If you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift for the homebrewer in your life then your day just got a whole lot better. Below, you'll find a list of gift ideas ranging from $0 to well over $5000! Most of the items below are linked to Morebeer.com (one of my favorite online homebrew shops) but if you can get these at your local homebrew shop then do that instead. Now, without any further commentary from me here is a list from least expensive to most expensive.
Support $0: This is the best gift you can give to your homebrewer and it is by far the most valuable gift on this list.
Brewing books $10-$15: Before you purchase any book make sure you check out the “brewing library” first. We hombrewers love our books and you don’t want to get him/her a duplicate. I would suggest Brewing Better Beer (picture to the left) for any homebrewer, newbie or experienced.
Large capacity scale $14.95: This is for the all grain brewers and sure beats using the bathroom scale trying to read the weight that is covered by the bucket. If yo can find scale that goes up to 15 or 20 pounds, even better!
Temp controllers. Either one of these will work just fine, in fact, I have both of them. I use the analog controller ($58.95) for my kegerator because holding my finished beer doesn't require an exact temperature. I use the digital controller ($99.95) to regulate my fermentation temp which does require more exacting control. The digital controller is also a multi-purpose unit that can be set to turn on a refrigerator/freezer as well as set to turn on a heater.
High temp pump $149: This will keep your beloved homebrewer from lifting large amounts of scalding liquid above his/her head! This one is a must if you are brewing batches larger than 5 gallons.
Kegerator setup $299: this is a great starter set-up. The tank will come empty but you can get it refilled at just about any welding supply store. There is a cheaper version (a one tap set-up) but you can bet that your homebrewer will be upgrading the number of taps as soon as the first one comes in so you might as well start with two!
Refrigerator or Chest Freezer $50 to $200: Depends on were and how old the refrigeration unit is. You can find these things on Craigslist and they are usually pretty cheap. Buyer beware, though. Both of these can be used as fermentation chambers by controlling fermenting temps or converted to kegerators.
All grain upgrade $289.95: A great way to get your homebrewer out of the house on brew days. The larger batch size means the wort (pre-beer liquid) will be so large that he/she will have to use an dedicated burner. Here is the best part, that burner can only be used outside!
Conical Fermenter $1895: The baddest of the bad ass fermentors with temp control features to help keep your fermenting wort at just that right temp. I know this is quite a jump in price but this fermenter doesn't need an external fermentation chamber. This means you will save $$ on the extra refrigerator/freezer and temp controller.
Brewsculpture $6,300: The baddest of the bad ass homebrew systems and the one that makes all homebrewers drool. I have had the pleasure of working with one of these systems before and take it from me, it ROCKS! There are other less expensive versions but if you can afford one of those, whats another $1000?