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Old 11-07-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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So, I got into brewing during undergraduate college, and now want to get back into it after a 2-3 year hiatus. I am now currently in medical school, so time is somewhat limited, but I still want a fun and exciting hobby that can produce a wonderful product! My brews thus far have been (from what I can remember): a regular run-of-the-mill light beer, a honey wheat ale, a raspberry wheat ale, and a hard apple cider. Unfortunately, because I was lazy, I gave ALL my equipment to a friend, and just don't feel right asking for it back. That being said, here is my list of essentials, please let me know if I need more and if I can leave something off:

6.5 gallon bucket with spigot, airlock, etc
Either 6.5 gallon secondary OR 5 gal carboy (can somebody remind me why one is better than the other?)
Racking and bottling equipment (prob go with bare essentials, like no bottling thingy if I have a spigot on the bucket)
Hydrometer (although I dont really think this is necessary until I start building my own recipes)
Thermometer (bucket and wort)
Bottles, etc

And last but not least, a large boiling apparatus...this is my actually most important question...what is the smallest amount of liguid I can get away with boiling and still get a great beer. I think I have a 2-3 gallon stainless steel pot, and don't really want to shell out another 40-50 dollars for a 16-20 quart one.

Thanks in advance for your helpfulness and patience with the long post! Everybody keep brewing!

Jason

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Old 11-07-2007, 06:15 PM   #2
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Crazyness! MSIII here!

Why don't you just go with a brew kit like this

All of the extract kits I've done thus far have called for a 2 gallon boil... however just remember that it's 2 gallons of water PLUS several lbs of extract PLUS room for soaking grains. I'd say even with a 3 gallon pot you would be cutting it really close to boil 2 gallons.

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Hey, yeah MSII here...I am probably going to end up going with something exactly like that, just not enthused about spending 100 dollars for stuff I already had! Oh well, and what about glass vs plastic secondary fermentor, do you have any insight?

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Old 11-07-2007, 06:34 PM   #4
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glass vs plastic

Subject of many a debate. Short version: people who use plastic are fools that let oxygen/bugs/contamination get into their beer, people who use glass are fools that risk breakage and loss of beer so they can watch the yeast reproduce.

Reality, both work just fine.

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The meads and wine's I've got going live in glass carboys, beer I've got clearing lives in better bottles. Never had a problem with any of them. I tend to use better bottles when I can because I don't want to run the risk of a glass one shattering in my hands. I've paid enough for them and would like to make some money back

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