As much as I hate to admit it, now is the time to be thinking about Christmas gifts. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the beer connoisseur in your life, Brewbarrel* have the answer.
Brewbarrel offer a wide range of home-brewing kits that any beer lover can enjoy. Their bestsellers list include: Lager, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Oktoberfest Style Beer and even a kit that allows you to create your own bespoke lager.
If you’re reading this and thinking “wow this sounds great but I’m lazy“, I’m here to tell you that it couldn’t be simpler. Your Brewbarrel comes with everything you need including pre-weighed ingredients. All you need to is some water and a kettle. Best of all, it only takes ten minutes to prepare!
How To Make Your Own Beer using Brewbarrel’s kit
1) Remove the transparent lid from the top of the keg.
2) Fill your keg with the malt extract.
3) Fill the empty extract with cold water to the marker near the bottom, then with boiling water to the marker at the top. Pour the water into your Brewbarrel.
4) Reseal the keg with the transparent lid. Shake your Brewbarrel for about 30 seconds, pushing down on the lid whilst shaking.
5) Remove the lid again, you can now throw it away.
6) Only using cold water, repeat Step 2 a total of four times.
7) Pour the hops and yeast (depending on your beer of choice, add any additional flavours as well) into your Brewbarrel.
8) Close your keg with the included pressure control valve.
9) Stand your keg up vertically so that the valve is on top.
10) After 24 hours, turn your keg upside down for 10 seconds.
11) At room temperature, let your Brewbarrel ferment for five days without moving it.
12) After five days the first stage of fermentation is complete. Now put your Brewbarrel in the fridge for two days.
13) Carefully lift the red bolt of the pressure control valve on top and release the pressure.
14) For beer, lift and turn the bolt of the tap and pour!
You can view more detailed instructions here.
We went for the India Pale Ale and Iain described it as kind of malty and a little bit bitter. He also said it was very easy to drink and tasted a lot better than he expected. It looked quite cloudy at first, but the taste was good.
Although I don’t drink beer myself, I enjoyed the process and seeing the end result.
Brewbarrel’s kits are inventive, affordable and free of complications; they make a great Christmas gift.