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Old 09-21-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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Default Home made kit for home made brew

In researching kits on various websites i realized that they are all basically the same and that all the components seem pretty easy to gather from your local walmart. for instance you could use a 6 gallon water jug (similar to better bottle but very much cheaper) then it seems like all you need is a hose to siphon between pot to fermenter to bottling bucket. Am i completely wrong in this reasoning? Do the kits come with certain parts I couldn't get from a local hardware store? And has anyone done this? Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hmmmm

better bottles are NOT water bottles. Do a search on this website. You will see long threads on the subject.
Don't think you can get:

bottles
capper
hydrometer
airlocks
bottle filler
racking tube
carboy brush
sanitizer

You could get a good:
kettle
bottle brush


I don't mean to rain on your parade at all, but the price of getting into this hobby is about as cheap as it comes. Do yourself a favor and make a cheap kit from a HBS with free shipping if you don't have one close. Good Luck!!

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:13 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use a regular garden hose to siphon beer. I guess they're not I just read the previous post Being that they're not clear you would never know for sure if you have them clean, plus bottling would be almost impossible. Besides siphon hose intended for beer isn't that expensive.

I think there are some things you can cheap out on or buy something similar that works at a hardware store or Wal-Mart, but still think you're best bet is to start out with a kit. This way you know you have everything you need and can always add on to it.

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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yeah i think im going to go with the kit their not expensive at all i was just wondering, lol and i wasnt going to use a garden hose.

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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I am sure everyone has had different experiences with building their setups.

Some swear by glass, some swear by better bottles, I myself have had no problem with 5 gallon water bottles.

You can pretty much find everything you need at walmart, lowes, or here and there.

There are somethings that will be specific to an LHBS:
hydrometer
capper
caps

As you start to get into it more you can always upgrade to bigger and better, or not.

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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I purchased a
hydrometer
The Thief
airlock
racking tube
carboy brush
sanitizer
Large Pot
bottle brush
From local Stores such as Save on foods cheaper than I could have at other locations.
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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The most basic set up for Extract I would say is.

2 x 5gallon plastic pails ( you could get away with 1)
1 x lid for above (but they normally come with a lid each.
1 x bung
1 x air lock
2 x metres of food standard vinyl tube 10mm
1 x thermometer

Then you'd need your ingredients.
Bottles (swing top) or caps and capper
A cleaning/sanitising agent (bleach can do)

And the most important thing, knowledge and patience.

Next step,
Hydrometer. Large boiling vessel and a method of chilling. Good cleaner/sanitiser (Oxy Clean, Idophor)

From there the sky is the limit.

I think I have a good compromise.

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Ah yes, one thing i have failed to find anywhere but HBS are bungs.

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Ah yes, one thing i have failed to find anywhere but HBS are bungs.
which is weird cuz I run into bungholes everywhere I go!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Nick
I purchased a
hydrometer
The Thief
airlock
racking tube
carboy brush
sanitizer
Large Pot
bottle brush
From local Stores such as Save on foods cheaper than I could have at other locations.
Just curious, but what kind of local store sells airlocks?

Tubing can be had at Farm stores, but are they food grade?
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