Essential Brewing Starter Kit

SKU: U7610

A Brewery in a Box, our Essential Brewing Starter Kit combines a simplified brewing process with easy-to-use equipment, plus your choice of three great beer recipe kits and a FREE copy of our Getting Started in Homebrewing DVD.


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$79.99

Essential Brewing Starter Kit

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$79.99

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Drinking homebrew is one of life’s simplest pleasures. And we feel that brewing it should be pretty simple, too. That’s why we crafted the Essential Brewing Starter Kit. It combines a simplified brewing process with easy-to-use equipment you don’t need a chemistry degree to operate. So you can easily dip your toe in the waters of homebrewing without getting in over your head.

Contains:

  • 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, Cleaner/Sanitizer

To help you get a real taste for just how easy brewing can be, we’ve hand-picked three great beer recipe kits for you to choose from (see their descriptions below!). And just to make sure everything goes without a hitch, we’re including a bonus, FREE Getting Started DVD, plus a laminated step-by-step instruction sheet for brew day.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be sampling your first batch of homebrew. Once you’re hooked and ready to move onto more complex brews, you’ll find the Essential Brewing Starter Kit is easily expandable, too. The perfect place to start a long brewing career.

HERE’S THE FUN PART! Every starter kit comes complete with your choice of recipe kits. Just pick one of the three classic Northern Brewer recipes below and you’ll have all the ingredients you need to take your new gear out for a test drive.

Caribou Slobber Brown Ale Like your brews tall, dark and drinkable? Then try Caribou Slobber Brown Ale. Perfect for fans of sub- stantial craft beer, this ale is full-bodied and smooth, deliciously dark without a hint of bitterness. Guaranteed to become your new favorite session beer.

Irish Red Ale If you’re looking for a perfectly-balanced, crowdpleasing pint, you can’t go wrong with our Irish Red Ale. There’s a reason this kit is our best-seller. Actually, three reasons: great, medium-bodied taste, rich coppery color and enticingly low aging requirements.

American Wheat Beer Or keep it clean and crisp with our American Wheat—a spritzy and refreshing warm-weather brew, light in color and body, with a subtle but- heady dose of West Coast hoppiness. Deliciously drinkable.

Note: Testing the specific gravity of your batch is the best way to keep tabs on fermentation, and for us to help troubleshoot by phone or email. We highly recommend adding our Mad Brewer Upgrade Kit or Brewery Essentials Gravity Testing Kit.

Customer Reviews

awesome Review by marvin
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EVERYTHING to brew a batch of beer. The capper works just fine except with Woodchuck cider bottles. The buckets well they're buckets :). The gravity bottle wand..........:o= horrible, it was he ONLY thing I was displeased with. Packing was as professional as it gets. (Posted on 9/28/14)
Excellent Kit for Beginners Review by Laura
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I bought this kit for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift- as well as for myself, as we have been talking for a while about brewing our own beers. It was a great deal! Very easy to follow instructions, everything arrived well packaged and in great condition. We both ad a lot of fun brewing together and can't wait to try the Caribou Slobber in a few weeks! (Posted on 3/27/14)
Can you say value! Review by Shocky64
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New brewer here, which should be obvious by my purchase, of course. What can I say about this kit, well to start, it is the essentials, not cluttered with gadgets the beginner ( like myself ) doesnt know what to do with yet, but does have what you need to brew your first and many more batch's. What struck me though was the value they crammed in this box, I priced other kits and most were higher by a few bucks and did not offer a free recipe kit which essentially knocks this kit down to $40 so now I own one! The carribou slobber was terrific also, I will brew it again. Thanks Northern Brewer! (Posted on 3/11/14)
Excellent for starters! Review by Spiga
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We just started brewing, and our experience was great with this starter kit. We recommend this product for rookie brewers. It comes with all the basic tools you will need. (Posted on 3/9/14)
Highly recommend for getting started Review by Bill
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After researching many different starter kits, I opted for this one. Has everything you need to get started, and the Caribou Slobber turned out delicious.
You should also buy a hydrometer and a thermometer.
(Posted on 2/25/14)
It comes with everything you need! Review by Jose
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When you purchase this kit you won't need to purchase anything extra but id recommend at least getting a hydrometer and bottles to complete what you need from brew day to bottling day.

The only reason I gave this kit 4 stars is because the siphon came apart and I had to play with it a bit to get it back together. (Posted on 2/24/14)
Awesome Kit and DVD Review by Adam
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DVD is very helpful and helps break down the recipes and steps. Kit is high quality from what I gather so far. Very pleased. (Posted on 1/28/14)
Great Kit, Bad Racking Cane Review by John
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The kit was great and even comes with a free extract kit. This is easily the best deal out there for a introductory kit. The only trouble that I had was a bad racking cane. Luckily I wont need it for another 2 weeks. Northern Brewer shipped out a replacement without question. Sadly, that one was bad as well, but another replacement is on the way. I would choose this kit over another just for the amazing company that sells it! True customer service is hard to find these days. You rock Northern Brewer! (Posted on 1/26/14)
This Is Fun! Review by Matt
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I've been impressed with everything that I've gotten from Northern Brewer. This kit comes with everything you need to get started. (Posted on 1/23/14)
Great for beginners! Review by Nina
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I bought the starter kit for my husband for Christmas. It comes with everything you need to brew your first batch of beer (except for a stock pot, which we already had). The instructions are easy to follow, especially for first time brewers. I highly recommend this kit! (Posted on 1/20/14)
great deal Review by Bill
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get everything you need to brew your first batch :) happy brewing!!!! (Posted on 1/20/14)
This was my first 5 gallon beer kit. Review by Rick
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This was my first 5 gallon beer kit. I was very happy with the purchase. I got the kit with the Caribou Slobber Brown Ale kit. The brew went great and I am now enjoying the beer. Also quick shipping and great packaging of these products. Thumbs up of NB! (Posted on 1/16/14)
Great starter kit Review by Bill
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Received the Essential Brewing Starter Kit for Christmas. Very easy to use and instructions are clear. Have upgraded to carboys for fermenting, as I like to be able to see the progress without having to deal with the bucket lid and disturbing the brew. (Posted on 1/16/14)
Everything you need to brew your first homebrew! Review by Homebrewers
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Instructional DVD was very clear and helpful! This kit includes everything you need to brew your first homebrew. Everything will still be need when you decide to advance your kit. Overall great product! (Posted on 1/13/14)
great product 1st time ever brewing my own beer and it turned out great! Review by mike
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I like your product so much i ordered a kit for my son who is wishing to get into the brewing business. Y'all have a wonderful catalog and great selections i will shop more soon! (Posted on 1/12/14)
Good starter kit. Review by Pedro
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Has all the basics needed, with the exception of a hydrometer. (Posted on 1/11/14)
works great Review by JOE
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This is a great kit. Has everything you need to start brewing and makes it simple and easy. (Posted on 1/10/14)
100% wicked sweet !! Review by Andy
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This company is better than an icy cold beer on a hot day !!! 1st, its fun. This starter kit and beer kit make brewing VERY easy. I've had the starter kit for a year and have brewed 5 different beers and have 4 more to go. How do you spell ADDICTED ? 2nd, the company is just run the right way. Fantastic service, tons of support, great prices and super specials. Thanks, a VERY happy brewer (Posted on 1/6/14)
I can't stop brewing! Review by Rory
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Wonderful beginner kit. I have wanted to attempt home brews for a long time but was unsure where to begin. After buying this kit with caribou slobber, I have been unable to stop. It was very easy to figure out how to begin right out of the box. The dvd was perfect in length and the laminated instructions now sit near me while I brew. It was the perfect price to begin brewing without breaking the bank n case i found it to be too much. Cant wait to brew my next batch in a few days with this kit. (Posted on 1/6/14)
Great starter kit for the price! Review by Chris
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This is a great starter kit to get introduced to brewing. It provides a necessary equipment for brewing your first batch and several to come. I chose the Caribou Slobber kit to go with it and it smelled so good I cant wait for it to be finished. I have since bought a few more items to enhance mey brewing. A plastic carboy for a secondary for clearer beer and you wiil want to get a brewing kettle and a stainless 18 inch spoon. The kits are well put together and comes with a laminated instruction sheet and cd with clear instructions. (Posted on 1/5/14)
UNREAL CUSTOMER SERVICE Review by Dean
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So I got this kit along with some other items from NB, when I opened it up I noticed the PBW was busted open. I sent the good folks over there in Minnesota an email just letting them know that I didn't need a replacement but wanted to help them in anyway I could by improving their product. I open my email later that day and I see an order confirmation. So I thought to myself, wait I wasn't drinking last night, how did I order anything? Guys had already shipped out at no cost to me some fresh PBW. Unreal, this company is a class act and I will continue to order from you for years to come. The kit itself is great has everything needed in it and I have done 2 brews already just waiting for the first to bottle condition. (Posted on 1/5/14)
Great Kit Review by Ken
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Bought this for my son who likes wheat beer, and never had quite enough money to buy a starter kit on his own. Very impressed with the completeness of the kit and a very good value. Bought a few extra goodies to go with it and he is ready to brew many, many batches of home crafted beer. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Defective Products, Outstanding Customer Service Review by Patrick
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I purchased the Essential Brewing Starter Kit along with the Carribou Slobber recipe kit. The kit was shipped promptly and the recipe was easy to follow. However, when it came time to bottle, the bottle filler leaked constantly and the auto siphon fell apart while cleaning. I called NB and without question they shipped replacements for the defective items. It's unfortunate that these items were defective, but the courtesy and service from NB exceeded my expectations and more than made up for the hardware issues. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Great stater kit Review by Josh
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I bought this as my first attempt in home brewing. I choose the caribou slobber extract kit and the results were great. The instructions and dvd that came with the kit were very detailed and helpful. This is definitely a great choice to start home brewing with. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Good kit, but there is a reason why its only $80 Review by Mike
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I bought this back on Black Friday as part of a package deal with the 5 gallon kettle and a Dead Ringer IPA kit. I don't remember the details, but essentially this kit ended up being free with the deal.

If you are looking for something that is the absolute minimum to get into brewing this is it. However if you are looking a little bit more advanced then there is probably better value in some of the bigger kits. This kit does not include a thermometer which is useful even for extract kits(you need to know your temp when steeping the grains they provide). It does not come with a hydrometer or tube to find out what your original and final gravity are. To me those are a couple things you would definitely want to go out and pick up if you get this kit.

For me I fell into the second category, but I was looking at the price of this kit and not what I really wanted/needed.

I think I've only used the bucket for sanitizing and the auto siphon from this kit along with some of the chemicals. I went straight to kegging so I haven't used the capper, caps, or bottling bucket yet.

Along with this I ordered 2 Big Mouth Bubblers, 6.5gal and 5 gal. I also stopped at my local brew store and ended up picking up a hydrometer, thief, thermometer, stick on thermometers for the carboys, a huge funnel, and a 3 piece air lock.
(Posted on 1/3/14)
Love this! Review by BJ
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I'm very happy with the kit, and I think that the beer will be excellent when I finally brew it. I just finished the Dead Ringer IPA, and I'm patiently awaiting bottling day. You won't be disappointed. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Great kit for starters Review by Adam
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With your first recipe kit included, this kit is a fantastic bargain. Good for experienced brewers and anyone new to the hobby. (Posted on 1/3/14)
The start of an addiction Review by Brian
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This is a great way to get started into brewing. I was given this as a gift last Christmas and have since purchased it for a friend. It has everything you need to get hooked on home brewing. The only thing that you will need that the kit doesn't come with is a large pot for the boil and a thermometer. Welcome to an addicting hobby. (Posted on 1/1/14)
great product Review by nathan
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Excellent for the beginning brewer other than you need a pot and burner.Witch everyone owns a turkey cooker .Kit has everything you need to star brewing like a pro did 2 batches cant wait to brew another . (Posted on 1/1/14)
great product Review by nathan
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Excellent for the beginning brewer other than you need a pot and burner.Witch everyone owns a turkey cooker .Kit has everything you need to star brewing like a pro did 2 batches cant wait to brew another . (Posted on 1/1/14)
Great Starter Kit Review by Justin
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Just brewed my first batch a few weeks ago and can say I'm truly impressed with the quality of the gear offered here. Yeah, it's just a few buckets and the essentials needed to monitor/transfer your beer but for the money you can't beat it. Being new I still don't see the real benefit of a glass carboy compared to a bucket since it's so easy to clean and store. Think I'll be sticking with the buckets for quite a while. Brew on Brewers. (Posted on 1/1/14)
Great product! Review by kevin
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Great for starting out! (Posted on 12/31/13)
Good kit but could use a couple more items Review by Shawn
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I bought this kit trying to save a few bucks. i ended up buying a glass carboy as well. it doesnt come with a thermometer which was really the only thing that i saw as necessary that was missing from the kit. and maybe a hydrometer and cylinder too, but i dont feel that is required if you are just fermenting in the primary and doing basic extract brews. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Off to a good start Review by John
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Thanks to the included instructions and videos the first batch is in the fermenter. Instructions and (particularly) the videos are simple to follow. Also, lots more instructional info available through Northern Brewer's site. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Thank You Northern Brewer Review by Joshua
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Thank you for getting me started in home brewing, couldn't be more pleased with the kit. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Best Deal on the Market Review by Joye
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The kit has everything that you need, except an extra bucket for 2 stage fermentation, which we bought. The best part was your first brew makings are included. The competitors that I priced did not include this.
Our brew is currently fermenting and we are excited about the outcome. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Great way to get started Review by Jason
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Never home brewed before using this kit and I was surprised how easy and fun NB made it! Instructional DVD is great for beginners like me. It also came with a recipe kit (I chose Moose Slobber) which is an incredible value.

I would highly recommend this kit to anyone getting started. You can't go wrong! (Posted on 12/30/13)
Wonderful! Review by Jonathan
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I was very pleased to finally be able to purchase this product. It is of high quality and will be a wonderful platform for my first couple of batches. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Perfect starter kit Review by Scott
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Came on time and well packaged. Everything is quality and just what I needed to get started. (Posted on 12/30/13)
great starter kit Review by Evan
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Super easy kit to start your brewing hobby. Very easy to understand instructions and everything you need is in the box. Well worth the money! Also Northern Brewer has great customer service if you need them. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Perfect Xmas Gift Review by Brandon
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What you see on the internet is what shows up at your door. Everything was sent well packed and nothing was missing. Customer care was very helpful with this shipment. Took me three days to get this kit for Christmas and now I have the fermentor full!! You can't go wrong with this company. Thanks guys (Posted on 12/29/13)
no regrets Review by Paul
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I've only used the kit once, and we're not even through with it (still waiting on the second fermentation to complete), but so far it looks like a winner. We used the bottling bucket for the first fermentation, then moved the wort to the fermenting bucket for the secondary fermentation.

Of course, had we been thinking we would have done it the other way since we now will have to move it BACK to the bottling bucket in a few days when we bottle.

I highly recommend this. It was a great price and exactly what we needed as first time brewers. I imagine if you're an experienced brewer then you would want to look elsewhere. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Great Starter kit Review by Dan
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Ordered this kit it came quickly and with everything as advertised. My first batch in now in primary. I did order a second fermentation bucket so I can use a two stage process. Looking forward to drinking my first homebrew, and many more in years to come. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Great starter kit Review by Emily
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This kit had everything needed to start brewing. Very satisfied customer. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Perfect for first time brewer Review by Michael
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Bought this kit after discussing other options with seasoned home brewers. The printed instructions and DVD allowed this first timer to make a decent batch. Over looked in other reviews is the ease of storage in between brewing batches; all components fit inside the stacked 5 gallon buckets. I highly recommend this to any first time brewer. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Perfect for first time brewer Review by Michael
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Bought this kit after discussing other options with seasoned home brewers. The printed instructions and DVD allowed this first timer to make a decent batch. Over looked in other reviews is the ease of storage in between brewing batches; all components fit inside the stacked 5 gallon buckets. I highly recommend this to any first time brewer. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Great Brew Kit Review by Margaret
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I got this for my boyfriend and I and he absolutly loves it, a great start to anyone who wants to brew!! (Posted on 12/28/13)
Excellent service Review by Jeffrey
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Basic kit came well packaged and everything ready for me first brew , thanks NB !!!! (Posted on 12/28/13)
Great Kit, exactly what I needed to start home brewing! Review by Glenn
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Ordered this kit on the Black Friday special and will definitely recommend it to others wanting to start home brewing. I selected the Irish Red Ale and brewed it last weekend. It has now been fermenting for a week and all is going well so far. It'll be a few more weeks before I can enjoy the first of what will be many home brews. I picked up a carboy separately so I can do a secondary ferment on it and will start another batch (Dead Ringer IPA) as soon as it's transferred and everything cleaned. Great product and a very good value. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Great way to get started Review by Douglas
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A nice starter kit. The dark brown ale may be a little much for someone just being introduced to home brew and used to bud light but overall a great value. (Posted on 12/27/13)
good starter kit Review by Bryan
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I got this kit with a black Friday special. I haven't brewed the beer yet, but the kit seems to do what its supposed to do. There was a mix up in my order and got two buckets with holes in the bottom. They gladly sent me the correct bucket with a free pint glass. I had to wait a week longer to brew, but I was OK with that. I had all of the items it came with, but needed to get newer versions since I was using stuff that was over 10 years old. Great deal and a great kit for starters. Only wish it had a thermometer sticker that came with it to see the temp of the beer. (Posted on 12/27/13)
better than ever... Review by Stagger
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Ordered this kit for a friend and was very pleased to see all of the good quality items that should last him a long time. (Posted on 12/27/13)
Awesome! Review by SoundGuySlava
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I have procrastinated long enough. Finally I am part of the home brewing family. The Essential Brewing Starter Kit made this fist step very easy. Northern Brewer and Brewing TV, you guys ROCK! (Posted on 12/27/13)
Excellent! Review by Ryan
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This kit is perfect for the beginner home-brewer. Everything you need with exception of 2 items; brew kettle, and bottles. I love the laminated basic instruction sheet, and the DVD gave me as much confidence as if there were an experienced brewer at my side. (Posted on 12/27/13)
Very nice starter kit Review by Jeff
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I ordered this kit with no brewing experience whatsoever. All the pieces you need to brew your first batch are included and the directions are very easy to follow. The hardest part is waiting for your beer to carbonate if you bottle so I chose to splurge and get a keg system. Definitely worth the investment if you're serious about this hobby. (Posted on 12/19/13)
EXCELLENT for beginner Review by Larry
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I was very worried about starting to brew, a friend said "Just get some buckets, and have fun!!!"... followed his advice with Northern Brewers essential starter kit, and it has EVERYTHING i needed. NB has opened many doors for my brewing potential, THANKS!!!! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Great Kit Review by Carrie
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This kit is pretty idiot proof and easy to use! It would be nice if a large kettle or something came with the kit though, as I found it hard to find a big stock pot big enough. Overall, I was pleased with the service, quality, and the product. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Very good value Review by Shane
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Ordered this kit for first time brewer,had everything I needed and you also get to choose a beer kit with it making it a great deal. Will be using northern brewer again!. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Easy to use Review by Xiao
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The instruction is very clear and it's pretty easy to follow for a 1st timer! Really good pricing with a beer receipe kit included. (Posted on 11/28/13)
Great brewing kit Review by Adam
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I compared several different equipment kits before buying this one. The main reason I chose the Essential Starter kit is because it had everything I needed AND included a 5 gallon beer ingredient kit! The quality of everything inside Starter kit is great. Mine did, however, come with a defective bottling wand. I didn't realize this until bottling day. Northern Brewer offered me a credit for the broken want and I just ran to my local homebrew store to buy one with a spring. I highly recommend this kit but do test out everything it comes with before brewing so you don't have any surprises. (Posted on 11/26/13)
A journey of a thousand pints begins with a single starter kit... Review by Alex
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I'm psyched, such a great kit. Everything and more you could want. I personally love the buckets, so easy to clean in my tiny apartment. Down the road I may upgrade to a some real carboys but for now I'm pleased as can be (and actually bought a second bucket and kit before I've even tasted the first one). A bargain unless you count the inevitable addiction to home brewing, but that's hardly NB's fault. (Posted on 11/23/13)
Nearly perfect starter kit Review by Rod
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I'm getting back into brewing after a 10 year hiatus. I sold everything but my brew kettle and carboys 10 years ago so I had a lot of items to replace. I knew exactly what equipment I needed and what I didn't. This kit fit my needs perfectly.

My only complaint is with the siphon starter. The gasket at the end of the racking cane does not fit tightly inside the large tube, allowing air to pass through and into the wort. Other reviewers recommended pouring a little wort into the large tube to create a better seal. Will try that the next time.

Considering this kit includes ingredients for a first batch, it's an outstanding value. (Posted on 11/22/13)
Worked like a charm Review by Tyler
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I am taking a brewing class at UC Davis and decided I wanted to jump into making some of my own beers (and hopefully eventually save some money) so I looked around online and settled on this kit.
Great price, and everything has worked perfectly. It was an easy process to start, I brewed 2 batches and already have tons of confidence going forward to try new things! (Posted on 11/5/13)
Great kit Review by Joshua
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Ordered this kit and it came quickly and well packaged. Brewed my first batch with ease and will definitely order form NB again. (Posted on 10/30/13)
Great Kit for Beginners Review by Louis
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This kit has served me well. It has everything you need to get going and comes with a recipe kit for your first home brew. Northern Brewer has provided exceptional customer service as well. I would recommend this product to new brewers. (Posted on 10/30/13)
First go at home brewing Review by Thomas
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This is a great setup. Everything you need to get started. I choose the Irish Red Ale, it was a nice brew. Since, I've also tried the Honey Brown Ale and getting ready to order the American Amber Ale. (Posted on 10/30/13)
Excellent, Easy & Fun! Review by Toria
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My husband and I enjoy good beer and have been interested in learning to brew. We finally made the decision to do it and purchased the Essential Starter Kit with Caribou Slobber. We had a blast brewing together. Kit was easy to follow; instructions were clear. So exciting to know that we will be serving OUR brew for the holidays!! (Posted on 10/29/13)
Excellent introduction to brewing! Review by Diane
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This starter kit is ideal for a first-timer in the world of craft beer brewing. It supplies almost everything you need, including (and this part was very helpful to me!) a short but thorough DVD that shows you the process in action. I really needed this because as a visual person, I need to see it happen before attempting something new. Without this DVD, I probably wouldn't have had such an easy time with it. Brew process (including waiting for the water to heat up) took all of 4 hours -- now it's just wait a few weeks and see how it went! Hopefully it will taste as good as it smelled during the brew. (Posted on 10/29/13)
Perfect Starter Kit Review by Chris
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First time brewing success and now I am hooked - bottled the brown ale last week and just finished up a second batch of an American Cream Ale. Everything arrived on time and as expected, great resources available on the Northern Brewer Site plus the instructional DVD so you can't go wrong. The only hard part was waiting for the water to boil and then for the brew to be ready. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Great product! Review by Damian
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Good quality. Went with Irish Red Ale, and will be bottling today :) I have upgraded to glass carboy for second fermentation. I Just wish I went with the Deluxe option from the beginning :) Highly recommend it though, thanks! (Posted on 10/25/13)
great starter Review by ben
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I made my first batch with this kit, and only needed to pick up a few items to go along with it for some measuring. Also added a second fermenting bucket to the kit so I can keep a few batches going at a time. Great Company (Posted on 10/19/13)
Easy to get started Review by Tim
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If you are looking to step into the world of home brewing, then this is your ticket. You get everything you need to brew a batch right out of the box.(except the bottles to fill with the liquid gold.) You have all the necessary equipment and direction needed to brew your first batch with ease the same day you receive your boxes. Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn the basic process of boiling, fermenting and bottling great tasting, fresh homemade beer. (Posted on 10/17/13)
Great kit! Review by Keith
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Perfect kit for the first time brewer at an affordable price. (Posted on 10/15/13)
Excellent Starter Kit Review by Nicholas
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This starter kit worked great. I had never brewed before and I was able to produce a great tasting beer in 6 weeks! I have already ordered another extract kit to begin my second batch. This kit was well worth the price! (Posted on 10/7/13)
Great kit to start out with Review by Scott
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It came exactly as described and in less than 24 hours. This kit and a pot is all you really need to brew your first batch. My only regret is not going with the deluxe kit to start with because i ended up buying carboys after i was hooked. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Great way to get started brewing! Review by Justin
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I, like many other people, have always been curious about the process of brewing beer. I decided that this kit would be a good one to start with and I could always expand as I became more familar with the process. It really does include everything you need to get going, but I HIGHLY recommend picking up a hydrometer before you start brewing. This will help you determine the gravity of your beer in the begining (OG - Original Gravity) and then throughout the fermentation process so you know when that stage has completed.

I have realized that once you start, you get hooked and this kit can easily be used for future brews, plus you can simply upgrade individual components as you brew. (Posted on 10/3/13)
Excellent, easy Review by Shane
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Bottled the Slobber yesterday and the taste was great, the kit is so easy to use and the instructions are clear.
Cant wait until the resting is over and I get to drink 'em (Posted on 10/2/13)
great starting point Review by Jesse
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Great kit to get anyone started. I purchased this kit to get started with 5 gallon batches and it was perfect. I am using it to brew extract kits as I work up to enough equipment for all-grain. (Posted on 10/1/13)
A must have for getting started Review by James
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This Essential Brewing kit is so complete it has almost everything you need to get started brewing, aside from an hydrometer and you're kettle. The instructional dvd is extremely thorough and is very helpful if it's your first time brewing. A well thought out and affordable kit for new brewers A+ (Posted on 9/24/13)
Awesome Review by Cole
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I got my starter kit in the mail and it was everything I needed to start brewing my first batch, although it was missing the air lock, so I call northern brewer to see if I could get a replacement and they were the nicest bunch of people they sent me one right out. They are definitely getting my business from now on!!! (Posted on 9/5/13)
Everything was at described Review by Adam
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Looking to get started in homebrewing and this was the perfect kit. The descriptions were extremely easy to follow and very fun. The DVD wasn't as helpful as I thought but it was information but coupled with the simple instructions everything was very easy and fulfilling. (Posted on 8/25/13)
Absolutely Awesome Review by Travis
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This kit is completely easy to use and an excellent starting point for the novice brewer. As the included DVD says, "if you can make macaroni and cheese from a box you can brew beer" with this kit. This kit has introduced to me a new passion that will bring joy for many years to come. (Posted on 8/23/13)
Great way to start! Review by Greg
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This kit is the perfect way to begin homebrewing! The only things that you might need outside of this kit is a large spoon, a stainless pot (I would advise that it is 5 or more gallons) and a place to heat it! (Posted on 8/23/13)
Everything we needed to get started Review by Chris
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This kit included everything we could've needed to get started right away. (Posted on 8/19/13)
Father's Day gift Review by jonathan
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Gave to my dad for Father's Day. Great gift. (Posted on 8/17/13)
Great beginners kit Review by Steven
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The kit contained everything needed for the first batch except bottles and a boil kettle, but these were gathered easily. My only complain was that the fermenting bucket seemed to have a small leak somewhere that i couldnt find but the beer has been bottled with no problems so far. While my next batch is fermenting I will try and find where the leak is coming from. I am happy with the purchase and just ordered my next kit (Posted on 8/5/13)
Nice Startup Kit Review by Stephen
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This was a great kit to get me started in the home brew hobby. The DVD was very helpful and at times funny in laying out the steps to making your very first home brew. What you receive in the kit will help you make your first home brew, but I suggest getting a carboy like I did for secondary fermentation. Overall a great kit. (Posted on 8/3/13)
Best all-in-one kit! Review by Dave
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I've been brewing all grain for years with a friend, but wanted to get my own stuff for quick extract batches. This is every thing I needed and it even came with the free kit for Father's Day. (Posted on 7/26/13)
Perfect for new brewers Review by Chris
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I have always stuck to one gallon brews and been a little afraid of dropping the money on bigger batches. This kit came with everything needed and made it just as easy brew. Extra points to northern brewer's instructions and helpful videos that go along with this. (Posted on 7/15/13)
Perfect for beginners Review by MD
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You can't ask for better quality at a better price. Northern Brewer always delivers. The Caribou Slobber kit makes any beginner look skilled at brewing. (Posted on 7/15/13)
Just what I was looking for Review by Colin
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This kit has everything I needed. Took the guess work out of getting started brewing. If you are looking to get into brewing your own beer, start with this kit. (Posted on 7/14/13)
Great Starter kit with free beer kit Review by David
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This kit has everything someone needs to get started in brewing beer plus a pretty much free beer kit!! and who doesn't like free. The price of the kit is same as other sites without the beer kit. Great present for any guy who likes beer. (Posted on 7/14/13)
Amazing Review by Eric
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I bought this for my father for fathers day. We had no experience and we both had a blast. Highly recommend. (Posted on 7/13/13)
Good starter Review by Daniel
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Pretty starter kit. I'm not real happy with the sealing of the buckets. Good to start with but I can't wait until I can upgrade to the deluxe. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great! Review by Tim
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I got this kit as a father's day gift and just last night finally tasted my first brew. Love it! This kit had everything I needed. I am definitely hooked.

I initially thought the lid for the fermenting bucket didn't fit, and Northern Brewer's customer service sent me out a new one immediately. Turns out I was mistaken, but such good customer service means they just got a customer for life. Could not recommend more highly. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great starter Review by Lance
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Northern Brewer did it right to get anyone started, easy setup and your brewing in no time! (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great way to start out! Review by Mark
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Great and easy way to get into home brewing! Obviously everyone will differ on what should / should not be included in a kit like this, but it has everything j needed to get started and the DVD is very helpful. (Posted on 7/12/13)
The perfect kit Review by William
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Everything you need and then some! (Posted on 7/12/13)
I love it Review by Tim
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The beer is awesome I would suggest it to anyone interested in starting to brew (Posted on 7/12/13)
Well put together set Review by Tyler
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Just finished my first home brewing day. Instructions were very concise and the included dvd walked me through the day. It was great. I can't wait to bottle this beer and taste it. Recommended Northern Brewer to my friends already. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great starter for the money Review by Bryon
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This is a great starter kit for the price. Great instructions to get you set up for the first time. Be warned this will be the first of many purchases involving your new obsession. (Posted on 7/3/13)
Great kit with everything you need to get started Review by Randy
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When I decided to upgrade to 5 gallon batches I contemplated carboys but ultimately the buckets in this kit won. I chose to use buckets because they are light easy to handle and easy to clean. I couldn't be happier. (Posted on 7/3/13)
Good Starter Kit Review by David
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Pretty good for starters, but when you get heavy into brewing (and you without a doubt will) be prepared to buy a glass carboy to watch your fermentation as well as a hydrometer and thermometer. (Posted on 7/3/13)
Great starter kit. Review by Daniel
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This kit is a great way to start. I like the simple instructions that come with every kit, follow these and watch the videos and it's almost fail proof. I can't wait until I can buy the deluxe kit, I'm so looking forward to glass carboys, although the buckets are good, I feel glass can't be beat, but I was looking at price to start. Highly recommend any starter kit from northern brewer. (Posted on 6/14/13)
Excellent Review by Finula
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An excellent product with excellent service, and I have to say that I loved the Caribou Slobber. (Posted on 6/1/13)
sweet deal Review by Ron
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I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone with an interest in home brewing. Packaging and presentation of the product is well done. straightforward instructions, and quality ingredients. I'm definitely brewing other recipes from them. Thanks! (Posted on 5/1/13)
I'm addicted, and I recommend this to all my friends who inquire Review by Kevin
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The Essential kit was a Christmas present this year and I finally got around to brewing up my first batch in February (Caribou Slobber). Enjoyed the experience so much I'm pretty sure I'm hooked and addicted to homebrewing (I already purchased the White House Honey Porter). I've had a few friends ask me about it and I've recommended this kit to them (or the Deluxe if they're feeling more daring). I'm pretty much already planning out future additions to my personal brew house! (Posted on 4/7/13)
Great way to get started...this is ADDICTING! Review by Kevin
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Got my Essential Starter Kit for Christmas with the Caribou Slobber and brewed for the first time in late February. Everything went smoothly! The directions couldn't be any easier to follow and the included video was of great assistance as well. I already have brew number two in house (White House Honey Porter) for a brewing date of next weekend and am also mentally preparing for future brews and what all I will need. (Posted on 4/7/13)
Perfect Review by Duds
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Great starter! Everything you would need. I agree with Richard, I would add a glass carboy, it's fun to actually watch the fermentation process. I disagree with Richard about the bottles. Half the fun in that is buying good beer, drinking it, and recycling the bottles for your own brew! (Posted on 1/21/13)
Nice Starter Review by Richard
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It's great to get you interested. I would get a carboy, bottles (2, 22oz cases), and a hydrometer with this. (Posted on 1/11/13)
Great item Great Price Review by Dan
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I shopped around for a while before finally diving in and started brewing myself. The items in this kit got me going immediately. The only thing i wish it included was a hydrometer, which i purchased seperately. Great for a newbie ready to start brewing his/her own beer. (Posted on 11/12/12)
So Easy!!! Review by Chris
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This is such an easy way to get into home brewing! I'm about to do my 4th brew with it and I haven't had any problems at all! (Posted on 10/31/12)