Product: Coopers DIY Beer Kit
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.5/10
Included with the Coopers beer kit is everything you need to brew beer. According to them, the only thing you need is water. You’ll receive:
- Their patented fermenting bucket with tap
- Measuring flask
- Mixing spoon
- 30 plastic bottles and caps
- Thermometer strip
- Bottling valve
- “Brew Enhancer”
- Carbonation drops
- Instruction DVD
- Instruction Card
- Erasable Marker
Coopers Beer Kits are one of the best brewing kits that I have seen so far. They include everything that is needed to make a 6 gallon batch of beer right out of the box. You won’t need to go out and buy any additional materials with this kit. It is a little on the expensive side, but it’s well worth it if you’re serious about brewing.
Their fermenting bucket has a patented design, which allows for quicker and easier brewing; and attached to the fermenting bucket is a spout for easy bottling and carbonation. You’ll also receive the bottles that you need, and instead of using sugar to carbonate the beer, they include carbonation drops.
Also included in this kit, something that isn’t included in many kits, is a thermometer and a hydrometer. The thermometer is an adhesive strip that you attach permanently to the fermenting bucket. You’ll be able to monitor the temperature of your beer anytime without disturbing it. The hydrometer will allow you to check the density of your beer compared to water, which will aid you in determining the ABV of your beer.
This kit also comes with their own brew enhancer. This enhancer adds body and flavor to the brew, so you’ll have a nice, big and flavorful, beer once you’re finished.
Also included in the Coopers Beer Kit is a measuring flask and a mixing spoon. They didn’t have to include these thing because you more than likely could easily find similar items in your cabinets that would work just as well. The people over at Coopers Beer wanted to be very thorough, though, so they did include them, which adds to the value of this kit.
You’ll also get their instructions on a card and on a DVD (if you’re a visual learner). The detailed instructions will enable you to be sure that you’re doing everything right, and that your final product will be awesome.
Everything that’s included in the kit (other than the ingredients themselves, obviously) is reusable as well. You can continue to make full 6 gallon batches of beer for years to come with all of the materials that are included with this kit. Weather you find a recipe on your own, or you decided to buy another Coopers Beer refill kit, the materials will already be ready for you to start your next batch. If you do decide to use one of their refill kits, they are made to be used either as is, or as a base incase you want to add something to your brew to make it uniquely yours.
The only important item that isn’t included with this kit is a sanitizing solution. It’s imperative that all of your equipment and materials are sterilized before your beer/beer mixture goes into it, otherwise you risk contaminating your beer. Cleaning/sanitizing solutions can be found fairly inexpensive and a bleach solution can be used as a last resort, but since it is so important, it would’ve been nice if they included it.
Overall, as I said earlier, this is one of the best beer kits that are out there right now. It is a little bit pricier than most brewing kits, but you’re getting more materials with it than you would most other kits out there. You’ll be able to make a delicious batch of beer right out of the box without having to get any extra materials, and once you’re done, a simple refill pack will get you up and running again.
If you’re not satisfied with the Coopers Beer flavor options, all of the materials can be used for any recipe that you would like to use. On the other hand, if you do like their flavor options, but want to add your own spin to it, that’s also a perfectly acceptable option.
The only thing that’s keeping this kit from receiving a 10/10 is the fact that they don’t include a cleaning/sanitizing solution. Though it’s not difficult or expensive to get a cleaning solution, they still should’ve included one. Despite that one issue, the Coopers DIY Beer Kit is a fantastic solution for any home brewer.
Let us know in the comments below what you think about the Coopers Beer Kit, and how your beer turned out. If you’ve never used it, but just want to talk about this article, other brewing kits, or beer in general, the comments are a perfect spot for that as well!
As always I wish you all the best of luck with all of your brewing!