Red, White and Brew – The Best Kits for Brewing Your Own Beer


Barbecue season is just warming up, but you may already be planning your Fourth of July bash. This year, why not take it up a notch by brewing your own beer? You’ll impress your friends and save some money.

Here’s a rundown on the basic gear you need to get started and some of the best homebrew kits on the market.

Mr. Beer Gold Edition

This is the perfect kit for the first-time brewer. It includes everything you need to get started, plus extracts for a Czech pilsner and a Mexican Cerveza. All the bottles are reusable, and the carbonation checker makes it easy to know when your homebrew has reached its optimum drinkability. Get it here.

Northern Brewer Home Brew Ohio

This kit is a great step up from the Mr. Beer. It comes with everything you need to start brewing and all the equipment for bottling your beer. It’s made from higher-end gear and is a fool-proof setup for the serious brewer. Get it here.

Northern Brewer Deluxe Kit

This Northern Brewer kit is just like their Home Brew Ohio setup, except it comes with two carboys, airlocks and spigots. That allows you to brew at twice the capacity cleanly and accurately. It’s a great kit for someone who wants enough beer to share with the whole neighborhood. Get it here.

BSG Gold

Feeling confident about your brewing abilities? The BSG Gold kit comes with everything you need to brew and clean your equipment, including two carboys and a bottling kit. The only things you’ll need to get started are extracts and a recipe. This is a great kit for experienced brewers looking to upgrade their setups, or for someone who already has a recipe in mind. Get it here.

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