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Old 11-26-2006, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hi,

I would like to buy a home brewing kit for my boyfriend for Christmas, but I am totally overwhelmed by all the options!!

We have never brewed our own before, so does anyone have a suggestion about the best online site or a good starter kit?

Thanks so much!

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Old 11-26-2006, 02:05 AM   #2
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Midwest has some nice kits for beginners I'd get the Intermediate Kit - it will keep you going for a while.

You may as well pick up a kit while you're at it.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:25 AM   #3
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Beer 4 Breakfast, just about said it all. I started with the deluxe kit from Northern Brewer and as B4B said it's a dandy kit for the beginning and intermediate brewer. If you buy the beginning kit you will out grow it very fast. but you can do a lot more with the deluxe kit.

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:17 AM   #4
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Midwest has some nice kits for beginners I'd get the Intermediate Kit - it will keep you going for a while.

You may as well pick up a kit while you're at it.
I started with the exact same kit plus a 22qt pot from WalMart, an Auto Siphon, and a long plastic spoon. It served me well.

The thing is that if you really get into it, you're going to outgrow a lot of equipment in a short time. So, I say start basic and at a price-point you're comfortable with. If the bug bites you, go from there. If it doesn't, you're not out a whole lot. I brewed some damn good beer with my basic stuff if i do say so myself.

Best of luck!
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:38 AM   #5
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Go to www.morebeer.com and buy him a beer sculpture. . . .He'll love you for at least 10 years.

Here's one for an example. . .

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Old 11-26-2006, 09:25 AM   #6
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Almost any of the "bucket" type starter kits are enough to get him started. Expect to pay $75-$125 for that. As you might have noticed, the one thing not included in those kits is a kettle large enough for brewing. 16 quarts is sufficient for starting out, but I'd really recommend 30 quarts or larger.

Be prepared for him to get extremely excited about brewing - he'll likely want to spend a ton of cash on gadgets, ingredients, and toys. I say, let him!

Thank you for being one of the coolest gals around! My girl is very supportive, thankfully...and she doesn't even like beer!

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Old 11-26-2006, 01:01 PM   #7
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Can go wrong with the Mid-West intermidiate kit with Better-Bottles.http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=3316

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Old 11-26-2006, 03:44 PM   #8
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Let us know what you end up getting and what his first brew will be.

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You must be the best G/F ever! Um, you got a sister? Actually, my wife bought me my beginner's kit for X-mas years ago, too. I'd venture to guess that that's how quite a few of us got started.

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Old 11-26-2006, 08:13 PM   #10
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Wow! You are all amazing. I really appreciate the advice. I'm going to look up all the suggestions and will be sure to keep reading any new posts here.

Of course I will let you know what I choose in the end!

Bottoms up!

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