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Old 01-08-2008, 02:29 AM   #1
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Anyone know where I can get carboys and airlocks for cheap? I am new to this and want to make some apfelwine. Thanks

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Old 01-08-2008, 02:32 AM   #2
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If you post your location someone can help you I'm sure. If you're going to order something online I'd opt for better bottles instead, they're really light so it helps with shipping fees.

Online I'd suggest www.austinhomebrew.com, www.midwestsupplies.com, www.northernbrewer.com if you're in the US.

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You should add your location to your profile so we know where you're from. There might be some members close to where you are.

That being said, I think the cheapest would be to look at Craigslist or some other buy and sell type of page. I've seen people selling their stuff pretty cheap. Reminds me, I'm off to the big city for a couple of days myself. I could use some more carboys. I'm going to check out the want ads myself!

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Check out Craig's list, sometimes you get lucky on there. Buying carboys retail (locally) is cheaper for me due to shipping costs.
Airlocks are cheap. I buy them (locally) for about 49 to 75 cents.

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I have not tried these before, but last summer I went to an Old Time Pottery (like a budget Garden Ridge) and saw that they had 5 or 6 gallon glass water jugs (looked just like carboys) for really cheap-- something like 15 - 18 dollars. I can't recommend them but when I saw them I thought "homebrew..."

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Thanks everybody for the quick replies, much appreciated. I live in the 4 corners area, Durango,Colorado. Lots of great beers here between all the local stuff and New Belguim of course with Fat Tire and one of my favorites, Sunshine Wheat. THANKS again...

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I still might order a beer kit with 2 glass carboys if I get the money, all the links and stuff really helped for comparison.
Does anyone know if my local brewery would use carboys for anything? They sell some brewing stuff to the public so they might have some anyways, I am going to check when it stops snowing relentlessly, we got 42 inches here over the last 3 days! I know once I get started I am in a good place for my hobby, we have several local breweries, Ska, Durango Brewing, and Carvers Brewery all make great beer.

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i don't know if anyone has mentioned it or not, but i know someone mentioned plastic vs glass because of shipping fees. I ordered a 5 gallon glass carboy from austin homebrew. They have 6.95 flat rate shipping regardless of weight. I think the catch is if someone orders after you, and they choose a more pricey shipping option, theres gets bumped ahead of you. Mine left the store the same day i ordered it and is only taking 5 days to get to me (In Virginia). Should be here tomorrow

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I do my apfelvein in a 5gal plastic water bottle, I save my carboys and $$ for my beer

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THANKS!
Austin homebrew may be the way to go, $6.95 shipping is great, to bad I don't live in Austin anymore, Celis white is one of my favorite beers. But then again, I'm pretty sure I'll get a plastic one at Wal-Crap and make a batch with that too. I just like glass over plastic, why can't Graphix make plastic carboys, lol...

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