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Old 12-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Looking to get my dad into home brewing for Christmas

Hey guys, I'll start off by saying I don't know the first thing about brewing.

I've seen those cheap kits around Target and Macy's to brew your own beer and I know my dad would love to get into that!

Obviously, I don't want to start him off with some cheap $100 gimmick from target. So I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction of some nice brewing equipment for him!

Not sure if it helps, but one of his favorite beers is Boulevard Wheat.

Thanks!

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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If you are referring to the Mr Beer kits, that cheap $100.00 gimmick is where many people get/got their start and if you've never brewed beer before it's an inexpensive way to brew some beer without making a huge initial investment. Those LBKs come in handy down the line if you do become obsessed and decide to expand your beer brewing horizons.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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I started with a Coopers Kit.....I'd say it's a step up from Mr. Beer.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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If you are referring to the Mr Beer kits, that cheap $100.00 gimmick is where many people get/got their start and if you've never brewed beer before it's an inexpensive way to brew some beer without making a huge initial investment. Those LBKs come in handy down the line if you do become obsessed and decide to expand your beer brewing horizons.
+1. A lot of what you do in Mr. Beer applies to what you do with bigger kits.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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I started with a Coopers Kit.....I'd say it's a step up from Mr. Beer.
Has coopers gotten around to improving the mr beer kits now that they own them?
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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yep, that was my point. Fermentation is fermentation no matter what the fermentation vessel is.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #7
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I would look for a local homebrew shop and find a starter kit that they have. That way your dad could easily pick out a beer styke to make. Plus it never hurts to now the local shop.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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If you are referring to the Mr Beer kits, that cheap $100.00 gimmick is where many people get/got their start and if you've never brewed beer before it's an inexpensive way to brew some beer without making a huge initial investment.
I agree its the way to go to get your feet wet, if you jump straight into the deep end its a good way to end up ovewhelmed and frustrated instead of enjoying the experience. And be sure to also have him sign up for this site, its a wealth of information and help for the beginner to the seasoned pro.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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I know I'm a little biased, but +1 on it being a great way to get started!

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:17 PM   #10
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Hey guys, I'll start off by saying I don't know the first thing about brewing.

I've seen those cheap kits around Target and Macy's to brew your own beer and I know my dad would love to get into that!

Obviously, I don't want to start him off with some cheap $100 gimmick from target. So I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction of some nice brewing equipment for him!

Not sure if it helps, but one of his favorite beers is Boulevard Wheat.

Thanks!
Is he interested in brewing? Not that it's terrible hard but it does require some level of dedication. Point being, I'd guess a good many gift beer kits end up in the garage gathering dust after a batch or two.
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