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Fermenter's Favorites® Essential All-Grain Brewing Starter Kit - 10 Gallon


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Awesome beginner brew works. 5 minute set up. Simple. Precise.
Now only $199.99.

With more brewing space than any other cooler system on the market, the Fermenter’s Favorites® 10 gallon cooler mash tun has a full capacity of 11.7 gallons! Imperial brews, huge grain bills, and the flexibilty to add water for temperature adjustment are all easier than ever with an enlarged mash tun.

Upgraded to ensure a tight seal, our insulated Fermenter’s Favorites® Hot Liquor Tank and Mash / Lauter Tun coolers feature silicone-reinforced valve ports for a leak-free brew day. Quick and simple to assemble, the brass ball valves offer superior flow control, minimizing the risk of clogging or stuck sparges.

Keep grain particles out of your wort. The newly redesigned smooth-edge Titan universal false bottom promotes clear wort while setting up a solid grain bed. You'll have high mash yields and eliminate scratched cooler walls to keep your system pristine. The strongest, most effective false bottom on the planet.

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Fermenter’s Favorites™ Essential All-Grain Brewing Starter Kit - 10 Gallon

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Read the full Intro to All-Grain article here

Upgrade to All Grain brewing without the need for additional propane burners and kettles. The new and improved essential all-grain brewing system is the most affordable introduction to all-grain brewing, loaded with brewing power at an unbelievable price.

The insulated coolers maintain stable temperatures for the duration of your rest schedule. Simply add more hot water to raise the temperature, while knowing you have room to spare. When you're ready to sparge, do so knowing that your Hot Liquor Tank is ready to go. 

The strongest, most effective false bottom on the planet— the Titan™ Universal False Bottom makes better beer, no matter how you brew it. This stainless-steel false bottom delivers high efficiency, clarity and a solid grain bed. The Titan™ pickup tube gets closer to the floor of your mash tun than any other false bottom. You'll be able to transfer more of your wort into the boil kettle, leaving less than ¼" of wort behind.

New cooler design stores easily and stays out of the way with recessed, foldable handles and a narrower body for a smaller footprint in your brew cave.

Includes everything you need to mash and sparge your first All Grain batch, right out of the box. 

New to All-Grain? Check out our Crash Course in Mashing and Sparging

A full boil is required for All-Grain brewing, so a boil kettle with an 8 to 10 gallon capacity is highly recommended.


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4.6 / 5.0
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Really good
Really like the kit. The only thing that would of made it better is gallon marks on the inside of the coolers. But would definitely recommend this kit. This was my first time doing this and I really like this kit and the instructions made it easy.
November 11, 2017
3 months ago
One Batch In
I brewed my first batch of beer ever out of these, and i have to say there were a few hiccups, through no fault of the product i must be clear. They serve their intended purpose most definitely. I will say, recommending them for 10 gallon batches is hardly advisable though. i believe i used about 25lbs of malt, and there was next to no headroom to close the top . Otherwise very little criticism. We brewed a Grapefruit Pale, and it turned out awesome
Finished Product
My wife just after finishing adding the strike water
November 6, 2017
4 months ago
Canâ??t wait to get a mash tun with built in thermometer. But for the price this is a perfect starter kit and the delivery was spot on. Thanks everyone! Great team work
October 25, 2017
3 months ago
5 mins setup, life time of beer
It’s simple but as precise and accurate as the brewer aims to be.
September 28, 2017
4 months ago
2 All Grain batches in and I will never go back!
I have honestly only done batch sparging and have only drank one of the two that I have brewed but it is the best beer I've ever made and I have been extract / partial mash brewing for over 20 years. This second batch (same recipe as the first) I was able to hit a higher efficiency than the first so I am looking forward to an even better tasting brew.

Why it took so long to go all grain is beyond me. Start easy with batch sparging and jump in!

Easy way to get started all grain brewing. I do not have any issues with the handles either like others have said.
September 18, 2017
5 months ago
Great starting gear
Purchased the starter kit from a desire to grow from brew-in-a-bag to proper full grain mashing and I have to say this kit does what it should.

- Both tuns keep temperature stable.
- It comes with all the necessary gear and additional instructions for advanced brewing methods like decoction mashing
- Easy to clean and light weight

- Careful with leakage when manipulating your valves.
- Setup can be a bit tricky at the start, somehow I ended up with extra washers, though I'm not sure if I should have?

If you're looking for an affordable way to up your brewing game this is a great kit to consider.
September 13, 2017
4 months ago
Good stuff, great value, even compared to homemade
So it might not be quite as cheap as homemade, but in hassle savings, I'd say it's worth it. First batch went really well. I didn't fly sparge, just used the HLT as a holding tank for a batch sparge. First time out with all-grain I figured I'd save myself the headache of the extra steps.

I got some grains in the ball-valve on the mash tun; must have popped the false-bottom up when I was mashing in and got some grains under there, but it was nothing a long toothpick couldn't clear out. It ran beautifully after that.

The beer also came out fantastic. I know you can do some pretty decent stuff with extract, but this blew the doors off of all of my previous batches.

I only knocked off a star because so far I can't get a clean seal with the provided hardware on the HLT. I get a slow leak, which is okay for my outdoors setup, but the construction around the cooler port was a little irregular and I might have to get creative with some kind of high-temp caulking or something to stop the leak. I'm going to take it apart and try again with the included parts one more time, but like I said, the parts weren't the issue, seems like more of a slight manufacturing defect (but not bad enough to consider returning it).

Pretty happy with it, and looking forward to loading it up with some ludicrous imperial grain bills!
August 25, 2017
7 months ago
Although I could afford the stainless steel kit, I chose this for it's value and the ability for the coolers to retain temperature. Yes, the hardware is nothing special and it was a bit difficult to get the ball valves installed because the shanks are a bit short. Remove one of the washers and you're good to go. No bloody fingers here.

Mash tun held temperatures great, I kept my mash at about 152 for an entire hour with no issues. False bottom worked like a breeze, and I was able to get a solid grain bed about a few minutes of lautering. I skipped on the continuous sparge and chose to batch sparge.

This was my first all-grain batch, and this equipment made it relatively cheap and easy to dive in. For the price, it's what I expected and nothing more. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to try all grain.
August 14, 2017
5 months ago
Excellent kit
I've now brewed on this set up for nearly a year, and I think the value is outstanding. I had a couple parts missing initially and NB remedied the issue immediately. The coolers function perfectly, and the temperature is extremely stable when making 10 gallon batches (the head space when making five causes the mash to cool down quicker, so use foil). Yesterday my batch lost one degree over a 70 minute period of time. The coolers clean easily, hold up well, the false bottom is outstanding. This is a good value. I did have to make a sparge arm, as the hose dangling from the HLT to the MT is less than ideal, but not a huge issue. Great product!
August 7, 2017
Perfect Mash
Before I bought this kit, I struggled to keep my Mash at the 150-155 mark, often leading me to turn on the gas to retain the heat, which in turn lead to stuck mashes quite frequently. This setup completely remedied my problem. No more worries about retaining the proper temps, this thing takes care of itself. And no more month long waits to drink yeasty flavored beer. I've brewed three times in the last 2 months since owning this system, and every batch has been better than the previous. Definitely worth the price!
July 28, 2017
6 months ago
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Do you offer international shipping? I live in Mexico City. Thank you.
A M on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Arturo,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! We are unable to ship outside of the United States. If you would like to order our products, you will need to go through a freight forwarding company such as shipito.com. Let us know if you have any further questions!
Has anyone done the calculations for entering the equipment into brewing software?
A shopper on Nov 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Beer Smith has equipment profiles built in. When you build your specific equipment profile in the software you just simply choose cooler setup.
What is the maximum grain bill that can be used for a 10 gallon batch assuming 1.3L/lb of grain used for mashing?
A L on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I recently brewed an imperial stout & parti-gyle. The grain bill called for 26 lb and it was very full, but it fit! I also brewed a double IPA with a 21 lb grain bill without a problem. So far so good.
Total newbie brewer here. Got my 5 gal starter extract kit from NB, made my first extract batch (Block Party Amber Ale) and now I'm hooked of course! I want to take it to the next level with All Grain. My question is do I go with this kit or should I go with a BIAB approach? I know this All Grain kit is more money, more equipment and it takes longer which I'm ok with if the quality of the beer is superior than BIAB. Your thoughts and feedback are appreciated. Thank you!
E D on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We went straight from extract to this system. I wouldn't go back! The quality of the beer is so much better not to mention to clarity and color. It does add about an hour and a half to brew days but it is well worth it. We are no able to do our own recipes and live it. We have been doing only 5 gallon batches with this but just ordered a larger pot and burner so we can do 10 gallon batches. We did have a few stuck sparges which was not fun but figured out the issue. We hold the false bottom in place with one spoon and stir the grains with another. It does help if you have a friend help here. I hope this helps your decision. Happy brewing and cheers.
What are the dimensions of the two collers?
Stephen C on Dec 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Stephen,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! I am assuming that you are referring to the coolers not collers. The dimensions are as follows. OD 13.5" ID 16" Height 21.5" I hope that this is helpful!
Can you do 5 gallon batches with the 10 gallon all grain kit? I want to do 10 gallon in the end but right now I can only do 5 gallon. I'd rather spend the money for one all grain with out having to buy it again to up my gallons.
sterling n on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I do 5 gallon batches in the 10 gallon mash tun. The only thing I have found is it is a good idea to warm up the mash tun first. Because you have a lot of head space, I found the temp drops more than I would like over a 1 hour mash. I just fill the mash tun 3/4 the way with 175 degree water. Let it sit until it drops to my mash temp, then add grains. This helps reduce heat loss because the only thing lowering the temp are the grains.
If I bought this recipe kit together with the "Fermenter's Favorites® Essential All-Grain Brewing Starter Kit - 10 Gallon", would I be all set to start brewing?
Killian G on May 1, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: You will still need a brew kettle. Assuming you have been extract brewing prior to all grain, you should be all set.
Can these be modified to include a thermometer?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you are careful you can do a lot with these coolers. I installed a blichmann auto sparge on mine. Installing a thermometer or thermowell should be doable as well. I would be very careful when putting extra holes in your cooler since the walls are thin and there is little room for error but rest assured it can be done.
Are you supposed to leave the clear silicone bushing that is installed the cooler hole when I opened the box?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will want to take that piece out. Cheers!
Is it possible to attach a dip tube to the HLT bulkhead?
A shopper on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That would be totally possible to use with this particular cooler.
am i suppost to cut the clear tubing for the false bottom or is it suppost to come with one already pre cut for you?
brewdog619 on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You need to cut the silicon (cloudy) tubing to the right length for the false bottom. It should just reach from the connector on top of the well centered false bottom to the connector on the inside of the mash tun nozzle. You can use the left over silicon tubing to connect the nozzle on the hit liquor tank to the sparging jet nozzle. The clear tube should connect to the mash tun so you can tell when the mash is starting to run clear and free of stray grains.
Does this come with all of the needed equipment for sparging? Does it have a sparge arm?
D U on Jun 1, 2016

Thank you for your question. This kit does not come with a sparge arm. You would need to purchase that separately. You could also look in to our Pro All-Grain System.

Anyone else have leakage issues with the fittings? Followed instructions to a tee used Teflon tape and tested it with water 10 times or more. Leaks between the locknut and valve. Not much but it should not leak what so ever. Both jugs leak in same exact spot. Sounds like a common issue reading the reviews. Suggestions would be helpful thanks
Ethan S on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for submitting this question. I can try and help, maybe others will chime in as well.

]If it is leaking through the lock nut, so not from the very edge of the kettle wall, that would be an O ring issue, then more teflon tape would be the solution., Might just need a little more, I would try removing the teflon tape that you can and giving it a more vigorous wrapping.

If it is the O ring, hard to tell really, then the installation might just need a few adjustments. What I like to do is get everything installed in the correct order and be sure to push the O rings against the cooler wall so they are in the right place to begin with. Then hand tighten/loosely with a wrench the lock nut until it is contact the O ring, we expect it to leak at this point. Put a little water in it, and you will be able to see a slightly leak. Then, you want to hold the outer portion in place so it does not move the O ring. So, hold the outer portion in place, then the best way is to take a wrench, and give the lock nut slight turns, maybe 1/4 turn at most.

Then I check to see if it is still leaking after each tightening turn. You can take like a paper towel and dab away any water, then you can see for sure if any leaking is happening at all. If it leaks, give it a quick tigthen, then check to see if it is leaking, repeat until perfect. You rarely will need to disassemble that part, so while sometimes it takes a couple tried the first time, once you get a leak free seal, it should not be an issue again. Also, make sure the little clear silicone ring is in place on the cooler itself. I hope this info helps! Cheers! James J.
Can you confirm that these are BPA free and are designed for use at mash temperatures? What type of plastic are they made from?
H U on Dec 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are food grade plastic free of BPA or any other contaminants. Not sure the exact kind of plastic they are made from. We designed them specifically to be used at mash temperatures, thought the manufacture is essentially the same as rubber maid coolers. I hope this helps! Cheers! James J.
If I have a large enough boil pot, can I do a 10 gallon batch with this system?
E R on Oct 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can do 10 gallon batches but will need a 15 gallon pot minimum. You will be limited on higher gravity beers in ten gallon batches but it will allow you to make some big imperial brews if you stay at 5 gallons.
Is this kit available with stainless steel ball valves? Or is it "pre-constructed" and only available with the brass fittings as shown?
H E on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This kit only comes with the brass ball valves. We are not able to make substitutions on it at this time.


Gabe from NB
Good day gents. Please, what are the size and weights of the two coolers? Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Dec 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They weigh about 9lbs and about 16” wide and 22” high
I just order this setup. The opaque tubing for the HLT has a slight rubbery/chemical smell to it. Is this tubing appropriate for brewing beer? Will it impart any off flavors? Thank You.
A shopper on Nov 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It may have some residue left over from the manufacturing process. After it has been cleaned, it should not impart any flavors in your beer.
Is the 10-Gallon system really less money than the 7-Gallon system?
A shopper on May 30, 2017
I am using the BeerSmith 2 program and I am setting up my equipment profile and need some information on the mash tun in this system:
{1} What is the Mash Tun Volume ?
{2} What is the Mash Tun Weight ?
{3} What is the Mash Tun Deadspace ?

Thanks In Advance For Your Assistance !!
T H on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The volume is 10 gallons or 9.9 factoring in dead space, the weight is 14 lbs with the false bottom and ball valve or 12lbs for just the cooler, and the dead space is .084 gallons.
What is the size of the barbed hose fitting? I have misplace one of mine and need a replacement.
F L on Feb 6, 2016

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The barbed hose fittings are 1/2". http://www.northernbrewer.com/brass-1-2-mpt-x-1-2-barb I hope that this helps!
If I were to be interested in creating 5-gallon batches of imperial ales, what max O.G. could I attain(ish) without having to use extracts. Grain-wise I guess I don't know how much these could accommodate.
C B on Oct 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You would be able to fit about 24 pounds of grain for a OG of 1.090. There is some variance based on the volume per pound and fermentability of the malts used.
I have used this system twice now, and both times have had almost no flow out of the mash tun. My grains have been ground by the company that I purchased them from. Any thoughts on to why this would happen? Do I need to get a different false bottom with smaller holes?
Christopher V on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A stuck mash or sparge is a result of how fine the crush is and how quickly water is drained out. The crush should break the grain to expose the white endosperm inside

but the hulls should not be destroyed

so they can aid in the filtering. You will get stuck sparges/mashes if you start the flow too quickly. Open the valve only slightly at first and let the liquid drain for a minute before slowly increasing the flow rate. If it goes too fast right away the grain bed will compact

and need to be disturbed to regain proper flow. You also might consider increasing the water to grain ratio. The sweet spot is usually right around 1.

quarts of water per pound

but maybe try 1.5 if having issues. Check your water amounts

how fine the crush is

and make sure to drain slowly. Worst case

I would try adding some rice hulls to aid the filtering.
What is the total height these two containers sit at for a gravity set up? I am trying to figure out if I have the clearance in my basement or if I need to go a different route.
A shopper on Nov 15, 2017

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