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Which Ale Homebrew Kit to Buy?

Hi there - does anyone have any recommendations on which ale homebrew kits are good?

I'm looking to buy a kit for my husband for his birthday and - given that I don't drink ale or beer of any kind - I really don't know what I'm looking at.

Any advice/tips would be greatly received!



  • MoneyMate
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  • Firemunchkin
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    Thanks - now I'd appreciate some advice on where to do the home brewing!

    It seems from what I've found online that you need something at room temperature, would that rule out the garage? If so, does it mean he'll have to do it in the house?!

  • susan42
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    I'd got a starter kit from Wilko. And kept it in the airing cupboard. I also kept it in the spare room
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  • Julie0511
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    Hi, my boyfriend brews beer and he buys his stuff from he's done quite a few different ones. They give you detailed instructions and there are videos on their site. It does need to be kept between 15 and 22 degrees when its fermenting, so he brews it in the kitchen on the hob and then keeps it in the living room until its ready to be bottled.
  • Lizard_Lady
    Lizard_Lady Forumite Posts: 175 Forumite
    You can either keep the fermenting bucket on a heat mat, can pick them up quite cheap from reptile websites/2nd hand groups on facebook etc. I keep mine on top of the heated end of my bearded dragons vivarium.
    Airing cupboards are quite good for brewing too.
  • ceo211
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    I'd got a starter kit from Wilko. And kept it in the airing cupboard. I also kept it in the spare room
  • Gloomendoom
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    I have been brewing my own bee for several years now. I just mix it up and leave it in the kitchen to ferment regardless of the season. I end up with beer.

    If you are looking for kits, try the Milestone brewery range.
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