Originally Posted by shoebag22
excuse my ignorance, but which would be the easiest/cheapest and why exactly do I need it?
Don't worry. THat's what the forum is for.
Once you get done boiling the wort, you need to cool it and then transfer it to the fermenter. Most people start out using a simple sihpon and racking cane. THat's what I use.
A lot of people like to build a bit more elaborate systems that use pumps to move the beer from the kettle through a plate chiller and into the fermenter. Using a spigot makes more sense that tryin to hook a pump up to a siphon hose. OThers build two and three tier systems that rely on gravity to move beer around. SPigots are also useful for that.
Spend some time browing the galleries and you'll see a lot of different examplse of the spigot being used.
For beginners, the spigot is not necessary. Just use the racking cane. The spigot is not a hinderence either and you might find use for it down the road.