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Old 04-18-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Alright,

So i have Read John Palmer's book and am ready to get into brewing my First Extract batch.

I have a budget of 250$ to get started and have done some research and price matching and think i will buy my supplies from Midwest. This is what i have in my cart.

1. 6.5 Gallon Glass carboy
2. Small universal Bung-Drilled
3. 3 Ft blow off tube
4. 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket with Spigot
5. Drilled Plastic Lid for bottling bucket
6. 1/2" bottle Filler(15" length)
7. 5/16" Auto Siphon
8. Dual Scale Liquid Thermometer
9. Hydrometer (triple scale)
10. 1lb of PBW
11. 16oz of star san
12.Carboy Brush
13. Jet Bottle Washer
14. The Brew hauler(to carry Carboy)
Totals-160$ (with shipping)

15.) On amazon.com CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read
(Digital thermometer http://www.amazon.com/CDN-DTQ450X-ProAccurate-Quick-Read-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEAG2/ )
Total -22$

16.) I am making a wort chiller As we speak
Total -48$

Grand total- 230$

I ALREADY HAVE IN MY POSSESION!. 1.) a 15 gal pot, 2.) Propane burner 3.)Bottle capper, 4.) 60 bottle caps, 5.) 100+ bottles, 6.) 2x 5 gal carboys (will use for secondary if need be.)

So i know some of this equipment is NOT 100% necessary to brew beer. But i feel like with the money i have i got the necessary upgrades or things that will make the brewing/cleaning process easier.

I plan to do this for a long time and i have 2 buddies who are going to be with me on brew days and help me and learn the process with me.

My 2 buddies will always buy the ingredients for me as i am fitting the up front bill for all the equipment.

I feel like i have done a decent amount of research on what i need and or what will help make brew days easier. Mind you i have a temp controlled chest freezer that stays at 53 degrees right now and can be changed for lagering if needed. For all other beer’s i just have a closet that stays at 65-70 all year but am in the process of saving money to buy an used chest freezer off craigslist and make another temp control so i can have a fermentation chamber. As i think that’s the next step in making better beer.

So i plan on doing a few extract batches to get the process nailed down until i move on to all grain.
I also plan on using a blow off tube for all my batches as ive read those are the best way to go to avoid a mess. But if you think an airlock is the way to go by all means explain why!

So what i would like from the community here is to look over my list of stuff that is "IN my cart" right now and let me know if there are any items i am missing or items that i prob. won’t ever use.

I plan to purchase everything in about 2 days so please give any advice you can and let me know if my money is better spent on a different product than what’s in my cart!

Can't wait to start Home brewing! Thanks for any and all help!



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Old 04-18-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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Looks like you're all set and then some. I had maybe half that when I first got started - you just sort of find a way to make it work. No point in leaving any of it off though, once you get hooked you'll only be adding more equipment, not getting rid of any.

One item that isn't on there that you might consider, some sort of vessel for making yeast starters. Are you going to use dry yeast? If not, any old bottle that can hold up to about 2 liters will do you just fine at the beginning.



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Can never have enough tubing and air-locks.
Funnel with a strainer would also be a great addition.

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you don't have a complete siphoning setup that is all the same size.

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Your list looks good.

Personally I would switch the glass carboy to a Better Bottle. You will break the glass one eventually, pray that you don't get injured.

Also get another fermenter and another ingredient kit ordered ASAP. You will be surprised how fast 5 gallons of homebrew will disappear. Brew often and get a pipeline established. I have 10 styles bottled at the moment.

Variety is the spice of life.

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I just did my first batch a month or so ago and certainly didn't have all that! I bought a box of equipment from my LHBS.

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You don't need an air-lock, but they are great to have. I always use a blowoff tube for the first few days to a week, but after fermentation has slowed down, I replace the blow off tube with an air lock. And keep in mind that air locks are cheap.

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Your list looks good.

Personally I would switch the glass carboy to a Better Bottle. You will break the glass one eventually, pray that you don't get injured.

Also get another fermenter and another ingredient kit ordered ASAP. You will be surprised how fast 5 gallons of homebrew will disappear. Brew often and get a pipeline established. I have 10 styles bottled at the moment.

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If you do go with a better bottle, throw your carboy brush away. You can't use them on better bottles. You can scratch the inside and then they are ruined as that is where bacteria will survive and ruin batches of beer.
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If you do go with a better bottle, throw your carboy brush away. You can't use them on better bottles. You can scratch the inside and then they are ruined as that is where bacteria will survive and ruin batches of beer.
Yes, Oxyclean soak over night, rinse well, then a gallon of hot water and a wash cloth - swirl it around - clean as a whistle! And easier than the brush anyway!
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Yes, Oxyclean soak over night, rinse well, then a gallon of hot water and a wash cloth - swirl it around - clean as a whistle! And easier than the brush anyway!
You look to be set quite well. If I could offer one change it would be this: Do not buy PBW and get some Oxyclean FREE from the grocery store. Use the savings to buy a brewhauler. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/the-brew-hauler.html

I was nervous about switching to glass carboys but I feel better once I installed bewhaulers. I put my arm through one of the handle loops and then grasp the neck of the carboy. This feels very secure when I am cleaning then.


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