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Hops To It

After discovering a vintage fermenter in her father's basement, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand researched the art of home brewing and swiftly became self-taught pros. The pair quit their advertising jobs and left for a seven week beer-tasting tour of Europe to train their palates and test the possibility of a business partnership. They returned inspired and ready to launch this do-it-yourself kit, equipped with everything you need to brew up a mouth-watering storm of pale ales, porters or saisons. Yields the equivalent of 8 pints of beer in four weeks. Made in the USA and Canada.

Kits and Refills sold individually.
Kit includes:
1 Gallon Glass Fermenter, mix (Malted Barley Blend, Hops, and Yeast), airlock, tubing, thermometer, tubing clamp, packet of sanitizer, stopper and blowoff attachment.
Please note: additional ingredients may be needed. Please see individual instructions below

Check out the gift lab of the Beer Making Kit on our blog!

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Click here to see the Everyday IPA Brewing Instructions
Chocolate Maple Porter
Chestnut Brown Ale

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

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Item ID
30328
Made from
glass, vinyl, cardboard, acrylic, grain, hops, yeast
Measurements
packaging - 12" H x 13.25" W x 8.25" D; 7 lbs.
Notes
Do not leave in extreme heat. Recommended Ages 21+

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BEER MAKING KITS
 
4.2

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good flavor (36)
  • Fun (12)
  • Thirst quenching (11)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Boosts enegery (4)

Cons

  • Small container/bottle (6)

Best Uses

  • Gifts (74)
  • Whenever (35)
  • Parties (22)
  • Relaxing (22)
  • Hobby (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (75), Budget shopper (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (31)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (20), Husband (11)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (24), Birthday (8)

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4.0

Great Starter Kit!!!

By 

from Florence, SC

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun Activity
  • Great Taste
  • Inexpensive
  • Quality Materials

Cons

  • Vague Directions

Best Uses

  • Gifts
  • Parties
  • Relaxing
  • Whenever

Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

The only reason this kit didn't get 5 stars is because of the instructions. The online PDF left with me a lot of questions and the video on the website is a bit vague (although the simplicity was nice). The PDF instructions could be made more user-friendly.

I highly suggest reading over the instructions a few times and combining that knowledge with the video provided on their website. Also, google some people who have documented their experience to gain extra tips and insight.

Service and delivery comments:

The delivery was way ahead of the projected delivery date, by about 3 days actually. My product was shipped promptly after purchasing and arrived in the prestine condition. The boxes were extremely well packed to ensure no damage occured.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great starter kit

By 

from boulder, co

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Saves money

Cons

  • Takes Time To Make
  • You Need Lots Of Big Pots

Best Uses

    Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

    We have made two of the Brookyln Brew Shops beer kits and they are great. I do a lot of canning so we had all the pots we needed, but if you don't have big pots you will need borrow some. We have the third kit waiting to be made until we are halfway through our last batch.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    5.0

    Amazing Beer!

    By 

    from Orange County, CA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Taste
    • Simple To Make

    Cons

    • Vague Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Parties
    • Relaxing
    • Whenever
    • Work

    Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

    Got this as a birthday gift for my roommate. We made the Chocolate Maple Porter and it is SO tasty! It's definitely one of the better Porters that i've had.

    My only complaint is that the instructions were somewhat vague. We had to look up third party instructional videos for some additional information (such as dissolving the maple syrup before bottling it). This beer is fantastic. I just wish it came in a bigger supply.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    He's excited

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Value Oriented

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Whenever

        Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

        My husband is very excited to try this out. He thought it was an incredibly neat and thoughtful present. We haven't tried brewing yet but I do wish there was information about the items that you'll need before you can get started. Like a strainer and beer bottle(s) with lids. I had to order this stuff and we're still waiting on it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Husband
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Perfect kit for first timers

        By 

        from San Lorenzo, CA

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts

            Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

            This is a great kit for beer enthusiasts and first time home-brewers. My boyfriend was very excited when I gave this to him as a Christmas present. The kit comes with most of the essentials needed. The biggest con was that it did not come with directions (although, you can easily find this online) or a funnel or strainer. Luckily, it is not difficult to obtain these items elsewhere, but it would have been more convenient if they had come in the kit. Overall, this is a great kit, and I would recommend it to others. I'm excited and curious to see how my boyfriend's first batch comes out!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Chestnut Brown Ale lacks Chestnuts.

            By 

            from Bryan, OH

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

                  I bought this as a gift for my brother for Christmas and he was very excited. I purchased him the Chestnut Brown Ale. He was going to make the beer tonight, but informed me after reading the directions online that he had to purchase the Chestnuts for the beer and needed to roast them himself. I asked him if that was a joke considering the Christmas season, but it was not. If I would of known this then I would of included them in his present. Just didn't think that would be something not included in this kit.

                  Hopefully once he finds some chestnuts and roasts them it turns out good though!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Delivery was prompt and everything arrived in good condition

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                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect gift for my boyfriend

                  By 

                  from Easton, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Prepare

                  Cons

                  • Few Flavor Options

                  Best Uses

                  • Gifts
                  • Relaxing

                  Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

                  I got this kit as a gift for my boyfriend and he was absolutely ecstatic to try it out. I saw that a lot of people were saying that it doesn't come with instructions, but there are pictures on the box describing the process of making beer and underneath that, it gives you a website to go to for complete instructions for each of the flavors. Once we got the instructions and printed them out, he started to brew. It has been a very easy process thus far. It is still fermenting in our closet, so I can't give a review on the taste of the chestnut flavor. Overall, this kit was a hit and it will certainly be useful for future brews. Also, I would like to know that I have seen this exact brew kit on other sites and uncommongoods actually has the best price that I have seen.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Yummy!

                  By 

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Taste
                  • Thirst Quenching

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts
                    • Parties
                    • Relaxing
                    • Whenever

                    Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

                    Very easy to use and fun! we definitely enjoyed making it as well as drinking it!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome!

                    By 

                    from Burlington VT

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy
                    • Fun

                    Cons

                    • Extra Items Needed

                    Best Uses

                    • Relaxing
                    • Whenever

                    Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

                    This is a really cool homebrew kit, and the website that the company provides has lots of helpful videos and instructions. As some other reviewers mentioned the one pain is that you need a funnel, a mesh strainer, and a huge pot which are not included. I can understand not including a pot or a strainer but they could have at least provided a funnel that fits on the fermenting bottle. I bought this for my boyfriend and the two of us had a really fun time making beer together, and now we're just waiting for it to ferment so we can taste it!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Pretty fun kit!

                    By 

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gifts
                        • Whenever

                        Comments about BEER MAKING KITS:

                        Overall, this kit is easy to use. The manufacturer has an easy-to-follow video on their website.

                        Before purchasing the kit, however, I would read the online instructions for its use. Some standard cookware is required and some of the kits call for other ingredients (e.g. we needed roasted chestnuts for ours).

                        In the interest of planning, it is good to know what you'll need before opening the box to get cooking. Otherwise, it seems like a great product.

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        Delivery was prompt and packaging was secure. None of the components were damagaged.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Father
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                        Q and A

                        When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                        1045votes, 88 comments

                        Laura

                        What every fraternity needs.

                        Nicole
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Bring on the merriment! I love the idea of making this at home.

                        Linda
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great find!

                        df
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        just not much too this. I've seen this elsewhere with more stuff -books, types, bottles, etc. This just seems incomplete.

                        Cindy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very good price!

                        vanessa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I think this is great and would love to get this as a gift for my husband

                        Kathleen
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Ive seen other kits that looked really intimidating, but this looks simple like maybe I could do this.

                        Jessica
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        a comprehensive kit would be better

                        amanda
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Who doesn't love a good brue

                        Linda
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Beer is big right now

                        Angelic
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I wouldn't want to make my own beer.

                        Katy
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Ugh.

                        Marty
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Nice to have everything you need (except bottles, caps, and a bottler) in one package. Nice price.

                        Kathryn
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Fun fits.

                        Vicky
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        already made the beer

                        MELISSA
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        would want to know a bit more re: what this includes, entails, etc. before purchasing but would potentially consider as a gift for several individuals.

                        Melissa
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Just not my thing. I wouldnt dabble with something like that. Perfer to buy from the store. I do see the novelty of it and could see some people getting really into home brew. Just not for me.

                        Gayle
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Well, if you're going to drink it, why not make it.

                        vanessa

                        Does this come with instructions?

                        Elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great price. especially for a begginer.

                        krystal
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Will it come with instructions and recipe book? If not, then I'll pass.

                        Cianna
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        People are too lazy to return movies to a video store these days, let alone brew their own beer.

                        Mitzi
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great...would buy one for hubby who loves to make home brew.

                        Tina Marie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        clever idea, have seen it in many other stores. seems as if it's missing something though.

                        Darcy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Another "not my style" but could be a cute gift for the right price for the right person.

                        Brenda
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        We've been growing our own hops and thinking of trying this ourselves. What a fun way to try it out! Plus, this would be a great gift.

                        Stan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I like that this is a small batch brewer instead of the typical 5 gallon type.

                        Kathleen
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        You can buy kits anywhere, and they come with more stuff. How much will shipping be for the glass jug? I have a similar jug here at home that was $2.

                        Cathy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        good guy gift :)

                        Ann
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Many have tried....all have failed. Nothing good ever comes from trying to brew your own. Leave it to the professionals.

                        Michael

                        Forty bucks for a glass jar, hops and a thermometer? That's expensive for only 12 beers.

                        gail
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Perfect.

                        thomas
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Don't promote alcohol consumption

                        Julie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        You can get this kind of thing all over.

                        Janet
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I hate these kinds of things. They rarely get used, don't make a wonderful final product, and I sure wouldn't want to receive one as a gift. (Been there, and didn't do that!)

                        Kathy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I like this better than the "brew in a bag in your closet" style. I'd try it!

                        Barbara
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Might be fun, but hope that it has really good instructions!

                        Jon
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        *in my best Homer voice* Mmmmmm... beer!

                        Elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Eh, I'm not into drinking/sharing cutesy weird homemade brews. Chocolate? Also don't have the counter space for this setup, even at "compact".

                        judy
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I'm not patient enough - I'll just go to the beer store...

                        Kath
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        A little too expensive, but my husband would get into the simplicity of this kit.

                        Fran
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Too much work for the money. Just go to the store and buy a case for a lot less.

                        John
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks like they've simplified the method compared to other kits I've seen, but the price seems a little high.

                        Janet
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Could be a good gift for a beer enthusiast but seems small and you would need other supplies - like bottles.

                        amy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        this is very popular now and the growler looks a lot better than the typical bucket

                        Lily
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        LOVE it, I know a lot of people that would like this gift.

                        Jamie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love it! Want to buy it for my husband

                        Louise
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Fun gift at a reasonable price.

                        Melissa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Way cool! With all the at home and microbrewing that's been happening, this is right on point. I definitely will get this.

                        bonnie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Could it be any good? You can buy thousands of flavors/brands so easily.

                        Eileen
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I suppose it's fine for inexperienced brewers.

                        teresa
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        much incomplete kit

                        Jessamyn
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I think this is great option for a gift for a guy (and a girl, but especially guys) as they are often hard to buy for. It certainly would add to the "for him" section.

                        Melanie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great gift

                        Rachelle
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Good price...but is the beer any good? Good gift for the beer enthusiast.

                        Jessica
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        A great gift for a beer lover!

                        Mary
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I'm sure it would make a good gift for a lot of guys!

                        Amy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love this idea, while I'm not a beer drinker myself, I think a lot of people would like this! How about a wine making kit, that's more my style!

                        Jamie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        $40 for a 12 pack seems like a rip off to me

                        Katy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great gift for my boyfriend! I would love to see this on the site!

                        Kathleen
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        YUK, not for me. Many have tried it but don't stick with it very long.

                        Jamie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I bought directly from their Brooklyn store before. This is amazing stuff and it's a great price.

                        Wendy
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I suppose this is good for the more adventurous home cook, but I prefer to leave the brewing to the pros.

                        April
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        i don't drink beer.

                        Xena
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Kit doesn't look complete. And a glass mecury thermometer? Really? Is this 1910? You can get much better kits online.

                        Elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Leave this to the companies that specialize in beer making supplies.

                        Katie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great for the 21st bday. Could open a whole new hobby! I got something like this for my brother's 21st and now he has an actually brewery and loves it.

                        Katie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Does not seem like a complete enough set

                        margaret
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This could be fun, great guy gift!

                        Jody
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        It is a great gift for the guy that wants nothing but loves beer

                        Beth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Fun!...if it works.

                        Ann
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cool gift idea and unique, i have never seen one of these.

                        Kait
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        What man WOULDN'T want to try this?!

                        Katharine
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I can see it now: Every college fraternity and dorm will have their own brew kits ready and loaded before check-in even begins, and Animal House lives again!! Guys, our national science deficit needs something a good deal better than this!!!

                        Kayla
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I've seen these types of kits. I'm not interested.

                        Deborah
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        My son already has something very similar.

                        Sonya
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Too pricey for what you get.

                        Jan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I know several people who would have a great time with this!

                        Jackie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I've seen this type of item offered before. It looks easy to use and the price appears to be in a good area.

                        Jennifer

                        Is it just me or does the sample beer in the gallon jug look more like Hawaiian Punch than beer? I don't think my guy would want to drink red beer.

                        Johanna
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Why would you want to make it when its just around the corner ready to go.

                        sarah
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Seen this before, but you can never go wrong with beer!

                        COLLEEN
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I LOVE microbrews especially from Michigan! However, I'm not a fan of IPAs. Might be a good gift for someone who wants to experiment with brewing their own beer...like a starter kit. In any case, I've gotta think that once you brew your first batch of beer you would never want to stop!

                        Joana
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        seems interesting, but the price... eck. i could go out and buy beer cheaper

                        Annamarie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        would be a great gift

                        Elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great gift for that guy in your family who's hard to buy for.

                        Brooke
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great gift for many people I know, including me!

                        Misa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great idea, especially if it'd come as a complete kit.Maybe even some DIY bottle labels as a coordinating product..?! Now I think that would make this WAY fun!

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