We hope you enjoyed our post earlier in the week, 21 Great Gifts for Beer Lovers. If you have a homebrewer (or homebrewer wanna-be) on your shopping list this year, today we bring you 11 more ideas perfect for the homebrewer. It’s not too late to order these for the holidays, but act fast! Play your cards right and you will find something your homebrewer will swoon over, and they’ll be so thankful that they’ll reward you with lots of beer in the new year. Win/Win!
Chris and I got started homebrewing because she wanted a Mr. Beer for her birthday a few years ago. After one batch, we were both hooked. We quickly moved on to a full 5-gallon system, and after a lot of batches (good and bad) we’re finally taking the plunge into all-grain brewing. As a hobby it can be addictive, so be warned. In the craziest of cases it can even inspire you to start visiting lots of local breweries and eventually start-up your own beer blog – you just never know. But on the upside, you’ve got the beer. That’s pretty freaking awesome.
So sit back, grab a beer (preferably a homebrew) and let’s do some shopping with our list of 11 Awesome Gifts for Homebrewers.
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If you’re lucky enough to have a homebrewer in your family, then you know that you will never wonder what to buy that person ever again. There are so many great products available for homebrewers, from the basic brewing kit all the way up to semi-professional equipment to help them further improve and experiment with their batches of brew. These ideas are for the novice and expert alike.
- For someone who has just started brewing, or maybe just started to think they may like brewing, we love the Beer Making Kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop. Because their kits make 1-gallon batches, they can easily be done with little equipment in any kitchen. Plus, they are all-grain, and their Everyday IPA was one of the most complimented beers we’ve ever made.
- If your homebrewer has already made a few small batches and is ready for big time, you can pick up a 5-gallon kit at any good homebrew shop, such as this Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit from Northern Brewer. Basically a brewery in a box, this kit comes with all they need to ferment, secondary, sanitize, bottle and even comes with a DVD to help them get started. If you get them this, maybe they’ll be repaying you in the new year with lots of great homebrewed beer!
- Whether you’re a novice or expert homebrewer, a Homebrew Journal can help you record all your brewing activities from brew day right through to bottling. When you make that perfect batch, this book will give you all the details so you can do it again. There’s several varieties of journals and logbooks to choose from, but we love the Homebrew Beer Recipe Journal, and we’re sure your homebrewer would like it too.
- Speaking of books, if your homebrewer (or wannabe) doesn’t have The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Fourth Edition: Fully Revised and Updated, then you should definitely get them a copy now. This book by Charlie Papazian is the closest thing there is to a homebrewers bible, and it’s been updated with all the latest in beer styles and brewing techniques. This book teaches everything a homebrewer needs to know, but most importantly it’s a great reminder not to stress about brewing, but to “relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew!”
- For a more advanced brewer, the FastFerment Conical Fermenter will allow the homebrewer ferment like the pros. Primary and secondary fermentation can be done in the same vessel, with no transfers and less sediment. You can even harvest your yeast for use in another batch. We haven’t tried it yet, but several of our homebrewing friends swear by this fermenter.
- Who would want an empty old whiskey barrel? Homebrewers, that’s who! Get your homebrewer an 8-gallon Whiskey Soaked American Oak Barrel from Woodinville Whiskey and they can barrel-age their own beer like a pro, albeit on a much more reasonable scale.
- Once your homebrewer is making pretty good brews, they may want to kick them up a notch by infusing some hops or other ingredients. Get them this 10″ Draft beer Hop back Randall they can get creative, not only with hops but with ingredients such as cocoa nibs, fruits or spices, the options are endless. Or just fill it with fresh leaf hops for an intense hop flavor and aroma.
- If the homebrewer you’re shopping for isn’t quite Randall-ready but wants to infuse some flavor into their beer you can start them out with this Ovente French Press. While it may be intended for coffee or tea, it can be used to quickly infuse your beer before drinking. Hops-heads just love to fill this with fresh hops to give their completed brew an kick of flavor!
- Designed for the craft beer lover who also home brews, Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters provides dozens of recipes created by top craft brewers, but designed for the homebrewer to make in their own kitchen, garage, or patio. Each recipe is provided in its extract or all-grain format and is accompanied by full-color photos, instructions, and anecdotal notes from the brewery.
- If someone special has been really good this year, and you want to knock it out of the park, you can always go with a kegerator. Keeping a keg of their own homebrew on tap would be a dream come true, or totally dangerous and irresponsible depending on how you look at it. We like to say it would be a good thing! Kegerator.com has lots of options available, and if you act fast you can still get Christmas delivery with free shipping.
- Still stumped? Don’t overthink it, just get them a gift card! The trick to keeping a gift card personal is to make sure you get it at the right place. For the homebrewer in your life, why not get them a gift card or gift certificate for their favorite local homebrew shop? No matter their brewing level, certainly they can think of something fun to splurge on with your gift! In our neighborhood of Castle Rock we usually frequent Castle Rock Homebrew Supply. We also love to make a trip out to Aurora and the The Brew Hut, where we got our first homebrewing setup. If you aren’t close to those two spots and aren’t sure if there’s a homebrew shop near you, consider a gift card for an online store, like Midwest Supplies. If you are in a time crunch, Midwest Supplies can even email you a same-day gift certificate, so they’ll never know you almost blew it!
Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For?
If you are still looking for the perfect beer gift and you just don’t think any of the above ideas will work, check out our other two gift lists for this holiday season:
Happy Holidays, and Cheers!
Jeff & Chris
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