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Old 06-21-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default Help Me (Noob) Decide What to Buy!!!

Although I've been lurking around doing some research on the forum for a little while, this is my first post!

Recently I stumbled upon a Groupon from Midwest Brewing Supplies for a starter brewing kit (http://www.midwestsupplies.com/groupon-homebrewing.html), and I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger and buy it. Thanks to the help of my friend and this forum, I successfully brewed my first beer, an amber ale, and I am now waiting for it to finish fermenting so I can bottle it.

Thanks to my graduation, I have $200 in Amazon gift certificates, and I want to blow it on brewing equipment.

In my cart I already have:

Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot with Vented Lid


Bayou Classic SQ14 Single Burner Outdoor Patio Stove



So I basically have another $55 left to spend on more brewing stuff. My question for you guys is: what do you think is the best way for me to utilize that money? I was thinking either an immersion chiller, or just a bunch of little stuff (brewing paddle, scale, star san, etc.), or maybe a car boy.

What do you think?

Tim

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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Get an immersion chiller, if you have a garden hose accesible. http://www.amazon.com/Copper-Coil-Im...8752858&sr=8-1

This one has welded fittings. Get the StarSan!!

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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After years without one I made my own IC a few months ago. What a great device!

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IC and a pond pump so you can pump ice water through it

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Can't go wrong with an immersion chiller and StarSan. I would for sure get these to add to what you already have.

After bottling a few batches you may want to think about purchasing some kegging equipment, as it's much less of a hassle to keg than it is to bottle. I wish I would have considered kegging sooner, it really saves a TON of time and effort.

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Thats a great starter kit. I recommend the following: Star San, Oxi Clean, Long stir spoon, Spray bottle, Wallpaper tray, Scale, Carboy/2nd fermentation bucket, 2nd airlock, 2nd crystal therm, then an IC.

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I also bought that kit and read, read, read. I complimented that kit with an immersion chiller (ice baths are just too much trouble), a Bayou Classic turkey fryer ($64 to my door), Star-San, large paddle, and an extra airlock. I also was able to get 54 bottles from a friend. I have my second brew (Liberty Cream Ale) brewing now. I bought the second extract kit with the $25 coupon that came with the Groupon. Other things that I have done is pick up OxyClean, snag an old large cooler, and a spray bottle. the spray bottle sure keeps the boilovers in check.

Right now, I am only trying to understand the basic process before I "graduate" to bigger/better. My first brew is now bottle conditioning so I have no idea how well I am doing. Yet. :-)

A couple of pics from Sunday's brew.

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I'd get the bayou pot kit with the steamer basket included, in case you want to switch to a BIAB setup at some later point. Small premium if you buy the pot+basket, but can be a bigger ticket if you buy the basket alone.

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the spray bottle sure keeps the boilovers in check.
A spray bottle with StarSan in it is just as valuable! Comes in handy for tons of things!
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Get the immersion chiller for sure. Cooling a full boil of wort in the summer without one is damn near impossible.

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