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Mini Monster Bookshelf Brewery w/American Wheat Ingredients

Thanks to HBF Reader Richard for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]


Mini American Wheat Bookshelf Brewery by Monster Brew Home Brewing

Includes gear includes most of the gear you’ll need along with ingredients to make a 1 gallon all grain American Wheat Beer.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Monster Brew Home Brewing Supp Mini American Wheat Bookshelf Brewery

AlsoSmall Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing

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Start Homebrewing… Home Brewery Equipment Kit – $59.99 Shipped, Limited Availability

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

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from MoreBeer…

If you’ve always dreamed of making your very own beer in the comfort of your own home, MoreBeer! has the starter kit for you. Our simple and affordable Personal Home Brewing Kit #1 Standard will make two full cases of delicious, home-brewed beer, and it won’t break the bank in the process. If you’ve never brewed before and you want to get a feel for the process, this is the kit to use.

The Personal Home Brewery Kit #1 Standard contains everything that you’ll need to start brewing, other than a kettle, the bottles and ingredients.  You can use a large kitchen kettle and then recycle bottles from commercial beer to fill these voids.  It does come with the fermenter, bottling bucket, vinyl tubing, a thermometer, a hydrometer and a number of other essentials for creating a tasty home brew. By following the straightforward instructions in the included home beer-making book, you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert brewer in no time!


  • Bottle of Star San Sanitizer (4oz)
  • 3/8” Plastic Bottle Filler
  • Bag of Bottle Caps (1/4lb)
  • Bottle Capper
  • Reusable Mesh Steeping or Hop Bags
  • Home Beermaking Book
  • Bottle Brush
  • Plastic Bucket Fermenter with Spigot
  • Plastic Bottling/Sanitation Bucket with Spigot
  • Bucket Lid with Hole
  • Airlock
  • Rubber Stopper with Hole (Fits Bucket Lid)
  • Hydrometer
  • Hydrometer Jar
  • 5ft Vinyl Transfer Tubing
  • 5 inch long dial thermometer (read the full description)


Personal Home Brewery Kit #1 – Standard BRKIT1 $74 $59.99 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here to see if this is still available.

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Brooklyn BrewShop Small Batch All Grain Equipment Kit + Afternoon Wheat Ingredients

Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit, Afternoon Wheat

Small batch all grain equipment kit and ingredients for Afternoon Wheat by Brooklyn BrewShop.  This kit makes for an easy entry into all grain brewing and also makes for a great gift.   You get nearly everything you need to start brewing small batch, all grain beers including ingredients for your first beer.

Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit, Afternoon Wheat

AlsoBrooklyn Brew Shop’s Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches | Homebrewer’s and Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Small Batch Water Spreadsheet

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Free Recipe Kit with Brewer’s Essentials Starter Kit Purchase


Buy a Brewer’s Essentials Equipment Kit from love2brew and they’ll throw in a free recipe kit.

Grab the full details and coupon code – Free Recipe Kit with Brewer’s Essentials Purchase

Also from love2brew… East Coast Yeast – love2brew is one of the few shops that has access to ECY.

Recent Great Deals [more]:

Free Recipe Kit with Beginner Kit Purchase! – from $69.99 Shipped

Free Recipe With Beginner Kit

Adventures in Homebrewing has a great selection of homebrew beginner recipe kits.  Those ship for free.  A large variety of kits are available, from basic all the way up to kits that get you going in all grain and kegging.  In addition to sale prices and free shipping AIH (as of this posting) is also throwing in a free recipe kit.  Prices start out at just $69.99 shipped (to the contiguous US).  That makes now a great time to start homebrewing or increase your capacity or capabilities.

If this is still going, the option to choose a free recipe kit will be on each kit product page.  Chose from American Pale Ale, Sand Dune Cream Ale, Backyard Pilsner, Amber Ale, Mackinac Island Red Ale, Jon’s Wicked Brown Ale and Chocolate Stout.

Equipment Kits at AIH – Also: Featured Sale Items at AIH

Top 10 Reasons to Brew Your Own Beer


Many thanks to Bryan Great Fermentations for this special Guest Post!

While the art of brewing beer has been around for centuries, homebrewing is a relatively new phenomenon. For us in the USA, it all began in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill that made homebrewing legal for the first time ever. (Side note: we’re really glad that happened).

Today, with the craft beer industry growing at an exponential rate and thousands of new folks jumping onto the homebrewing wagon every year, getting started in brewing your own beer hasNEVER been easier.

Whether you’ve long been dreaming of whipping up your own IPA, or you’re a seasoned homebrew vet, here are 10 reasons you should brew your own beer.

1. You’ll Have fun.

Plain and simple, brewing your own beer at home is fun. It’s easy to get started, simple to do, and is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing, agenda-free afternoon. Brewing by yourself is a great way to chill out and get some quality “me” time, but brewing with a partner in crime is just as enjoyable, too.

2. You’ll have a greater appreciation for good beer.

Learning to brew beer on your own will help you understand how the beer you’ve been drinking for years is truly made. Homebrewing will help you have a greater appreciation for high-quality beer. Next time you find yourself hanging out at a bar, sipping on a pint, you’ll likely find yourself thinking about the intricate process the beer went through to finally make it into your glass.

Once you start homebrewing, you’ll never look at beer the same way again. And that’s a good thing.

3. You’ll always have your favorite beer on hand.

Don’t you hate it when the liquor store is out of your favorite beer? Talk about a buzzkill!

When you’re your own brew master, your favorite beer is always on hand. Sound too good to be true? We assure you, brewing the style of beer you love the most isn’t as hard as you might think. It all comes down to having the right ingredients and taking your time with the process.

4. You’ll make new friends.

Once you start homebrewing, you’ll find that there’s a large, welcoming community out there, full of people who will love to talk to you about your new hobby. Beer people are good people, and now that you’re brewing your own, you’ll have something in common with other DIY brewers who have gone before you.

5. You’ll save money.

Brewing your own beer is a cost effective way to drink it. Once you purchase the equipment needed to get started (which can start as low as $84.99), the cost per batch is relatively cheap — as inexpensive as $0.66 per beer!

Not to mention, the beer you’re brewing is high-quality and FRESH craft beer. Compare that to the cheapest beer you can find at the local liquor store and let’s just say, you’re giving yourself a good deal.

6. You’ll get to pretend you’re a mad scientist.

Surrounded by buckets, tubes, thermometers, and brew pots, you’ll feel like a bit of a mad scientist when you’re elbows deep in your latest homebrew. Even if chemistry was never your thing, this is an experiment you’ll be able to pull off. Brewing is actually the easy part, perfecting your maniacal laugh … that’s another story.

7. You’ll feel creative.

It might take some practice to really hit your creative stride with homebrewing, but once you realize that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating your own recipes, you’ll feel like an artist at work.

8. You’ll be prepared for a global crisis.

No matter what may come your way, you’ll always have bottles on bottles of beer stockpiled away in your cellar. Just don’t be surprised when all the neighbors come knocking on your door next time the power’s out.

Oh and don’t forget, when the zombies take over, those of us still around will need someone to brew beer!

9. You’ll feel proud of your new creation.

Finishing a big project like a batch of homebrew is an incredibly satisfying feeling. You’ll feel proud of yourself that you picked up a new hobby, learned a new skill, and came out on the other side with something you and your friends and family can all enjoy together.

10. You’ll have an excuse to throw a party.

Speaking of enjoying things together, your homebrew will be the perfect excuse to invite over all your favorite people to try your new beer together. Everyone will be impressed that you were able to craft a beer that tastes this good and best of all; you’ll get to drink beer in good company. And isn’t that the reason we homebrew in the first place?

So what are you waiting for?

The fact that you read this is proof that you have SOME interest in brewing your own beer, and as they say: there’s no time like the present! We have plenty of homebrew starter kits for you to kick off your hobby!



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Brewing Your First Extract Beer, Illustrated Step by Step

This is a step by step guide to brewing a first extract beer.  This process uses More Beer’s Personal Home Brewery Kit #2 Deluxe Starter Equipment Kit.

The techniques that I use here are designed to minimize the need for additional equipment and thereby reduce expenses.  You can upgrade equipment and techniques when and if you’re ready to, over time.  Most if not all of the equipment contained in this starter equipment kit can continue to be used as your brewing evolves.

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