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Essential Homebrew Starter Kit


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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.

Stop thinking about making your own home brew beer. Get the Essential Brewing Starter Kit and brew your own beer today! 

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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.


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

Chinook IPAThis American IPA beer kit has a relatively modest gravity and an immodest hop character derived entirely from a single hop variety. Chinook hops have long been used by US brewers for bittering additions, but their intense aroma and flavor have caught on only recently.

Required but not included: a 4 to 5 gallon kettle and roughly 50 empty 12oz beer bottles that accept pry-off caps. See our Raise Your Game Fresh Start Upgrade Kit. 

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.

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Great kit to start out with
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.
October 7, 2013
Nice Starter
It's great to get you interested. I would get a carboy, bottles (2, 22oz cases), and a hydrometer with this.
January 11, 2013
Very happy
I just finished bottling thePete smoked Porter and my sample taste was amazing. The ordering process of the equipment the phone help and all customer service has been amazing. I am excited to do more business with this company.
September 30, 2015
Best all-in-one kit!
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.
July 26, 2013
Can you say value!
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!
March 11, 2014
This Is Fun!
I've been impressed with everything that I've gotten from Northern Brewer. This kit comes with everything you need to get started.
January 23, 2014
Great Starter Kit
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.
January 1, 2014
Everything you need to brew your first homebrew!
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!
January 13, 2014
Well put together set
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.
July 12, 2013
Everything was at described
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.
August 25, 2013
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I just opened this and didn't refrigerate the dry yeast, since I hadn't read the instructions. It has been sitting in the box since 12/2016. Is it ok to use our do I need fresh yeast?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dry yeast included this kit should be ready to serve you and your beer. It is unlikely that there would be any issue with it.
Is there anything extra needed to brew that's not included in this kit?
K A on Dec 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Katie,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! I would suggest getting a hydrometer, and a stainless steel kettle. You can get this same kit with the stainless steel kettle by ordering the Brew. Share. Enjoy starter kit. http://www.northernbrewer.com/brew-share-enjoy-homebrew-starter-kit I hope that this helps, have a wonderful day!
How is this different than Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit?
H A on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It doesn't come with the spoon but instead has the instructional dvd. Also different beer kit comes with it. Just a tad cheaper
Approximately how many bottles do you need for each batch brewed?
S E on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Roughly 48 bottles per 5 gallon batch. This would be 2 cases of 12 oz bottles.
Does this Brew kit contain bottles, and kettle? I am confused on what the product contains.
T C on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The essential brewing starter kit includes everything pictured. A bottling bucket, fermenting bucket, 2 siphoning hoses, capper, caps, bottle filler, siphon, airlock, and all the ingredients to brew your first batch. It does to come with bottles but really when you do your first brew you are at least a couple of weeks from needing bottles anyway. I just spent the few weeks that the beer was fermenting collecting pry off bottles so that I would have them when bottling time came. In addition you will also need to purchase a kettle, I think mine is a 5 gallon but not sure, even though your only boiling about 2.5 gallons to make a 5 gallon batch you need to make sure there is room to keep it from going over. I also purchased a large stainless steel spoon to help with the boiling process. Other than that you should be good to go! I loved this starter kit but have since upgraded to using the big mouth bubblers with the taps to reduce the need to siphon, its definitely worth it to get this one but also consider one of the big mouth bubbler kits because I don?t think you will be disappointed. The main thing that I didn?t like about the buckets were that you can?t see the beer and watching it is half of the fun!
I received this starter kit from my kids for Christmas. I love it! It came with a recipe kit for Block Party Amber Ale that is awesome, and a real hit with all that have sampled my batch. I'd like to order another kit to make another batch, but I can't seem to find it among the extract recipe kits. Is it discontinued or renamed?
P A on Jan 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Papclem,

We don't actually offer that kit except in kits. To be honest, I'm not sure why. But here's something that would be in the same style:


You could also call in place your order over the phone. Maybe we could customize an order for you.


Can you tell me the packing size of this Starter kit? Because I would like to buy from you but the shipping company restrict the size of the item can't over 30KG?or either one size can't over 100CM?the Length x Width x Height can't over 200CM. Please tell me the size let me can buy from you. Thanks!
T E on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I did not measure how tall the package was when It came over here, but it was about 4 feet tall. I would recommend talking to Northern Brewer first.
What is the size of the siphoning tube?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2017

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