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Old 11-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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My wife & I want to start brewing our own beer, where do I start? We have a $1000 budget... We have no local stores here, so well have to purchase online...

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Sell you my kettle and fermenter for that price. haha. Seriously, first decide your goals by doing a bit of reading and research. Have you brewed before? First recommend-John Palmer's How to Brew. He covers equipment as well. Don't buy the equipment first and then figure out what kind of brewer you want to be. You'll be happier in the long run if you take things a little slower and research and read before taking the purchase plunge.
Of course you'll need a kettle. But what size? Spigot/valve? Alum/SS? etc. If you can put a little thought into your system before buying, you'll be much better off.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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Look at what the major online stores offer for beginner kits and settle on one of those. Get some extract with specialty grain kits to get your feet wet. Then decide which route you want to take. Some never go beyond the extract with specialty grains. Some are happy with partial mash brewing. Others (myself included) are far happier with all grain brewing. What you get for gear really does depend on what route you're going to take.

IF you have a ~4 gallon (16 quart) pot already, use that for the extract with specialty grain batches at first. Then decide and upgrade. I would advise not going to anything smaller than a 10 gallon kettle as a second step (IMO/IME, 5 gallon pots are good only for extract with specialty grain brewing).

I would also advise to get more primaries right off the bat. Also read up on the newer methods for brewing that are posted on these boards. Especially the ones about not using a secondary/bright tank for all brews (especially with ales or using ale yeast).

IF you have decent kitchen skills, you'll probably progress through the methods pretty fast. I know I did.

BTW, once you start going towards all grain brewing, a grand will be burned through in no time at all. Unless the two of you are more in the DIY model, where you can make a decent amount of things.

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Get palmers book and read the first section.

Buy only what you need, and make your first batch.

Buy decent equipment, pots, hydrometer, fermenter, siphon, bottles and bottle capper, etc., that will last you for a while, but don't get goofy.

Wait a while, and make a couple batches, until you decide to go for all grain and then go nuts spending the bucks on equipment.

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i started off with one of the online kits. I bought it locally but they are all basically the same thing. It's been awesome. I just brewed my first batch and it seems like everything is going good. Mine came with a book to teach you everything you need to know about brewing. It also came with a kit beer to make things simple. I would suggest getting a kit like that. Then once you figure out what you like / don't like you can expand and go in the direction that you want to go.

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Yeah I'd recommend a basic starter kit from a Homebrew store. Midwest, northern brewer, Austin Homebrew etc etc etc. should give you all the basics minus the pot and grains you'll need to get started. And as for a pot I'd get a larger one now as opposed to buying small now and upgrading later. In hindsight I would've just bought a 10gallon pot at least instead if the 7.5gallon that I have now. But for 35$ for turkey fryer that came with pot and burner I couldn't say no.

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At first, your budget is best spent on a nice stainless steel kettle, a few carboys, and a starter kit. Then learn as much as you can, read books and this forum. As others suggested, Palmer's How To Brew is probably the best book for beginner brewers.

I'd spend the rest of that budget on kegging equipment, as this will not only save you time, it's a great way to enjoy your beer! You can keg any type of beer, so it's useful for any level of brewing.

Other things to consider are:

- cleaning supplies
- propane burner (if brewing outdoors)
- ingredients
- miscellaneous equipment (hydrometer, stainless spoon, kitchen scale, etc)

Good luck!

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Ok, but what is a good online site? I was just browsing on Midwest supplies. Looks like they have a nice intermediate kit for $239. Do you guys know about them?

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Ok, but what is a good online site? I was just browsing on Midwest supplies. Looks like they have a nice intermediate kit for $239. Do you guys know about them?
The main ones used (not in order of personal preference):
Austin Home Brew Supply
Northern Brewer
Rebel Brewer
William's Brewing
Midwest Supply

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kegging: Keg Connection
Other/misc:Bargain Fittings, Brewer's Hardware, Brew Hardware

Other suppliers used:
Farmhouse Brewing Supply

All these vendors are listed in the vendors section/listing off of the main forum page.
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My wife & I want to start brewing our own beer, where do I start? We have a $1000 budget... We have no local stores here, so well have to purchase online...
Hello, I would take a look at getting a starter kit from http://www.windriverbrew.com/apprentice.html
it comes with an ingredient kit too and they will even let you upgrade it for any one of their other kits.

Easy, cheap, great way to start out, then after you and your wife are sure you like brewing you can add as much or as little to your equipment as you want.

This way you will also get some time to get a handle on brewing and how you want to brew, extract brews, all grain BIAB (Boil in a bag) or a full blown 3 tier all grain brewing station, lots of confusing choices right off the bat.

I would highly recommend you and your wife get your feet wet on something simple first, then figure out how you want to brew later.

Hope this helped

Cheers and welcome to the madness lol
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