A Complete Guide on Getting Started with Homebrewing

Homebrewing is a hobby and passion that has existed for over 7,000 years and we're happy to help you through every step of the process in making your own beer, wine, cider, or mead in the comfort of your very own home. You should feel confident that you've come to the right place; love2brew is one of the largest homebrew retailers in the country and known for our incredible customer service, great pricing, and huge (and ever-expanding) love2learn knowledge base.

Brewing is simple, easy, and fun. We've designed three specific and unique brewing kits to make it as easy as possible for you to get started:

Brewer's Essentials™ One Gallon Beer
Making Kit

Our One Gallon Beer Making Kit is an awesome choice that wears many hats depending on who you're shopping for. If you know anyone who fits the following descriptions this is the kit for them:

1. Loves craft beer and wants to brew but is very limited on space.
2. Loves craft beer and may want to try out brewing as long as it is easy and simple to do.
3. Homebrewer who loves experimenting with wacky recipes to push the limits of what he/she can do with beer.
Brewer's Essentials™ Basic
Beer Making Kit

The Basic Beer Making Kit is the perfect choice for if you or a love a great craft beer and enjoy the idea of being creative and brewing their own! If you've ever heard someone say "Oh, that would be cool." then this is the kit for them. It has the all of the basic needs to brew, can be used to brew little more than half of our recipe kits, and can always be upgraded in the future to a more advanced setup!
Brewer's Essentials™ Complete
Beer Making Kit

Our Complete Beer Making kit is the ideal gift for someone who is going to love brewing their own beer! Maybe you've done your research and you know that homebrew is for you. Maybe you've heard a friend tell you how they just can't wait to start. Have your book of clone recipes already written out? The Complete Kit is the ideal choice for someone who is going to love homebrew! It has all of the equipment they'll ever need aside from bottles, can be used on all of the love2brew Ingredient Kits, and is an incredible value. This kit is the definite staff pick!
Brewer's Essentials™ Premium Beer Making Kit

The Premium Beer Making Kit is the ideal choice for the passionate homebrewer to be. This all-in-one Beer Making kit comes with all of the necessary equipment to brew your first batch from start to finish without needing any additional items. It contains the same advanced fermenting setup as our Premium Beer Making Kit so even the most novice brewer can brew any type of beer they would like with ease. In addition the Premium Beer Making Kit contains equipment to allow brewers to accurately test and measure their beer throughout the fermentation process, all of the necessary sanitizing solution to make the process as simple and sanitary as possible, a 5 Gallon Brewing Kettle so you know that the new brewer could brew as soon as they wanted to, and two cases of 12 oz. Heritage Bottles to bottle up that delicious beer! This Beer Making Kit is a complete solution for any new brewer and the ideal gift for someone you know who is going to love brewing their own beer.

No matter what the personal brewing goals are for you or your loved ones love2brew offers you the complete solution. All of our kits come complete with an easy to read and understand guide to brewing your first batch of homebrew that when combined with your ingredient kit instructions will ensure a simple and smooth process for everyone involved. To help understand what the differences between the three equipment kits we offer are see the chart below for an easy explanation of what pieces of equipment come with each kit.

Brewer's Essentials™ One Gallon Beer Making Kit

Brewer's Essentials™ Basic Beer Making Kit

Brewer's Essentials™ Complete Beer Making Kit

Brewer's Essentials™ Premium Beer Making Kit





Complete Guide to Brewing

6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket & Lid

6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket

Bottling Spigot

One Gallon Fermenting Jug

Cap / Bung for Airlock

Racking Tube 24"

Auto Siphon

Siphon Tubing

5 Gallon Glass Carboy


24" Plastic Paddle

Bottle Brush

Carboy Brush

Bottle Capper

Bottle Caps

Bottle Filler

2 oz. PBW Cleaner


Hydrometer Test Jar

Dual Scale Stick-on Termometer

8 oz. Star San Sanitizer

12 oz. Amber Beer Bottles (x2)

5 Gallon Brewing Kettle

Optional Beginner Recipe Kit

What's next?
Once you've chosen the Equipment Kit that fits your needs you're ready for the real fun; the beer! We have a huge collection of Beer Recipe Kits to choose from! We like to personally recommend that your first beer be one that is ready in 4-6 weeks so you can enjoy your homebrew as soon as possible! For complete kit details including how long the kit will take from the day to you brew it to the day you enjoy it be sure to see the Additional Information tab on all of our Beer Recipe Kits!

After you've chosen a recipe kit you're all set to brew! There may be some small additional tools you may need to complete your first brew; check them out below!

Economy Stainless Steel Brew Kettle (5 Gal.)

12 oz. Beer Bottles (Amber) 24/Case

Bottle Caps (50)


Any questions?
Here at love2brew we're known for our outstanding commitment to total customer satisfaction. If you have any questions and would like to speak directly with a member of the love2brew crew feel free to contact us via phone 1.888.654.5511 or email us at support@love2brew.com!

Above all else never forgot to relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew!