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Old 12-12-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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Someone I know has a Mr. Beer kit. He enjoys it and beer. I'd like to ween him off the nipple and get him into real brewing.

Could someone recommend me the best kit to buy for a good price? I'm in New Jersey. There's a store about an hour from me that has a kit for $140. I'm not sure I want to spend that much. It's a deluxe kit in a box. I'm not sure of everything it came with, but he said I'd need a pot also, so then I'm up to $160.

This place is near me also.. is this any good?

https://www.brewapp.com/shop/product...cat=250&page=1

I don't want to give a gift and then have him need 8 million other things.. sure I understand he'll need actual beer ingredients. Fine he can get them. I'll get a pot.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:49 AM   #2
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Wow that seems expensive. The LHBS to me in PA has astarter kit for 65$
http://www.keystonehomebrew.com/shop...ebec87d52205aa

Everything but ingredients and pot.

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:59 AM   #3
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It's hard to say whether $140 is a fair price or not without knowing the contents. If it's like this one (http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewi...s-carboys.html), then it might be a good deal. The $70 one you linked is certainly fine. You definitely want a hydrometer test jar in addition to that, though.

Unless shopping for myself, I'd probably get the $70 one. The additional equipment in the more expensive kits may or may not be useful, depending on the types of beers and methods that the brewer adopts. Even for myself, I'd probably start with the minimal kit and add exactly what I wanted. (In my case, I didn't start with a kit at all, actually.)

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I'm also piecing together a kit for a newbie. I don't like the inclusion of secondaries, even more so two secondaries that are glass carboys. A lot of kits seem to come that way.

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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Not for nothing look around on the internet. Northern Brewer is like one stop shopping and you could get up and going for way less than $140. For that price you can get the beginner's set up, a pot and two beer kits.

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Check around at some of your larger party stores/liquor stores. A couple in KY carry brewing supplies and kits.

I started out with the basic Brewers Best kit and it was like $75

Stainless 40qt pot was $35 at walmart

Ingredient kit can be between $30 and $50 depending on what you want to brew.

This is enough for a batch of beer in say 6-8 weeks....

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I started out with the basic Brewers Best kit and it was like $75
That is a very good question. I have been brewing now for 3 months and just did my first all grain batch this week. So far so good.

But now I'm looking to get my brother a beer kit to get him started. Though he lives in Houston so I need something he can take back with him on the plane.

So my question is which is small enough to fit on the plane but will still get him hooked into home brewing.

We all know what Mr. Beer has to offer. Now here is the link for Northern Brewers small batch kit.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...BATCHKit_Slide
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I'm also piecing together a kit for a newbie. I don't like the inclusion of secondaries, even more so two secondaries that are glass carboys. A lot of kits seem to come that way.
I agree about glass, but if it's what you want (and it's what the kit has), then the price is about right. If it is just the buckets, it's a bad deal.

Also, there's nothing magical about a carboy or better bottle that makes it a "secondary." A bucket and two carboys can just as well be three primaries.
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Someone I know has a Mr. Beer kit. He enjoys it and beer. I'd like to ween him off the nipple and get him into real brewing.

Could someone recommend me the best kit to buy for a good price? I'm in New Jersey. There's a store about an hour from me that has a kit for $140. I'm not sure I want to spend that much. It's a deluxe kit in a box. I'm not sure of everything it came with, but he said I'd need a pot also, so then I'm up to $160.

This place is near me also.. is this any good?

https://www.brewapp.com/shop/product...cat=250&page=1

I don't want to give a gift and then have him need 8 million other things.. sure I understand he'll need actual beer ingredients. Fine he can get them. I'll get a pot.
I am a newbie and looking for a kit as well. I am currently brewing with my first Mr. Beer kit and looking to upgrade for my next batch. I found what appears to be a good price for a beginners kit at MidWest Supplies.......

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewi...-plus-kit.html

This includes everything you need, including a pot, ingredients for your first brew, and bottles. I am not sure how much shipping would be though. Maybe call them and ask about possible free shipping.
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I found what appears to be a good price for a beginners kit at MidWest Supplies.......

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewi...-plus-kit.html

This includes everything you need, including a pot, ingredients for your first brew, and bottles.
This looks like a very nice kit. Since it also includes a 5 gallon kettle and even bottles. For the price, it seems very reasonable. Then again it just depends on what equipment you already have. If you just have a Mr. Beer kit then this would be quite the upgrade. My first equipment kit was the Brewers Best kit which I bought from my LHBS for $65. But then I had to buy an 8 gallon kettle for $80 at walmart. Beer kits from Brewers Best are $45 at least. So my total was $190. Which doesn't include bottles.

This kit seems like a steal.
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