Homebrew kits are most convenient for recent converts. It already includes the most basic of materials needed in brewing your beer. You’d already have the hops and grains formulated, the yeast ready to begin colonizing your water to give you the first taste of a homebrewed beer.
There is a kit called the all-extract kit which is the most basic of basics. You can opt to buy a package which has the classic beer style. Aside from correctly following the process that goes with your kit, all you would have to do is clean your materials free of any other organism that might thrive in the cool area needed to ferment your drink. The cleanliness is next to godliness adage is very important here as the taste – and perhaps the safety – of your home made beer relies on this. Other growths would definitely ruin your beer. As the ingredients are already prepared and most often than not, would only require additional sugar, it would be hard to mess up with this kind of homebrew kits. Directions come for each of the beer making equipment so you would know which is which and how it functions.
There is a variant if you would want to determine the color of your beer, and the style of your brew – other than the classic canned beer taste. You can opt to have a different set of ingredients. These are still all-extract kits though as they give you preformulated ingredients.
If you don’t think the all-extract kit is challenging enough for you or you suddenly feel the monotony of your beer, you could up your hobby to another level by getting a partial mash kit. Here, other grains are added throughout the processing stage and other materials are added to your kit. But this is where you would really learn to value your creation. Of course, the all-extract kit is still a personal creation but as you have nothing to do with the formulation, you can’t really call your beer your own. You would still taste the brand of the company that sold you your kit. But with the partial mash, you can start to pretend that you’re the first to discover your recipe, because in actuality you are.
The kit comes with a guide which tells you what an ingredient’s effect is to your brew. You can even choose right from the start if you want to have your extract hopped or unhopped. The hops are what determine the bitterness of your brew. You can then add the hops later in intervals to give your mix the difference from your neighbor’s – who also has an all-extract kit – beer. To give you a better ambiance while pouring yourself a drink, some kits even have a keg system instead of the usual bottles.
Eventually, you’d get the hang of brewing beer from your kits. You want to experiment more, do more than your ingredients or your materials would allow or you would even want to decide to graduate your hobby to beer fanaticism or better, to a commercial brewery. But whatever extent you want to bring yourself to, start it first with the good old trusty homebrew kits.