What’s in the box?
- 6.5 Gallon fermenting bucket
- 6.5 Gallon bottling bucket with spigot
- Spring less bottle filler
- Fermentation Thermometer
- 48 12oz Amber bottles
- Sanitizer 8-pack
- Monster brew ingredient kit
On first glance this is probably the one of the most complete beginner’s home brewing starter kit that you can find and includes pretty much everything you would need to create a very good home brew. One thing to mention is that this is not just an extract kit and is the next step up from basic just add water home brew kits, so a fair amount of free time needs to be invested in the beginning. All the instructions can be followed easily using basic kitchen items, the only real extra that is recommend is a large steel brewing pot, but it’s not required so if you don’t have one don’t worry.
The thing I like about this kit is that uses two buckets, one for fermenting and one for bottling, which is a good way of getting you used to using multiple apparatus in your beer production, putting you on the road to brewing like a pro. It includes all the equipment to make bottling easily done, saving a lot of time and trouble when it comes to getting your beer ready for conditioning in the fridge.
One of the premium features of this kit is that unlike other all in one brew packs is that the 48 included bottles are made from glass not plastic, leading to a better, more professional feel when it comes to testing your beer with your friends.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow, but doesn’t always go into great detail about what the purpose of each step in the process is actually doing in the grand scheme of things. If you’re looking to really learn about brewing and do it as a long term hobby, you may want to invest in a standalone fully illustrated home brewing guide.
This home brewing starter kit includes a very complete ingredient pack for your first batch of beer, it comes with malt extracts, hops and yeast. Although this is still very much in the area of basic home brewing, the addition of hops to the mix makes it feel like a much more rewarding experience than other extract kits because it allows a slight amount of customisation and feels like you’re more involved in the process. It may not seem a small thing, but doing extra little things such as this can really boast your confidence and encourage you to take the next step in home brewing.
One thing I noticed when setting this kit up for use was the sheer amount of cleaning that was required. So it may be worth your while to invest in a larger amount of sterilisation products, as the small amount that comes with the kit may not be sufficient. This is particularly important, as a great brew starts with the correct sterilisation.
Setting up the mix for fermentation was simple and completed in a short space of time. After the beer mix was in the bucket there was very little more to do and the biggest problem was finding a place to store the fermenter until it was complete. When it came down to the quality of my mix, I was quite interested to see the results as I had followed the included instructions to the letter. Once the batch was ready, the additional bottling bucket and equipment really did help to speed things up, and before I knew it the beer was bottled and conditioning in the fridge. The end result was a very nice beer indeed. It was light, but had a rather unique taste that was very enjoyable and easy to drink.
On an ending note this is a very complete beginner’s kit that contains everything you would want from a basic home brewing starter kit, without quite reaching the realms of the intermediate level. Anyone who’s serious about taking up home brewing as a hobby can’t go wrong with this kit.
Overall Star Ratings
- Package Contents
- Ease of Use
- Quality of Beer
High end beginner's kit which produces a very nice beer and has a lot of durability at a good price.