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Old 12-09-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Help picking out a brewing kit, asking wife for one for Christmas.

Hello All,

My buddy and I are both asking our wives for a brewing kit for Christmas. We have been researching them here at work for a while, and have yet to make up our minds. My wife wants to know today what I want...

There seems to be a lot of great kits out there, we would like to stick with the "2-Stage" since this seems to offer the widest brewing options.

The major decision is to choose a glass "carboy" style kit or the plastic spackle bucket kind. I can see the plastic ones being A LOT easier to clean, however the glass ones seem like they might offer a better taste and easier to see what is going on?

We were looking at these:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/COMPL..._P2355C257.cfm

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...arter-kit.html

We'd appreciate any suggestions and alternative links to other kits.

Thank you!

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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when I got mine it was on ebay new in the box and I got a brewers best beer kit with it for around $130. I ended up buying a better bottle anyway. No matter what you get it will make beer.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:01 PM   #3
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I also found this one that looked interesting...

http://www.learntobrew.com/store/ite..._Kit_Plus.html

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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The Northern Brewer option seems nice. The glass carboys are not that difficult to clean. Just soak them in one-step or PBW and give them a scrub with the carboy brush. A good tip is just to get them rinsed out well after each use, so the stuff doesn't get caked on there. Less time scrubbing. The plastic buckets work, but you can't see your progress, which is part of the fun. Also if they scratch, which they will if you try to clean them too rough, they harbor bacteria that will affect your beer. Have fun with your new kit!!!

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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Frankly, I'd go with the plastic bucket. I think they are just as good as a glass carboy at the fraction of the cost. Glass is heavy, breakable, harder to clean (when in the shape of a carboy!).

If, farther down the line, you want to buy a carboy then do it then.

My 0.02.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #6
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If you are planning on keeping this as a long term hobby, go with the glass.

Also, I'd go with a kit that has a bigger primary bucket than 5 gal... Then you will save yourself the worry of overflowing airlocks and whatnot.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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I went with this one, and couldnt have been happier with it.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewing-starter-kit.html

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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I like my glass carboy...I can see what's going on, presumably fewer sanitation worries (doesn't scratch, dissolve in acid, etc.), but you do have to worry about dropping it.

Get at least one of these http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ew-hauler.html and it'll make your carboy-hoisting a lot less worrisome.

I have the Better Basic kit from Northern with glass carboy, and it's great. The Williams kit though, as opposed to Northern's Deluxe, lacks a real secondary fermenter (and a lot of people aren't keen on plastic primaries with spigots, for leaking and sanitation issues, usually), but it does include a nice-looking brew kettle and wort chiller, two items that cost MUCH more to buy separately than a 5-gallon carboy.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:23 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies...

I think I might stick with the glass then... I am really liking this kit below since it has the larger 6 gallon carboy and has a bunch of extra stuff that I'd assume I'd end up buying down the road.

http://www.learntobrew.com/store/ite..._Kit_Plus.html

Any thoughts on this one?

Thanks,

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:25 PM   #10
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+1

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewing-starter-kit.html



May be able to find a 4 to 5 gallon stainless pot at places like Big Lots.

had another link but, they raised their prices since last summer.

OH by the way IMO glass carboys for primarys look cool but are a PAIN to clean. I rarely used my glass even to secondary any more.

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