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Old 12-21-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
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Hi all, new to the forum, and looking into getting started in brewing. I'm not looking to get overly complicated on the front end, but would like to do things correctly.

What recommendations would you all make in terms of beginning equipment and recipes. My only consideration, I am not interested in bottling, I want to jump directly into kegging. I have a converted fridge kegerator, set up for dual taps.

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Old 12-21-2010, 03:52 AM   #2
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Well if you have a setup to keg already thats great. Wont much make a difference in the brew phase. I would recomend starting out small try a kit with some directions or an extract. Work your way to partial mash all stuff you can do on a stove top with basic euipment. Make sure you like doing it first before you spend your savings. Unless you have to much savings then go to town.

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my recomendation: Have an understanding SWMBO

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the euipment I started with on my first batch was 3gal pot, a spoon, hop sacks, 5gal bucket with the lid for an airlock, and an air lock. I made a canadian beer from a kit at my LHBS. It wasnt the best beer I ever had but it was drinkable. I just had alot of fun doing it.

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But seriously, start with a basic kit, i spent under 100 for my first kit including bottles. I havent looked back since. Been brewing about 18 months - 30 brews in and a couple grand spent.

If you like the hobby, you'll find yourself upgrading the pieces as youre ready for them (both experince and cash, wise). Good luck and spend a lot of time on this forum, there are some really bright and creative people on here. (i think im more addicted to this site, than i am actually brewing beer).

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Old 12-21-2010, 04:02 AM   #6
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewing-basics-equipment-kit.html

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brew-logic-dual-tap-draft-system-with-reconditioned-co2-tank.html

And a recipe kit or 2. Oh, and 5gallon SS Brewing Pot with lid.
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Just have fun the keg system will allow you to enjoy your beer quicker then bottling. I would say go to your local brew store just get the basics, All you need is a bucket to ferment and a pot to brew in. There are a lot of nice additions you will add if you join the obsession, but if you have something to brew in and something to ferment in plus the kit to make the brew you golden for your first batch.
I think the one mistake I made was wasting money on stuff in the beginning just to buy different stuff a month later start with like a 5 gallon pot and a fermentor and add on later

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I started with a basic ale pale, turkey fryer and a canned extract kit. I'd say buying the auto-siphon for around $10 really lowered my stress level after a batch or two w/o it. You'll use it for cleaning beer lines and other stuff as well, so you might consider one.

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I started with pretty much this kit, but I got the one with a glass carboy for like $89. It has everything youll need, except for a brew pot. I ended up buying a propane turkey fryer kit. Not sure where you were planning on brewing, but an electric stove is less than ideal, trust me.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:27 PM   #10
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welcome and congratulations on deciding to brew! honestly there is nothing more rewarding than drink your own beer. you wont know until you brew that first batch! just start with the basics. it will make good beer, i promise. just make sure you sanitize everything like your supposed to and relax.

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