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Old 11-09-2006, 11:54 AM   #11
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Check out the kits at too. I started with their Deluxe kit for $139. I had about the same starting budget you mentioned, so I did what Yuri suggested and bought a good large kettle suitable for full boils (a 13.2 gallon converted keg, in my case) and a wort chiller.

Yuri mentioned that you can buy the individual components and not have a bunch of items you never use. You can do that, but you will spend more more money overall for the same items, and I can tell you there is not one single item of my Deluxe starter kit from Northern Brewer that I do not use. None of it is useless junk.

A couple of kits I'd suggest

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Old 11-09-2006, 12:24 PM   #12
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I'll second the Midwest suggestion - here is a link to

I'd pick up a nice aluminum stock pot too - something 32 quarts or so. Stainless is nice, but it's expensive too. You can get a professional quality aluminum pot from a resturaunt supply store for much less than a poor quality stainless one.

Save the rest of your budget for after you have a batch or two inder your belt - you'll figure out what things you want to add pretty quickly.

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Old 11-09-2006, 12:32 PM   #13
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Check out Craigslist as well. You can usually find someone selling a kit if you give it a week or two. I'm angry because I missed out on a $5 glass carboy.

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I orderd my starter from Midwest too, it's nice becuase if you want to make and changes to the kits just email them and they'll help you out.
If you do decide to go with a kit with Better Bottles, get them ported with spigots. It's worth the extra cash for the ease of racking.

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