Last week we gave you the low down on the beer in a can or no boil home brew kits. These are a pretty popular way to brew and are what is included in the basic home brew kit you may have picked up at K-Mart etc. Even if you have never brewed before you may even recognize one of these cans from the supermarket shelf, but what many beginners don’t realize at first is that there are even more advanced kits to get you brewing a bit more like the big boys.
To move on from the basic brew kit you want to add a large pot to your brew making arsenal, as we are now adding an extra step to start of the brew making process. You may even pick one up at your local home brew shop and you probably should head down there to pick up all your beer ingredients.
The home brew shop will be able to help you move on from the no boil “hopped wort” beer kit to the slightly more complex extract kits and even on to brewing up a full mash beer from grain and hops.
The benefits of the more advanced kits are that not only do you get more of a choice in the final flavor of the beer, is that with boiling the wort you kill off any undesirable microbes that may be in the wort that could lead to a bad beer. Also many home brewers who have advanced to this stage never go back, while the extra process is a bit more time consuming and messy, the results of a more commercial quality beer generally speak for themselves.