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Old 11-23-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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i have never brewed before but i have been reading up on it for a little while now and want to get started brewing my own beer, but im having a hard time deciding where to buy my brewing kit, i found one here that looks like a pretty decent one at a decent price, what do you guys think?
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if i order this one i will probably pay the additional $8 to add in an auto-siphon as ive read it makes it much easier. but does this look like a decent started kit to you guys? or do you have any suggestions of a better kit from anywhere?
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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oh, and im looking for a basic, cheap starter kit, ive read the Mr. Beer is good but i want something that will brew 5 gal or more at a time



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Old 11-23-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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Just do a search here. There are a lot of good suggestions from others that have post similar questions.

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Look at these:
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The pictures and item descriptions don't match up when I look at them. If you get this kit make sure it's got a bottle capper and bottle caps and not corks, unless you want to cork the beer. Also, just a few personal preferences - get an autosiphon instead of the plain racking cane and a 3 piece airlock will probably be better than the 2 piece (S curve) air lock. Search around some more too on the forums and if you have a local homebrew shop (LHBS) check with them too, they usually have somebody who can talk you through buying a kit.

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Old 11-23-2008, 08:40 PM   #6
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It looks like your basis kit at about the same price as most places. You have a nice brew shop in Lincoln; have you checked it out? Kirk's probably has a very similar kit and can help you with questions. Also, he may let you substitute (upgrade) items like the auto siphon.

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It looks like your basis kit at about the same price as most places. You have a nice brew shop in Lincoln; have you checked it out? Kirk's probably has a very similar kit and can help you with questions. Also, he may let you substitute (upgrade) items like the auto siphon.

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i have never been to kirks but i drive by it every single day and have always thought about going there but never really have the time because im working and then i forget to go when im not working...wow ur from omaha i didnt really expect to find anyone from around my area on here lol
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just get your buckets (Assuming you go that way) with spigots... never need a racking cane, or an auto siphon. i have yet to use my siphon, or my bottle filler for that matter.

you do need 3/8" tubing and a ss clamp to hold the hose on the spigot...

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just get your buckets (Assuming you go that way) with spigots... never need a racking cane, or an auto siphon. i have yet to use my siphon, or my bottle filler for that matter.

you do need 3/8" tubing and a ss clamp to hold the hose on the spigot...
I'm sorry but that is terrible advice. Why would you risk your time and beer by not using the right tool for the job? Yes, you can McGyver lots of things but for the cost of a siphon and bottle filler, why would you?
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If you search for that particular vendor you linked to... you will find many were unhappy with him. Mine came from Northernbrewer.com and I've been happy with it.



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