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Home brewing

Making beer at home is a lot easier than you think. Thinking about getting started in homebrewing? Considering buying a home brew equipment kit as a gift? The following information may help you make your decision about how to make beer.

Equipment Kits

The most important part of getting started in Homebrewing is choosing an equipment kit. Each Midwest equipment kit provides all of the components needed to brew a 5-gallon batch of beer. If you plan on bottling your beer, you'll also want to acquire two cases of pry-top bottles (48 12oz bottles). Read each description to determine which equipment kit is right for you.

Platinum Pro Beer Brewing Starter Kit:

A starter kit with everything you need to dive into homebrewing. Discover the hobby that's sweeping the nation with craft brew can-do. Included in the kit is all of the brewing and fermentation equipment required to make your first beer, plus an exclusive seasonal recipe kit to get you back into the swing of warm weather and play hard this summer with homebrew in hand. It includes a kettle, fermentor, bottling equipment, and a recipe kit.

Brewing Starter Kit :

Learn and grow. The Brewing Starter Kit has everything you need to begin brewing and hone your techniques. It features easy-to-use equipment and an instructional DVD to walk you through the brewing process. This kit includes some significant equipment to make life easier and help you grow as a brewer, such as an auto-siphon - for easier transferring of your beer - and your choice of 5 gallon glass carboy or plastic Big Mouth Bubbler, which enables you to perform 2-stage fermentation and have two batches of beer fermenting at once. This kit also supports a more effective fermentation schedule known as two-stage fermentation. Two-stage fermentation consists of primary fermentation (Days 1-14) and secondary fermentation (Days 14+). During primary fermentation, most of the alcohol is produced and the majority of solids settle out of solution. Once this is complete, the beer is transferred to a secondary fermentor (a 5 gallon glass carboy or Big Mouth Bubbler). During this step, the beer clarifies and its flavor profile matures. Beer can condition and clarify in the secondary fermenter for weeks or months depending on the style and strength of the beer. We recommend this kit for brewing all types of beers, especially high alcohol or lager beers, which require two-stage fermentation. Pair this kit with any of our recipes and you'll be well on your way to crafting a great beer.

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