Basic Brewing Equipment Starter Kit - No Beer Kit Collection from Store only until further notice
This Premium quality starter Brewing Equipment kit contains all the equipment to allow you to start brewing beer, lager or cider. This is purely the re-useable equipment and you will need to purchase a beer kit from our extensive range.
2 in stock.
Brewing beer at home is easy and this top quality starter kit makes it even easier by providing everything you need, except a beer kit**, to start brewing 40 pints of bitter, lager or cider.
25 ltr Brewing Bin and Lid
Hydrometer - for checking the progress of fermentation
Thermometer - for checking the temperature prior to adding the yeast
Syphon Tube - for transferring beer to bottles* or pressure barrel*
Sterilising Solution - to clean and sterilise all equipment
Slotted Beer Paddle or Brewing Spoon
In order to keep their costs down, many brewing starter kits do not include a thermometer and often have a cheap, poor quality hydrometer and a basic syphon tube with no tap or rigid tube. Our starter kits all include a quality, Stevenson-Reeves hydrometer, a 10" glass thermometer and a complete syphon system (including a tap and sediment trap) to make it easy for you to transfer your beer into your bottles or barrel.
Whilst not essential, you may find it useful to add some or all of the following to your kit to make the brewing process a little easier:
We do not include airlocks in our starter kit for the simple reason that they are completely un-necessary unless you have a fermentation bin that has a hole in the lid.
Many of the “how to” books and online forums insist that all fermentation should be undertaken under an airlock, but fail to specify which TYPE of fermentation vessel they are using.
If you are using a 5 gallon carboy (as favoured by many American brewers) which is effectively a very large glass demijohn, or one of the 5 gallon plastic wine fermenters, then yes, you need an airlock as carboys and fermenters tend to be straight sided and have “shoulders” that funnel the CO2 towards the large opening at the top through which gas can escape and “nasties” can get in. This hole can not be completely sealed otherwise you would effectively end up with a pressure vessel and the gas produced during the early part of the fermentation process would potentially become quite dangerous. As a result, an airlock is fitted to allow the excess CO2 produced to escape before it reaches dangerous pressure levels. As a side consequence, you can also see from the bubbling of the airlock that fermentation is progressing and can gauge how near the process is to finishing.
UK standard brewing bins on the other hand tend to be conical in shape with the top being wider than the bottom and have “snap shut” lids. Whilst these lids are suitable for keeping bugs out, they are not air tight and thus automatically self–release any excess pressure created during fermentation. In addition, the sloping shape of the bins tend to dissipate the CO2 rather than funnel it towards an airlock in the same way that a carboy or wine fermenter would do. This means that you can not reliably use an airlock to gauge the progression of the fermentation and it is easy to assume that the primary ferment has finished as soon as bubbles are no longer visibly passing through the airlock. This can lead to too much unfermented sugar being transferred into the bottles or barrels being used for storage and can lead to excessive pressures being produced during the “conditioning” phase of the brewing process.
After 25+ years of brewing without an airlock, I work on the basis that unless the lid has a hole in it, you don’t need to fill it and therefore don’t put airlocks with any of our beer, lager or cider starter kits.
*You will need either beer bottles or a 5 gallon pressure barrel or to store and dispense your beer - these are not supplied as part of this starter kit but a selection of barrels and bottles is available in the "Equipment" section of this site and a complete kit including a barrel/bottles is included in this "Starter Kit" section.
**This starter kit is supplied WITHOUT a beer kit so that you can either choose a kit that matches your preferred beer style, or simply use it to replace your old equipment.
Shipping weight - 7.500kgs (based on space occupied rather than physical weight.)