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Old 11-08-2006, 12:23 AM   #1
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I dont want to buy the first link in Google. Budget between 300-350. Is that too low? TIA.

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Old 11-08-2006, 01:00 AM   #2
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Dollars? You can get a heck of a setup for 300 bucks. Check out this kit from AHBS.

And get a recipe kit like one from this page.

And lastly you'll need a kettle. Anything from 3 gallons on up is good for extract brewing. 8 gallons and up for all-grain.

And water.

Oh and read Palmers book www.howtobrew.com and buy another brewing book. And just hang out here for all the killer tips and tricks!

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Old 11-08-2006, 01:18 AM   #3
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I'd look at www.austinhomebrew.com, www.More-Beer.com, or a local lhbs if you have one. For $300 you should be able to get a pretty nice set-up, but don't over do it to start; some of the stuff I bought initially I never use, while I come up with new things to buy every brew day.

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Old 11-08-2006, 01:42 AM   #4
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That's a perfect amount to spend on some quality equipment. I'd initially set my sights on spending about half of that on a good 10 gallon kettle, two fermenters (Better Bottles are nice), some bottling gear, and enough extras (siphon hoses, grain/hops bags, INGREDIENTS, etc) to get you started. Save the other half of that money to spend when you figure out how you'd like to improve your brewing. With that kind of budget, you may look into kegging as well.

EDIT: Note, not many kit suggestions yet...you don't need one! You might try buying the components separately and avoid having some junk around that you'll never use. We'll provide plenty of details as long as you're willing to listen.

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Old 11-08-2006, 02:25 AM   #5
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Start with John Palmers book How to Brew this book is a must have to any brewer new and advanced. You may want to find a brew club in your local area, we all love teaching people to brew, sit in on a couple of brew days and from there you should be able to get enough education to make an informed purchase. And if all else fail you have all of us to fall back on. Remember your not alone in this addiction, we are out here 24/7 at least a few of us!!!!

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Old 11-08-2006, 03:10 AM   #6
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Start with John Palmers book How to Brew this book is a must have to any brewer new and advanced. You may want to find a brew club in your local area, we all love teaching people to brew, sit in on a couple of brew days and from there you should be able to get enough education to make an informed purchase. And if all else fail you have all of us to fall back on. Remember your not alone in this addiction, we are out here 24/7 at least a few of us!!!!
Don't forget Papazian!!! And yes, there always seems to be someone here, whether 3 in the afternoon, or three in the morning, welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:37 AM   #7
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I got my deluxe kit from here: http://www.homebrewery.com/beer/beer...luxe-kit.shtml and have been very happy with the service. I have used everything in this kit and the bench capper seems to be a lot easier to use then the 2 hander ones.

Well worth it to get the auto siphon!!! Best item for convience out there IMHO
I got a 7.5 gal brewing pot and now wish I had at least 10 gal one, but i moved to All Grain quickly.

BTW welcome to a fabulous hobby.
And if you really enjoy it start planning more for your budget!!!!

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Old 11-09-2006, 05:02 AM   #8
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Default Coopers Micro Brew Kit

Not sure how much you really want to do, but to just get started the Coopers Micro Brew Kit comes with everything you need for your first batch including a Lager kit and bottles for $70 from MakeBeer.net

There is a review at www.homebrewandbeer.com/productreviews.html and several reviews on Amazon.com.

If you allready know you'll want to get into mashing and full-grain brewing than you might consider a more substantial setup, but I found it provided a good entry point for me.

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Old 11-09-2006, 12:15 PM   #9
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I got ther intermediate kit with better bottles from Midwest. -->
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=3316
I think it is the best kit for the price. I had them drill the better bottles for spigots so it's easier to transfer from one fermentor to the other. I wanted to get everything I could afford ($500 budget), so I added a few things:

1 Happy Holiday Brew w/European Ale Wyeast 1338
1 Liberty Cream Ale w/ American Ale Wyeast 1056
1 Liquid Tube Brush
1 Airlock Brush 5/8"
1 Airlock 3 piece type
1 Plastic lid with drilled hole for airlock, for 6.5 gallon fermenters.
1 Boiling bag (NYLON) 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
1 18 inch Plastic Stirring Spoon
1 Stainless Steel Brewing Pot (5 Gallon)
1 Hydrometer test jar 12" plastic w/ screw on base
1 Stainless Measuring Spoons
1 Jet bottle washer faucet adapter
1 Fermtech Blast Bottle and Carboy Washer
1 Airlock brush
3 Bottles 12 oz. Amber (per 24)
1 Fermtech Wine Thief
1 Stainless Steel Strainer, 8" diameter

With this setup I can have two batches going at once.

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Sorry, double post....

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