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Beginner's Guide

Information to help you get started in Homebrewing

Thinking about getting started in homebrewing? Considering buying a homebrewing equipment kit as a gift? The following information may help you make your decision.

There are 4 different products needed to brew beer at home.

Equipment Kits

The most important part of getting started in Homebrewing is choosing an Equipment Kit. All of Midwest’s Beer Brewing Kits will provide the components needed to brew 5-gallon batches of beer. Read each of the descriptions to determine which equipment kit is right for you.

Beer. Simply Beer. Brewing Starter Kit:

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t!

There’s no better time to start than now. The Beer. Simply Beer. Starter kit has everything you need to make great homebrewed beer including our five star reviewed Pale Ale recipe Kit. Easy to use equipment and simplified brewing process and instructions makes the Beer. Simply Beer. Starter kit ideal for any newcomer to home brewing. So, why not start today?

Brew Share Enjoy™ Starter Kit

Designed by Brewmasters, Recommended by Homebrewers Everywhere! This kit comes with absolutely everything you need to brew as soon as you open the box, plus your choice between two massively popular recipe kits: Chinook IPA or Block Party Amber Ale

Deluxe Homebrewing Starter Kit

Tried, Tested, and Loved for over 20 years! Over the last 2 decades, countless rounds of customer feedback + resulting upgrades have made this kit the Ol’ Reliable of homebrewing. Find out why new homebrewers are referred back to it again and again.

Premium Craft Brewery in a Box - Beer Making Starter Kit

Beginner brewers looking to advance their skills usually upgrade their wort chiller, kettle or fermenters first. Don’t bother with the hassle of purchasing equipment piece by piece -- gather all the gear you need to level up your beer with our Premium Craft Brewery in a Box Homebrew Starter Kit. We guarantee savings of over $120.

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Beer Recipe Kits

Midwest offers a large selection of 5 gallon recipe kits. The Starter kits above are designed to work with any of our Extract Recipe Kits. For first time brewers we recommend brewing an ale recipe kit. Ales ferment at room temperature and are ready to drink faster than lagers. ****9 out of 10 gift givers will include a recipe kit with their gift****

Note: Our All-Grain Recipe Kits require additional equipment and advanced brewing techniques. If you are a first time brewer, be sure to choose an Extract Recipe Kits to go with your Brewing Starter Kit.

Brewing Kettle

The brewing process requires the brewer to mix and boil the ingredients from our recipe kits in a stock pot. Many brewers might already have a stock pot in their kitchen that might work for this process. The pot must be at least 3 gallons in size. Stainless steel, Enamel, and Silverstone coated pots will work fine. We do not recommend using aluminum pots. They can oxidize the beer. Midwest offers a 4 and 5 gallon stainless steel brew kettles for homebrewing. Our high quality pots have riveted handles and can be used for other things like boiling pasta or crab legs.

***Including a new shiny stainless steel brewing kettle will complement any gift equipment package from Midwest. ***

Beer Bottles

Five gallons of beer will require 52-56 twelve ounce beer bottles. Roughly two cases of 24 and a six pack. Many homebrewers will collect empty 12 ounce beer bottles as they drink them, rinse them out and use them for their homebrew. IMPORTANT: the bottles can not be screw off bottles. They must be the pry off pop top bottles. If all of that seems like too much work. Buy two cases of bottles when getting started with Homebrewing.

Other homebrewing accessories that complement an equipment kit include:

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  1. Go Pro Small Batch Beer Brewing Kit Hero
    $76.99

    Absolutely everything you need to make craft beer at home just like the pros. Includes easy-to-follow, thorough instructions you can brew along with. A complete equipment beer making kit is built by real brewmasters, featuring our revolutionary Little Big Mouth Bubbler® for easy cleaning, transferring and plenty of head space to hold big beers and vigorous fermentation. Plus 12 Beer Bottles for bottling your brew and a Chinook IPA recipe kit. The beer brewing kit for the craft beer enthusiast who wants to start brewing. Don't just brew, Go Pro. Learn More
  2. Limited Edition - Craft Beer Making Set - Summer Squeeze Lemon Shandy Contents
    $79.99

    Limited Edition Craft Beer Making Gift Set Unwrap one big, beautiful box. Brew your own beer. Just like that. This limited edition gift set contains absolutely everything you need to brew, plus our ultra-popular Summer Squeeze Lemon Shandy recipe. And you can only get it for a limited time! Also including a Limited Edition Wheat Beer Glass, while supplies last! Learn More
  3. Deluxe Homebrewing Starter Kit
    $199.99
    Embark on your homebrewing journey with the best home brewing kit in history. The Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit has been tested by our employees and trusted by our customers for the past 20 years. Customer feedback has made this Brewery in a Box what it is today - the staple of every brew cave from essential to exploratory. We've built this all-inclusive home brew kit to be fun and foolproof with some of the most trusted instruction in homebrewing. Rest assured that no matter what your method of learning, your first homebrew is a guaranteed success. Folks tend to become very passionate about homebrewing after a batch or two, but we've also seen a lot of new brewers fall in love even before embarking upon their first fermentation. For those of you who are already passionate about hand-crafted beer, like we are, here's the Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit. Learn More
  4. Premium Craft Brewery in a Box - Beer Making Starter Kit

    From: $299.99

    To: $505.97

    Beginner brewers looking to advance their skills usually upgrade their wort chiller, kettle or fermenters first. Don’t bother with the hassle of purchasing equipment piece by piece -- gather all the gear you need to level up your beer with our Premium Craft Brewery in a Box Homebrew Starter Kit. We guarantee savings of over $120.
    • Save an additional $20 by bundling your order with our Single Keg System which includes a 5 gallon keg, regulator, gas line, and liquid draft line.
    • You can also save an additional $10 by adding a Dark Star Burner to this kit.
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  5. Brew. Share. Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit

    Regular Price: $169.99

    Special Price $109.99

    The Brew Share Enjoy® Homebrew Starter Kit was designed by our team of professional home brewers to provide the best out of the box first-time beer brewing kit experience on the market. This all-in-one kit includes everything you need to start home brewing today including either our Block Party Amber Ale recipe kit OR our Chinook IPA Extract Recipe Kit, as well as a 5 gallon stainless steel kettle. Highly recommended by homebrewers. Best reviewed starter kit in online comparisons. Makes 5 gallons of craft beer quality homebrew. Learn More
  6. Beer Making Equipment Starter Kit
    $64.99

    Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t! There’s no better time to start than now. The Beer. Simply Beer. Starter kit has all the equipment you need to make great homebrewed beer. Easy to use equipment and simplified brewing process and instructions makes the Beer. Simply Beer. Starter kit ideal for any newcomer to home brewing. So, why not start today? Learn More
  7. Craft Beer Making Kit - 1 Gallon on Black

    Regular Price: $59.99

    Special Price $49.99

    The perfect solution for new brewers and the perfect gift for brew-curious craft beer friends! Make your own beer the small batch way! We've spent countless hours in the Brew Lab eliminating every obstacle that stands between beginning brewers and the perfect homebrew. We got rid of the mess, the mystery, and every possible brew day mishap. And when we were done, what was left was a small but revolutionary beer making kit containing everything you need to create the perfect brew...our One Gallon Craft Beer Making Kit. Just follow the instructions or watch our online video here and within a couple of weeks, you'll yield a gallon of homemade, handcrafted beer (approximately 8-10 twelve-ounce bottles). More than enough to make an unforgettable impression at your next party. Learn More

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