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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 Kit
  • Recipe Kit (Ingredients)
  • Brewing Kettle (Stock Pot)
  • Bottles
Equipment Kits

The most important part of getting started in Homebrewing is choosing an Equipment Kit. All of Midwest’s equipment kits will provide all of 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: (41510)

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t! New! Only $49.99

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: (U7622)

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: (U7607)

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.

Master Brewer's Equipment Kit with Draft Brewer 2.0: (EK10050)

And so the student becomes the master. If you've already caught the brewing bug, or are the type to jump in feet first, then look no further- the Master Brewer's Kit is the most complete homebrew equipment kit out there. It has everything (and then some) you need to master the homebrewing arts.

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Midwest 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. Some of our more popular recipe kits include: Liberty Cream Ale, Big Ben Pale Ale, Autumn Amber Ale and our most popular recipe kit, the Irish Red Ale. Check out our Light, Amber, Dark and Wheat beer recipe sections. Any of the recipes in these sections will be the perfect addition to our Equipment Kits. ****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 to go with your 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 2-3 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 brewing kettles for homebrewing. Our high quality pots have riveted handles and can be used for other things like boiling pasta or crab legs. Check out of full selection of high quality Brewing Kettles.

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


Five gallons of beer will require 52-56 twelve ounce beer bottles. Roughly two cases of 24 and a six pack. Shipping glass bottles can get expensive due to the shipping weight. Many homebrewers will collect empty 12 ounce 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 pop top bottles. These are the bottles that are commonly found in the 24 bottle case returnable. The kind of bottle that requires a deposit when purchased. If all of that seems like too much work. Buy one or two cases of bottles when getting started with Homebrewing.

*Most homebrewers who accumulate 10 cases of bottles typically will have purchased 5 new cases and cleaned 5 used cases of pop top bottles.

Other homebrewing accessories that complement an equipment kit include:

  • A Midwest Gift Certificate - The perfect gift for the homebrewer!
  • Jet Bottle Washer
  • Wort Chillers:
  • Bottle Tree
  • How to Brew (Excellent modern homebrewing book)
  • Homebrewing and Beer Drinker T-Shirts

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