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.

Kit Details

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Deluxe Starter Kit


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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:

  • Instructional DVD
  • Your Choice of Recipe Kit
  • 6 Gallon Glass Carboy (Primary Fermentor), Bung & Airlock
  • 5 Gallon Glass Carboy (Secondary Fermentor), Bung & Airlock
  • Blowoff Hose, Funnel & Fermometers
  • Auto-Siphon & Tubing
  • Bottling Bucket & Spigot
  • Bottle Filler & Tubing
  • Bottle Capper & Caps
  • Carboy Brush & Bottle Cleaning Brush
  • Brewery Cleaner & Carboy Dryer

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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Brew Share Enjoy™ Kit

Brew-Share-Enjoy-Kit-White-1-bestBrew Share Enjoy™ Homebrew Starter Kit – $159.99 $99.99

The perfect homebrew kit for the brew-curious craft beer enthusiast.

The Brew Share Enjoy™ Homebrew Starter Kit was designed by our brewmasters to provide the best out of the box first-time homebrew experience on the market. This all-in-one kit includes everything you need to start brewing today including our Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit.  Perfect for beginners, complete with foolproof instructions.


Kit Includes:

  • Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit
  • 6.5 gallon fermentor w/ lid & Bubbler airlock
  • Bottling Bucket w/Spigot assembly
  • Fermenter’s Favorites™ Bottle filler
  • 5 Gallon Stainless Brew Kettle
  • 21” Stainless Spoon
  • Auto Siphon, 5 ft. Siphon Tubing & Siphon Tube Holder
  • Cleaner/Sanitizer – Fermenter’s Favorites™ Oxygen Wash
  • Bottle Brush
  • Royal® Crown Bottle Capper & Caps (60ct.)
  • 20% OFF  coupon code for use on a subsequent purchase

 

Begin your Homebrew adventure today, with the Brew Share Enjoy™ Homebrew Starter Kit!

Block Party Amber Ale: Exclusively available with the Brew Share Enjoy™ Homebrew Starter Kit! Gather up the neighbors and block off the streets, it’s time to bring out some pints! Block Party Amber Ale is the perfect refreshment to brew, share, and enjoy around the neighborhood. It’s deep garnet glow accommodates friendly flavors of toasty bread crust, caramel, and an inkling of floral and herbal hop character. Paired with affable neighborly company, Block Party Amber Ale is a true crowd pleaser.

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Small Batch Starter Kit

7801-small-batch-starter-kitSmall 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:

  • 1 gallon fermentation jug with cap and airlock
  • Mini Auto-siphon and tubing
  • Bottle filler
  • 8 oz Easy Clean cleanser
  • Bottle capper and pry-off caps
  • Your choice of recipe kit
  • FREE “Homebrewing 100: The Small Batch Way” DVD

You supply:

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Essential Starter Kit

7610-essential-brewing-starter-kit-1000Essential 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:

  • 6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket, Grommeted Lid, Airlock
  • 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Bottling Spigot, Bottle Filler, Bottling Tubing
  • Auto-Siphon, Siphon Tubing
  • Beer Bottle Brush, Bottle Capper, 60 Caps
  • Instructional DVD, One Step Cleaner/Sanitizer

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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Kit Comparison Chart

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Deluxe Kit Brew Share Enjoy™ Kit Essential Kit Small Batch Kit
$179.99 $99.99 $89.99 $49.99
Homebrewing 101 DVD check check check check
Foolproof recipe kit check check check check
Complete brewing instructions check check check check
Primary fermentor 6 gallon glass carboy 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket 1 gallon jug with cap and airlock
Secondary fermentor 5 gallon glass carboy Not included Not included Not included
Stopper 2x rubber bungs Grommeted lid Grommeted lid Cap
Airlock 2x 1x 1x 1x
Fermometer 2x Not included 1x 1x
Brew Kettle check
Spoon check
Bottle filler check check check check
Bottling bucket check check check
Bottle capper check check check check
Bottle caps check check check check
Bottle brush check check check
Lab thermometer check
Funnel check
Carboy dryer check
Blowoff assembly check
Cleanser One Step Cleanser (8 oz.) Oxygen Wash (2 oz.) One Step Cleanser (8 oz.) Easy Clean Cleanser (8 oz)