I'm just moving past the recipe kits into formulating my own recipes and ingredients.
I'm also interested in doing some smaller, 3 gallon BIAB stovetop batches.
Problem is, buying in anything less than 10lb bags of grain, or 5lb bags of extract, is dumb. Same for hops < 8oz or so.
I have access to DME and limited hops/yeast locally, but the nearest shop with grains is about a 40 minute drive away, so I can't just run out and grab something on a whim, I kind of have to plan my attack.
If you had $75 or so to spend on some basic grains and hops to just have around, that could form the basis for a good number of recipes, what would you go with? Or, put another way, what do you go through the most and would want to constantly have on hand?
I tend to stick to lighter colored beers, so I'd generally avoid the darker caramels/crystals.