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Old 10-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default New need tips.

Questions before I start. Can you make your beer from step one to finish with just one 6 gallon glass carboy? Do I need a primary and secondarily carboy or is it just easier to have two?

I need to order tools to make beer but what to get just what I need to start before I start getting things to make it easier.

Is there a link to a check list of all supply's and ingredients needed to make beer anywhere?

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Old 10-11-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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I would suggest you just get a starter kit and be done with it. Something like this....

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/every...pment-kit.html

Its got just about everything you need to get started, even a recipe kit and kettle for partial boils. If you already have a pot, look to one of the cheaper kits without a kettle.

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Old 10-11-2011, 08:14 PM   #3
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You could just go with a kit that has an ale pale & a better bottle,besides all the other stuff they include that you'll need. Some even let you pick out the beer kit you want included. Easier to buy the kit & not burn out more neurons trying to figure it out.
Secondaries aren't used as much as they used to be with many brewers. Except for oaking,adding fruit,etc. I even dry hop in primary. Less racking of the beer means less chance of oxidation. But some still use secondaries for piece of mind. Others think they get it clearer,some like doing more with their beer processing. Are they mad scientists,or did they like playing with their food as a kid? lolz.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:17 PM   #4
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Are there kits out there with glass only carboys? If I can I would like to stay away from plastic.

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:08 AM   #5
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Plastic is great if you don't wait to clean is such that you have to use a scrubbie on it.. I bought the Coopers DIY kit at Amazon.. as did my son. Comes with everything except the sanitizer for the first run.

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:14 AM   #6
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Glass is great and it is what I use. That being said, plastic does not contribute flavours to the beer, if treated well it will last a long time and it is cheaper.

Best: go to your local supplier and buy there. They will also be a wealth of information.

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I don't have a local supplier, it 10 min drive just to get milk lol. Going to have to order on-line. As a general rule I don't like plastic but its good to know it wont hurt taste if I need to.

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Then make sure you do a quick search of the suppliers you're considering just to make sure everyone is reasonably happy with them. Better service and delivery of goods is better than cheaper goods with no delivery/crappy service.

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Since you're in WI,just order from Midwestsupplies.com. They use Fed-Ex as well. Really quick too. Excellent products,good customer service as well!
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you can use a single 6 gallon carboy.. i have four 6 gallon better bottles that i use and i never secondary.. just be sure for the first couple days to use a blowoff tube instead of a regular airlock to be sure that the vigorous part of the fermentation doesn't blow off a bit

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