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Old 11-29-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default My equipment list! What am I missing?

Ok, finally ordered a bunch of stuff to get going.

Here's what I've got:

1) Starter Kit(Brewing Starter Kit)

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• Instructional Homebrewing DVD
• 5 Gallon Glass Carboy
• 6.5 Gallon Plastic Fermenter with Lid
• 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket with Spigot
• 8 Oz. of Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser
• Drilled Universal Carboy Bung
• Airlock (Keeps air out of the fermenter)
• Hydrometer (Determines alcohol content)
• Bottle Brush
• Carboy Brush
• Black Beauty Bottle Capper
• Bottle Caps
• Liquid Crystal Thermometer
• Bottle Filler
• Fermtech AutoSiphon upgrade
• Siphon Tubing
• Shutoff clamp
2) Bayou 55 quart stainless kettle (Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 1036, 36-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer with Vented Lid: Patio, Lawn & Garden)

3) 48 amber bottles
(2 x 12 oz Beer Bottles- AMBER- Case of 24)

4) Extra bottle caps

5) Bayou SQ14 (Camping Stove from Bayou Classic | The Home Depot - Model#: SQ14)

I will be ordering a recipe kit soon enough so I know I need that. What else am I missing to make my first brew go smoothly?

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Added to my list:
1) Star san

2) Bottle Jet Washer

3) Wort Chiller

4) Blow off assembly

5) Wine thief

6) Test cylinder? Anyone have a link?
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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Make sure you know about your fermenting situation. If you are doing swamp cooler make sure you have gallon jugs or 2 liter bottles and a large enough container that won't bend with all the water weight.

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Old 11-29-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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That looks like a solid setup to get started with, its cool enough this time of year most places you wont need to worry about ferm temps for a bit probably.

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Old 11-29-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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Excellent! Thanks for the responses.

If I were to do a swamp cooler, what's the preferred tub for it? Something from walmart or?

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A chiller unless you are doing No-Chill brewing then just a 5-6gallon HDPE jerrichan

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I would suggest a sanitizer. Starsan is my favorite. Although, I only used a cleanser on my first brew and it came out fine.

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some sort of test cylinder (doesn't need to be a graduated cylinder) but you want a long slender sample tube for your hydro samples. Needs to be deep and slender so you do not have to take a large sample for your hydro. On that note maybe a sample thief for less than 10$ would be helpful but that is also unnecessary.

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DirtyDirty has a point. Find a sanitizer and cleaner you like to use and buy it in bulk. They can be costly but are a must have and run out quickly depending on how much you brew.

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A chiller unless you are doing No-Chill brewing then just a 5-6gallon HDPE jerrichan
Thanks for the heads up. What's a jerrichan? I searched for jerrichan, but nothing came up? Do you have a link to what this looks like?

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I would suggest a sanitizer. Starsan is my favorite. Although, I only used a cleanser on my first brew and it came out fine.
That's a good idea. After your first brew, what did you use for sanitizer?

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some sort of test cylinder (doesn't need to be a graduated cylinder) but you want a long slender sample tube for your hydro samples. Needs to be deep and slender so you do not have to take a large sample for your hydro. On that note maybe a sample thief for less than 10$ would be helpful but that is also unnecessary.
Is a sample thief and a test cylinder the same thing? I found some beer thiefs online for around $10 as you mentioned.

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Chiller
Do you mean an immersion chiller (wound copper thing)? Is it worth making one myself or just buying one?


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