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Fathers day gifts for the homebrewer.

Everyone has these holiday lists of terrible ‘beer’ related gifts, so here’s my list of things I think a homebrewing dad might really want on fathers day.

For someone who is just starting out, they can try starting out small;
This one gallon kit is everything they need, except the pot.
If you think they want to jump right into 5 gallon batches, any ‘starter kit’ from your Local homebrewing shop will work. Get them the kit, but get them a GC to pick out the recipe. So they can go chat with the staff, and pick out a style of beer they want to make.

If they already brew, here’s a quick list of ideas.

A wall mounted opener.
A stylish opener for your kitchen.
An opener for your bike tool box.

Beer Service:
One of my favorite beer glasses, Sam Adams perfect pints.
64 oz insulated growler for sharing cold beer with friends and family.

Homebrewing Brewing gadgets:
Thermometer I don’t think you can have too many of these.
Carboy carrier a handy device for making carrying that heavy glass carboy a little easier. (See my review)
Blichmann beer gun, it’s a bit more pricey, but a great gadget he’ll love if he doesn’t already have a bottle gun. (See my Review)

I’m pretty sure most homebrewers would love to get a variety of hops as a gift.
I recommend Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, el dorado, belma, or any experimental hop .

Reading Material:
IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale – Mitch Steele
his is a great historical book on IPA’s, if that were it alone it would be worth it, but it also contains a large number of recipes for great IPA’s of all varieties of well known brewers from Russian River’s Pliney the elder, to Hill Farmstead, and Cigar City.
For The Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops – Stan Hieronymus
A book about my favorite ingredient, history, types, how to understand the various components of hops, and how they are used. Goes well with either the IPA book, or a bunch of hops.
New Brewing Lager Beer: The Most Comprehensive Book for Home and Microbrewers
Don’t let the title deceive you, this is one of the early comprehensive technical manuals on small scale brewing, not just about lager beer either.

Most of all, I think most homebrewing fathers just want to enjoy a nice relaxing day with their little bottling line(s), and perhaps a fresh cold homebrew.

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