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Old 01-09-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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I have read books, blogs, etc on homebrewing and I am ready to get supplies. Anyone have a list of "must haves" etc.......I have about $1000 saved to get going. I know its something I will keep doing, and Id rather have nice stuff to start with so Im not getting better stuff once Im going strong. Thanks!

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:10 AM   #2
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I started with an extract kit in my kitchen and then moved to AG propane in the garage about a year later. if i had it to do all over again. I would start with a BIAB. This will lay the foundation in equipment and process to move to AG in cheap manner when you are ready.

Get a 7-10 gal SS boil kettle.
good burner, ~60,000 BTU with LPG.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:33 AM   #3
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1.) a 7-10 gallon pot for full boils for 5 gallon batches
2.) a wort chiller of choice
3.) carboys and buckets to ferment in
4.) mini fridge for fermentation control
5.) Conical Flask (and stir plate if you want) for yeast starter

Like NWAleDad said, make some extract batches with the above equipment and then move on to all grain. All 5 pieces of equipment you will use as an all grain brewer, and all

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My local home brew shop (LHBS) owner is pretty cool in that when I go in with money held out in my hand and say I need to burn this(not literally), she'll point me to things that make life easier, not the most expensive things.
If you have a good knack for reading people, try the same.

I would take some of that money to buy a nice big sink/plumbing that you can wash your carboys and kettles in, at standing height. I'm 6'3 and the bathtub sucks the big one!

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1.) a 7-10 gallon pot for full boils for 5 gallon batches
2.) a wort chiller of choice
3.) carboys and buckets to ferment in
4.) mini fridge for fermentation control
5.) Conical Flask (and stir plate if you want) for yeast starter

Like NWAleDad said, make some extract batches with the above equipment and then move on to all grain. All 5 pieces of equipment you will use as an all grain brewer, and all
Hard to get a 6.5 gallon bucket in a mini fridge......me thinks.

A small to med. chest freezer is better as you'll have room for more than one fermenter at a time.

Sanitizer---StarSan
Bottling Bucket,
Bottling Wand
Auto Siphon
Refractometer
Hydrometer w/test tube
Good digita Thermometer
Lots of empty bottles starting w/full ones is fun, but you could go to local bar and ask to buy emptys NO SCREW TOPS for what ever deposit they get.
Bottle caps and capper.
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Hard to get a 6.5 gallon bucket in a mini fridge......me thinks.

A small to med. chest freezer is better as you'll have room for more than one fermenter at a time.

Sanitizer---StarSan
Bottling Bucket,
Bottling Wand
Auto Siphon
Refractometer
Hydrometer w/test tube
Good digita Thermometer
Lots of empty bottles starting w/full ones is fun, but you could go to local bar and ask to buy emptys NO SCREW TOPS for what ever deposit they get.
Bottle caps and capper.
I agree with this list.. Get all of the above, but also get a Stir plate, and a 2L Erlenmeyer flask for yeast starters.

Get a chest freezer.. Once you get tired of bottling all of your beers, you'll be able to turn it into a keezer, and buy a big fridge to do your fermentation in there.

Keep in mind, you can buy all the fancy stuff and all of this elaborate things, but a few things will make better/good beer.

Controlling your fermentation temps, and pitching the correct amount of healthy yeast. Everyone can have a good recipe, and good process for the most part, but keeping it all controlled is another.

Goodluck with the addiction.
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I started with an extract kit in my kitchen and then moved to AG propane in the garage about a year later. if i had it to do all over again. I would start with a BIAB. This will lay the foundation in equipment and process to move to AG in cheap manner when you are ready.

Get a 7-10 gal SS boil kettle.
good burner, ~60,000 BTU with LPG.

What is BIAB?
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BIAB is brew in a bag.
I've never done it, lots of guys swear by it.
If you do a search you should find posts with pictures and all.

Maybe a youtube search also.

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I actually just dropped a post on the set up that I put together.

From my buying experience, you should be able to get a fairly nice setup for $1k. Please let us know what you end up going with.

I can't wait to fire it up and cook my first batch!

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Start Small.

I have two 6 gallon better bottles, a bottling bucket, capper, autosiphon, hydrometer, thermometer, and a pot.

I'd start small and work up from there. Get the basics down and work up (thats my plan).

You can have the best equipment in the world and brew crap you wouldn't want to drink and likewise if you take the time to play and learn starting small, you can make the best beer in the world.

if reading the forums here have taught me anything other than the importance of sanitizing and waiting, its taught me to start small.

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