Originally Posted by Oahu
Hi all, I am getting together the equipment to make my first batch from extract. I have loads of questions:
1) I don't live within 200 miles of a HB shop. Which is the best starter kit online? I want something quality. Recommended upgrades would be appreciated.
2) Where do you guys get your bottles? I don't want to drink that much Grolsch.
3) Where's the best place to get extract kits? Can someone recommend a decent hefeweizen kit? I promised the wife I'd try and make that first.
Appreciated in advance. Thanks.
Where to start! We have a pretty good thread on the equipment/supply websites, pick one close to you and what you think is fair for shipping and overall prices.
Its right HERE
Morebeer offers free shipping so that might be a good place to start if you are going to buy the equipment kit.
As for a beginner kit--I would stay away from Mr. Beer because you will want to upgrade immediately. I'd recommend the intermediate kits that start with the basics--every brewing website has one. Here is an example:http://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/equipkit.asp
It will include everything you need to brew awesome beer on a tight budget. You'll eventually want to upgrade some of that equipment, but every brewer is different. You can also buy bottles on all these sites--but better yet the equipment kits I suggested above comes with a capper so you can re-cap used bottles you saved. They don't need to be the Grolsh style, only the NON twist-off type.
As for ingredients--the selection is awesome depending on what you want. Most online shops have pretty much any style. The kit will come with everything you need to brew. I'd recommend buying a kit that you can steep grains in. It will add loads of depth to your beer and its a simple step during the process.
The best advice I can give is hang out here, ask questions, read threads, and research what you need by searching around. If you can't find an answer--post and more than likely someone will get back to you!!!