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Old 02-19-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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So I live in a tiny apartment and want to start home brewing. I need the minimum amount of equipment to start. I am going to place my order and want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

10 Gallon pot
Large metal spoon
Thermometer
Sanitizing solution
Strainer
Funnel
Williams Brewing Fermenter bucket with airlock, spigot, and 4 feet of hose.
Williams Brewing Extract Kit

I will also be building a keggerator setup this weekend. I'm going to start off with ice water bath and them move up to a wort chiller later.

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:33 AM   #2
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Cons brew with a plastic baggie...sounds like you are ahead of the game!!!



Racking cane helps but tubing works. Add a strainer and funnel to transfer your wort, and maybe secondary/serve in the keg and you are there! Hydrometer, who needs a hydrometer (you'll break it anyway)!



(When you say keggerator set up I presume you mean CO2, regulator, lines, tap, etc.)

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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If you've got the dough I would spring for a carboy or another bucket without a spigot to ferment in and save the spigot bucket for a bottling bucket.

Get an auto siphon too. It's easier get your wort into a fermentor without transferring the trub. A similar piece of equipment you should grab is a wine thief for taking hydrometer samples.

While we're at it another thing I would grab is a hydrometer.

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You'll need a hydrometer with some sort of container to allow the hydrometer to float in. I suggest a Thief, its the easiest way to take a sample, and allows you to dump into a glass for a taste test.

You'll also need a keg or two, plus all the fittings, gauges, tank, and related hardware if you're kegging. But your beginners list looks good.

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Old 02-19-2010, 12:45 AM   #5
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I think I've got a pretty good "minimum" requirements needed to home brew post on my blog. I setup a friend the other day for under $150 easy, especially if your going to collect your own bottles. But since you are doing kegs, that shouldn't be an issue.

Check it out, I try to explain what you need and why and what it does.

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Let me know if you need any other help.

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First of all, welcome to this hobby that turns into an obsession for menay, byt not me. Hehe.

I believe the best advice I can provide a new brewer is: Plan so you are not purchasing equipment twice.

You have a small apartment and seek advice from those that have small apartments. But plan for the day when you get a biger place. You will want to add to your brewery, not spend money to replace equipment already purchased.

The second piece of advice....Purchase a full stater kit like this one of these: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/starter-kits

There are other variations from reputable shops found at this site as well as maybe your home town.

Search around, read and learn. That is a big part of this hobby.

Good luck

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Get the autosiphon, it's well worth it!

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The reason I was going for a plastic bucket vs. a cartboy is I live in Korea and I don't want to ship it.

I was going to wait on the hydrometer as I will only be making premixed kits to start.


Yes, "(When you say keggerator set up I presume you mean CO2, regulator, lines, tap, etc.)"

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Get the autosiphon, it's well worth it!
If I have a plastic fermenter with spigot do I need an autosiphon?
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If I have a plastic fermenter with spigot do I need an autosiphon?
It depends.... are you going to be transferring the beer often? as in a transfer to a secondary fermentor and transfer to bottling bucket?

Any time you need to rack (siphon) your beer to another vessel of any kind, it's awesome to have an auto-siphon. just dumping right out the spigot on the bucket could potentially lead to excessive splashing if not done carefully which will oxidize your beer.

You will also be wanting to transfer your beer to a bottling bucket so you don't end up dumping excess sludge into your bottles at bottling time.

my two cents worth..... go for an auto siphon as it's relatively cheap and extraordinarily helpful!
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