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Old 04-28-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hello,
Im new to brewing and I have recently purchased a home brew kit that includes:

6.5-gallon Plastic Fermenter and Lid
5-gallon Better Bottle
6.5-gallon Bottling Bucket
2 Airlocks
#2 and #10 drilled Rubber Stopper
Autosiphon
Bottle Filler
Five feet of Flexible Tubing
Hydrometer
Hydrometer Test Jar
Floating Thermometer
Two Handle Bottle Capper
144 Bottle Caps
The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing
Sanitizer
Bottle Brush
Carboy and Bottle Washer
Faucet Adapter
Wort Chiller

This seems like a good amount of equipment for a beginner brewer.

I am wondering what the suggested future upgrades are for someone who is seeking to go much further in brewing; towards all-grain brewing, having multiple fermentors going at once (obviously additional fermentors are needed), fermenting at lower temperatures, and kegging. I even plan on making labels for when I share them with friends.

What equipment do you all suggest I should invest in first, what I should wait on, and what equipment will just make the joy of brewing quicker and easier?

thank you for your replies,

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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Hello,
Im new to brewing and I have recently purchased a home brew kit that includes:

6.5-gallon Plastic Fermenter and Lid
5-gallon Better Bottle
6.5-gallon Bottling Bucket
2 Airlocks
#2 and #10 drilled Rubber Stopper
Autosiphon
Bottle Filler
Five feet of Flexible Tubing
Hydrometer
Hydrometer Test Jar
Floating Thermometer
Two Handle Bottle Capper
144 Bottle Caps
The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing
Sanitizer
Bottle Brush
Carboy and Bottle Washer
Faucet Adapter
Wort Chiller

This seems like a good amount of equipment for a beginner brewer.

I am wondering what the suggested future upgrades are for someone who is seeking to go much further in brewing; towards all-grain brewing, having multiple fermentors going at once (obviously additional fermentors are needed), fermenting at lower temperatures, and kegging. I even plan on making labels for when I share them with friends.

What equipment do you all suggest I should invest in first, what I should wait on, and what equipment will just make the joy of brewing quicker and easier?

thank you for your replies,
The most important thing I bought was my 30qt pot. I know a lot of people start with smaller brew pots, but it was important for me to be able to do full boils and not have to worry about adding water to the bucket/carboy/better bottle at the end. If you're brewing in doors, then your kitchen stove will need to be strong enough to handle the full boil though. My stove is, but I know my father can't really get a vigorous boil, so he doesn't do the full boils.

The next thing I started buying were just more carboys so I could have more stuff running through the pipeline. Otherwise, if you want to switch to all grain from here, you can get a cooler and build a mashtun. The easy route is using the braided hose and the fitting to go out the drain.

You can make it as easy or as complicated (and still be easy, I suppose) as you'd like, either way, no matter what you get, for the most part you'll be able to make some good beer.. enjoy and good luck..
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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From what I can see all you need is a good boil kettle and you can start brewing 5 gallon batches with extracts right on your kitchen stove.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:00 PM   #4
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A healthy size pot and a burner are a good upgrade, you can use it now with extract, and you'll need it when you go all grain.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:41 PM   #5
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I have a blog posted about what I think a new brewer should purchase. My list is based for an individual with relative certainty that they intend to continue with the hobby. Following my list should save you considerable cash in the long run, because you won't be re-purchasing things because you didn't get what you really needed. I hope it helps.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:33 PM   #6
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You can go all-grain by purchasing a couple yards of voile fabric and reading up on BIAB (brew in a bag)

Then you'll want a grain crusher and a better thermometer.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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I agree with everyone else that you should get a good size pot and a burner.

A digital Thermometer is always nice as well.

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I would suggest applying for some additional credit cards. This way you are much less likely to exceed the limit on any single card. You seem to have a nice selection of the basic equipment, but none of what you have purchased so far has put much of a dent in your wallet. Fasten your seat belt!

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1. Temp control
2. Temp control
3. Kegging system

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Old 04-28-2009, 04:02 PM   #10
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every time I get something new,I have to go buy something else so I can use it to its full potential. its maddness.

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