Gift idea: Brew your own beer – five DIY sets for at home in comparison

With the right ingredients and appropriate brewing instructions, you can brew beer yourself in your own kitchen.

Gift idea: Brew your own beer – five DIY sets for at home in comparison

With the right ingredients and appropriate brewing instructions, you can brew beer yourself in your own kitchen. At least that's what the Braukönig company claims: The beer brewing set includes a plastic fermentation container, beer wort, yeast, a fermentation tube, rubber stoppers and an instruction manual.

The following points stood out positively in the product test:

What was negative, however, was that the cooking container is made of plastic and the result tastes like beer, but not like a real pilsner - it is more reminiscent of the taste of wheat. Nevertheless, the shower set was given a solid rating of “good”.

The brewing box of the "Helles" variety is significantly more expensive, but that doesn't automatically make it better: The ingredients included in the scope of delivery, including accessories (fermentation bottle, beer pump, fermentation bung, malt mixture, hops, brewer's yeast, oxy-cleaner, doser, thermometer) make a high-quality impression. Another positive thing was that in this test you really have to brew the beer yourself: i.e. the mashing and lautering is also done on your own - this part is omitted with the other brewing sets.

However, you should also plan more time here, as the preparation takes significantly longer. The result is still sobering: Above all, the lack of taste of light beer and yeast deposits on the bottom earn the brewing box an overall grade of “good” (2.3) in comparison.

Two different varieties of the same brand were tested here: one was the wheat beer brewing set and the other was the dark beer brewing set with oak wood and honey - both received the grade "satisfactory".

The wheat beer comes with the following: An empty 5 liter keg (as a fermentation container), a bag of malt extract, a pack of yeast, a bottle of hop extract, a pressure valve and an instruction manual. The result is still disappointing due to a dominant banana note. In addition, the beer ended up with too little carbon dioxide, which should not be missing in a good barley juice. With a grade of “satisfactory” (2.6), the brewing keg landed in third place.

Closely followed by the dark beer brewing set in 4th place, also with the grade “satisfactory” (3.3). Very easy to use, but the product lacked flavor and carbonation. .

Fifth place goes to Kwik beer. Just as easy to use as its predecessors, the hop drink was not particularly convincing due to its taste. The finished product had hardly any carbonation and tasted more like a cider than a beer. This was also made clear by the lack of foam, which is an important factor in freshly tapped barley juice.

Conclusion: All in all, the five products are suitable for beginners who want to brew their own beer. The beer brewing sets are also particularly suitable as gifts - but if you want to become a real master brewer, you should delve deeper into the subject.

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