fermenter.
Most of the conical fermenters you will find in the market today are made of stainless steel, and this implies that they are not only durable but also easy to clean. You will find them easier to sanitize than the typical plastic fermenters, and this will also be more durable than the plastic buckets.
With conical beer fermenters, you can easily remove the trub from your beer, while at the same time collect the yeast for reuse. After you separate the yeast from the trub, all you have to do is wash them and then use them later for brewing. In this manner, you will save some money since you will not have to buy new yeast for the next batch. Reusing yeast may sound weird for home brewing, but you should know that commercial brewers reuse yeast all the time for a number of good reasons, and so don’t think of it as something very strange.
Since you fully understand the value of investing in a conical fermenter, you should also know how to choose the right one when you go shopping. The fermenter you choose should not be necessarily expensive, and it should be able to meet your home brewing needs. As such, there is certain consideration you need to make to ensure that you end up with just the right fermenting bucket for your home beer. Here is a brief guide at some of the factors you should consider when buying the fermenter.
Most of the top fermenters will come fully equipped with valves and spigots while others will require you to purchase the accessories as add-ons. Watch out for these accessories since they make inflate the final cost of having the fermenter installed in your home.
There are a couple of valves needed for home beer brewing, and this is another consideration you must make when thinking of buying a conical fermenter. In most cases, you will find the fermenters with the standard three-piece ball valves, and these will usually work well if you will be disassembling them to clean them so as to avoid infection. The other valves you may desire to have in your fermenter include the butterfly valve for removing yeast or trub and the transfer valve. Just be sure to check the fermenter to ensure that it has all the valves you will need for your convenience.
When it comes to the size, you should go for a fermenter that suits your home brewing needs. If you love to brew large batches, then you should go for a bigger fermenter, but if you are a small time brewer who loves dealing with smaller batches, just choose a decently sized fermenter to avoid ingredient wastage.
Temperature control is an essential aspect of beer brewing, and it is another consideration you must make when choosing your conical fermenters. Your ideal fermenter should have a temperature control mechanism so that you don’t ruin the quality of your beer because you brewed at the wrong temperatures.
Homebrewing is an endeavor that millions of people cherish. It is always satisfying for one to have the capabilities to make their own beer, and if you are one who is already in the craft, or you want to start your baby steps in home beer brewing, you will be interested in investing in the right equipment that will not just the process simple, but also will yield into very good quality brews.
For starters, there is quite a number of beginner kits you can always consider, but as you progress and you begin to appreciate the need for quality, investing in a decent homebrew kettle is always the way to go. With the right kettle, you will have the convenience, as well as the pleasure of brewing your beer to the standards that you will cherish and be proud that you know how to make your own beer.
There are various types of brew kettles in the market today, and as a home brewer, it is imperative to know the various types available and also know what to look for when making your choice. In this piece, we not only tell you about the factors to look for in a homebrew kettle but also give you recommendations for some of the best kettles in the market today.
Whether you are an all-grain brewer, or you prefer extract brewing, it is in your brewing kettle where the magic will be happening – where the transformation from wort to beer begins. The brew kettle you choose will primarily depend on your brew style as well as your budget. But for a good home brewing experience, you will desire for your kettle to be versatile, reliable and durable.
For these to happen, however, the kettle must have certain essential features, without which, you will not be in a position to have the good experience you had hoped for. With that said, here are some of the essential features that every homebrew kettle should have-:
One of the features that most of the top brew kettles have in their material – metal. This is not to say that you won’t find, or you shouldn’t use plastic brew kettles, but there are very good reasons why you should go for aluminum or stainless steel brewing kettles. Stainless steel seems to be the favorite material choice for most homebrewers, and this is because it is not only durable, but also corrosion resistant, and relatively lightweight. Since it is inert, it will keep its good looks for very many years to come. Aluminum, on the other hand, is not as durable as stainless steel, but it is loved by many because it weighs less, and has very good heat conducting capabilities.
Brew kettles give better results when they are tall, and this is why you should be picky when it comes to the shorter kettles. Tall kettles have high sides, and this reduces the rate of evaporation loss, as well as helping prevent boil overs. You could use shorter kettles, but you won’t have the experience you do have when using their taller counterparts.
Another essential that a good brewing kettle must have is built-in volume marking. Though you may still measure the volume of the kettle’s content using the traditional methods, a calibrated kettle takes all the stress in trying to figure out every now and then how much volume you have inside the kettle. It will make you operate more efficiently, and without messing around a lot of things. You don’t want to be brewing blind by not knowing the volumes you are working with.
Ball valves are an essential feature for convenience in brew kettles. It won’t be available in all types of kettles, but if you want the process of wort transportation to be fast, easy and safe, then you will appreciate investing in a kettle with ball valves.
Other than knowing the amount of wort you have in your kettle, you will also want to know its temperatures during the beer brewing process. A good kettle should have a dial thermometer installed in the bottom third of the kettle so that you can easily monitor the temperature without necessarily opening the values and dipping a thermometer in the hot liquid. A thermometer is essential for your safety and convenience.
Now that you know what features to look for in a beer brewing kettle and how to choose the right one, here is a look at some of the best ones -
The northern brewer Megapot 1.2 brew kettle is not just another stainless steel pot, but a real masterpiece when it comes to home brewing. The port comes with the right capacity as well as with every feature you will need to help you take your home experience to newer levels.
Some of the notable features of this kettle include are its impressive capacity of 10 gallons, a 4mm tri-clad bottom also made of stainless steel, silicone handles for the safety of the operator and graduated volume markings inside the kettle.
The design of the kettle is that it will promote rigorous boiling of the contents therein and to reduce off flavors.
• The large capacity of up to 10 gallons
• Fitted with thermometer
• Calibrated volume markings inside the kettle
• Ball valves
• Requires assembly
• Not ideal for small space brewing
This kettle is not just designed to help you have the best homebrews ever, but also to serve you for a lifetime if you will care to take good care of it. It is made from 304 stainless steel, and with it comes a parallel mix of price and features. To being with, it has two welded-in place couplers to ensure that you will never experience any leakages for as long as you will use the brew kettle.
The internal volume markers from top to bottom will make it a breeze for you to measure and know the exact volume of the kettle’s content, and the sleeved silicon handles will also come handy in ensuring that your hands are well protected when handling the kettle.
• Durable, made of stainless steel
• Internal volume markers
• Ball valves for easy cleaning
• Fitted with thermometer
• Not easy to assemble
This Concord brew kettle is another enviable stainless steel brew kettle you will find in the market today. It is also a perfect blend of features and prices, and if you have a desire to improve on your brewing game, then you will have reason to upgrade to this kettle. It is made from commercial quality stainless steel, including every accessory that it comes with.
Its lid is hangable on the side of the kettle, and since the construction is weldless, cleaning it comes with relative ease. It also has a thermometer fitted on the sides to aid with temperature monitoring, and also comes with a calibrated interior to help you know the volume of the contents therein. With the ability to hold up to 10-gallon batches, you can expect nothing but as smooth brewing experience with this brew kettle.
• 10-gallon capacity
• Fitted with thermometer
• Made of stainless steel, and fully polished
• Easy to assemble
• Requires assembly
• Not leak-proof
Bayou Classic 800-410 10 gallons stainless steel brew kettle is one of the few brew pot that you will find with both a false bottom and a hops screen. Together with other features, it makes the process of grain-brewing breeze, and with the 10-gallon capacity, it is ideal for any serious brewer who wants to take their home brewing game to a new level.
The other notable feature in this kettle is the tri-clad bottom which allows for even heating during the brewing process. And with the weldless construction which features essential elements such as a ball valve, bulkheads, and a thermometer, this kettle has a real upscale feel and is available at a reasonable price.
• Stainless steel construction
• Tri-ply bottom
• Spigot screen
• False bottom
• Complete brew kit
• Fitted with thermometer
• Repulsive odor from the spigot
• Not leak-proof
• Requires assembly
The Mophorn 12.5-gallon stainless steel brew kettle is a versatile high-end kettle that will give you all the convenience and versatility to make the best brews at home. At a capacity of 12.5 gallons, you can be sure that it meets the brewing needs of the majority brewers today. It is made of 304 stainless steel to ensure durability, as well as classic and sleek looks.
The easy to read thermometer mounted on the side makes monitoring temperature a breeze, and also the calibrated interior also makes monitoring the volume of the contents inside quite a simple task. Its design also features a stainless steel stock lid to ensure that no moisture escapes from the pot to facilitate faster cooking and boiling speeds.
• Maximum capacity of 12.5 gallons
• Excellent thermometer
• Polished design
• Multi-function lid
• Versatile use
• Easy to clean
• Long-lasting and durable
If you are just starting out in your brewing journey and you need a versatile kettle that will get you going in the most efficient manner, then this Kegco brew kettle would be a good choice. It is a 6-gallon kettle with every feature of convenience and performance you would ever need. The construction features a heavy duty 304-grade stainless steel with a thick wall and a tri-clad bottom to facilitate for even heat distribution when in operation.
The bottom is easily compatible with most of the induction cook-tops, and this is an added convenience if at all this is the kind of cooker you will be using. Also featured in the construction is a lid that will conveniently and safely hang on the side handles. The internal volume markers are both in liters and gallons so that you can know precisely the amount of volume inside the pot. If you are interested in home brewing in small batches, or you want a decent small hot liquor tank, then you have every reason to go for this Kegco brew kettle.
• Fitted with thermometer
• Thick walls and bottom
• Riveted silicone handles
• Versatile in use
The GasOne 10 Gallon Stainless Steel brew kettle is made of high-quality stainless steel that is easy to clean, durable, has clean looks, safe and conducts heat evenly. Its tri-ply bottom will ensure faster and even heat conduction for quality brewing. The scale markings on the inside will let you know precisely the amount of volume being processed, and the welded ergonomic handles will give you the safety and the convenience you need for lifting or carrying the pot, especially when hot. The other admirable features you will find in this pot include its large capacity of 10 gallons, stainless steel bolt, spigot, and lid.
This is decent brew kettle for those who are just starting out and are interested in volumes. With 10 gallon capacity, you will not have to be brewing every now and then. And though it has all the necessary features you may need in a basic brew kettle, it lacks some features like the thermometer that some serious users wouldn’t do without.
• The large capacity of 10 gallons
• Welded ergonomic handles
• Scale markings on the inside
• Tri-ply bottom for even heat distribution
• High-quality stainless steel
• No thermometer
Now that you know the essential features you should look out for in a brewing kettle, you are going to a plethora of kettles for all sorts of manufactures in the market, with nearly every essential feature you had wanted. However, this is not an indication that you should just go for any kettle you will come across. There are a number of parameters you should use to make your choice, and below is a look at some of the most important ones-:
One of the parameters to consider in your kettle buying decision is the batch sizes you intend on brewing. For new brewers, it is highly recommended that you start with small batch sizes of three or five gallons. However, for the pros, or those who have been brewing for a while, the larger brew kettles are recommended so that you get the convenience of not having to brew every now and then. The larger kettles will also make it easy for you to split batches in case you wanted to try out different brewing techniques.
If you have made a choice to for the larger kettles and not the standard five-gallon kettles, then you will also have to decide on the volume of the fermenter. The labor required to brew a 45 gallon is not so different from the labor required to brew a 10 gallon. However, a 10-gallon batch may require a small space in a closet to ferment, while a 45-gallon batch will need a slightly bigger space, and its smell will also be more noticeable around the house. Therefore, if you are going big, be sure to consider the fermenter volume while you make your choice of the brew kettle.
3. The Kettle material
The material of your pot also matters a lot, and now the top contenders for homebrew kettle materials are aluminum and stainless steel. A lot of brewers tend to go for food-grade stainless steel because of their attractiveness and durability, though they also tend to be slightly expensive. Aluminum, on the other hand, costs less and is also a very good conductor of heat. However, the fact that it reacts poorly with most of the common cleaning agents makes it less attractive to some homebrewers. If you are considering stainless steel brewing kettle, then it will be a good idea to go for models that have a tri-clad bottom. This simply means that the base of the kettle has a layer of aluminum at the center.
Irrespective of the kettle size you choose, you must always have the burner size in mind. This is because your burner should be able to produce enough BTUs for your batch size if you want to have good brewing results. If you choose a relatively bigger kettle than what your burner can accommodate, your brewing process will be painfully slow, and you may have to wait slightly longer to have your brew ready. Again, if your burner is too large, you will find the process of fine-tuning the temperature at critical points to be difficult, and this may also affect the quality of the brew.
Before committing to a beer brewing kettle of any size, it is vital to consider the available space where you will be doing the brewing as well as the storage of your equipment, especially if you are thinking of going for a larger brew kettle. If you are going for anything larger than 5-gallon batch, then you should know that using your kitchen for brewing and storage may be very challenging. If all you have is the kitchen for your equipment, then you should not go past the 5-gallon batches. However, if you can brew outdoors in the patio or inside your garage, then you will have the flexibility to go for larger batches. Again, ensure that the brewing area is well ventilated, waterproof, and easy to clean.
It is important to point out that the bulk of the brewing resources for newbie homebrewers are primarily focused on the 5-gallon batch, and this is why it is highly recommended that if you are just starting out, then you should consider the 5-gallon batches. For the pros or those how have been brewing for a while, who are comfortable tweaking variables and tweaking recipes, there are very good options of advanced kettles that will let you exercise your brewing prowess. You can always start out small with the basic kettles, and upgrade to the advanced kettles as you got more skillful and experienced in home brewing.
Finally, you must also check on the specific features that the beer brewing kettle have before you commit to making a purchase. Some of the features you want to look out for include-: thermometer, ball valves, in-container calibrations, and dip tube/pick up tube. The available features will determine the level of convenience you should expect from the kettle, as well as the quality of your brew.
Brewing your own beer sounds like an exciting adventure. It doesn’t just give you the chance to get with the actual involvement of beer making, but also make you appreciate the drink more because you will have a good understanding of all the processes involved before the beer finally hits your mug.
As you begin the process of home brewing, you will probably start brewing with extracts, but as time goes by, you may be interested in more exciting and complex approaches which may compel you to upgrade to an all-grain setup.
It should be noted that brewing with extracts is slightly different from all-grain brewing. With all-grain brewing, more labor will be required due to the additional steps, and this implies you that you will also need to get some additional equipment.
For example, you will have to go through a process known as mashing, where you will be obtaining flavor, starches, and color from grains instead of using malt extract syrup as is always the case when brewing from extracts.
To aid the process of mashing, a homebrew mash tun will be necessary. A mash tun is simply a vessel where all the ingredients responsible for converting starches into sugar are housed. It provides the perfect environment for this conversion to take place.
You will find the process of making beer fun if you actually enjoy doing it. As you already know, mashing is one of the crucial and important aspects of home brewing. If the mashing was done well, then you can be assured of a great beer, and if it was done poorly, then you can also expect the quality of the beer to be degraded.
This is why it is necessary that you be very careful when choosing your mash tun because it will make all the difference in your home brewing. In as much as there are different kinds of mash tun in the market today, it is not a guarantee that all of them are of the same quality, and irrespective of the one you choose, you will still be guaranteed of a great beer.
For an excellent mash process, there are certain features that the mash tun must have, and these are some of the things you have consider when you out shopping for a homebrew mash tun. Here is a brief look at some of the features you have to consider when buying shopping for mash tuns -
The heat maintenance capabilities of the mash tun are important because the mashing process is effective when it takes place at certain temperatures. A good mash tun, therefore, should have the capability to keep the same temperatures for at least one hour. While shopping, check how long the tun can retain heat, and whether or not an external source of heat to maintain the desired temperatures.
Check the thickness of the wall since this will signify how durable the tun will be and also will give an indication of its ability to stop the brew from leaking out.
A good tun should have a false bottom so that you don’t struggle with separating the container for lautering process.
A thermometer is of absolute importance in the brewing process. Never buy a tun without one.
You also need a turn with markings for measurements on the inside. This is to help you tell the volume of the liquid without the need to separate the instrument.
This is a colorful and easy-on-eyes mash tun you will find in the market today. Igloo has made a name for itself for providing quality coolers since the 1960s, and they are not about to stop any time soon if the quality and the features of this mash tun is anything to go by. This cooler is specially designed for brewing, with the ability to keep the mash at the same temperature for at least one hour. It is fitted with a thermometer to help you monitor the temperature without breaking a sweat.
The cooler also has a false bottom and this makes it both a lauter tun and a mash tun. With this feature, there will be no need for you to consider using another vessel when extracting the wort. The volume capacity of this tun is 10 gallons – about 37.85 liters. As such, it is sufficient for anyone to embark on all-grain brewing, especially if you are a beginner and you feel that you still need to learn the ropes about all-grain brewing. However, if you consider yourself an expert, and you need larger batches, then you may opt for other types of coolers with larger capacities.
• The large capacity of up to 10 gallons
• False bottom
• Fitted with thermometer
• All the metal is stainless steel
• Airtight steel ball valve
• Lack of proper assembly instructions
• You have to assemble it on your own
If you are in the market looking for the best stainless steel mash tun, then this Brewer’s Edge Mash and Boil is one of the best you will ever find. It is always a sign of progress to upgrade to stainless steel mash tuns, and this particular choice will give you the confidence that you are indeed making some steps in your home brewing journey.
The design of the tun completely features stainless steel, including the lid, valve, body, handles, a spigot, and a false bottom. Though the entire construction with stainless steel may make it a challenge to handle when in use, its quality is guaranteed, and you can use it for a lifetime if you take good care of it.
The turn also comes with a built-in thermometer so that you will not have to keep opening the lid to check the temperature of the content inside. Though the reading of the temperature may not be accurate all the time, unless you are a very meticulous person, it will suffice for most of your needs.
The tun can mash up to 16lb of malt, and this gives it a pretty decent capacity to satisfy the home brewing needs of most users. Its double walls also guarantee proper insulation, and the tight lid further ensures that you will not have to worry about your brew leaking.
Double walls for good insulation
Can be plugged into standard wall outlets
This Igloo – Gallon beverage cooler is another incredibly popular tun that those interested in insulated mash tuns usually go for. It is almost similar to Learn to Brew mash tuns, and it comes with a set of features that will make your home brewing process quite interesting.
One of the notable features of this pleasantly orange tun is the stainless steel bottom and valve fitted with a spigot gasket to reduce the instances of leaking. The stainless steel bottom will be of immense help when you are extracting the wort since you won’t need to have an additional third container to complete the process.
It should also be pointed out that this tun can comfortably maintain the temperature of the contents therein for about one hour, and to help you monitor the temperature, the tun comes with a thermometer. The insulation of the tun is also something to admire, as well as the tight lid that will keep it closed and prevent the brew from leaking.
• Has very good insulation
• It is durable and lightweight
• Tight Lid
• The spigot may sometimes leak
• Requires assembly
This is an insulated, stainless steel mash tun that is designed to bring you all the convenience you need in your home brewing. It comes with amazing heat retention abilities owing to the double wall with a layer of good insulation in between. Unlike most of the plastic coolers, this mash tun is designed and constructed with food-safe stainless steel, and you don’t have to worry about any health concerns arising from the effects of heat on plastic.
The tun has a capacity of 10 gallons with internal volume markers to allow for precise measurement and monitoring of the brew. It also comes with a recirculation bulkhead, thermowell, foam insulated lid and foam insulated dual wall to reduce heat loss and a precision thermometer for measuring the temperature.
• Very good insulation
• Fitted with a thermometer
• Good capacity of 10 gallons
• Requires assembly
It is being marketed as the fermenter’s favorite, and a look at its features will soon confirm that it is indeed one of the best mash tuns you will find around today. The 10-gallon cooler has more brewing space than most of the coolers you will find in the market today. And it is not just the brewing space alone that makes it qualify as the fermenter’s favorite.
With its size, it comes with additional flexibilities, including the ability to add water for adjusting the temperature without any troubles. Its upgraded tight seal is a guarantee that no leakages will be expected during operations, including all the grain particles being kept away from the wort.
At a capacity of 10 gallons, it gives you the convenience to brew slightly more than what the other tuns normally offer. The actual capacity of the tun, however, is 11.7 gallons, meaning you just got additional volume for your brew.
Also worth noting is the newly redesigned smooth edge of the false bottom that you will find to be extremely efficient in clearing wort as the solid grain settle down on the bed. As such, you are likely to get very high mash yields without necessarily scratching the cooler walls so that your system can stay in a pristine condition for long.
• Easy to use
• Has a siphon sprayer and tubing
• Comes with a hot liquor tank
• Requires assembly
• Doesn’t have tubing clamps
• A bit expensive
The Bayou Classic is a premium ten-gallon brew kettle featuring a 6-piece set that has been specifically designed for those who want to take their all-grain home brewer to the next level. The premium kettle comes fitted with a tri-ply bottom as well as a spigot with a ball valve, a side-mount brew thermometer, a dome lid, a false stainless bottom, and a tube-shaped filter screen. For ease of attaching the thermometer and the spigot, the kettle comes with a water-tight bulkhead fitting.
Also featured for the convenience of measuring the volume of the content is a side calibration meticulously done on the gallon to allow for more accurate level setting. The tri-ply bottom is also instrumental in allowing the contents of the kettle to heat evenly and also to stop them from scorching.
The other design feature worth mentioning is the narrow diameter and the high side walls which have been so designed to stop any instances of boil overs. Additionally, the false bottom is designed to fit tightly on the side indentation to reduce the chances of particles as well as grains from accessing the spigot chamber.
And just like with most of the homebrew mash tuns, this particular model comes with a metal screen to help with filtering the wort, though the set also comes with an additional strainer that can be easily attached to the spigot.
• Good heat regulation
• Additional spigot strainer
• Fixed thermometer
• Not insulated
Making your beer at home can be both an art and a hobby, depending on your inspiration. Irrespective of what motivates you, you will want to improve your skills as well as the results you get. This calls for not just knowing more about the mashing process but also investing in the right equipment.
When you are just starting, you don’t have to go heavy on the big tuns, but again, you want to ensure that you have a decent tun that will give you a good experience. Ultimately, you are the one who knows exactly what they desire to have for their home brewing, and we hope that the buying guide, as well as our top picks of the best mash tuns above, will be of some help to you.
An owner of a brewery thinks about labeling the bottles on his own, at least once in the lifetime of his business. If you’re in the same club and have landed on his article in your search for DIY beer label application, we have got some advice for you. Read on to know whether it is good to do the labeling on your own or whether you should invest in a bottle labeler machine.
Now, if you want to do it manually, let me give you a head’s up! Label application is not an easy task to do by hand. The label must be accurately placed as it adds to the branding of your beer. For accurate and quality label application, investing in a beer bottle labeling machine is the best bet!
These labeling machines are the best for putting labels on the bottles very quickly, saving a lot of your time. Also, these machines keep the labels straight and place them rightly.
Before you buy a beer bottle labeling machine, there are a number of things that you need to take note of in the machine you buy. There are a number of factors to look for, and the important ones are – price, speed, size, and power efficiency.
Based on these factors, pros, and cons of different types of beer bottle label applicators, we have come up with a list. Let’s have a look at all these machines so you can decide which one you must buy.
This bottle labeling machine is made of stainless steel and is ideal if you’re selling any beer bottles that are round in shape. The machine is suitable for bottles like plastic bottles, glass bottles, PET bottles, metal bottles, etc.
It ensures no bubbles and no creases in the label and keeps the label centered and straight. This is a semi-automatic machine. The bottles can be manually adjusted, and the machine is controlled with the help of digital control programs. It claims high-grade bottle labeling.
The Mophorn Bottle Labeling Machine runs on the voltage of 110V and has a motor power of 120W. The machine is designed to handle the bottles of diameter 12-90mm. The label roll used in the machine should have an external diameter of 250mm and the inner diameter of 76mm.
-Accurate label application
-Easy to operate
-Difficult to install
The Label Wizard is an adjustable bottle label applicator that has come to terms with a number of different customer requests. The adjustable feature of this label applicator is everything you need if you sell beer bottles of different sizes. This feature is what makes it the best label applicator for small bottles or containers.
It allows the users to position the peel-and-stick labels manually. These labels are either square or rectangular in shape and can easily be transferred to the bottles or jars of different sizes.
You can choose from four different labeling positions through its adjustable shelf. The label containers can range from a diameter of 2.5cm to 8.3cm. With the help of the Hi-Boy Carriage option, you can also label large containers that range from a diameter of 8.9cm to 11.4cm. This label applicator uses peel-and-stick labels that can be installed in the machine after peeling them off the label roll. The labels are smooth, free from any bubbles, centered, and straight.
- Adjustable as per the size of the bottle
- Handy to use
- Doesn’t support a label roll
- Takes time to learn
This manual label applicator is suitable for round bottles and wraps the labels with just one turn of a handle. The label applicator is manually handled and is very simple and easy to handle. The unit is very easy to set up, and there are no tools required for the installation.
It can be set in minutes, and you can start with applying labels right away! The bottle carriage is adjustable where the bottle is kept, and the handle is turned to wrap the label around it. The size of bottles range from a diameter of 2.5cm to 12.7cm, that is from 1” to 5”.
Take-a-Label is formed of stainless steel, and the frame is powder-coated. It is sturdy and is meant to last for years!
- Easy to use
- Supports a wide range of bottle sizes
- The labels do not easily separate from one another when turned
- The manual working makes it slow and isn’t suitable for some users
The START LAB01 Label Applicator is another brilliant option in our list. This label applicator can be used to label bottles, jars, or cans and provides highly accurate and high-quality label application.
This label maker is manual, and the labels are applied by moving the handle. You can install a label roll in the machine. The machine ensures faster labeling based on how much time you spend with the machine.
START LAB01 is created with powder-coated aluminum and ensures great durability. The label applicator supports the bottle diameter ranging from 12.70mm to 165mm that is 0.5” to 6.5”.
The label placement is accurate and very high quality.
- Durability ensured by high-quality material
- A wide range of bottles supported
- A wide range of labels supported
- No tools required to adjust labels
- Difficult to install
- Not that fast and delays the process of labeling
- Manual working
This one is the most favored label applicator by the users. It is a semi-automatic labelling machine for bottles that can be used to label cylindrical bottles, jars, containers, or tubes. This is an advanced model of the label applicators in this series. With this machine, you can apply one or two separate labels on the bottle in one go!
The labels are applied perfectly without any bubbles or wrinkles with the help of a spring-pressure arm. The label application is controlled with a switch at the foot of this label applicator.
It has a digital control panel that can run on operating systems – windows as well as Mac.
This machine offers quick set-up and is easy to operate. It has an efficiency to apply 1200 labels in an hour! Thus, speeding up your work a great deal!
- Convenient and fast label application
- Easy digital control
- Robust and durable built
- Difficult to set up
- Works lesser than the claimed efficiency
So, these were the 5 beer bottle applicators that you can use for your home-based or small brewery. These machines differ from each other based on a number of factors, yet they all are best selected from countless options available in the market.
If you’re looking to invest in a label applicator, you can go through the details mentioned above and compare your suitable options. The review on these machines is based on personal experience of the actual users, and thus, you can see if they can fit to your requirements or not!
There are many reasons why one should go for a bottle labeler machine, and these are listed below:
So, in all, a label applicator is a good investment if you’re planning on buying one. However, before you buy one, you must be very clear about a few things. These include – your budget, the power consumption of the machine, the size, the efficiency, and requirement of the machine.
There are a number of options to choose from, and you can pick the best if you know what you need! Go through the list provided by us, conduct your own research, ask around, and pick the best bottle label applicator that can be your best help in selling quality beer bottles.