I believe this is my first post and I wanted to talk about my first beer I PLAN to make. I've read the 'how to brew' book multiple times, but I keep getting bogged down in detail and I want to get some hands on experience so that I can really relate to what goes on in the book.
I would like to make a dark oatmealish stout, preferably with specialty grains. I've perused the site and I have to admit there are a lot of details and every thread is interesting but not exactly what I want (even though the information may be buried in pages and pages of the thread).
My first question is, what is ALL the equipment I will need? The starter kits like:
don't really include EVERYTHING. Id like to know which cleaners to use for both cleaning and sanitizing. I also would like to buy the right brewpot, preferably enough for a 5 gallon batch.
So far I've found that Star San is a good sanitizer because you can just thrown your stuff on top of the foam after you drain it without rinsing. What about something scentless for washing? Also, S. San is probably the best with a glass carboy because then you don't really have to use a carboy cleaner to scrub too hard (I'm worried that I won't reach all the spots).
Also, I will probably buy a wort chiller but I don't know exactly how it works. If I buy one, it should come ready to hook up to a sink? How do I clean the wort chiller before placing it in the pot?
Any advice would be very helpful. I mostly looked to start a thread so that I have a place I can ask questions as I buy the different components.