DetailsOur most popular equipment kit - everything you need to make homebrewing easier.
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 a 5 gallon carboy, which enables you to perform 2-stage fermentation and have two batches of beer fermenting at once. We recommend this kit for brewing all types of beers, especially high alcohol or lager beers, as it includes equipment for two-stage fermentation.
The Brewing Starter Kit includes:
- 5 gallon carboy (your choice of glass or plastic)
- Universal carboy bung
- 6.5 gallon fermentor and lid
- FermagraF° adhesive LCD thermometer
- Herculometer™ - Triple Scale Hydrometer and test jar
- 2 oz Midwest Oxygen Wash
- Instructional step-by-step DVD
- 5/16” Auto-Siphon
- 5/16” siphon tubing
- Small tubing clamp
- Bottling bucket with spigot
- Bottle filler
- Bottle Capper
- 60 gold bottle caps
- Bottle Brush
- Carboy Brush (included with Glass Carboy version only)
Catalog SKU EK10027 (glass) / EK10028 (plastic)
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.0200 ReviewsLid LeaksUpdate - I brewed a second batch and again had problems with the lid not making a tight seal. On my first batch, the lid leaked CO2 during fermentation so the airlock never bubbled, which was annoying but I figured it out. For the second batch, I knew I wouldn't see any activity so it didn't bother me as much. But when I went to transfer to a secondary after 7 days of brewing, I opened the lid to find that the krausen still hadn't fallen and my gravity was still 11 points from being done. If the lid made a tight seal, I would have been able to tell that it was still fermenting a lot and would have waited. Not being able to see in the bucket + not being able to see airlock activity = hard to determine when it's time to transfer/bottle._x000D__x000D_The buckets that Midwest Supplies sells separately say the lids come with a rubber grommet to make a tight seal. Did I not get the right lid with my order? Or does this kit come with an inferior bucket? I'm downgrading my quality rating until I get a response from Midwest.April 15, 2013First Time BrewerReceived this starter brew kit as a Christmas gift. I am new to the brewing world and was overwhelmed by the mass amounts of information out there in the world of brewing. Midwest�?���s clear and concise instructions helped this amateur enjoy the brewing process from beginning to end and turn out a great product that I can enjoy and brag about. _x000D__x000D_Everything included in this starter kit was useful and much needed in the entire process. Thanks Midwest for a great product!!! WIll be back again and again! _x000D_January 23, 2013Great kitMy girlfriend got me this for christmas this past year and I was ecstatic. The first brew is about to be transferred to secondary, a Beer, Simply Beer recipe (quite happy with the ingredients it contained). The only issues I had with the kit was a broken Hydrometer and test jar on arrival, I'm glad my carboy wasn't broken on arrival. She didn't check the contents when it arrived, but wrapped it for christmas day. Would still recommend this kit, just hope they have better luck with their fragile items.January 9, 2017Excellent Starting PlaceI got this from my wife for Christmas and it has been awesome. It comes with everything you need to start brewing quality beer. Mine came with a S-type airlock instead of the shown 3 piece type. I am okay with this since I kind of prefer the S-type. The sanitezer it came with has been enough to do 2 full batches. Remeber that you can save the mixed sanitizer for a week (longer in the fridge). I have since built my own cooler mash tun and am starting to use that. _x000D__x000D_If you're on the fence, buy this now!January 22, 2013Great Beginner's Kit!Bought this kit to get started brewing beer. The kit has everything you need to get started except for the kettle and a thermometer. The kettle is kind of a personal matter depending how big you need and what you use as a heating source. I bought a stainless steel 20 Qt. A good buy!January 24, 2013Great Starter KitI have been through the entire process with this kit now. Everything worked very well... Even the bottle capper. Not sure why people have a problem with it. I practiced on a few empty bottles and got the hang of it after about three. I thought it worked great and went fast. The only extra equipment I really suggest getting is a wine thief for taking samples and checking SG with your hydrometer and a bottle of sanitizer like StarSan. Do not fear the foam! If you have questions about anything I also suggest going to the Home Brew Talk online forum. They can answer any questions and give you some great tips on how to use this equipment. This is a great kit for starting the hobby and making any beer you want assuming you already have the kettle like I did.June 4, 2012Starter kitI have ordered a starter kit and I have previously bought one and it is a good product. I have been using it for 2 years and it is still producing for me. Would recommend it.August 30, 2013Great starter kitGreat starter kit for someone moving up to 5gals, and not a lot of extras to buy if you don't already have them.May 16, 2012About a Good a Deal as You're Going to FindThe price was pretty good for this starter kit, but not a bargain. It has most of the essential equipment, all came in good order, and it works pretty well. One complaint is that the lid on the fermenting bucket does not seem to seal well, so during my first fermentation I suspect that most of the CO2 vented out the sides of the lid rather than bubbling out the air vent on the top. I figured it out eventually from smelling around the lid, but not seeing any bubbles for a first time brewer was a nerve-wracking experience._x000D__x000D_In all, this is a good beginner kit, and you're not going to find it any place else for much cheaper.March 17, 2013Worth it!Though there are some other items you will need to purchase separately (brew kettle, thermometer, beer ingredients, sani), you're pretty much ready to go. I recommend reading up on the process. We just tried our first brew and it was delicious!March 16, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 10 questions Browse 10 questions and 23 answersDoes this kit come with the bottles or should I buy them separately?BEST ANSWER: I had to buy mine separately. Be careful about the types of bottles that you bye and the packaging, because the ones that I ended up ordering on Amazon came brokenIs the bottle filler in this kit springless, or does it have an internal spring?BEST ANSWER: Good question. The filler does not contain a spring. Gravity causes the valve to go shut when you raise the fill tube off the bottom of the bottle you're filling. The volume that the tube takes in the bottle is the correct amount of head space in the bottle once the filler tube is removed, allowing the priming sugar to do its thing. I hope this helps!Does this kit include a kettle and a thermometer for making the wort?BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't. I bought another kit with mine that included the kettle and bottles called indispensable implements under beer brewing kit upgrades. I also bought a cleaning kit that came with starsan sanitizer because sterilizing bottles is essential to good beer.For a beginner, how does this kit differ from the Platinum Pro Beer Starter kit?BEST ANSWER: Not sure what the difference is however as a beginner the classic brewing kit is simple and easy to use. I like my kit have made several brews utilizing the classic starter kitDo this kit come with everything i need to to brew or is there anything else i need besides bottles?BEST ANSWER: You will have the majority of the equipment you will need, but it does not include the bottles or a kettle. In addition, you will need a recipe kit.Can you make smaller 1-2 gallon sized batches with this kit or do you need to do 5 gallons?BEST ANSWER: You can indeed ferment any size batch up to a maximum of five gallons. Pitch yeast and install an airlock as you normally would.Can this kit be used for smaller batches? One gallon size batch for example.BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be used for smaller batchesHow many bottles does this kit produce?BEST ANSWER: This brewing starter kit is set up for making 5-gallon batches of beer, which is the "standard" batch of homebrew, typically. 5 gallons of beer is just over 2 cases of beer, about 48-52 12 oz bottles. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesWhat are the ingredients/amounts in the Front Porch Pale recipe kit?BEST ANSWER: This recipe kit includes 6 lbs of gold malt syrup, 1 oz cascade pellet hops, half a pound of caramel 40L, a packets of Muntons premium dry yeast, and a 5 oz bag of priming sugar. Cheers!Do you ship to Canada?BEST ANSWER: We are happy to ship orders to any address in the U.S., but do not ship internationally.