Starter Kit Buyer’s Guide

Beer Making Kit Buyer’s Guide

Thinking about buying a homebrewing starter kit for yourself or a gift? Ask any homebrewer and they’ll all say the same- you never forget the thrill of your first batch. Homebrewing is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life.

To keep your brew day foolproof, these Starter Kits kits have everything you need to begin your adventure in homebrewing:

Check out the comparison chart below to choose the homebrewing equipment kit that’s best for you. Each Starter Kit also includes your choice of a beer recipe kit. And to guide you through that first brew day, these Starter Kits include a FREE Getting Started Brewing 101 DVD, plus a laminated step by step instruction sheet. All of our Brewing Starter Kits are easily expandable as you grow more experienced and brew more complex beers.


Comparison Chart


Deluxe Kit Deluxe Kit featuring Big Mouth Bubbler® Essential Kit Small Batch Kit
$179.99 $169.99 $89.99 $49.99
Homebrewing 101 DVD
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Foolproof recipe kit
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Complete brewing instructions
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Primary fermentor
6 gallon glass carboy 6.5 gallon Big Mouth Bubbler® Plastic 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket 1 gallon jug with cap and airlock
Secondary fermentor
5 gallon glass carboy 5 gallon Big Mouth Bubbler® Plastic Not included Not included
Stopper 2x rubber bungs 2x rubber bungs Grommeted lid Cap
Airlock 2x 2x 1x 1x
Fermometer 2x 2x 1x 1x
Blowoff assembly
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Auto-siphon and tubing
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Bottle filler
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Bottling bucket
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Bottle capper
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Bottle caps
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Bottle brush
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Lab thermometer
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Funnel
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Carboy dryer
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Cleanser
One Step Cleanser (8 oz.) One Step Cleanser (8 oz.) One Step Cleanser (8 oz.) Easy Clean Cleanser (8 oz)


Deluxe Starter Kit



Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit
Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit – $179.99

Our best selling starter kit for two decades.

Folks tend to become very passionate about homebrewing after a batch or two, but we’ve also seen a lot of new brewers fall in love even before embarking upon their first fermentation. For those of you who, like us, are already passionate about hand-crafted beer, here’s the Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit.
Our Deluxe kit uses a pair of large bottles called carboys as vessels in a two-stage fermentation process. Why do 2 Carboys equal Better Beer? Using carboys to perform a secondary fermentation allows yeast and proteins to fall out of suspension, leaving the beer more crisp, clean, and clear than by only using a primary fermenter. The additional equipment and extra steps taken with the Deluxe Starter Kit reward the brewer with clearer, cleaner tasting beer as well as the ability to brew a wider range of styles as your confidence grows and sudsy repetoire expands!

As with our other kits, you get to choose from 3 hand-picked beer recipes. And when you brew with Northern Brewer you never brew alone – you’ll also get a copy of our FREE Getting Started in HomeBrew DVD, plus a laminated step-by-step instruction sheet for the day.
Kit includes:

  • Homebrewing 101 DVD
  • One of 3 Northern Brewer Foolproof Recipes
  • Complete Brewing Instructions
  • 6 gallon glass carboy
  • 5 gallon glass carboy
  • 2x fermentation locks and bungs
  • Funnel
  • Blowoff hose
  • Bottle brush
  • Carboy dryer
  • AutoSiphon, siphone tubing
  • Bottle capper
  • Bottle caps
  • Thermometer
  • One Step Cleanser (8 oz.)

Two final pieces of equipment you’ll need: a boil kettle and bottles. If you have a stock pot that can hold at least 3 gallons, that will work fine. Otherwise you’ll want to pick up a 5 gallon kettle, which is an inexpensive option that works great for the beginning brewer. You’ll also need some empty bottles to put all that beer in. If you can get and clean 48 used beer bottles (the pry-off style, not the twist-off) then you’re in business. We also sell 12 oz beer bottles and 22 oz beer bottles; two cases of either will be enough for your first batch.
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Deluxe Starter Kit feat. Big Mouth Bubbler®



Deluxe Starter Kit featuring Big Mouth Bubbler®
Deluxe Starter Kit feat. Big Mouth Bubbler® – $169.99

A Revolution in Homebrewing

The first and only homebrewing starter kit featuring the revolutionary patent-pending Big Mouth Bubbler™ Plastic Fermentor, the Deluxe Starter Kit featuring Big Mouth Bubbler™ is the next-generation all-inclusive homebrewing starter to kit—easy-to-clean with everything you need to brew a batch of beer.
This Deluxe kit uses a pair of Big Mouth Bubbler™ plastic fermentors as vessels in a two-stage fermentation process. The additional equipment and extra steps taken with the Deluxe Starter Kit reward the brewer with clearer, cleaner- tasting beer as well as the ability to brew a wider range of styles as your confidence grows and sudsy repertoire expands! As with our other kits, you get to choose from 3 hand-picked beer recipes. And when you brew with Northern Brewer you never brew alone – you’ll also get a copy of our FREE Getting Started in HomeBrew DVD, plus a laminated step-by-step instruction sheet for the day.
Kit includes:

  • Homebrewing 101 DVD
  • One of 3 Northern Brewer Foolproof Recipes
  • Complete Brewing Instructions
  • 6.5 Gallon Big Mouth Bubbler® Plastic carboy, Lid, Fermometer
  • 5 Gallon Big Mouth Bubbler® Plastic carboy, Lid, Fermometer
  • 2x fermentation air locks and bungs
  • Blowoff assembly
  • Bottle brush
  • AutoSiphon, siphon tubing
  • Bottle capper
  • Bottle caps
  • Lab thermometer
  • One Step Cleanser (8 oz.)

Two final pieces of equipment you’ll need: a boil kettle and bottles. If you have a stock pot that can hold at least 3 gallons, that will work fine. Otherwise you’ll want to pick up a 5 gallon kettle, which is an inexpensive option that works great for the beginning brewer. You’ll also need some empty bottles to put all that beer in. If you can get and clean 48 used beer bottles (the pry-off style, not the twist-off) then you’re in business. We also sell 12 oz beer bottles and 22 oz beer bottles; two cases of either will be enough for your first batch.
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Small Batch Starter Kit



Small Batch Starter Kit
Small Batch Starter Kit – $49.99

No Space? No Experience? No Time? No Problem.

GETTING STARTED JUST GOT EVEN EASIER

Here at Northern Brewer, we’ve spent countless hours in the Brew Lab eliminating every obstacle that stands between beginning brewers and the perfect homebrew. We got rid of the mess, the mystery, and every possible brew day mishap. And when we were done, what was left was a small but revolutionary box containing everything you need to create the perfect brew…our Small Batch Starter Kit.
Just follow the simple instructions in the free instructional DVD included with every kit, and within just a couple of weeks, you’ll yield a gallon of homemade, handcrafted beer (approximately 8-10 12 oz. bottles)…more than enough to make an unforgettable impression at your next party.
Kit includes:

  • Homebrewing 101 DVD
  • One of 3 Northern Brewer Foolproof Recipes
  • 1 gallon fermentation jug with cap and airlock
  • Mini Auto-siphon and tubing
  • Bottle filler
  • Bottle capper
  • 8 oz. Easy Clean cleanser
  • Complete Brewing Instructions

Not included:

  • 2 gallon kettle
  • Approx. 1 dozen pry-off 12 oz beer bottles

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Essential Starter Kit



Essential Brewing Starter Kit
Essential Brewing Starter Kit- $89.99

All the basics. Plenty of savings.

Choose the Essential Brewing Starter Kit if you would like to “dip a toe” into the world of homebrewing (note: don’t actually put your foot in your beer).
This kit is ideal for anyone who prefers a simple process and want good beer with the fewest steps. You will be able to make the standard 5 gallon batches with this kit.
Kit includes:

  • Homebrewing 101 DVD
  • One of 3 Northern Brewer Foolproof Recipes
  • 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket with lid
  • 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket with spigot
  • Fermentation Lock
  • Bottle filler
  • Bottle brush
  • AutoSiphon, siphon tubing
  • Bottle capper
  • Bottle caps
  • One Step Cleanser (8 oz.)
  • Complete Brewing Instructions

Two final pieces of equipment you’ll need: a boil kettle and bottles. If you have a stock pot that can hold at least 3 gallons, that will work fine. Otherwise you’ll want to pick up a 5 gallon kettle, which is an inexpensive option that works great for the beginning brewer. You’ll also need some empty bottles to put all that beer in. If you can get and clean 48 used beer bottles (the pry-off style, not the twist-off) then you’re in business. We also sell 12 oz beer bottles and 22 oz beer bottles; two cases of either will be enough for your first batch.
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If you’d prefer to talk to one of our customer service representatives, we are more than happy to explain your options over the phone or by email. Just give us a call at 1-800-681-2739 (9 AM – 6PM CST) or send us an email.

Brew, Share, Enjoy.