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Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine Best in Beer 2016: Homebrewers’ Picks

The results are in! We have the results of The Best in Beer 2016: Homebrewers' Picks, where you can check out hombrewing trends, favorite gear, and more!

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We polled thousands of readers for our Best in Beer issue, and the results are in! For the Homebrewers' Picks, we asked you everything from your favorite style to brew to your favorite ingredients to your favorite equipment.

To catch up, you can check out the Readers' & Editors' Choice and Critics' Choice posts.

What’s Your Brew IQ?

How do you define your level of brewing interest? Not surprisingly, most of you are mashers although there are strong contingents of extract brewers and those we might call “brew curious.”

Type of Brewer

How Much Do You Brew?

How Much Do You Brew


Your Favorite Style to Brew

Curiously, your favorite styles to brew don’t match up directly with your favorite styles to drink. Here are the top 15 from your brew kettles, scaled to the number of responses…

Favorite Style to Brew

Top Malt

You might play the field, but you also play favorites. Here are your most-loved malts.

  1. 2-Row
  2. Maris Otter
  3. Pilsner
  4. Munich
  5. Vienna

Top Hops

From the trellis to your tulip glass, here are the hottest hops in your brewing arsenal.

  1. Cascade
  2. Citra
  3. Centennial
  4. Amarillo
  5. Simcoe

Top Fruit

Variety is the spice of life, and these fruit (and vegetable) varieties are your favorites for spicing up your beer.

  1. Raspberry
  2. Cherry
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Apricot

Favorite Brew Gear

Your list of the absolute best gear you’ve recently purchased or plan to purchase:

  1. Conical Fermentor
  2. Grainfather System
  3. Electric Brew System
  4. Plate Chiller
  5. Refractometer
  6. Braumeister System
  7. Big Mouth Fermentor
  8. pH Meter
  9. Brew in A Bag
  10. Counterflow Chiller
  11. PicoBrew Zymatic
  12. Catalyst Fermentor
  13. BrewJacket System
  14. Chugger Pump
  15. Kegerator

Homebrew Brands of the Year

Out of thousands of responses, only five votes separated first and second place, and a mere two votes decided third and fourth place, in your list of favorite homebrew brands of the year.

  1. Ss Brewtech
  2. Blichmann
  3. Grainfather
  4. Braumeister (Speidel)
  5. Big Mouth
  6. Spike
  7. Anvil
  8. PicoBrew
  9. Catalyst
  10. BrewJacket

The first annual Best of Beer 2016 issue of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® (December/January 2017) is available now. It features reader, contributor, and editor selections for Best Beers of the Year, Best Breweries of the Year, Best Homebrew Gear of the Year, and much more! Plus, we explore New England–style IPAs and introduce more up-and-coming breakout brewers. Subscribe today or order your single copy.