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Old 08-16-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
The time has finally come when I can start brewing my own beer, just bought my own house. I read a fairly good book about general beer brewing Beer - Tap into the art and science of brewing By Charles Bamforth. I was wondering should I buy a kit to start brewing? I was looking at these kits http://www.homebrewers.com/c=czj6CfLzLdzI7Gf4QXf4FlGLn/category/aardvarks. Is there a better one to start with thats cheaper? Or should I just buy all the supplies seperatly? I am new at brewing, never brewed before, but have drank lots and lots of beer before.

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Old 08-16-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to HBT.

I'm not familiar with Bamforth, but here's another online resource for brewing: www.howtobrew.com

As far as getting started, just about all homebrew shops sell similar starter kits, and they're a pretty good way to get your feet wet.

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Old 08-16-2008, 08:34 PM   #3
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welcome to the obsession. I wold start with a kit.

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Old 08-17-2008, 12:31 AM   #4
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What you linked to looks pretty good. The added kit is created by the store itself, so it's likely to be fresher than some of the "industrial" ones. The price looks pretty good in that you won't have to pay shipping from two spots.

You could even dumb it down a bit and go with a 'no boil' kit. I never wanted to use one, but they let you focus on sanitation and fermentation for your first natch, and they aren't as bad as some people say.

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I am new at brewing, never brewed before, but have drank lots and lots of beer before.
lol, nice.

i would go with a kit and i would go with glass if you can get it. a 6.5 gallon carboy is nicer than a bucket, will last longer (if you don't break it) and you get to see all the crazy madball fermentation nonsense.
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kits are always a good idea to start your first brew. It will give you a good idea about the process and procedure. Welcome!

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Ok, so do you guys think I should buy the very basic kit or get the plus kit? Also, should I buy one of their pots to boil in or should I try for a no boil first?

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I envy you because the first time is always the most memorable.

I too recently got into brewing. I would say that you can never have too much. Most people buy more stuff anyways as they brew more. I ended up with both glass and better bottle carboy. Seeing the fermentation is pretty cool. I also ended up buying a bench capper. It beats a wing capper any day.

You can pick up a cooking pot anywhere, as well as a spoon. Walmart, Kmart, Target etc.

I have a friend who bought a food grade bucket, drilled a hole, attached a plastic hose, and reused plastic soda bottles for bottling. The whole thing costed him $20-30 and the beer turned out fine. I won't use it for long term storage though.

As a first time, I would go with a kit, but shop around. the prices do vary.

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I envy you because the first time is always the most memorable.

I too recently got into brewing. I would say that you can never have too much. Most people buy more stuff anyways as they brew more. I ended up with both glass and better bottle carboy. Seeing the fermentation is pretty cool. I also ended up buying a bench capper. It beats a wing capper any day.

You can pick up a cooking pot anywhere, as well as a spoon. Walmart, Kmart, Target etc.

I have a friend who bought a food grade bucket, drilled a hole, attached a plastic hose, and reused plastic soda bottles for bottling. The whole thing costed him $20-30 and the beer turned out fine. I won't use it for long term storage though.

As a first time, I would go with a kit, but shop around. the prices do vary.
So you think I could get a better deal on a kit then the one i found? Any idea where? I know that chances are in five months i'll have to take a break from brewing, and then I can resume, since i'll be out of the country. So i'm not trying to get the nicest gear as it'll probably be in garage storage for those months in between.
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So you think I could get a better deal on a kit then the one i found? Any idea where? I know that chances are in five months i'll have to take a break from brewing, and then I can resume, since i'll be out of the country. So i'm not trying to get the nicest gear as it'll probably be in garage storage for those months in between.
It'll be fine in your garage.

Look at northernbrewer.com, morebeer.com, austinhomebrew.com, homebrewmart.com for starters. Those are all good and trusted homebrew sites. Depending on where you live, you could also just walk in to a good store and get what you need.
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