Originally Posted by mworkman
I bought it used on ebay. I ended up spending $81.00 including shipping. It came with ingredients for a 5 gal. batch and the 23 16oz grolsch bottles. It also came with a bunch of accessories like a thermometer, airlock, hoses bottle caps and a nice capper.
Ahh... that explains it. Don't worry, though... you didn't get ripped off, but you didn't exactly get a 'complete' starter kit.
The carboy (5 gallon glass bottle) is worth at least $20.
The bottles are worth about $40.
The 5 gallon beer kit is probaby worth about $25.
The capper is another $10.
The bucket is worth probably $10 to $15.
Another $15 or so for the rest of the misc stuff.
Definately a pretty good deal, but you are
missing a few things that will make your life easier (like the bottling bucket and some kind of siphon-starting device.)
I'd read through the beginner section of www.howtobrew.com
carefully to get an idea of what else you might want/need to buy.