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Old 10-24-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Hi! From Sunny California.

Howdy!

Well, I'm a total newbie. Long time beer lover. I've had the idea to brew my own beer for a very long time, over a year or two. I think people are tired of hearing me say "i'm going to brew my own beer on day". So I figured it's time to stop talking and start walking. I got a book(How to Brew) to give me some direction, but like always it best to have some experience to ask.

So my B-day(nov) is coming up and a gift to myself will be a beer making kit. I don't really see much difference in kits other then price. Any kits I should lean towards or stay away from?

Well I hope this is the place to be.

Alex

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Old 10-24-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to HBT! Looks like our Cali section keeps growing! Where abouts in Cali?

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I got a book(How to Brew) to give me some direction...
Awesome, I think this is the first time I've heard this! Good on ya! If I were you I'd go with a basic plastic bucket kit because I KNOW that it won't be long before you want to upgrade everything anyway, so might as well start small & basic before you go crazy.

Austin Homebrew Supply has some good kits at good prices, and the owner of the joint is an active member of this community so if you have any questions he'll be more than happy to help out.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:37 PM   #3
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Welcome! Where in CA are you from? I would make sure that the kit has a decent sized brew pot, most kits don't come with them.

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Old 10-24-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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Welcome!


If you are anywhere near a MoreBeer! location you should hit them up! Otherwise, I would order from Austin Homebrew because the shipping will be cheaper and you will save on taxes.

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Old 10-24-2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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Looks like we already scared him off.
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Welcome. I just ordered my kit after hours of searching the internet for "best deal for the kit". I finally picked a morebeer.com kit. I think it all depends what you want to spend. I got their #4 kit for $315. If you don't want to spend that much, they have cheaper ones too. Austin HB seems a little expensive for the kits you get, but maybe that is just me.

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Don't forget taxes & shipping. That can be a deal breaker at times..

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Morebeer has free shipping! Austin HBS has $6.99 flat shipping, so both aren't bad.

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Thanks for the welcome guys. I'll definitly look into those links for a kit. First I just want to learn the basics. I want to learn every proccess with a small simple kit. Crawl, walk, and then run. Hopefully I won't have to do much crawling. Then if all go's well then I can start dreaming of bigger and greater things.

I'm located in Silicon Valley.

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Thanks for the welcome guys. I'll definitly look into those links for a kit. First I just want to learn the basics. I want to learn every proccess with a small simple kit. Crawl, walk, and then run. Hopefully I won't have to do much crawling. Then if all go's well then I can start dreaming of bigger and greater things.

I'm located in Silicon Valley.

That's a good approach, on that we don't really seem much of... There's a bunch of us here in the Bay Area, If you'd like I'm sure one of us could invite you over for a brew session so you could see what it's like. Unfortunately I won't be able to brew for at least a month due to my schedule but I'm sure others will.
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