Midwest Supplies Homebrewing Starter Kit

Last updated: October 2, 2019

We looked at the top Homebrew Kits and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Homebrew Kit you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the Midwest Supplies Homebrewing Starter Kit placed 12th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

One of the simplest joys in life is opening a bottle of beer and saying, “I made this.” And we feel that making beer should be simple too. So we put together all the essential equipment and tools you need to hand craft superb beer that you can call your own. Kit Includes: 6.5 Gallon Fermenting Bucket, Grommeted Lid, Airlock 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Bottling Spigot, Bottle Filler, Bottling Tubing Siphon, Siphon Tubing Beer Bottle Brush, Bottle Capper 60 Count Bottle Caps Instructions, Oxygen Wash Cleaner/Sanitizer Required but not included: a 4 to 5 gallon kettle and roughly 50 empty 12oz beer bottles that accept pry-off caps.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The recipe itself is every bit as robust and complex as those included with our main picks. The instructions are extremely thorough and look more like the recipe from the Northern Brewer top pick than the other Midwest Supplies pick. The company’s Beer. Simply Beer. kit’s included hydrometer is another major selling point.
On the plus side, you do get a thermometer and a hydrometer and test jar, two options often left out in budget kits.
Yields up to five gallons of beer. Includes a pale ale recipe. Ideal for beginners.
- Heavy
In the kit, you will find Pale Ale Recipe kit, bottle bucket, bottle filler, siphon, bottling tubing, adhesive fermentation thermometer, bottle capper, beer brush bottle, oxygen wash cleaner, and instructions.

What reviewers didn't like

There are a few downsides to this kit, but they’re pretty marginal. Like our two top picks, you only have one option for a recipe kit, a pale ale in this case. In addition to lacking a kettle and an auto-siphon, it’s also missing a spoon and bottle caps.
it doesn't include a kettle.
A few note the fermenting bucket lid doesn’t fit tightly enough
- Heavy
The bucket doesn’t seal properly
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