Best in Beer 2019 Readers' Choice: Homebrew Gear

For our annual Best in Beer survey, we asked you about your favorite homebrew equipment, brands, and stores. The results are in.

Readers of Craft Beer & Brewing Nov 11, 2019 - 4 min read

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Homebrew Brands of the Year

Thousands of votes were cast, and once again it’s Ss Brewtech and Blichmann trading places in the number one and two spots for homebrew brand of the year, with Spike just edging out Inkbird for the third spot.


Higher than 2018 rank
Lower than 2018 rank
= Same position as 2018 rank
+ New to list in 2019

1. Ss Brewtech
2. Blichmann
3. Spike
4. Inkbird
5. MoreBeer +
6. Anvil =
7. Grainfather
8. Tilt
9. Bayou
10. Braumeister (Speidel)
11. Fast Ferment
12. Craft a Brew (Catalyst)
13. SABCO +
14. BrewJacket
15. PicoBrew

Top Brew Gear 2019

Evolution in the brewing-gear market is driving innovation at a rapid pace. These are the pieces of gear you’re happiest with or that appear on the top of your brewing-gear wish list.


1. Grainfather Connect
2. Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket
3. Ss Brewtech Chronical Fermenter
4. Ss Brewtech Unitank
5. Spike Brewing Conical Unitank +
6. Spike Brewing Kettle +
7. Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun
8. Tilt Hydrometer
9. RoboBrew
10. Ss Brewtech Kettle +
11. Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettle
12. Big Mouth Bubbler
13. Blichmann Hellfire Burner +
14. Electric Brewing Supply Control Panel +
15. Anvil Stainless Bucket Fermenter
16. Blichmann Brew Easy
17. Catalyst Fermenter
18. Spike Brewing Flex Fermenter +
19. Brewjacket
20. Blichmann Riptide Pump

Homebrew Retailers of the Year

These are your favorite places to buy your favorite gear and ingredients from your favorite brands.

1. MoreBeer! (California and online)
2. Northern Brewer (Minnesota and online)
3. Adventures in Homebrewing (Michigan and online)
4. Austin Homebrew Supply (Texas and online)
5. Great Fermentations (Indiana and online)
6. Atlantic Brew Supply (North Carolina and online)
7. Farmboy Brew Shop (Houston, Texas)
8. Keystone Homebrew Supply (Pennsylvania)
9. Beer and Wine Hobby (Massachusetts and online)
10. The Brew Hut (Aurora, Colorado)
11. Brew & Grow (Illinois)
12. FH Steinbart (Oregon and online)
13. Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
14. Listermann Brewing (Cincinnati, Ohio)
15. Elevated Fermentations (Loveland, Colorado)

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