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.
Rye of the Tiger
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.
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.
Orange County, CA
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.
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!
San Lorenzo, CA
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!
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.
Very easy to use and fun! we definitely enjoyed making it as well as drinking it!
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!
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.