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jhegende 02-12-2013 03:03 AM

Equipment
 
Where is a good place/website to buy good equipment for a good deal? I am wanting everything a carboy, bottles, brew kettles and pots, wort chillers, and burners. I am not some huge brewer just want the right stuff. Right now I use all Mr. Beer products.
Thanks

501irishred 02-12-2013 03:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jhegende (Post 4893483)
Where is a good place/website to buy good equipment for a good deal? I am wanting everything a carboy, bottles, brew kettles and pots, wort chillers, and burners. I am not some huge brewer just want the right stuff. Right now I use all Mr. Beer products.
Thanks

If you don't mind used equipment, Craigslist is a great source. I've seen a ton of complete set ups being sold for a fraction of what it would all cost new.

Zamial 02-12-2013 12:04 PM

I would head into my LHBS and price a starter/deluxe starter kit. Then look for a similar kit online and figure out shipping costs. I know at my LHBS (were I work part-time) the cost of the kit includes the ingredients for your 1st batch so that sort of stuff can come into play as well.

I start the search:
LHBS
Austin Homebrew Supply
Rebel Brewer
Northern Brewer

TopherM 02-12-2013 02:25 PM

www.homebrewfinds.com is an affiliate site that tracks down pretty much all the best deals.

If you have the patience to keep an eye on that site and buy everything a la carte, you'll save.

Look up the EQUIPMENT KITS link in the big listing at the bottom of the page, and you can find a good starter kit for about $70.00-80.00 that will have most everything you need. You can then fill in the rest from the other links on the same page.

Good luck!

jhegende 02-13-2013 01:20 AM

Ok may be another dumb question of mine but can I use extracts with carboys? I am pretty sure I can but I dont want to buy a kit and not be able to use it with extracts. Eventually I want to get away from extracts but as of right now I want to work my way to it.
This is the kit I am looking to buy.
This base kit includes:

5 gallon glass carboy secondary fermenter.
Universal stopper
3-piece airlock
6 feet of Siphon Hose (3/8" Thin Wall)
Auto-Siphon (3/8")
Auto-Siphon Clamp (3/8")
Nylon grain bag
Triple scale hydrometer
Floating thermometer
21" stainless steel spoon
Cleanitizer
Ultimate Brewery Cleaner
An Illustrated Guide to Homebrewing

ktblunden 02-13-2013 01:26 AM

Once wort goes into the fermenter there is zero difference between extract and all grain. So yes, extract can be used with carboys. The difference in the process is before the boil.

jhegende 02-13-2013 01:38 AM

ok well i want to learn how to make wort eventually but I am not sure if I am ready for that yet. Unless its not as hard as everyone makes it seem.

eelpout 02-13-2013 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by jhegende
ok well i want to learn how to make wort eventually but I am not sure if I am ready for that yet. Unless its not as hard as everyone makes it seem.

Hard? You stand there and look at grain soaking for an hour. I think you can manage. How much at one time is the question.

Chuckd76 02-13-2013 01:46 AM

All grain isn't that tough. You just have to keep a close watch on mash temps and aim for consistency.
For large kettles check out restaurant supply stores. I scored a stainless ten gallon boil kettle for just over a hundred dollars at my local one.

ipaman00 02-13-2013 01:46 AM

homebrewfinds.com
morebeer.com - deal of the day
living social, groupon periodically throughout the year have deals on starter kits for midwest supplies
check the for sale section here


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