Beer brewing is one of those hobbies with a high barrier to entry: The only thing more complicated than the list of equipment you need to get started is the complexity of the craft.
Compare learning to brew at home with learning to cook at home. With cooking, you can taste-test as you go and recognize mistakes on the fly. With brewing, it may take one or two months before you even know that you’ve made a mistake. Worse still, the amount of time that’s passed and the number of variables that have emerged make it extraordinarily difficult to recognize what mistakes you've made.
Luckily, beginners have one great option for learning the fine art of homebrewing: small-batch brew kits. These typically produce one gallon of beer—as opposed to the standard 5-gallon batches produced by most homebrewers. The ingredients and equipment are much more affordable, and the brewing process itself is cleaner, simpler, and more manageable.
For those who are interested in taking up this increasingly popular hobby, we’ve put together a roundup of small-batch kits—with some proper advice thrown in for good measure.
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