What’s in the box?
- 2-gallon fermenting keg with tap
- 11 plastic 740ml beer bottles
- 2 malt refill brew packs
- Brewing DVD
- Brewing instructions
My first thoughts on this kit was how beginner friendly it was. It contains the bare minimal of what’s required to make your first home brew. So if you’re new to the world of home brewing this would be a great place to start.
One of the likeable things about this kit is that it comes with its own plastic beer bottles and keg, saving you the hassle of buying additional bottles and equipment and making bottling your finished product a breeze. All the equipment is reusable, saving you money is the long run and if you decide to move on to bigger beer brewing kits the keg and bottles will always have some use. The instructions that come with the kit are simple and very easy to follow and unlike most kits, also includes a DVD showing a breakdown of the beer brewing process. All of this makes things very user friendly and easy to get started making your first brew.
As I mentioned earlier, as far as the ingredients in the box are concerned you just get the cheaper pre mixed malt extracts and displays itself as a just add water product, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. It’s perfect for beginners who are just looking to try beer brewing kits, but leaves little room for experimentation and takes away the satisfying feeling of mixing your own blend from start to finish. It may be worth mentioning that you can buy a greater range of brewing ingredients from their website, which you could combine with this kit. But I feel that defeats the object of an out the box brewing kit and can prove quite costly.
It’s important to remember that with any home brewing equipment proper sanitation is key to making sure that your beer comes out tasting the way it’s supposed to. So after giving everything a proper clean I was ready to get started.
After the first brew the results were pretty good, the pilsner tasted light, refreshing and mild in flavour. I followed the kit instructions to the letter and stuck with the recommended time scale which was, 7 days fermentation in the keg and 7 days to carbonate. I then bottled the beer up and left it the fridge to condition for 7 days. I felt the bold taste of the beer could be achieved better with a longer fermentation period. The brew time was faster than most normal beer brewing kits, which is a plus but faster very rarely means better.
Overall this is the ideal starter kit for anyone looking to get into home beer brewing kits with the very minimal of hassle and not willing to shell out for the higher priced kits until they’ve tested the water first. But for beginners it would be unlikely you would find a better kit for this price.
Beer Kit Rating
- Package Contents
- Quality of Beer
- Ease of Use
Excellent beginners kit with all the basic things that are needed to make a decent home made beer. If your new to the home brewing scene this is for you.