Originally Posted by Scubadude
3) After a basic starter kit, what's the next big step for me, equipment wise?
Shortly after getting into the hobby I purchased a 6.5 gal glass carboy for primary fermentation. I did it for several reasons although the plastic primary was probly fine... One, I end up using my plastic primary bucket to keep my iodophor solution in... Two, the plastic will scratch and this could lead to contamination issues... Three, I was darn curious to see what was going on in there... Four, I have read many accounts where the lid blows off of the buckets but if I remember correctly *burp* *hic* I have yet to hear of a problem with a 6.5 gal fermenter.
Another investment soon after starting was a wort cooler. I built my own with 50' of copper tubing. This IMO is a must have (whether it is submersible or counter flow).
Lots of bottles...
B.C. powder (for the morning after)
Well, enuf for now... I'm going all grain so lots more equipment to mention but thats another chapter in the book.
The Beer Recipator
2) What is a good place to get recipes from?
I wish they had a rating system like some of the cooking recipe sites have. I usually determine which style I want and then find several recipes at this site and compare them. Figure out the common ingredients and then pick a recipe which seems to be 'the norm' for that style.