You know you’ve wanted to try it. The thought of being able to make your own beer in just about any variety you can imagine… all for a fraction of what you’d pay for it in the store.
But it’s so damn complicated, right? Wrong. The folks at Australia’s oldest and only independently owned brewery have crafted what has to be the most complete and easy-to-use homebrewing kit on the market. Their website says it all… mix, brew, bottle, enjoy. The only thing missing is “repeat”.
The Coopers Microbrewery Kit has the gear you need to craft six gallons of great-tasting homebrew and if you’re looking to break into a great hobby you can’t do much better. Everything’s included in the kit, from the 8-gallon fermenter, to your first Cooper’s Lager beer kit. You even get 30 plastic bottles and caps for your first batch. The only thing not included is the water and I’m pretty sure you can wrangle some of that up pretty quickly. Especially if it means beer in your future.
The entire process isn’t much more complicated than making a big pot of soup, and the included DVD walks you through the process in excruciating simplicity. Basically, you mix the can of liquid malt extract and brewing sugar with water, toss it in the fermenter with a packet of brewing yeast, and wait. After 7-10 days of fermentation, and another week or two of bottle conditioning, you’ll be toasting with your buds over a pint of beer you made yourself. Talk about impressive. And beer you make yourself always tastes better than anything you can buy at the store.
You can get the kit and all of the supplies you’ll ever need to keep brewing for years to come at MakeBeer.net. They sell 17 different styles of beer so you can brew everything from Irish Stout to IPA to traditional English Bitter, all using the same easy methods.
Once you’re more comfortable with your technique you can even kick it up by starting to add things like specialty grains and hops to your boil to make a beer that’s truly your own. As a new brewer you’ll learn quickly that there’s a lot more to brewing than water and extracts, but it’s a perfect intro.