Brewing your own beer at home is something every man should enjoy at least once in their life. Here at Medium Wage, we’re all avid homebrewers with crazy setups that include equipment we probably don’t need but can’t live without.
The one thing we all have in common though is that we all started out from humble beginnings (starter kits) and this Northern Brewer Homebrew Starter Kit is a perfect example. If you are dipping your toe in the homebrewing world or just want more control on what you drink, this kit is a great set for beginners.
Before we go into the details of what it includes however, let’s start with the basics:
- This is an extract brewing kit. That means you won’t need to buy any grain (malt) at a store. That also means you can avoid a long step in the brewing process called mashing. Your beer will turn out just fine but over time we bet you’ll soon turn into an all-grain brewer like us.
- This kit includes the extract, hops and yeast you’ll need to brew your first beer. Northern Brewer calls it Block Party Amber Ale. If you want to brew something else then you’ll have to stop by your local homebrew supply store and pick up a new recipe.
- This does not include beer bottles. If you want to bottle your beer (and you will starting off) then you need to go buy around 48 12 oz bottles or 24 22 oz bombers.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way… here’s what’s included in the starter kit:
- Full extract recipe including hops and yeast to brew an amber ale
- 6.5 gallon bucket fermenter with airlock (used for primary fermentation)
- Bottling bucket with spigot to pour your almost finished beer into for bottling
- 5 gallon stainless steel brew kettle for the boil
- 21″ stainless steel spoon for stirring
- 5 ft of tubing and siphon for racking your beer into bottling bucket
- Cleaner and Sanitizer (most important part of brewing is to kill all bacteria)
- Bottle brush for cleaning
- Crown bottle capper for capping your beer bottles (includes 60 caps)
This is the kit you need to start homebrewing. If you buy this and make a good beer, send us a note so we can share recipes.