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Old 12-02-2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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Hey I was looking to get some opinions on this starter set. It looks like it would come with everything I need to get started including a recipe kit.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewi...-plus-kit.html

It cost $170 or so after shipping though so that seems a bit steep. Are there any out there that I can get a bit cheaper that will do the job or is this a pretty cool deal? I am sure this gets asked a lot but I couldn't find a thread with this kit in it so I figured I would ask. Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:35 AM   #2
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That looks like an alright deal, but you can more than likely find plenty of that stuff used/free - The classifieds are usually riddled with people getting rid of carboys and other basic equipment...Im pretty sure I paid no more than $20 when I scrounged up my first kit...Anyways, just a thought as it might save you some $$

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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Alright cool, I will check it out, thanks!

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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$145+ shipping is still pretty good compared to some other deals out there. But CL would be the cheap way to go. Just be sure the stuff you're thinking of buying used is in good condition.
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I'd recommend getting a kit w/o the kettle and bottles. You'll want a larger kettle anyway to do full boils, I like the aluminum pro pots from amazon, they're heavy duty and aluminum's just fine for brewing. The 8 gallon's like 40 bucks shipped. Also, bottles are pricey to ship, so saving empties or buying locally would be cheaper.

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I bought this same setup, minus the bottles & kettle. I bought a 7gal kettle locally for about $50, saved up some Sam Adams bottles & bought a few from a friend, & ordered a wort chiller from Midwest. I got the Autumn Amber Ale kit with it (my first-ever brew). Couldn't be happier with any of it! Made several batches & added some equipment along the way. Great folks to work with if you're a noobie. I actually paid more than that for my kit, so looks like a good deal to me.

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I got my starter from Northern Brewer. It was a little more than that but the 2 glass carboys are real nice!

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I got the cheap starter kit and just went to wal-mart and got a cheap pot for 25 bucks I think. If you are looking for a one stop starter kit this looks awesome! Good luck and happy brewing!

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Midwest also has the Basic brewing starter kit for $65! Just add a beer kit as an option. Then do like I did & go local for a 5G (20 qt) BK & save pop top bottles.
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Midwest also has the Basic brewing starter kit for $65! Just add a beer kit as an option. Then do like I did & go local for a 5G (20 qt) BK & save pop top bottles.
Yeah I think I will do this, I don't need all those bottles and I can get a brew pot locally.

Do you think its worth the extra money for the $99 kit versus the $65. From what I can tell it comes with a Glass Carboy and Auto siphon attachment, I am not sure if I would really need either of those though?
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