I love the idea of Brooklyn Brew Shop. Basically, they give a great introduction to stovetop and all-grain brewing. The starter kit includes a 1-gallon glass jug to use as the fermenter (along with airlock and stopper), tubing, thermometer and other odds and ends to help with your stovetop all-grain brewday. The biggest thing you need that isn't provided is a brewpot.
Also for Christmas, my sister and her husband got me The Audacity of Hops by Tom Acitelli. The book covers the history of the American craft beer revolution. I can't wait to read it, but I just need to finish The Wheel of Time first!
Last but not least, I picked up Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus using a gift card from Christmas. In the book, Stan covers the history and brewing of Trappist, abbey and strong Belgian ales. If you're not aware of it, check out his excellent blog, Appellation Beer.
|Chocolate Maple Porter Kit|
|A few of the beer mixes from Brooklyn Brew Shop|
|The Audacity of Hops and Brew Like a Monk|
Have you homebrewed before? Let me know if you had any success doing all grain on your stovetop!