The 2015 Homebrewer's Christmas Wish List
While I haven't had time to brew much lately, I've had plenty of time to dream about new brew gear I’d like to add to my collection. And with Christmas coming up, here’s what I am hoping to have in my homebrewer’s stocking. Ok, none of this will probably fit in a stocking, but you get the point. If you’re out there looking for a gift for your favorite homebrewer here’s a few idea (or me. You can buy this stuff for me, too). And on to our annual gift guide!
If you know someone who want to get start with homebrewing here’s a good starter kit from MoreBeer that has everything you need. The worst thing you can do for a new homebrewer is get a kit that only has half of what you need. I remember when I got my first kit and it didn’t have a boil kettle! I mean who normally already owns a 5 gallon pot? Sure, some people might (think turkey fryer), but most people will have to fork over the extra dough to get this into their kit.
Serve up your tasty brew in a new keg! Who wants an old Soda Keg when there are so many great new option out there. I haven’t tried one of these yet, but I would love to start using one of these Torpedo Kegs. That 2.5 gallon would be perfect as I’ve started to switch to smaller batches and hate using a 5 gallon keg with tons of headroom.
Speaking of kegs… cleaning kegs is a pain (just check out our post). Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a fancy keg cleaner. The Mark II Keg and Carboy cleaner will make your clean up much easier.
Time to go Electric? All the cool kids are starting to convert their gear to electric gear. I am onboard with this idea. Living in Colorado makes outdoor brew days rather difficult in the winter. Possible, but not fun. There are a lot of ways to go electric but I am kind of leaning to the quicker route with an all-in-one solution like The Speidel Braumeister Electric Brew System (which has been on my list for a while). One day! One day!
If all of this just seems like too much money here are some affordable options. Because let’s face it, not everyone on your Christmas list should get a $2,000 electric brew system.
- A cool electric grain scale
- A two piece hydrometer jar - seriously, this may not seem like a cool gift, but it’s totally rad. The ability to clean the bottom of the jar is well worth it.
- A fancy stainless steel mash paddle
As always there a little for every homebrewer on this list. And, hey, hopefully I pick up something on this list. Like the electric brew system (wink, wink). What would you add to this list?