Whether you’re looking for yourself or for a friend wanting to get into the hobby of home brewing, you’ve come to the right place. There are a lot of options and while there’s no right or wrong choice, there are definitely options that can suit your specific needs. We’re here to help you decide which brewing starter kit is the best choice for you.
What All of Our Kits Have in Common
No matter which kit you choose, rest assured they all include what you need to get started & make great beer! We offer a variety of starter kits to ensure you find the right one. And while you can do that with an all-grain brewing method, the kits below all start you off with extract brewing - which makes for a quicker and easier introduction to the world of homebrewing. So the first thing to ask yourself is, how much beer do I want to make?
Volume: 1 Gallon vs. 5 Gallon
Homebrewers are fans of making beer anywhere from the kitchen to the garage and even their backyard. For small apartment or kitchen brewing 1 gallon batches are likely best, but if you have the room or plan on brewing outside you may want to consider 5 gallon batches. To put that into perspective; a 1 gallon kit makes about 10-ish beers, versus the 5 gallon kit coming in at around 50 beers.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR EQUIPMENT
Once you’ve landed on which size kit you’re going with, you can choose what kettle you’ll be brewing your beer in. For brewing a 1 gallon batch, you may already be set with what you have in your kitchen - a large spaghetti pot (about 2 gallons) works great for 1 gallon brewing! If you don’t have a large enough pot, you can add a 2-gallon stainless kettle to your cart. The 5 gallon brewing kits however, give you multiple options for large brew kettles. The Brew Share Enjoy kit comes with a 5 gallon stainless steel kettle (for use with a stovetop or propane burner), the Ultimate Craft Brewery in a Box kit features the 8 gallon MegaPot 304 Stainless Steel brew kettle, and our Electric Brew Share Enjoy kit lets you brew anywhere with the fully portable Gigawort® Electric Brewing Kettle.
The fermenter is where your beer will be sitting for a few weeks, turning into alcohol - aka where the magic happens. The first difference here is glass vs. plastic. A glass carboy is durable and great for long-term aging (and fun to watch the fermentation), but the downside is they are heavy and inherently fragile. Plastic fermentation pails are lightweight, easy to handle and clean, won’t break, but will need to be replaced from time to time. The best of both worlds is the siphonless big mouth bubbler, which is easy to handle and clean, allows you to keep an eye on active fermentation and best of all: no siphon transferring.
Each starter kit comes with a recipe kit that includes all of the ingredients you need. This means you’ll get a box with just the right amount of malt extract, specialty grains, hops, and yeast to make the perfect brew. And you’ll receive step-by-step instructions that will walk you through the process from brewday to bottling.
This brewing kit includes everything you need to make one gallon of beer. You just need to provide a 2 gallon pot (your pasta pot will work just fine). Available with one of three recipe options including Cascade Pass Pale Ale, Bavarian Blonde Ale, or Log Splitter Brown Ale.
This brewing kit includes everything you need to make one gallon of beer. You just need to provide a 2 gal pot (your pasta pot will work just fine). With 4 beer recipe kits to choose from you can't go wrong.
Want more beer for your buck? We've taken our number one selling Brew Share Enjoy® homebrew starter kit and slimmed it down to the essentials. This kit provides everything you need and nothing you don't. Includes the Block Party Amber recipe kit.
With a few upgrades from the essential version, this kit has everything you need to start brewing. Featuring an included 5 gallon brewing kettle and your choice of three of our most popular recipe kits, the Brew Share Enjoy starter kit is perfect kit for any new brewer.
A few upgrades from the previous kit - most notably the ability to brew pretty much anywhere with an outlet and not rely on propane burners. Another standout feature is the included immersion wort chiller!
Enjoy the most seamless brew day possible with our Darkstar 2.0 Burner, heavy-duty MegaPot with ball valve and thermometer, stainless steel Silver Serpent wort chiller, Reactor Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter, and other hand-picked products that make this the ultimate starter kit.
BREW, SHARE, & ENJOY
Found the right one for you? Awesome! Still have questions? Of course you do! That was a lot of info you may not be familiar with yet, but luckily for you - we have quite an abundance of helpful blog articles and videos that cover equipment, ingredients, and of course, brewing for the first time. We also have a very knowledgeable team who love helping others on their brewing adventure and you can email us anytime at Brewmaster@NorthernBrewer.com with questions!
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