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Gift Ideas for Homebrewers or Winemakers

By: Jodi Siebert

LOGIC, Inc. has compiled a list of what we feel would be on any homebrewer or winemaker’s Wish List. So, if you have one of those in your life, read on. And if you are a homebrewer or winemaker, send your family a hint and forward them this blog post link.

Grainfather

Founder Rick LOVES his – This is actually the unit that he regularly brews on. The reason he chose it is because it had (for him) the right mix of ease-of-use, flexibility, and ease of cleaning. Of course, ease of cleaning is always a big deal to him!

$799.98 at Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Lg06Rq

The Grainfather is an all-inclusive fully electric 120V all grain brewing system. With digital temperature controls that are accurate to the degree, complex processes like step mashing have never been easier. The unit also features a built-in mash re-circulation pump for high efficiency, and a convoluted counterflow Chiller for quick cooling. The steps to brewing with the grainfather are intuitive and simple, even with its compact footprint. Mash inside the unit with continuous circulation, raise the grain bed for sparing, and after removal your mashtun is now your boil kettle! the connect control box allows for automation without removing the fun of brewing, be as involved as you want to be! more automation means you can multitask or simply relax while brewing and then be alerted when to return for your next step. Use the connect control box in conjunction with the connect app for the ultimate brewing experience.

Product features:

  • Original grainfather brewing system, original controller and connect Bluetooth control box.
  • 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 us gal (30 l) capacity.
  • Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 20 lb.

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance

The folks that make the PicoBrew are really awesome people. Founder Rick had an opportunity to get into the PicoBrew when it was on Kickstarter, but he wasn’t quite at the right time of life for that kind of system (unlike now). It brews 5 L rather than 5 gallons, which is actually a positive thing to him! You get to brew a lot of more varied styles when you’re brewing 5 L’s, and you can make it as complicated or as simple as you want. The PicoBrew is really what Rick thinks of when someone says “brewing appliance.“

$399.00 at Amazon ($549.35 for Pro Version) – https://amzn.to/2Lg06Rq

Product features:

  • Brews 5 liters of your favorite craft beer at a time – the equivalent of (13) 12-ounce bottles – using pico Pak, kits containing all-natural grains and hops ingredients.
  • Select pico Pak from award-winning beers from a growing list of over 180 large and small breweries around the world available on the PicoBrew marketplace. Diameter: 8.5 inches.
  • Fine-tune the ABV (alcohol Content) and ibu (bitterness level) of any pico Pak to your liking, or create a custom freestyle Pico Pak with your own recipe of grains, hops, and yeast.
  • Simple cleanup with built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components.
  • Pico Pak sold separately.

Blichmann BrewEasy™

Anyone who has been brewing for a little while knows the name Blichmann. The term “over engineered“ always comes to mind when considering a Blichmann product, but Founder Rick really means that in the best possible way. John and the rest of the folks think things through so thoroughly that you know you are getting a system that is truly complete. But this comes at a cost and that’s why they are generally the most expensive items out there. They’re worth it, but sometimes you have to settle for what you can afford.

$1,924.99–$2,494.99 – Where to Buy: http://bit.ly/2UM5Fvp

The BrewEasy™ is a revolutionary new ultra-compact and economical all-grain brewing system.  This patent pending system and process utilizes a two-kettle re-circulation infusion mash system called the Kettle-RIMS™ or K-RIMS™ process for short.  This system is very simple to use and is a very approachable way to transition from extract to all-grain brewing. The BrewEasy™ system eliminates the need for a sparging, simplifying the process and saving time.

LG HomeBrew

LG is diving headfirst into the $26 billion American craft beer market with the launch of its HomeBrew beer maker at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Products like these have done all the measuring work for the user, all you do is prep the machinery and pop in the barley and hops pods to start brewing your pilsner, IPA, or stout. The LG HomeBrew can make five different types of craft beer, and all you have to do is select a capsule it will use to brew the beer. It handles everything, from fermentation to carbonation and aging. It even self-cleans. In as little as two weeks, you can get a batch of five liters of beer. The mobile app lets you monitor the home brewing process from anywhere. It can operate with constant temperature. LG relies on malt supplier Muntons to provide startup capsules. It gives you five different types of beer: American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, Belgian-style Witbier, and Czech Pilsner. It uses advanced artificial intelligence techniques to brew the beer.

The LG HomeBrew is not yet available for purchase (and pricing information hasn’t been released yet, either) but you can keep checking back with LG for updates. One thing’s for sure, though: when it does make it to market, it’s sure to be a great gift for the craft beer lover in your life.

WineEasy

Another superior product from Blichmann Engineering

Available at Northern Brewer – $549.99 – http://bit.ly/2Lgxjfz

Introducing the WineEasy™, which brings our proven track record for consistent, revolutionary innovation to the world of wine. To quote a little Latin, in vino veritas means “In wine, there is the truth.”

The truth about WineEasy™ is that you’ll enjoy such exceptional features as:

  • Great for bulk aging as a VCT (variable capacity tank), but NO tire to keep inflated.
  • No messy transfers to a secondary fermenter.
  • Less risk of contamination and oxidation.
  • Great press efficiency.

NOTE: LOGIC, Inc. is talking with the manufacturers of these systems about the materials of construction and such to ensure that our products are compatible with the more delicate pieces such as sensors, etc.


LOGIC, Inc. couldn’t have a Wish List without some more affordable options…

Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit

Great for the craft brewer just starting out, and Brooklyn Brew Shop is another group of great folks that we’ve had the opportunity to interact with.

$42.95 on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Lg06Rq

The Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit is perfect for beginners. Brooklyn Brew Shop makes brewing beer at home simple, fun, and tasty with easy-to-follow videos and step-by-step instructions. Using only seasonally-inspired, real ingredients, we never include sugary malt extracts, meaning you brew the freshest and best-tasting beer possible.

Created by published beer authors, our award-winning, all-grain kits are made in America and designed to be brewed on the stove top of any kitchen big or small.

The kit includes: our Everyday IPA making mix (grain, hops and yeast), 1-gallon reusable glass fermenter, glass spirit-filled thermometer, vinyl tubing, racking cane & tip, chambered airlock, Brooklyn Brew Shop cleanser, and screw-cap stopper. Not included: strainer, funnel, pot and bottles.

Cabernet Sauvignon Kit

Great for the home winemaker just starting out.  It may seem expensive for a 1 gallon kit, but bear in mind that this provides you with EVERYTHING that you need, and it also opens possibilities with experimentation because you’re not invested in a whole 6 gallons!

$86.99 at Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Lg06Rq

The first-ever 1-gallon winemaking starter kit. Complete with premium grape concentrate from world-class vineyards. Essential wine making equipment that’s easy to use. Expert instruction that’s easy to follow. Everything you need to make your first DIY small-batch of Cabernet Sauvignon

There are also starter kits for Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Craft Beer of the Month Club

Rick has enjoyed the variety of beers he has received – this is the gift that keeps on giving).

$41.95/Month – Available at Amazing Clubs: http://bit.ly/2RXRph1

Each month they deliver 12 full-sized bottles of hard-to-find, premium-quality craft beers from independent breweries across the country. They feature two different breweries every month and two different beers from each brewery – that’s four varieties of unique craft beer in every shipment (three bottles of each) with guaranteed award-winners every month and every beer they send is covered by our unbeatable “They’ll Love It!” Guarantee!

Home Brew Journal

A great way to keep track of your homebrewing adventures, and it’s pretty complete in the details that it includes.  Besides, the handsome cover allows you to leave it out without other family members complaining about your gross notebook that’s covered in beer stains.

$28.00 at Uncommon Goods – http://bit.ly/2Ghpwzj

For any home brewing operation worth its wort, the devil’s in the details. So, track your recipes, fermentation facts, and results in style with this custom home brewing journal. Bound in warm vegan “leather,” this handsome journal includes engaging infographics, handy tables, and systematically structured log pages to guide your zymurgical pursuits. It’s a detailed, indispensable resource that’s adaptable for a range of brewing expertise.

The Home Winemaker’s Companion

Essential Reading.

$15.82 at Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Lg06Rq

Raise a glass of homemade burgundy and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This informative guide provides an overview of the entire home winemaking process, from the vine (or the boxed kit) to your glass. With more than 100 recipes for a wide range of delicious wines, ports, and champagnes, you’re sure to find a wine to suit your taste. Clear diagrams for setting up your equipment and fail-safe instructions ensure that your home winemaking will be a success.



Note: Prices are subject to change.

Additional: So many fun craft beer lover gifts in general at Uncommon Goods: https://www.uncommongoods.com/sets/beer-gifts

Article: The best accessories for beer drinkers: https://www.businessinsider.com/best-beer-accessories