I recently gave you some gift ideas for foragers and wildcrafters, so this week I’m doing a gift guide for fermenters and homebrewers! Fermenting is a huge passion of mine, and I love showing people how easy it is. This is going to be a long one because I have many recommendations, and although it’s mainly geared towards newbies, even seasoned fermenters can still benefit from many of these products. So get these things for that person in your life who has always wanted to make their own kombucha, pickles, or homebrew, but doesn’t have the right tools to start!
Let’s start with things you need for veggie ferments (like dilly beans or hot sauce). Technically no equipment is needed besides a fermenting vessel, salt, and something to weigh down the veggies with, but it’s really nice to have a kit like this one from Fermentools. It comes with a handy weight, Himalayan salt, and an airlock that helps to prevent mold. All you need is a quart size mason jar and you’re good to go! You can see my full review of this kit in my fermented cranberries post.
Of course, sometimes it’s nice to ferment in larger than quart size batches, and this is when a ceramic crock is perfect. My Mom got me this this 3 gallon ceramic crock from Ohio Stoneware for Christmas a few years ago, and I absolutely love it! Now the only thing I wish I had for it is the crock weight set, but maybe I’ll get that this year.
This wooden Pickle Packer by Masontops is also something that I’ve had my eye on for a while. It would really make packing kraut down in the crock so much easier.
Kombucha and Kefir Brewers
Or if you’d rather purchase a whole kombucha kit in a one package deal that comes with everything, check out this Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop. It looks pretty awesome!
Mead, Cider, Wine, and Beer Brewers
Now let’s move on to some homebrewing equipment. For all the mead, cider, and wine makers out there, this one gallon jug with airlock is extremely useful and a great way to get started with a small batch of brew. Champagne yeast is one of the easiest to use for beginners, as it always makes a reliable product.
You can also give my new Simple Mead Making eBook as a gift!
If you have friends or family that are into beer and want to learn how to make their own, this Homebrew Kit is the perfect place to start for all the right equipment.
Adventures in Homebrewing also always has great deals on homebrewing equipment, and I totally love their rotating collection of free shipping beer extract kits. These kits are the easiest way to start brewing your own beer, once you have the proper brewing equipment.
Fermenting Jars and Bottles
Fermenters and homebrewers often need bottles, whether it’s for a kombucha or water kefir second ferment or for bottling homebrew. My favorite place to buy bottles and jars for fermenting is Fillmore Container! They have such an awesome selection that you can’t find anywhere else.
Now let’s talk about books, as they always make great gifts. Hands down, the two absolute best books for fermenting are Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz. Anyone and everyone who ferments should have these books.
There’s a lot more I could add to this list, and I just might do that, but this should be enough to get you started! Fermenting is so much fun, I’m all about getting others into it. I think these are some of the best gifts anyone could get!