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Old 12-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default IPA Brewkit, help!

Hi guys. I've never homebrewed, and know less than nothing about it. But my brother-in-law really wants one for Christmas, so I figured I'd start my education here.

He's looking for a IPA homebrew kit. Does that mean he's only looking for ingredients? Are there actual materials he may need? He has brewed before, so I'll assume he has the basics. Any guidance on this would be incredibly helpful.

Also, if I have a budget of $75, is there a particular brand/website you would recommend?

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Do you know if he does extract or all-grain?

There are a few good kits out there Dead Ringer from Northern Brewer and Hop Head (actually a Double IPA) or Ferocious from Midwest are top sellers as well. Knowing extract or all-grain is the first step though.

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Old 12-02-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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You need to find out if he already has equipment. If not, you could probably get a Mr Beer kit with a recipe kit off of Amazon for roughly your budget number.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:00 AM   #4
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You need to find out if he already has equipment. If not, you could probably get a Mr Beer kit with a recipe kit off of Amazon for roughly your budget number.
However, if he has brewed a few times and has the equipment, he might no appreciate a Mr. Beer kit. I know I wouldn't.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:11 AM   #5
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That budget is plenty if you are just buying him ingrediants (most kits for a 5 gallon batch are around $30). But it is tough to say what he might need if all the info you have is that he has "brewed before" because that can mean a lot of things (and not mean a lot of things).

That said, most of the homebrew supply vendors have kits that include all the ingredients he would need to make beer. When I order online I usually use Austin Homebrew, which coincidentally has free shipping on recipe kits right now.

See if you can find out if he has the equipment for and/or is doing either:
a.) Mr. Beer
b.) Extract or Partial Mash brewing
c.) All Grain brewing

Also, while slightly impersonal, if you can't figure it out or don't want to mess up the present by ordering the wrong thing, gift certificates also work.

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I agree with everyone else without knowing what he has for brewing equipment it is next to impossible to make a good suggestion. I will say that I have been extremely pleased with Northern Brewer. I'm not sure what their kits are like since I usually just by bulk ingredients based off of recipes posted here and elsewhere, but I have always gotten my orders with in a few days of ordering and everything has been in great condition.

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See if you can find out if he has the equipment for and/or is doing either:
a.) Mr. Beer
b.) Extract or Partial Mash brewing
c.) All Grain brewing
Agree. Find this out and get back to us. We'll be able to give you some good recommendations. Cheers!
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