DetailsIncluded 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.
The Platinum Pro Beer Brewing Starter Kit Includes:
- $20 coupon code for use on a subsequent purchase!
- 6.5 gallon fermentor w/ lid & airlock
- Bottling Bucket
- Bottle Filler
- 5 Gallon Stainless Kettle
- Long-Handled Stainless Spoon
- Racking Cane, Tubing & Holder
- Oxywash Cleanser
- Bottle Capper & Caps
- Front Porch Pale Ale Recipe Kit
Pale ale is one of the most popular styles of beer among homebrewers and craft beer lovers alike. Front Porch uses our customers’ favorite ingredients--Gold malt extract and Cascade hops--to craft a session beer ripe for the season. Whether brewing for a wedding, a tailgate, a summer yard party or just to have a few while pushing the mower around, it’s a perfect beer to share with friends for a refreshing summer buzz. With a homebrew in hand to fuel good spirits, get ready for lawn games, sunshine and crisp sips of homemade craft beer.
- Details & Instructions
4.3 / 5.033 ReviewsGood Kit, Okay RecipeSince I took pretty good notes for my first brew, I wanted to be a little more thorough with my review to address both the kit and the recipe. First off, I watched videos. Midwest Supplies and other homebrewing sites have great tutorials on extract brewing. I did this multiple times throughout the process and took notes. It helped A LOT. The Kit:Unpacking went well, all equipment listed was provided and looked to be in good shape. Equipment that I found useful that wasn't in the kit, include: - A hydrometer (to measure OG and FG so you can calculate how alcoholic your beer is). - Cylindrical Sample vessel for hydrometer - A good digital thermometer (from what I've read, it seems temperature control is very critical. I bought a 6" digital thermometer which also doubles as a meat thermometer (no more dry chicken!). I'd buy a longer one next time to take readings toward the middle of the kettle, but this worked)- Mesh bag to boil the hops in- 48 12oz. bottles/24 22oz. bottlesUsing the kit was great. The only issues I had with any of the equipment was that the bottling wand leaked a little bit. I'll be investing in a better one. The other thing is, if you want to use the siphon materials included (racking cane and vinyl tubing) you'll need to learn how to siphon, if you don't know how already. Tutorials online helped me. You could always purchase an auto-siphon too. The Recipe: I went to my local home brew shop to get the materials not included with the kit. I told the worker I was using this recipe, and I had read that the beer came out thin and watery for a good amount of people that brewed it. I didn't want that, so I asked for modification suggestions. One thing he mentioned was that the hop additions for the basic recipe were a little low, and there are no aroma or flavor hop additions. So that could be the reason for the lack of body and flavor. I decided to tweak the hop schedule. Instead of 1oz cascade @ 60min, I did:1 oz Cascade @ 60min1/2oz Cascade @ 15min1/2oz Cascade @ 0min1 oz Centennial @ 0minI used the mesh bag I bought separately to add the hops. I read this would keep the sludge of the hops out of the wort, resulting in a beer that's easier to siphon. I took my OG reading after I filled to 5 gallons and my number was below the range given on the recipe sheet. I'd guess it was that I didn't get all the liquid malt extract out of the container, or I added too much water to the boiled wort. I won't be filling all the way to 5 gallons next time - maybe that will help.Fermentation and bottling went textbook. Directions from the videos helped tremendously. I took my FG reading, and the result concluded my beer was 2.3% - lol. Ah well.I fermented for 19 days (which is high, I didn't have time to bottle sooner), and have conditioned for 12 days. I put a bottle in the fridge and drank it yesterday. It tasted metallic, and rather bland. Like a stale Shocktop or something. The body/mouthfeel was good, the carb was present, and the smell was, okay... but the taste... - hopefully I have some bottle variation. But at least it tastes like beer! Overall, I'm happy with the experience. The kit was reliable. The equipment functioned, essentially, perfect. The recipe left a lot to be desired, but I guess that's how this becomes an addictive hobby. I'll be brewing again soon! I would recommend this kit to anyone who wishes to take a stab at homebrewing.Cheers!August 18, 2016Awesome Father's Day giftPerfect Starter kit for a first time brewer. My husband loved it!August 3, 2016Easy to use.My 1st venture into beer brewing. Pretty easy to figure out. Instruction could be more detailed.December 26, 2015Great way to get started!Great way to get started!December 26, 2015December 27, 2015So Far So GoodReceived everything in good shap and timely manner. Will let you know after we pop the first cap in a couple of months if we are stills atisfied.December 27, 2015Great kit to start brewing beerThis kit was a great deal and had everything I needed to brew my first 5 gallons of beer. Keep in mind that you'll have to provide your own bottles, but that wasn't an issue for me since I already had some.March 20, 2016Platinum starter kit - top notchEverything I needed except cleaner & bottles, and the front porch pale ale was the tits.August 2, 2016GREAT Brewing KitMy experience was great with the company. The customer service was amazing and I will be using the company a lot in the future.December 28, 2015
- Customer Q&A
Browse 9 questions Browse 9 questions and 26 answersCan you make any kind of beer in the starter sets? Ipa, stouts,etc?BEST ANSWER: Pretty much any type of beer can be brewed with this kit. Would get a hydrometer to measure your wort gravity. The kettle is 5 gallons, to the top though. So best for extract brewing. You will need a bigger kettle if you move on to all grain brewing, or try to brew smaller batches. But if you are starting out, an extract kit is probably the best way to start. I purchased this kit and still use it. I did a pale ale kit and it turned out wonderfully.are the beer ingredients in the kit?BEST ANSWER: In this kit you do have one recipe kit that has all you need to make your first brew. As it states you will receive the Front Porch Pale Ale to get you started. Good brewing to you, and enjoy.Will the kettle work with an electric stove or do I need a gas stove or use a gas burner?BEST ANSWER: I use the excellent Darkstar burner, all winter long, with great results. I too have an electric range inside my home. I did run out of gas once and did finish a brew off on my electric burner. Here's the thing(s): You have to put a lot of energy into getting your 3 gallons of brew, e.g. for a five gallon batch, boiling. Then, after a bit of time the contents rather quickly seem to want to boil over and you have to dial back your burner output very quickly. I think trying to get the initial boil going with an electric burner would take an inordinate amount of time. Then dialing the heat back, just enough, would not be as easy due to the lack of open airflow underneath the kettle on a stove-top. I always brew outside, which is great when boil-overs occur. I even looked into using portable induction and stainless steel kettles, but that just seemed too expensive, potentially under-powered and that the induction burners might not be durable enough for the heavy utilization needed.Does this kit come with an auto-siphon or do you recommend purchasing one?BEST ANSWER: Hi Lisa,
The kit comes with a racking cane, which can be used to siphon. However, an auto-siphon can make the process much easier.I understand that it makes a 5 gallon batch, but I would like to know what the total volume of the kettle is. ThanksBEST ANSWER: From customer Joerg:
I regularly put 3 gallons into it, plus the contents of the malt
extracty (around 6lbs) and if the recipe calls for it also some dry malt
extract or specialty grains. That leaves a few inches of headroom but
you have to watch it. Last time I almost had a boil-over in the kitchen
and that would have put me in the dog house.
Make sure to carefully stir in the malt extract because the pot has an
awfully thin bottom which can cause burnt malt extract. For stirring in
I move the pot over to a cold burner, then back.
I am on the lookout for a 6-7 gallon pot at the surrounding thrift
stores so I can do a full boil, all grain, and possibly also
brew-in-a-bag some day. Maybe someone inherited an old canning pot and
doesn't want to can anything. Every time we have something good we want
more :-)So this kit is to brew 5 gallons of beer ? How many bottles should i buy , and i guess instructions are included ? Thanks RobBEST ANSWER: Hello Rob,
That kit will indeed brew 5 gallons of beer, which will end up being about 48 beers. The instructions are included as well. We also offer customer support during brew days via chat on our website, email, and phone 8am-6:30pm central time if you get stuck during a brew! I hope that this helps, have a great day!Does this kit come with a carboy? Is it needed?BEST ANSWER: This kit comes with a fermentation bucket that takes the place of a carboy.Hi, While gallons I can do with this kit?BEST ANSWER: This equipment kit is set up to make 5-gallon batches of beer. -Mike W. Midwest SuppliesCan you also brew cider with this kit and would I need any additional pieces to brew cider?BEST ANSWER: Nope, this would be all you'd need, as long as the apples were already pressed.
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