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Old 12-18-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Equipment advice please

I am completely new to brewing beer. I have made hard cider and am currently making wine from a very cheap kit I was given as a gift. I am hoping someone could help me come up with a list of equipment I will need to buy so I can start making beer. I'm also looking for the best book available so I can learn more. I have been reading and searching for hours on this site and it has helped me alot, but, I have no idea how to do this.
My wife works for a winery that supplies alot of beermaking supplies so I can get some stuff there and I also have a place that I can get glass carboys. Does anyone have a newbie list of equipment needed?

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Old 12-18-2007, 06:25 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...Beer_equipment

For extract you only need one fairly large cook pot, a 6 gallon primary fermenter, 5 gallons of water, yeast and extract. To bottle you need 50 or so bottles, a hose or autosyphon, caps and a capper.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=6874

this has a list attached
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:27 PM   #5
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Thanks, I searched and searched and didn't see that.

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Old 12-18-2007, 06:30 PM   #6
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There is tons of information out there, I would also recommend checking craigslist or other sites such as that. You never know when you might find someone giving up the hobby or getting new equipment and selling their old stuff cheap.

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Old 12-18-2007, 06:42 PM   #7
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FWIW, if you are buying or filtering the water, better get 6 or so gallons as the boil process will eat up a portion of the initial batch.

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Old 12-18-2007, 08:14 PM   #8
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Nothing but opinions here based on my experience (been brewing about 1 year so take it for what it's worth)

1. Better Bottles rock. Easier to handle and easy to clean.
2. Ditto on auto-siphons (at least the 'rocking' part)
3. How to Brew is the definitive read, but Complete Joy of Homebrewing is a lot of fun and should be in your library just for the philosiphy if not for the information.
4. Start using a secondary as soon as possible. The quality of the beer is significantly better.
5. Exercise patience in fermenting and conditioning the beer. It's well worth the wait to leave your beer in secondary for a few weeks and bottle for a month or more.

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Old 12-18-2007, 09:08 PM   #9
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You'll need a large 5 gal kettle and a thermometer on top of that kit, and bottles to put your beer into. The "LCD thermometer" they give you is a peel and stick type like you would find on a fish tank, you'll probably want a metal dial, meat type thermometer to measure your water/wort temperatures.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:07 PM   #10
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Would I be better off buying the items I need seperately? I don't really want to buy a basic kit that I will use once or twice and then decide I need better equipment or different equipment to do things right. I guess what I'm asking is will I still be using everything in the kit a year down the road or will I have to upgrade?

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