First off... I can see there is a wealth of information to be found here. Looking forward to putting up my feet, relaxing and trying to absorb it all.
I recently picked up an equipment and ingredient kit from a LHBS. I was going to get started this weekend, but SWMBO decided she would rather not have me "messing up" her brand new kitchen and demanded I get my own stock pot and a propane burner for brewing outdoors. Even though I haven't completed my first brew session yet and don't plan on going AG until I get some more experience, I ordered a 44 quart SS kettle. I figure the extra volume will help prevent boil overs and allow me to do larger boils further down the home brew road.
The propane cooker I've chosen is a Bayou Classic SP10. Unless someone tells me it's garbage, I'll place that order today.
The equipment kit includes all the basics and a few extras...
- 6.5G fermenting bucket and lid
- 7.8G Bottling bucket with spigot
- 5G Glass carboy
- Carboy stopper
- Rack and fill kit (racking cane, siphon hose, bottle filler)
- 2 Air locks
- Adhesive thermometer
- Triple scale hydrometer
- Beer bottle brush
- Twin lever Red-Baron capper
- C-Brite Cleanser (8 packets)
- Auto siphon
- Lab thermometer
- Iodaphor sanitizer
I was thinking about picking up an IC, but that pesky little voice in the back of my head kept telling me I was getting ahead of myself. While I know an IC isn't necessary for the brewing process, it seems it would make it easier and the easier it is, the more likely I'll continue to do it. Really though, get the IC or skip it? Anything other items I'm missing that will make brew day and bottling day easier?