What Is The Best Home Brewing Kit For Beginners?

Written by Simon in Beer Brewing
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When homebrewing, a very easy and cheap way to brew is using beer kits. These kits ensure that you have almost if not everything you need and usually gives you step-by-step instructions to make the perfect beer.

In this blog post I will review the following home brew beer kits:

  1. Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Complete Starter Beer Making Kit
  2. (My Pick)Northern Brewer Brew-Share-Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit
  3. Northern Brewer Deluxe Homebrew Starter Kit
  4. Northern Brewer Premium Craft Brewery In a Box Starter Kit
  5. Home Brew Ohio Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit
  6. Midwest Supplies’ Beer. Simply Beer Starter Kit
  7. Coopers DIY Beer Home Brewing 6 Gallon Craft Beer Kit
  8. Northern Brewer Master Brewer’s Beer Brewing Equipment Starter Kit With Kegging System
  9. BeerDroid Fully Automated Beer Brewing System

Continue reading as I go into more detail about each kit to help you find the perfect kit for you!

Looking at Price, Yield and Lack of Equipment

To give a good average price it is easy to simply compare the price of the kits and how much beer they yield. Below you’ll find a table which provides info on the price, how much beer the kit yields and what equipment you need to provide yourself.

PriceYieldMissing Equipment
Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Kit~$452 Gallons-
Brew-Share-Enjoy~$1105 GallonsBottles
Deluxe Homebrew Starter Kit~$2005 GallonsBottles
Premium Craft Brewery In a Box Starter Kit~$3005 GallonsBottles+Ingredients
Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit~$1005 GallonsBottles/caps/Ingredients
Beer. Simply Beer Starter Kit~$655 GallonsIngredients/Bottles
Coopers DIY Beer Home Brewing Kit~$1256 Gallons-
Master Brewer’s Equipment Starter Kit~$5205 GallonsBottles/Ingredients
BeerDroid Automated Beer System~$5002.6 GallonsBottles/Caps


The beginner type beer kits usually range from anywhere between 1 to 5 gallons, but the majority of the kits are 5 gallons.

I wrote a blog post about the smaller beer kits as well - Read My Blog Post on 1 Gallon Beer Kits Here

The 9 Best Home Brewing Kits for Beginners

When I write reviewing the “best” home brewing beginner kits, it’s simply judged by the amount of positive feedback they have received among the buyers. Amazon is great for this, since any buyer can write a review and rate it 1 to 5 stars to give other potential buyers a clear view of how good the product is.

Some kits have been reviewed more than others, so make sure you actively search for kits where the customer reviews are more positive than negative, to make sure the kit you buy isn’t in bad quality, or maybe even a scam.

Below you’ll find reviews of the different kits I’ve found, in no particular order.

Mr. Beer 2 Gallon Complete Starter Beer Making Kit

Price: ~$45

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

We are starting off with a bang, with amazon's best selling beer kit. This kit is the #1 selling kit on amazon, and for good reason.

It comes with literally everything you need to create your own batch of beer. It’s fast and easy, taking only 30 minutes to brew up your batch, making it well suited for anyone with a busy day-to-day life.

Comes with a unique 2 gallon fermenter, that has a built-in airlock and a tray for gathering sediment, giving you a perfect and clean beer.

No need to buy any bottles or caps either, this set comes with complete ingredients and bottles+caps.

Specifications:

  • 2 Gallon Fermenter with built-in airlock, spigot & sediment collector
  • Easy step-by-step instructions
  • Ingredient/recipe kits
  • Bottles
  • Bottle screw caps

Northern Brewer Brew-Share-Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit

Price: ~$110

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

A quality kit from Northern Brewer with great tools to make your own homemade beer. This kit is one of the highest-rated kits, with tremendous customer satisfaction. It is a big step-up in terms of quality compared to the mr. beer kit.

This kit can brew up to 5 gallons of beer at a time and is compatible with all beer recipes. Comes with 1 free choice of recipe kit which can be either Block Party Amber Ale, Chinook IPA or Hank’s Hefeweizen.

It comes with a quality stainless steel brew kettle, which for the price is extremely satisfying.

It does not come with bottles but comes with a bottle capper and red bottle caps.

Specifications:

  • 5 Gallon stainless steel brew kettle
  • Beer recipe of own choice: Chinook IPA, Hank’s Hefenweizen or Block Party Amber Ale
  • Translucent 6.5 Gallon fermenter with lid
  • Airlock
  • Translucent bottling bucket with spigot assembly
  • Spring tip bottle filler
  • 21” Stainless steel stirring spoon
  • Auto siphon and 5 feet siphon tubing
  • Cleaner/sanitizer
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle capper + red bottle caps (60ct.)
  • Easy step-by-step instructions

Northern Brewer Deluxe Homebrew Starter Kit

Price: ~$200

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Similar to the previous northern brewer kit, but a bit of an upgrade. This kit comes with 2 glass carboys for primary AND secondary fermentation to give your beer potentially better flavor and general properties.

Using glass carboys is generally seen as more sanitary and natural contrary to the plastic buckets found in many other beer kits.

This kit comes with detailed instructions and your own choice of recipe kit; choose from Fresh squished IPA, Irish Red Ale, Caribou Slobber Brown Ale or Bavarian Hefeweizen.

The kit is also compatible with all other recipe kits, so you can freely choose any recipe kit you like!

Specifications:

  • 5 Gallon yield
  • Detailed instructions
  • Ingredient/recipe kit included, choose from 4 different ones
  • 6 Gallon Glass carboy primary fermenter with bung and airlock
  • 5 Gallon Glass carboy secondary fermenter with bung and airlock
  • Blowoff hose, funnel and fermagraf
  • Auto siphon + tubing
  • Translucent bottling bucket and spigot
  • Bottle filler and tubing
  • Bottle capper and caps
  • Carboy brush and bottle cleaning brush
  • Brewery cleaner and carboy dryer
  • No-rinse Oxygen wash cleaner

Northern Brewer Premium Craft Brewery In a Box Starter Kit

Price: ~$300

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: No amazon rating - 5/5 Stars on Northern brewer(only 2 reviews)

Yet another Northern Brewer beer kit, these guys really do dominate the online homebrewing segment.

But it's probably for good reason, all their recipe kits and beer kits have outstanding reviews, but this kit is actually relatively new, and doesn’t have a whole lot of reviews yet.

Because of this you may want to wait until more customer reviews start flooding in, to make sure that it’s of the same quality northern brewer kits usually are.

That being said, by simply looking at the specs of this kit, it seems to be on par with any other northern brewer set, and comes with some nice extra equipment.

This kit comes with a megapot 8 gallon for boiling that even has a valve for easy transfer to the fermenter.

It also comes with something very unique in terms of beer kits, which is a wort chiller. A wort chiller is a great tool for easy, fast and accurate cooling of your wort.

The kit is obviously pricey granted these more quality equipment utensils, but if the reputation of northern brewer kits stands with this kit, it is most likely worth every penny!

Specifications:

  • Siphonless Big Mouth Bubbler - Ported 6.5 Gallon Plastic Fermenter with harness
  • Airlock + Bung + transfer tubing
  • Silver Serpent Stainless Steel Immersion Wort Chiller with faucet adapter
  • 8 Gallon Megapot with Ball Valve
  • 21” Stainless Spoon
  • Translucent Bottling bucket + spigot
  • Beer bottle filler + tubing
  • No-rinse oxygen wash cleaner
  • Bottle capper + caps
  • Lab thermometer
  • Triple scale herculometer & test jar
  • Choose between Fresh Squished or Caribou slobber beer recipe kit

Home Brew Ohio Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit

Price: ~$100

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

A straightforward homebrew beer kit with all the essential tools to make your own beer. This kit is labeled as very easy to use, and suited specifically for beginners, but can be used by home brewers on any level.

There is one downside as I looked at the store page for this kit, and that’s the supply of the kit. It seems to be often out of stock, so you may not be able to buy it right away, and may have to wait until the seller(s) restock, which is a bit annoying if you ask me.

Other than that this kit has decent reviews, but not as good as the other kits I’ve gone over thus far.

You need to acquire a kettle, bottles, bottle caps and ingredients yourself, other than that all you need to make your own beer is included in this kit, see more details below.

Specifications:

  • True Brew handbook & Kit instructions
  • 7.8 Gallon fermenting bucket
  • 1 Lid drilled & grommet
  • True brew rack & filling kit
  • 5 Gallon glass carboy
  • Fermometer thermometer
  • Small buon vino drilled stopper
  • Hydrometer
  • Bottling Spigot
  • Double lever capper
  • 3-Piece airlock
  • Bottle brush
  • C-brite sanitizer (8-pack)

Midwest Supplies’ Beer. Simply Beer Starter Kit

Price: ~$65

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This kit is a very affordable kit, with very nice equipment compared to the low price you have to pay for it.

The kit has almost everything you need in terms of equipment, and all you need to supply yourself is a 4 to 5 gallon kettle, ingredients or ingredient kit and some bottles. The kit will provide you with 5 gallons of beer and is compatible with any beer recipe kit.

The reviews are very positive, but there are some reviews that complain about the lid of the bucket not being 100% airtight. So make sure you close the lid airtight, and possibly test it, if you end up buying this kit.

Specifications:

  • Equipment Instructions
  • 6.5 Gallon fermenting bucket
  • Grommeted lid
  • Airlock
  • 6.5 Gallon bottling bucket
  • Bottling spigot
  • Bottle filler
  • Bottling tubing
  • Siphon + Siphon tubing
  • Beer bottle brush
  • Bottle capper
  • 60ct Bottle caps
  • Oxygen wash Cleaner/sanitizer

Coopers DIY Beer Home Brewing 6 Gallon Craft Beer Kit

Price: ~$125

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This kit is one of the few beer kits that are actually made by a brewery. Coopers brewery has been brewing beer for over 150 years and is the world’s largest manufacturer of home brew kits.

Many parts used in some of the other kits on this list are actually made by these guys!

The kit comes with an ingredient kit, that is also made by Coopers brewery from scratch. The kit comes with quite literally everything you need except a kettle for boiling.

The bottles included are screw cap bottles, so if you want an authentic beer bottle you should probably buy bottles and bottle caps yourself.

All in all a very nice kit for beginner homebrewers, which has everything you need to make your first batch of beer!

Specifications:

  • Patented 6 Gallon fermenter with tap assembly
  • Hydrometer
  • Beer mixing spoon
  • 30x Plastic PET Bottles with caps
  • Thermometer
  • Bottling wand
  • Lager refill pack
  • Carbonation drops

Northern Brewer Master Brewer’s Beer Brewing Equipment Starter Kit With Kegging System

Price: ~$520

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (only 2 reviews)

Alright it’s time to get a bit more serious. If you are a beginner who wants to get advanced right away, this kit is for you.

This kit will make sure you release your inner brewmaster granted the advanced equipment it comes with compared to the other kits I’ve reviewed so far.

This kit adapts the kegging method which is a way to carbonate beer very fast and effectively while maintaining the great taste. Using kegging you can carbonate beer in a matter of days, compared to weeks when normally carbonating your beer.

The kit makes 5 gallons of beer at a time, and comes with everything except bottles and ingredients.

Specifications(hold on):

  • Draft brewer tap-n-fill kegging system
  • 6.5 Gallon Plastic Big Mouth bubbler
  • 5 Gallon glass carboy
  • CO2 Cylinder 5 lbs. - empty
  • How to brew book, by John Palmer
  • Herculometer - Triple Scale Hydrometer + test jar
  • 5/16” Rack magic siphon with tubing
  • Royal crown bottle capper
  • 2x Fermagraf adhesive liquid-crystal thermometers
  • Big mouth bubbler microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Carboy brush
  • Thief
  • 8 oz. one step cleaner
  • Two airlocks
  • Gold crown caps - 60 ct.
  • The brew hauler
  • 2x universal carboy bungs
  • Biofine clear
  • Fermcap S
  • Whirlfloc tablets

The Draft Brewer Tap-n-fill Kegging System includes:

  • One Draft Brewer 5-Gallon Keg
  • CO2PO Double body CO2 regulator
  • Last straw bottle filler with tubing and fittings
  • Fully assembled gas line and nylon washers to ensure tight seal
  • Fully assembled draft line for pouring brew from the keg

BeerDroid Fully Automated Beer Brewing System

Price: ~$500

Where to buy: amazon.com

Buyers rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I was debating whether or not to include this in the list, since it isn’t really a kit. This “kit” is actually an automated brewer, that makes beer by simply pushing a button.

It is a bit controversial in the homebrewing world, but if you are a person who simply wants some homemade beer without doing any work at all, then this product might be for you.

However if you want to get into homebrewing for the reason most homebrewers do, this product is NOT for you. It makes the process of brewing very simplified, to the point where you don’t have to actually do anything yourself other than watching a display.

The BeerDroid makes 2.6 gallons of beer by simply adding ingredients and pushing a button. The BeerDroid is wi-fi connected and has an app where you can monitor and control your beer batch.

It will send you notifications on how your brew is doing, and tell you exactly what to do if anything should go wrong.

The ingredient kits included are called “BrewPrints” which i would probably compare to instant-coffee. It is a very fast and easy way to make your own beer for sure, but it is not exactly traditional home brewing.

Specifications:

  • BeerDroid 2.6 Gallon fermenter
  • App controlled
  • Wi-fi connected
  • All natural ingredients - BrewPrints
  • Automated temperature control
  • Custom settings
  • Customize own recipes

My Personal Choice of Home Brewing Kit

As a beginner, any of the above kits will work just fine. However the kits are different in terms of the price and what is included.

Personally I’m a rational buyer, so I’d go for the kit that has the most quality equipment included for the price. So My personal pick would be the Northern Brewer Brew-Share-Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit.

This kit comes with everything in terms of equipment, and for the price it has, getting both a kettle + fermenter and bottling bucket is very nice. All you need is an ingredient kit and some bottles, where you can freely choose any beer and bottle type you’d like.

If you are very uncertain about whether home brewing is for you, you can simply go for the cheap Mr. Beer kit which is extremely easy to use and is also very cheap. However the 5 Gallon sets are generally higher quality, and will last for a long time.

If you wan't to find a recipe kit to fit your new Beer Equipment kit - You Can Read My Blog Post on Some of the Best Beer Recipe Kits.

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