If you are new to home brewing, a home brewing kit is definitely the way to go. One of the most popular Home Brewing Kits is the Coopers DIY Beer Home Brewing Kit. They provide everything you need to start brewing good quality beer.
The kit comes with the following items:
- 30 Liter Fermenter to Make 6 Gallon Batches of Beer
- Durable Beer Hydrometer and Measuring Flask
- Mixing Spoon
- “Little Bottler” Tube and Bottling Valve
- Lid and Krausen Collar
- Brewers Log and Dry Erase Marker
- 30 740ml PET Bottles and Caps
- Instruction Booklet
- Instructional DVD-ROM
- Cooper’s Lager Beer Kit Package – which includes:
- 1.7kg Coopers Lager Beer Kit Concentrate with Yeast
- 1 kg Coopers Brew Enhancer 1
- Bag of Carbonation Drops
The 30 Liter Fementer makes 6 gallon batches, which makes bout 30 bottles (they’re about 25oz each). Considering a can of beer is 12oz, that amount of beer should last you awhile.
*** I had never used a Krausen Collar before (I honestly didn’t even know what it was), but it may be the best tool in this kit. It fits flush on the inside rim of the fermenter, and it collects all of the crud that forms and the ferementer walls around the surface of your beer. When the beer is done fermenting, you can simply pull out the Krausen Collar (aka the crap collar) out and stick it in your dishwasher. It cuts way down on your clean up time and greatly reduces the chance that you’ll get any large particles in your beer when you bottle – very smart. As far as I know Coopers DIY Beer Home Brewing Kit is the only complete kit that comes with a Krausen Collar.
If you already have a home brewing kit, I would look into some of Coopers Beer Ingredient Packages. Thy come with the extract for the style of beer you want, as well as a brew enhancer and carbonation drops. Brewing Stout Style beer can be difficult, but the Coopers Stout Package was really easy and it turned out great (Nice Chocolaty Finish).
A big plus about this system is it comes with an instructional DVD that walks you through brewing basics. You don’t need to have any previous experience brewing beer, because this will explain everything. Check out how Coopers DIY compares to these other Home Brewing Kits.
Mix, Brew, Bottle, and most importantly – get Tipsy!