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justvisiting 12-04-2010 02:04 PM

Beer Know-Nothing Seeks Advice
Figure that title ought to get a few responses... :)

Hey all. As part of my family Christmas, I have drawn the name of one of my cousins, who is into homebrewing. I would like to get him a gift centered around homebrewing/beer, naturally, but my budget is limited. Are there any good ideas ingredient-wise (yeast, hops, etc.), or equipment ideas, that would work?

For reference, I know that in the past he has brewed Belgian dubbel, chocolate milk stout, kolsch, hoegaarden, sweet stout, pumpkin ale, pale ale, Scottish ale, Patersbier... to name several.

So, I humbly request any advice you may have.


VABeerSnob 12-04-2010 02:07 PM

How much do you have to spend?

justvisiting 12-04-2010 02:11 PM

Well, I'd like to keep it in the area of $25-35 (owing to the somewhat arbitrary 'guidelines' of my family for gift swaps).

Bensiff 12-04-2010 02:15 PM

I would go one of two routes, ask him what he needs (as he likely has tons of equipment and knows exactly what he wants as his next piece) or get him a gift card to More Beer, Midwest, or some other big online homebrew store.

If you are thinking about ingredients...

Yeast only if he uses dry yeast
A bag of 2 row is always welcomed
Hops...check out hops direct, (figure out if your cousin prefers whole hops or pellets) and get him a few pounds of the major ones like Cascade for his pale ale, Hallertau for his German beers, Fuggles for his stouts...make sure to keep in freezer until gift giving time.

frazier 12-04-2010 04:44 PM

I'd go with the gift certificate idea. Guaranteed to make him happy.

waldoar15 12-04-2010 04:53 PM

A spare keg (if he kegs) might be handy and fits in the higher end of the price range you've listed.

benharper13 12-04-2010 04:55 PM

I like the gift card Idea but rather then a big online store if there is a local store near you that he could drive to. I just know 25-35 gift certificate then he'll have to pay 7 or more for shipping.

iron_city_ap 12-04-2010 05:42 PM

Gift certificate for sure.

trufleshufle13 12-04-2010 06:08 PM

another one voting for gift card. and like ben said try to find a local store.

Daybis 12-04-2010 07:11 PM

Gift card is the best option. You could also get him a recipe kit.

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