Homebrewing Starter Kit for 5 Gallons - Enhanced
All iterations of the basic kit come with the following:
You get to select which type of primary fermenter you'd like to use:
- 6.5 gallon plastic bucket w/lid - Positives: economical; light; durable; easily cleaned. Downsides: eventually will stain; not as air-tight as other options.
- 7 gallon FerMonster wide-mouth plastic carboy - Positives: light; oxygen-impermeable; wide mouth makes for easy cleaning. Downsides: scratches more easily than glass; plastic walls are thin (we put ours in a milk crate when lifting it).
- 6.5 gallon glass carboy - Positives: Oxygen impermeable; doesn't scratch easily; every time you clean it, pretty much good as new. Downsides: costs more; more breakable; harder to clean.
You also get to decide whether you want an ingredient kit or kettle with your kit
- Badger Amber Ale - Caramelly, slightly sweet. Most popular starter kit!
- California Golden Ale - Slightly hoppy, blonde ale, easy drinking. Think a toned down Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
- Badger Dark Ale - Dark and roasty but not thick like a stout.
- Chaparral Pale Ale - West-Coast style pale ale.
- Wunderkind Wheat Ale - Light wheat ale with a hint of lemon.
- Warbler Pale Ale - British style pale ale, slightly bitter.
- American Light Ale - Lightest of our kits, easy drinking lawnmower beer.
- 5 Gallon Economy Kettle - Stainless steel, plenty large enough for any extract brew, still useful if you transition to all-grain brewing.
Would you like to do two-stage brewing? If so, you can upgrade our basic homebrewing kit by selecting an upgrade option. Our basic upgrade kit comes with a hydrometer, stick on thermometer, racking cane and one of two secondary fermenter options:
- 5 gallon plastic carboy - Positives: light; oxygen-impermeable, cheaper than glass. Downsides: scratches more easily than glass.
- 5 gallon glass carboy - Positives: Oxygen impermeable; doesn't scratch easily; every time you clean it, pretty much good as new. Downsides: costs more; more breakable.