Post # 1
This year is our first married Christmas, I would really like to get my husband a home beer brewing kit. Does anyone brew or their husband brew or have any experience or advice on a brand or type to buy and price range? Everything I have found online seems to vary quite a bit. We want to make ciders, lagers, amber ales (I have heard it makes a slight difference sometimes). He would be a complete beginner. I am also curious about time committment and space needed. thanks!
Post # 3
My boyfriend and I brew our own. It’s awesome.
I’d say our starting cost was about $150. At first we were buying premade kits, but now we’ve been experimenting a bit more.
it’s awesome! You will love it 🙂
Post # 4
I bought my FH one a couple of years ago. He loves it. He makes seasonal beers all the time. He started a pumpkin one a while ago. It will be ready just in time for Thanksgiving. I say go for it.
Post # 5
Both my dad and my bf use Brooklyn Brew Shop and love it! It’s easier than a lot of other at home brew options, and they also just came out with a how to book which I’m getting my boyfriend for xmas. It’s made for smaller spaces, so as I understand it, requires a lot less space than more traditional kits. I can’t recommend it enough. The time commitment is sort of intense, probably 3-5 hrs on one day, then you wait a few weeks for it to brew.
edited to add: http://brooklynbrewshop.com/
Post # 6
I would look for a local craft brew shop near you. They will be likely have a in house kit. My husband and I have been brewing for a couple years, we made a brew for the wedding as favors/escort cards! 🙂
We bought a starter kit from our local brew shop and it had everything we need for our first brew, including ingredients for a brew. It ran $100 I believe. Why I recommend getting yourself familiarize with a local brew shop is as you’re starting out you will have tons of little questions. The people who work at the brew shops are avid brew lovers like your husband. And they will be more than happy to answer your questions! We gained so much knowledge from them! I don’t think you’ll have trouble finding one in Michigan!
If you want to make ciders that’s a completely different kit I believe.
If your husband really is interested I suggest starting to save your microbrew bottles now. They sell empties at the brew stores but it’s silly to buy them when all microbrew bottles are the same (the amber ones). You just need to buy caps and a capper.
The first day you set up to brew it will take quite a while. A lot of prep work and sanitizing is required. Sanitizing is ESSENTIAL.
ETA: To give you an idea of what to look for this is what our starter kit included
6.5 gallon bucket w/ lid, airlock, bottling bucket with spigot, siphon hose, racking tube, bottle filler, double lever capper, bottle caps, “True Brew” handbook, bottle brush, hydrometer, sanitizer.
Post # 7
@TrooUPnorthe I got my FH a home brew kit from bed bath and beyond. Believe it or not its a great started kit..
Post # 8
Does your DH have any insight into what he wants, or is it a surprise? My DH is getting one when he graduates from school in the spring, and I told him about it so he could pick out exactly what he wants. He also talked to a few friends who have home brewed before, and they were able to give him a little advice too.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your input, I am excited and you have definitely given me some great things to check out. It is a total surprise at this point 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
Hey–Mr. Biscuit homebrews, sans kit as he wants to have a brewery outside of the home eventually. I’ll explain his set up if your husband may want to go that route eventually. He has a mash tun he constructed out of a Gatorade cooler, and a turkey fryer to heat everything up.
We grow our own hops (Cascade and Newport), and make wet hopped ales, but you can buy them dried. And he has some site that helps him build his recipes. He also knows a disturbing amount about yeast–I guess it’s the Biochem degree, so I think a kit would be handy at first if you, like me, aren’t that up on yeast. Mr. B likes Northern Brewer (northernbrewer.com) for all of his brewing supplies. Rogue sells ingredient kits if your husband likes that brand.
His friend has a beer blog and Mr. B wrote a very in depth post about the whole process and all of his supplies for one of his batches last year–which I don’t think is self-promotion, but please, yank the link if it is :): http://eastgeorgian.blogspot.com/2010/11/brew-day-otb-portage-imperial-porter.html
Good luck! Brewing is fun, though it is very technique sensitive :). I’m getting my husband a kegerator for Christmas this year, so we don’t have to wait an extra two weeks to enjoy the yumminess!