Midwest Supplies and The Homebrew Academy have created a homebrewing equipment kit for new brewers.
I worked with Midwest to hand-pick every item in order to best suit new homebrewers. The kit is tailored to fit the way The Academy teaches brewing and is now the kit that we recommend every member starts with.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Midwest on this project. They are a great group of people who really care about their customers. As someone who has purchased from Midwest myself, I know Academy members will enjoy their experience with them.
About the kit
As a self-admitted gadget guy, piecing together a kit for new homebrewers was a dream come true.
The kit is based on a primary-only fermentation with no secondary. I'm a big proponent of this method. A 6 gallon Better Bottle was chosen over glass for the cost savings and the safety factor. It's worked well for me as primary fermenter for dozens of batches. A 4′ blow-off tube is included.
An auto-siphon is one of the best brewing inventions there is. Most homebrewers end up buying one eventually, so I thought “Why not include it from the very beginning?”
I never liked how many kits come with sub-par cleaner and sanitizer. It's only the best for this one – PBW and StarSan. And not one of those dinky pouches of PBW either – a full one pound jar.
Long plastic spoon? Check. Waterproof digital thermometer? Check.
I'm telling you, this thing is sweet.
You can read the rest of the items and see them in the video.
So what does this mean for members without the kit?
The Homebrew Academy has never been and never will be kit dependent. Our lessons apply to various kits and configurations. This is simply the one that we recommend and you'll see more videos using specific items from the Midwest Kit.