Coopers DIY Beer Kit 

Price: $116, makebeer.net 

Brews: 6 gallons 

It may not be as pretty as the other sets on this list, the Coopers DIY Beer Kit is just as capable—maybe even more. Replete with a 30-liter fermenter, measuring flask and beer hydrometer, thermometer, a tap, 30 plastic bottles, and Coopers lager beer concentrate with yeast, carbonation drops, and brew enhancers, it's pretty much everything you need to get your brew on. To guide you along there's also an instructional booklet, and, for those who are reading impaired, an instructional DVD.