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Old 09-11-2010, 05:26 PM   #11
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Money doesn't make good beer, good technique makes good beer.

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Old 09-11-2010, 05:32 PM   #12
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:35 PM   #13
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If you're willing to start out spending that kind of money, you might as well start doing all grain and kegging (like you mentioned). All grain gets you quality beer and it really isn't all that hard. Your first few times you might screw a few things up and fumble but it's just about getting coordinated and getting the general process down. You'll see a lot of DIY stuff on here, so you have to decide how good you are at that. If you're good at DIY you can make some nice stuff without spending a lot of cash. If you aren't, you might just end up damaging a perfectly good piece of material.

A mash tun made from a cooler is a very easy one to do which will save you money and still get you quality results on your beer. You can make a wort chiller, but I've seen a lot for sale that are better than what I've made...and it's easy to screw up the copper pipe by kinking it or hurting yourself if you have joint problems . Don't buy bottles, you can get these for free from bars or friends that drink beers with pop-tops. Probably the most expensive parts are going to be:

- Kettle
- Fridge (to convert to keggerator)
- Draft Tower w/ Faucets
- Drip Tray
- Kegging System (corny kegs and CO2 w/ accessories)

You can always go cheaper on stuff like using a turkey fryer, etc but you'll come to a point where you want to go bigger and that $25 pot could have gone towards a 15 gallon brew kettle that will cost you around $180-380 if you buy it pre-made.

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Old 09-11-2010, 05:50 PM   #14
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Get yourself a starter kit for about $100 and a bayou classic pot and burner for $60 (something like this)...
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...ef=pd_sbs_ol_1

Less than $200 and you are all set. You can save the other $600 and spend it later down the road once you have got a good grip of the basics and want to do more advanced stuff.

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:08 PM   #15
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Also just came across this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/did-...-score-194927/

seems like a great deal and you could have a very flexible mashtun for very cheap

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:25 PM   #16
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Do some price comparisons including shipping charges and find the best deal. Welcome aboard.

Try this:
Go to Google.
Type in A Homebrew Supply Store
and click on "I'm feeling lucky".

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Old 09-11-2010, 08:32 PM   #17
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Keep in mind I am pretty inexperienced but after reading these forums and brewing a little(only 2 so far but I have found a couple things to make things will make things easier) I would go with at least

Basic brewing kit

These things, in my opinion, will make brewing easier and more enjoyable
Auto siphon
Star San
Spray bottle(mix a Star San solution with RO or distilled water and put it in here)
Oxiclean Free(as in "no odors" not "no cost")
Wort chiller
Bar Keeper Friend
depending on how you are sanitizing bottles, a bottle tree is pretty nice to have

Since you have the money
Turkey fryer
10+ pot(that way you don't need to buy a new pot when you go to a full boil)

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Old 09-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #18
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Try this:
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Type in A Homebrew Supply Store
and click on "I'm feeling lucky".

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Old 09-11-2010, 10:10 PM   #19
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Hmmm....
25 dollar turkey fryer with stock 7.5 gallon pot
50 dollar wort chiller
50 dollar modified 5 gallon cooler
10 dollar bucket fermenter
2 dollar airlock
5 dollar hydrometer
2 dollar thermometer
10 dollar auto siphon
15 dollar bottle of starsan
5 dollar bottle capper
2 dollar 144 caps
2 cases of bottles (you scrounged from the dumpster)
5 dollars rubbermade bin for a swamp cooler/temp control setup (with frozen waterbottles)
A great shopping list! However, don't just shop at your LHBS or an online store. Check out the DIY section using the search function for some of these, such as the immersion wort chiller. By the way, you'll need some food-safe tubing. Calling some of the online companies (AHS) or your LHBS (Local Home Brew Store) will help you in details.

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Old 09-11-2010, 10:25 PM   #20
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well, mebbe stupid question, but, considering you were outta game for some time, what do you want to do? All grain, partial mash or just tinker with the cans?

I started with the cans and my first gear set landed for about 40$. Still, really nice beer and lots of fun!

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