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Top 10 Best Home Brewing Kits to Buy Online in the UK 2020

Brewing beer yourself is a fun and rewarding hobby, and buying a home brewing kit is a great way to get started creating handcrafted ales and IPAs at home. With the rising popularity of craft beer and microbreweries in the UK, the number and variety of home brew kits available on the market has greatly increased. Both an art and a science, these kits come with the perfect amount of grains, hops and yeast to yield your desired brew type, quantity, and strength for easy beer making.

Some starter kits are designed for complete beginners whereas others with mainly ingredients will require a much higher level of experience. Before you buy you should carefully consider your options to make sure you pick the right one for a successful brew. Our buying guide will help you learn what to look for when buying a home brewing kit for beer on Amazon and eBay!
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How to Choose a Home Brewing Kit in the UK ― Buying Guide

When buying a home brewing kit online you should consider what type of beer you will make, the experience level required to master the kit, the amount each kit produces and how alcoholic your beer will be. Read on for our tips on what to look for when buying a home brewing kit for beer!

Check to See What is Included in the Kit When Making Your Decision

Whether you are just starting out or a more advanced home brewer you should always check to see what a kit includes before buying. Not all kits are the same and some will include more equipment than others.

Kits That Come with Equipment are the Best Choice for Beginners

Kits That Come with Equipment are the Best Choice for Beginners
If you are new to home brewing, some online listings may be misleading; just because a kit is advertised as ‘complete’ or ‘everything you need,’ doesn’t mean that this is always true. Beginners should look at the list of contents to ensure the kit includes all the essential home brewing equipment. Brewing beer at home requires:

  • A plastic bucket with a lid, airlock and stopper

  • A fermentation bucket

  • Nylon bags for boiling grains and hops

  • A thermometer

  • A hydrometer

  • A racking cane or siphon

  • Food safe sanitiser

  • A mixing spoon or paddle

You will also want bottles or a keg to store your beer in once it’s ready to drink. You can of course buy additional equipment that may not come with the kit separately, but buying an all-in-one kit will ensure you have everything you need to start brewing straight away, and saves on added expenses.
More experienced home brewers will already own the equipment needed to achieve a successful brew so buying a full set is often unnecessary. That being said, some kits may contain upgraded equipment, ones more suited to a particular brew style or produce a different capacity so are worth considering regardless of experience level.

Consider the Ingredients Included in Your Kit

Consider the Ingredients Included in Your Kit
Consider what ingredients are included in your kit. Although all kits will include a recipe mix, not all kits include equipment; these are known as recipe kits or refill kits.
A recipe mix or kit will include grains, hops, and brewers yeast, though some will also include extra ingredients and flavourings. Grains provide a base for your beer; these are boiled in water to provide a sugary solution called wort. Hops provide much of the flavour, and the variety of hops are important in influencing how your final beer will taste.
When you add the hops will depend on the recipe so always refer to the kit’s instructions for guidance. Finally, brewers yeast is added to convert malt sugars into CO2 and alcohol. There are hundreds of strains of yeast and each one will influence the carbonation, alcohol content and aroma in different and profound ways.
Some kits require the purchase of extra ingredients such as a certain type of sugar, so always read the full product description before making your choice.

Compare the Type, Strength and Quantity of Beer Each Kit Makes

If you want to enjoy the fruits of your labour yourself, it’s important to pick a kit that suits your own preference. Before you make your decision consider the type of beer, ABV, and quantity the kit makes.

Buy a Kit for the Type of Beer You Want to Make

Buy a Kit for the Type of Beer You Want to Make
Different kits will produce different types of beer, so when picking the right home brewing kit look to see which one takes your fancy.
The most popular and easy to master are light beers such as Amber or pale ales. IPAs are a home brewing kit favourite although you may want to try a more exotic regional lager such as a Mexican “cerveza”. Have a go recreating pub classics at home, or try your hand at a craft beer variety.

Check the ABV to See How Strong Your Beer Will Be

Check the ABV to See How Strong Your Beer Will Be
Alcohol by volume, or ABV for short, is the standard measure for how much ethanol is present per given measurement of an alcoholic beverage. The alcohol percentage of a drink is defined as the number of millilitres of pure ethanol per 100 millilitres of solution at 20℃.
The higher the ABV percentage the more alcoholic the drink will be, which can be the difference between tipsy and blackout drunk. Check your kit to see how strong your beer will be before you inadvertently knock your friends socks off with your homemade brew.
For kits with unspecified ABV we recommend using a hydrometer to check the final alcohol percentage.

Consider the Quantity of Beer You Will Make

Consider the Quantity of Beer You Will Make
Think about how much beer you want to make; you should consider the litre amount a kit can produce and how that translates to number of drinks. For example; a kit that produces 9 litres will make approximately 16 pints, whereas one that is 23 litres makes around 40 pints.
Avid beer drinkers, or those wanting to share their brew with friends and family, will benefit from a larger kit. Hobbyists wanting to experiment with various brews should go for smaller kits to avoid being inundated with more beer than they know what to do with – especially if it doesn’t turn out the way you planned!

Top 10 Best Home Brewing Kits to Buy Online in the UK

Now you know what you should be looking for, on to our top 10 ranking of home brewing kits for beer to buy online in the UK!

10. Muntons Hand-Crafted Belgian Style Ale Home Brew Kit

£29.80

IncludesHopped malt extract, light spraymalt, Belgian Saison brewing yeast
Not IncludedHome brewing equipment, secondary brewing vessel
Beer TypeBelgian-style ale
ABV7.5%
Quantity20 litres/36 pints

9. Northern Brewer Small Batch American Brown Ale Home Brew Starter Kit

£51.50

IncludesFermentation jug, recipe kit, mini siphon, tubing, bottle filler, cleanser, Bottle capper, caps
Not IncludedHydrometer (recommended)
Beer TypeAmerican brown ale
ABV
Quantity3.8 litre/7 pints

8. Bulldog Evil Dog Double IPA Home Brew Beer Kit

£26.94

IncludesRecipe kit (malt extract, hop pellets, flavouring, brewers yeast)
Not IncludedHome brewing equipment
Beer TypeAmerican double IPA
ABV7.1%
Quantity23 litres/40 pints

7. Craft A Brew Home Brewing Hefeweizen Beer Kit

£80.95

IncludesCarboy, funnel, racking cane, rubber stopper, transfer tubing, thumb clamp, airlock, thermometer, guide to craft brewing, recipe kit
Not Included
Beer TypeGerman hefeweizen
ABVUnspecified -hydrometer recommended
Quantity4.5 litres/8 pints

6. Bulldog Bad Cat Imperial Red Craft Beer Kit

£26.49

IncludesRecipe kit (ingredient mix, hop pellets, brewers yeast)
Not IncludedHome brewing equipment
Beer TypeImperial Red ale
ABV7.5%
Quantity23 litres/40 pints

5. Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit

£44.93

IncludesAll-grain ingredient mix, glass fermenter, thermometer, tubing, racking cane and tip, airlock, cleanser, screw-cap stopper
Not Included6 litre capacity cooking pot, large sieve or strainer
Beer TypeIPA
ABV6.8%
Quantity6 litres/10 pints

4. Muntons Tiny Rebel Brewing Company Cwtch Welsh Red Ale Home Brew Kit

£32.00

Includes2 x tins of hopped malt extract, 2 x 28g sachets of Citra hop pellets, 2 x 30g sachets of Columbus hop pellets, 2 x 6g sachets of American ale yeast
Not IncludedHome brewing equipment
Beer TypeWelsh red ale
ABV4.6%
Quantity21 litres/36 pints

3. Home Brew Online Complete Starter Kit with Coopers Mexican Cerveza

£65.71

IncludesFermentation container, PET plastic bottles, little bottler, plastic spoon, hydrometer, thermometer, steriliser, ingredients
Not Included
Beer TypeMexican cerveza
ABVUnspecified- hydrometer included
Quantity23 litres/40 pints

2. Coopers DIY Craft Beer Home Brewing Kit

£48.50

IncludesFermenter, brewing extract, brewers yeast, hop pellets, plastic bottles, carbonation drops, hydrometer, measuring flask, thermometer, bottling wand
Not Included
Beer TypeAmber ale
ABVUnspecified- hydrometer included
Quantity9 litres/16 pints

1. Northern Brewer Brewery in a Box Deluxe Home Brewing Starter Kit

£175.00

Includes18.9 and 22.7 litre glass carboys, airlocks and bungs, Chinook IPA recipe kit, bottling bucket, funnel, siphon, bottle filler, bottle capper and caps, carboy brush and bottle brush, brewery cleaner, carboy dryer, blowoff hose
Not Included15 to 20 litre cooking pot, hydrometer
Beer TypeAmerican IPA
ABVUnspecified- hydrometer recommended
Quantity18.9 litres/33 pints

Summary

The home brewing kit you buy will influence the final result so you want to make sure you pick the right one. If you are interested in the art of beer making, home brewing kits provide a relatively inexpensive way to get brewing. Once you have the basics down there are plenty to experiment with for endless options! We hope our buying guide has helped you find your perfect home brewing kit!

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