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
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/
16.) I am making a wort chiller As we speak
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!