First Time Homebrewer Gift Package
Vendor: Craft a Brew
The First Time Homebrewer Gift Package is the perfect gift for the craft beer lover who is new to home brewing. With all the equipment and ingredients needed to brew and bottle your first batch of beer, this package includes: American Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Brown Ale, Dry Irish Stout...
The First Time Homebrewer Gift Package is the perfect gift for the craft beer lover who is new to home brewing. With all the equipment and ingredients needed to brew and bottle your first batch of beer, this package includes:
- American Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Brown Ale, Dry Irish Stout or Oktoberfest Home Beer Brewing Kit
- Deluxe Bottling Kit
Loved it! Great gift idea. Today, my own brew. Tomorrow, a takeover of Anheuser-Busch!
Excellent tasting beer. Definitely had to add water throughout the process to get 10 bottles of beer worth. Also, even though it was left in the kitchen to ferment, the ambient temp must generally have been colder than expected as it took a couple of days to start bubbling. Would love to know the best ambient temp for the fermenting process. As a gift, it gave my father hours of fun watching and waiting. Well worth the price.
I chose Craft-a-Brew's Hefeweizen as few other home brew companies offer a wheat beer kit. I prefer wheat beers as it seems most craft breweries are in competition to shove a much hops as possible into their creations which overwhelms the subtler flavors found in other less hoppy beers. While I think there needs to be a bit more wheat provided in the kit to start the wort, overall the finished product provides a smooth, clean and enjoyable taste. The final color of the beer is caramel, more so than one would expect from a wheat beer, and I needed to bottle condition the beer for three weeks rather than two as at two weeks carbonation was such that the beer seemed a bit flat. After three weeks the carbonation was spot on. I shared the final brew with several neighbors and all indicated they enjoyed the beer. Comments included "nice and light and not too hoppy", it will "pair well with any food" and "worth repeating". As for the homebrewer's package, the kit included pretty much everything I needed to get started. The instructions were simple, clear and easy to follow. I also chose this kit/company over others as mixing a couple cans of malt and what appears to be corn syrup on the stove for 30 minutes seemed to be a bit of a lazy man's way to "brew" beer. I wanted a more authentic experience, something that would take time and some effort, and the Craft-a-Brew starter kit provided that. The whole grain wheat, powdered malted barley extract, and hops pellets were a great way to get started. The entire brew process from start to finish (including set up and cleaning) was about 3 hours. Fermenting and bottling was not complex, but the yeast did not activate after 24 hours and I needed to follow some troubleshooting instructions to get it going. In total, whatever irregularities I encountered could easily be chalked up to being a rookie, first time brewer. As I said though, the flavor was quite good and I will make this beer again. The only reason for four stars is the cost of the bottles/capper. It would have been cheaper to buy a couple four packs of Grolsch and enjoy those and reuse the bottles. Bottom line, this was a really fun process and the beer was very good. I will continue to use Craft-a-Brew to experiment with home brewing and would recommend this company to others. p.s. one more plus was that I saved the spent wheat and harvested yeast from the slurry and made some really good beer bread.
Bought this for my dad fro Christmas, wasn't sure if he would love it but it has really given him something fun to look forward to with his new hobby. So far he has a hefeweizen and american pale ale. Can't wait to drink them
After researching so many different home brewing kits I finally decided to just do it and purchases this one! So many other kits had many more reviews buy weren't the complete package - had to buy bottling kit separate, took a shorter time to brew, etc.- but Craft a Brew really seemed to be the perfect in the middle package for a first time home brewer! The beer (oktoberfest kit) turned out amazing and we cannot wait to buy more! Everything was simple enough for a first timer but still exciting :)