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Old 02-12-2013, 03:03 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:07 AM   #2
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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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
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:20 AM   #5
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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
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:26 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #7
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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