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usul 01-09-2012 06:16 PM

Poor mans list
I have recently been considering brewing, and after talking it out with a friend we have decided to take the plunge. Neither of us can can make a large initial investment, but we think we have a list of what we need, but i would love to have an experienced person tell us if we are missing something important (U know like a fermentor :D)
here is the list

3 X 5 gallon bucket
1 x Airlock
(Rubber Stopper, Drill bit, clear flexible tubing, Pitcher)
1 X Large Pot
1 X Wooden or Plastic Spoon
1 x Plastic bucket lid
1 X Racking Cane
Sanitizing Solution
1 x Hydrometer
1 x Submerislbe thermostat

Once we have convinced our signifigant others that this is a hobby they can benifit from we are hoping to improve our equipment, but we think we can do this list for under 50 bucks Our initial brew is going to be an attempt at hard apple cider. We have researched this for hours, hoping to avoid as many rookie mistakes as possible, but any extra pointers are welcome. Today is Monday, and we are going to purchase our supplies and begin the brewing process on sat.

ALSO!! would rather use a sanitation tablet to remove wild yeasts rather than simmering the apple cider for 30 mins, would love to know cost to benifit ratio.

After hours of reading, I have found this website to be full of knowlable and considerate people, and have chosen to make this site my home, ty for the chance to join your family of brewmasters!!

Brewnoob1 01-09-2012 06:19 PM

I'd add a 2nd airlock. Have 2 fermenters and make 1 of the buckets a bottling bucket with spigot. That would be the only changes I'd personally make. No point having 3 buckets with only 1 airlock. If you want a container to keep sterilizing solution handy, add a 4th bucket...those are cheap anyways.

Airlock - around $2 bucks...4th bucket....freebies if you ask restaurants around you. If you buy one, they are still super cheap.

unionrdr 01-09-2012 06:30 PM

The 5 gallon buckets won't be big enough for 5 gallon brews. You'll need 6.5 gallon buckets to allow the proper head space for co2,krausen,etc. A blow off tube & a half gallon jug would be great for initial fermentation the 1st few days. Plus bottles,caps,& capper. A 5 gallon (20qt) ss stock pot would be fine for partial boils,or get a 10 gallon one with a gas burner for full boils.
And I put spigots on all my pales,makes life easier. And five star chemical's PBW cleaner & starsan sanitizer are tops with most folks on here. The starsan is a no rinse santizer that breaks down into yeast neutrien. PBW will soak just about anything clean.

Brewnoob1 01-09-2012 06:36 PM

You can always ask restaurants to see if they have any food grade buckets. They throw those away or get rid of them all the time They might be freebies. I'd also recommend checking your local Thrift store for pots. I have seen pots on the cheap in the past...but unfortunately, it was before I was into the hobby so didn't take advantage of them.

Just thoughts on cutting down more of your costs if you're trying to get the minimum required equipment

HerbieHowells 01-09-2012 06:39 PM

What are you planning on doing with the cider between the time fermentation ends and the time you drink it? Bottles? In that case, you would need a bottle capping device and bottle caps, or a whole lot of flip cap bottles. Other storage methods will require other costs.

usul 01-09-2012 06:52 PM

will be putting the hard cider in wine bottles and using cork to cap them, can get wine bottle for free from friend, and making a 4 gallon batch.

IffyG 01-09-2012 06:54 PM

That's only going to work if you want still cider.

usul 01-09-2012 06:58 PM

the corks will not hold in the carbonation during the final phase?

IffyG 01-09-2012 07:17 PM

Corks won't hold and/or the wine bottles will blow up on you. They just aren't mean to handle carbonation.

usul 01-09-2012 11:00 PM

Looks like we will be using repurposed pop bottles.

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