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Old 01-09-2013, 07:57 PM   #11
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Start Small.

I have two 6 gallon better bottles, a bottling bucket, capper, autosiphon, hydrometer, thermometer, and a pot.
Good advice starting any new hobby.

You can spend the rest later.
Go to one of the reputable websites, or a local homebrew store if you have one and get a basic kit and add some starsan to the order.

Get the kit without the stainless pot though. You want a better pot than that so that it's good for 5 gallon all grain full boil brews later if you want to.

Amazon has some good deals on 10 gallon range stainless pots.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #13
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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.
This is good advice. Get your basic equipment and brew beer. After you have brewed a few batches you will have a better understanding of what you (that's you, not one of us) need or want to make the process flow more smoothly or make the product taste better. In the meanwhile, the extra $800 can be comfortable in your savings account.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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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!
I am in Durham, let me know if you need anything! Cheers and have a blast!
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:01 AM   #15
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Awesome advise. Luckily I have a local brew supple store close by! I am going to get a "starter kit" they offer (contain what the majority suggest) and then add on some extras. Do you all mostly bottle or keg?

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:32 AM   #16
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I'd suggest getting a good thermometer too. Don't go cheap on some junk, that is one thing I think people should invest in.

Oh, and I keg. I bottled 2 batches and said to hell with it.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:45 AM   #17
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IMO it all depends on your setup.

Are relegated to brewing inside? If so, Gas or Electric Stove? Are you able to brew outside? How much money do you have to spend? How much time are you willing to spend on brew day? Extract, All Grain, or Partial Mash? These are all questions that you need to answer before brewing.

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3gal + Brew Kettle (5 is better, 8, is even better but difficult if stove top brewing)
1 Fermenter
1 Bottling Bucket
Auto-Siphon
Hydrometer
Thermometer
Bottling Clamp
Bottle Caps
Star San Santizer and One Step Cleaner

IMO this is all you really need. I have made several good beers without a refractometer, stir plate (liquid yeast is fine). I started with Extract and Specialty Grains on an electric stove, improved my methods, then moved to partial mash and brewing in the garage.

You will find that there is no specific wrong way to brew. You have a lot of choice and there are many different opinions. But there is one way to make a bad beer and that is not sanitizing your equipment.

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:44 AM   #18
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I'd suggest getting a good thermometer too. Don't go cheap on some junk, that is one thing I think people should invest in.

Oh, and I keg. I bottled 2 batches and said to hell with it.
What do you use to keg?
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:48 AM   #19
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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!
A 6-gallon carboy (lose less in blow-off).

A good burner with high BTU and clean burn so your pot doesn't blacken (Blichmann I think is a good one).

Make your own wort chiller.

A big bottle of starsan.

And other stuff...
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:03 AM   #20
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What do you use to keg?
Thermometer, yes! Because if you're doing extract even with steeping grains you don't want to exceed 165-170 while steeping - important.

I would add to this that your fermentation temps are one of the top things in importance. Buy a "fermometer" for every single carboy you have and slap that bad boy on the carboy so you can always know your fermenting temps. During the really active fermentation the temp can go pretty high so you'll need a large tub or big stock pot that the carboy will be able to fit in where you can add ice/water/siphon-off to manage the temp. After about two days the temps will balance out and you won't need to do the ice bath anymore, but definitely get fermometers so you can know what your fermenting temps are.

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Also I keg. You'll never catch me bottling. Pain in the arse.
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