Originally Posted by PhattieM
Ok after doing some perusing through the forums and I think its now time to get some information down.
The kind of beer I like is pretty light.. I like Heineken and Labatt Blue. I also really enjoy the vanilla-ey, coffee-ey type beers. Nothing too dark and nothing too bitter (with the exception of Guiness).
Now, what equipment should I buy given that I have $300 to spend and I want to make a very good beginner beer?
Go get yourself a good glass starter kit (2 glass carboys and a bucket) from your LHBS or Homebrew heaven or someplace
Go get yourself a turkey fryer and a bottle of propane. If you can find a fryer with a drain valve at the bottom get that, it will save you in the long run if you ever go to all grains.
Dont forget the little stuff
- hops/grain bag
- wine thief
- thermoeter stips for you carboys
- thermoeter to see temp of stuff in kettle
- BIG ASS LONG spoon
- Oxyclean and a sanatizing agent
- a big rubber maid type thing to store your stuff in
- extra bag of DME for priming
- bottles AND caps and capper if one didnt come with your kit
- a extra 5 gallon pail to clean your stuff in
- extra hose and stuff if need be, including raking cane . . . I tend to break mine more then I would like
- and stock in your LHBS and/or hardware store
Making lagers isnt any harder then making ales, BUT lagers do need to be lagered . . . which means you need cold storage for them and that can be a pita. You may want to start with something like a pale ale or a blonde ale if you like the lighter beers. DO NOT be afraid to start out with extract and steeping grains. If you can make tea you can make beer from extracts and steeping grains