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Old 03-10-2006, 03:44 PM   #11
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You get that at Frank's?
Yep. It kinda scared me because those boxes looked so old, but it turned out great.
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Old 03-10-2006, 04:00 PM   #12
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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
  • hydrometer
  • 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
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Old 03-11-2006, 07:30 AM   #13
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Wow must be a nice one I got the whole shebang (excluding propane tank) at Home Depot for $44
Mine is an 8 gallon stainless kettle with lid and thermometer. The burner is 58,000 BTU's with a regulator, and a stand which supports the kettle at the bottom and half way up. Yes, it is a nice set-up, well worth the cash, IMO.
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Old 03-11-2006, 02:06 PM   #14
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Check out Morebeer.com they have great starter kits and include shipping free for orders over $50. Check out the following kit Bottling Super Deluxe Starter System it runs $315 but comes with free shipping and has a light ale ingredient kit included. I has all the things you will eventually need except a propane burner which you can get at HD for $50. If i was starting and knew what I know now and had your money this is what I would buy.

The best equipment you can get right now would be a BIG brewpot with a valve assembly and a propnae burner.

Good luck and keep posting.
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:05 AM   #15
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Glass primary and secondary.. and either carboy caps (to siphon using a pressure differential) or an auto siphon. Get some no rinse sanitizer - star san is a must have. You'll want a hydrometer as well. Get a good sized pot.. preferably 5 gallons (larger if you plan to do all grain in the near future). You'll also need the small stuff like bottles, caps, capper, tubing, drilled bungs and airlocks, carboy brush.

While a turkey fryer is not really necessary since you'll be doing concentrated boils using extract (and maybe steeping some specialty grains) you don't really need the fyer. Now, if you get a turkey fryer you're very well off on your way to all grain brewing which will make the best (and cheapest) beer. The only other thing you'd really need is a cooler and a coopper manifold and you could go all grain... oh, you'd need a chiller too.

Read the "how to brew" link - it really is a great read for beginners and experts a like... www.howtobrew.com

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Old 03-16-2006, 06:12 AM   #16
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Try to get your rig from a LHBS, Shipping carboys and ect is pricing and you can call your LHBS for questions.

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Old 03-16-2006, 12:29 PM   #17
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You get that at Frank's?
speaking of frank, i think im gonna go see the man this weekend. im in need for some keg connectors.
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Old 03-16-2006, 01:39 PM   #18
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I'd probably skip the propane cooker if you're going to do extract brews. A kitchen stove works fine. I didn't buy a propane cooker until I decided to try all grain brewing. I went El Cheapo and bought the $44.00 turkey fryer. It came with a large aluminum pot that is nowhere near as nice as a SS pot. The guy who bought the $100.00 turkey fryer may hav got the better deal. They say you get what you pay for.
I would buy a wort cooler for about $35.00

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