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Small Batch Starter Beer Kit - 1 Gallon

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The perfect solution for new brewers and the perfect gift for brew-curious, craft beer friends!

Make your own beer the small batch way! 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 beer making kit containing everything you need to create the perfect brew...our Small Batch Starter Kit.

Small Batch Starter Kit Instructions

Small Batch Recipe Kits

Just follow the simple instructions in the FREE instructional DVD included with every kit, and within just a couple weeks, you’ll yield a gallon of homemade, handcrafted beer (approximately 8-10 twelve-ounce bottles) — more than enough to make an unforgettable impression at your next party.

Kit includes:

  • 1 gallon fermentation jug with cap and airlock
  • Mini 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:

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

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

    American Wheat - Like their German cousins, American wheat beers feature large proportions of malted wheat in the grain bill and are naturally a bit cloudy in appearance. Unlike German Hefe Weizen, though, American wheat beers have a bit more hop character and are fermented with a milder-tasting yeast, resulting in a more clean, neutral finish. With a spicy noble hop aroma and tart finish, it's a spritzy, refreshing crowd-pleaser.

    Caribou Slobber Brown Ale, Our Best Seller! - 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.

    Off the Topper Imperial IPA - A hurricane of hops explodes with flavors of fruity pineapple and dank piney-peach. Surprisingly drinkable for the excessive lupulin, this is an exciting starter recipe not for the faint of heart. Hazy and aromatic, bitter grapefruit and tropical nectarine crash into notes of orange and zesty citrus for a profile bursting with resinous hop character.

    The Plinian Legacy Double IPA- A true west-coast style Double IPA, this recipe boasts a hefty, straightforward malt bill to support a relentless barrage of hops. Waves of floral, citrus and pine crash into candied citrus and resinous, earthy flavors. A resoundingly fresh IPA flavor profile highlights each unique characteristic, featuring notes of juicy orange peel, puckering lemon and the refreshing, tropical burst of pineapple to match a bittering finish.

    Smashing Pumpkin Ale - This spiced Amber Ale is infused with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. The spices mingle with sweet, toasty malt to frame an intensely flavorful brew. And just like it’s big brother, you can add real pumpkin to this recipe for a truly smashing, pumpkin ale - just add an extra pound of 6-row and a large straining bag to your order. It’s outside the ordinary, delicious, and most of all fun.

    4.7 / 5.0
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    The directions were easy to follow and I had a blast doing it! Can't wait to see how it turns out
    First time brewing my own beer! I had so much fun and it was so easy!
    First time brewing my own beer! I had so much fun and it was so easy!
    March 12, 2018
    1 month ago
    Everything came just as advertised. I just bottled my first batch and am looking forward to drinking it in a few weeks. This kit is a great way to begin with simple step by step instructions and all the equipment you will need for your first batch.
    March 6, 2018
    1 month ago
    Perfect for new brewers.
    I really do enjoy my small batch brewing kit, it’s perfect for someone who is just getting started in home brewing.
    February 26, 2018
    1 month ago
    Great kit, awesome tasting beer.
    I bought this kit for my boyfriend and he loved it. The caribou slobber was a hit with all our friends, both men and women.
    February 9, 2018
    2 months ago
    It works.
    Basic kit and worked for my first attempt. It needs to come with a siphon clamp for better use. It only yielded 7 beers, even though 128 ounces should be 12 beers. Must have been a lot of evaporation. The fizz pellets didn't work, I heard a primer sugar would be better. The beer did taste great though!
    February 3, 2018
    2 months ago
    Great starter kit! It had easy to understand instructions throughout the entire process.
    January 31, 2018
    2 months ago
    Siphon ruined the whole experience
    Everything about the process went smooth except anything that had to do with the siphon. It ruined the entire experience. After brewing the beer, taking it from kettle to jug, we ended up losing about 1/4 gallon because of the siphon. Then after 2 weeks, the siphon reared its ugly head again and we lost the rest of the batch. We ended up with one bottle. The recipe smells amazing but not sure we will get to enjoy any of it. I am hoping you will send another kit and siphon that works this time for the inconvenience. Hoping this was going to kickstart a new brewing hobby since we love craft beer, but the siphon ruined the process and soured the experience.
    January 29, 2018
    4 months ago
    My boyfriend was looking for a new hobby so I got him the IPA starter kit for Christmas. Everything came nicely packaged and the products are good quality. Other kits seemed cheap and plasticy.
    Im really happy I found Northern Brewer and cant wait to taste our beer!
    January 15, 2018
    3 months ago
    Love the experience!
    I got the 1 gal. small batch kit (caribou slobber) for my birthday. The kit was in great shape when I received it. I couldn't wait to start brewing! The instructions were good, but could be better. I didn't know it would take two sets of hands to bottle, at least to bottle more quickly. When my beer was ready for drinking, it came out a little over carbonated. Not an issue for me, I just gave it a stir. The color, aroma and taste were all very good. I'll enjoy the finished product and will continue to home brew!
    January 11, 2018
    3 months ago
    Amazing Customer Service!
    This was a gift! He loved it! But what I loved? By far the best customer service of all my on line holiday shopping. My package was stolen from my porch wirh a few others sadly and Northern Brewer handled the replacement with amazing service!! Got the new one to me in time! Thank you!
    January 10, 2018
    3 months ago
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    What is the difference between the Go Pro and the small batch kits?
    A shopper on Dec 1, 2016
    1 Gallon Small Batch Home Beer Brewing Kit
    1 Gallon Small Batch Home Beer Brewing Kit
    Go Pro™ Small Batch Beer Brewing Kit
    Go Pro™ Small Batch Beer Brewing Kit
    BEST ANSWER: Hi there,
    The Go Pro comes with 12 bottles and a different fermenter. The Go Pro comes with our Little Big Mouth Bubbler. The 1 Gallon Small batch come with a 1 gallon fermentation jug. Cheers!
    Does this kit come with a hydrometer? If not should I invest in one to check specific gravity and ABV?
    brian o on Dec 10, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: It doesn't come with one and you should use one.
    I am planing to gift this kit for my friend and I have no idea about Beer making:) Does this kit have everything that is required to brew along with it or should I buy anything extra? If I should buy something else as well to complete the kit please let me know. From the comments below I see that a hydrometer and a thermometer is required additionally. Is there anything else?
    Edberg S on Oct 24, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Edberg, I wish I could verify that it has everything, I got the kit for my dad as a gift with the hydrometer and thermometer. He didn't mention to me that he needed to purchase anything additionally to make the beer and he did find the kit very user friendly. I hope that helps!
    how long is the brewing process ?
    A shopper on Dec 14, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: 3-4 hours for all grain. Plan a little longer for your first brew day.

    Bare minimum is around 3. Generally accepted times are 60 minutes for the mash (steeping your grains in hot water), 60-90 minutes for the boil. Plan in time to heat your water and cool down the wort and you're right at 3-3.5 hours. Might be a little quicker if you do only extract or partial mash, but I'm not sure. I only do all grain.
    Is the fermentor plastic or glass?
    S P on Nov 18, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: It is a one gallon glass carafe
    How many bottles does the 1-gallon starter kit make?
    A shopper on May 1, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: About 8
    Are bottles included? I don't see a list of items
    A shopper on Jan 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No they were not, but everything else was and the Irish Red Ale Kit we made came out great!
    Does this kit come with any priming sugar?
    J O on Feb 20, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, it comes with tablets to drop in each bottle before capping.
    Hello! I'm planning on buying this kit for my boyfriend, but I'm completely lost on what recipe to get him. He usually loves IPAs (his favorite beer is Two Hearted Ale). Are any of those close to that?
    Otherwise, what is a good starter recipe?
    M R on Feb 15, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Any of the starter kit recipes will be great and easy to fallow. My first brewing experience was a 1 gallon caribou slobber kit and it was fantastic. Everything you need is included and instructions are easy to fallow. The "off the topper" IPA sounds like a good fit for you, but I can't speak from experience as I've never tried it. However, Northern Brewer is a great resource and a call to them should clear up any questions you might have!
    Do you bottle with the mini siphon attached directly to the bottling wand?
    S M on Nov 11, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: You do bottle using the auto-siphon


    foot siphon tubing that is included goes between the auto-siphon to the bottle filler during bottling.
    Is the gallon jug glass or plastic?
    C H on Oct 30, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Glass. It's a nice starter kit.
    What is the shipping weight of 1 Gallon Small Batch Starter Kit? Just wondering as I live overseas and am planning to use a shipping forwarding service that ships to my current country of residence.
    L A on Oct 15, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The shipping weight is around 8 pounds, but I never use air freight or air shipping I use Maritime Shipping because is a lot cheaper, and you pay per cubic feet not per pound. I hope this humble comment will help you
    I forgot to add the 1lb barley malt extract and have just begun chilling. Is it worth going forward with?
    Alex C on Jan 8, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Alex,

    Probably not worth it. You sugar content is going to be too low to produce anything like beer. Upside, you have an extra pound of barley malt extract for your next batch!

    -- jmca
    I bought two of these kits for Christmas gifts and read somewhere that you need to refrigerate the yeast.. might be a dumb question but is the yeast included in this or is that something you’re making? I got the Plinian Legacy IPA and Caribou Slobber Brown
    A shopper on Nov 28, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hello and Merry Christmas! The yeast for the kits you bought are probably dry yeast packets. You should not have to worry about refrigerating them. The only thing to be aware of is not exposing the yeast packets to very high temperatures.
    Okay, lets say I buy this starter kit and use the recipe provided. Can I use the same starter kit with a different recipe for the second time I use it?
    A shopper on Jun 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. As long as you keep the equipment clean, this kit has all of the supplies that you need to to brew 1 gallon batches. I've had the supplies I received with this kit for a couple years and they still work great :)
    Will a 7qt pot work, or does it need to be 2 gallons?
    A shopper on Dec 4, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I use a 7 qt pot, and yes, the boil over is a pain...really need to pay attention. I plan to get a 2 gallon kettle.
    I will need to travel with this on an airplane. Can you tell me the outer dimensions of this kit so I can determine whether it will fit in my luggage? Thanks!
    L I on Jul 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I don't know the dimensions. you may want to have it shipped directly to your destination, if this is possible.
    If I get this kit for ipas can I get different ingredients for like wheat ales and still use this kit? (I'm looking for a starter kit)(nooby)
    S T on Jun 13, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, with the equipment in the Small Batch Starter Kit, you could brew any of the one-gallon beer kits we offer. There are endless recipe possibilities that could be brewed up with the same equipment set. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
    Noob question, sorry - Will a 1" standard blowoff hose fit inside of the cap of the fermentor in this kit?
    N I on May 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: No worries, a regular sized blow off tube will not fit. This kit does include a smaller one that works with the 1 gallons jugs and drilled screw cap.
    Can I use a large 1-gallon growler to bottle my beer instead of individual bottles?
    M R on Feb 15, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: It's usually not a good idea. The carbonation would probably not be quite right, and after opening it, the carbonation would be leaving the rest of the beer. There would also be a fair amount of sediment in the growler. It's easy to pour a single beer and leave behind the sediment from the bottle-conditioning; but with a larger vessel, you're pouring several beers and the sediment and yeast would likely get stirred back up into the beer as the jug was repeatedly tipped to pour from it. It's better to use standard bottles to have consistent carbonation, and cleaner pours. 22 oz, or 32 oz are as big as I would go if bottle-conditioning the beer. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
    Hi there!
    I'm planning on getting this kit for my boyfriend. I have no idea about brewing I'm wondering if there are any equipment/accessories that are not included in this that are necessary...for example I've read that some of these kits don't include a digital thermometer and a hydrometer. Is that needed for this? I'm planning on getting the Irish Red Ale. He is picky with IPAs, so i figured he can choose one if he wants to once he gets this. Also I've seen a recipe book for beers...is that a good idea for this? Appreciate all the help! Thank you!
    William D on Jan 15, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The kit is a perfect starter kit. I started with this kit and my love for brewing has grown. The hydrometer isn't quite necessary for starting out here with the one gallon batch. A thermometer could be useful, but when starting it is not 100% necessary. You won't need the recipe book for this kit, if that's what you mean. This kit gives step by step instructions and all the ingredients. It could be something useful down the road though if he continues brewing, and grows his batch size.
    Is this hard to do?
    M E on Dec 15, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I just started this tonight. I have never brewed beer before and so far it has been very easy. Everything is included in the kit except for sanitizer which you will definitely need. Read the directions before you start. The total boiling process is 45 minutes after the 10 minute steeping of grains. Ice bath until cooled down and then siphon in the glass jug included. Now I wait!
    Hello! I am looking to purchase a kit for my husband, and I know nothing about brewing :) . Do you recommend the 1 gallon small batch starter kit? Can the kit be reused with additional small batch recipe kits? If so, are there any additional supplies/ingredients needed? Thanks for your help!
    A S on Dec 12, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: It's a great starter kit, it has the bare essentials and uses some "shortcuts" that are a nice way to get your feet wet with brewing. Note that you'll need to purchase a dozen bottles in addition to this kit so you have some vessels for fermenting and storing the beer once it's made. I would suggest purchasing them instead of using recycled bottles as they are affordable, reusable, and hold up to higher pressure standards than most commercial recycled bottles. A nice to have is a "bottling bucket" in addition to this kit to really complete it in my opinion, but not a necessity. Lastly, this kit can be used again and again by purchasing more ingredients or recipe kits at a later date.
    is this reusable? Can you make more than one batch after the first?
    T K on Dec 3, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, but you will have to buy more ingredients which will include malt extract, specialty grains, hops, yeast, and priming sugar. Northern Brewer even sells lots of 1 gallon ingredient kits!
    I'm looking to get this for my bf for Christmas. Which recipe would be closest to the beers in the US? I know he will love to experiment with others but for his first batch I'd like to get something I know he already enjoys.
    A M on Dec 1, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Amy,

    There's a variety of kits that come with it! Which American styles does he like? The American Wheat is probably your best bet.


    Considering this as a gift but have not idea as to which flavor kit to get. Suggestions?
    D C on Nov 30, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I'd start with something easy like the Caribou Slobber. It's not only an easy recipe to follow but produces an excellent brown that's not heavy with round roasted malt tones and a nice light hop finish.
    Does the kettle HAVE to be stainless? I have a 2 gallon that isn't stainless steel.
    M K on Nov 30, 2015

    non-stainless steel pots will work as well.
    Ca I use 22 oz bottles instead?
    S T on Nov 20, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, the only difference will be if you use the fizz drops it will tell you to add 2 instead of 1 at bottling time.
    Does the "Off The Topper" kit come with fizz drops? Or do I have to buy them separately?
    Q U on Nov 9, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hello there

    The off the topper kit comes with a choice of granular priming sugar or fizz drops. You make that choice in the drop down tab

    when you place the order. Just like you use to choose your yeast.
    Is this an all grain kit?
    A R on Oct 22, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Our 1 gallon small batch beer recipe kits are all extract and extract with specialty grains as of this writing. We do not have any 1 gallon All Grain.


    Gabe from NB

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