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Old 06-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

First of all, its great to be on here and very excited about brewing. I have seen some videos and gone over some information on brewing. I needed some help on deciding where to get my equipment from. I live in West Lafayette, Indiana. I was hoping to buy the equipment form midwest supplies. As I am a student, I am not that high on cash. Also, I would love to meet home brewers from West Lafayette!

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Old 06-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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Welcome! That excitement is only going to keep growing, so get ready to feel obsessive. Midwest Supplies has pretty solid standard kits and if money is an issue buying the cheapest starter kit is a fine way to go. You'll get all the things you need to make beer and it will give you a chance to see if you really enjoy it and want to invest in other equipment down the line. The real issue though is having a good kettle right off the bat, so if you don't already have one it would be wise to look into something larger than you think you'll need (think in the 8 gal range). If you already have one, like 4 gal or so, you're still good to go!

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Hello everyone!

First of all, its great to be on here and very excited about brewing. I have seen some videos and gone over some information on brewing. I needed some help on deciding where to get my equipment from. I live in West Lafayette, Indiana. I was hoping to buy the equipment form midwest supplies. As I am a student, I am not that high on cash. Also, I would love to meet home brewers from West Lafayette!

Thank you!
Midwest is where I got my first kit and stuff from and they are a solid choice and will send you a good free DVD on the process. The other two big online sources are Austin Homebrew Supply and Northern Brewer who I also order from. Then there are other smaller online stores or specialty stores that focus on specific product lines (hops, legging, etc) that you will discover along the way.

For your first equipment, I'd stick with one of the big three. They'll make it easiest for you to figure out what you need. They'll also offer you a fair amount of support if and when you have a question or a problem. With the smaller sellers you get a little less in the way of product grouping and advice baked into the website, which is fine as you learn more.

Best bet is to pick one of the big three and stay with them for what you need for a few months to establish a relationship so there is the best possible help when u need it. Branch out from there. Good luck.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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Keep your eye out as Midwest offers a groupon deal frequently for like $65 including a recipe kit, it's the cheapest thing out there for a beginner kit and all you have to add us a kettle and some sanitizer-star San I recommend

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:05 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for all the invaluable assistance! I am looking forward to my first batch

I checked out the midwest deluxe kit which is for $176, because it offers everything. Another reason for that being is, since I am a beginner more the help the better. As I start brewing I will know what I need. I hope I am on the right track.

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My first kit from Midwest after I got their beginner kit were Honey Bee Ale, which was an easy, good, middle of the road ale - perfect beer to start with.

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If you go to indianapolis ever there is a nice shop there called great fermentations. Nice folks and its well stocked.

And what the name of the brew pub in lafayette in the old downtown area?

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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Thanks davcar74!

@Dolomieu Yes, I did check them out. Their kit is a little more expensive than midwest. But, I am sure Ill be getting my ingredients from them later once I'm a better brewer. It's called Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:21 AM   #9
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I can't speak for Midwest or Austin, but I've used Northern Brewer multiple times with fantastic results. I placed an order this past Sunday and it was sitting on my porch when I got home today, complete with a stout kit, some pint glasses, random yeasts and hops, some new carboy brushes, whirlfloc tablets, and some miscellaneous stickers. I was really surprised how quickly they packaged and shipped my order, and how quickly it arrived from Minnesota to Indy with flat rate shipping.

Also, someone mentioned Great Fermentations, and it's very good. I also really like Tuxedo Park Brewers on the southside of Indy. They've got some awesome kits (their Oatmeal Stout and Belgian Blonde both turned out great for me and I've got their cream ale fermenting now) and they're very helpful and will answer questions for the beginners. They even offered to have me bring in my new kegging set up to show me how to use everything and get it set up properly.

Good luck, it's an addicting hobby!

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I like morebeer.com. I could be biased because they have a retail location they I go to but you can get everything online also. I brew from their extract kits and I've have awesome results.

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