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Old 12-12-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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I can't find anything in here, and maybe I'm in the wrong spot, but I'm looking for information on what I need to get started. I've been looking at homebrew starter kits and found a few that look like they could be good for me to start and even take me in to the next level (a fermenting bucket, bottling bucket and two glass carboys in one...) I just don't know what's necessary and what isn't. I've been watching some videos on youtube and doing some reading. It seems like most of the videos show the beer in the fermenter, then to the bottling bucket with no secondary container. I don't know if and when i would need a second pail/carboy. I'd thought about just getting a mr beer kit to try brewing but I figure go big or go home, right? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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My advice is to go with a starter kit from your local home brew shop. You'll get everything you need to brew a simple beer. The starter kit at my local has this in it:

1. 30 litre barrel & lid
2. Tap & stick-on thermometer
3. Bubbler airlock and grommet
4. Hydrometer
5. Brewer's spoon 39cm
6. Cleaner / Detergent
7. No rinse steriliser
8. Black Rock Lager kit (1.7kg)
9. Lager enhancer pack
10. Beer finings 5gm sachet
11. Carbonation drops (60)

The only think missing for a beginners batch is the bottles.

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:34 AM   #3
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Most homebrewers do not use a secondary, we leave the brew in the fermenter for 3-4 weeks until it clears.

Most of the kits are good to go. A fermenter and a bottling bucket are enough to start.

There are thousands of posts on buckets vs carboys vs better bottles (plastic carboys). I've always used buckets.

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:11 AM   #4
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Actually, a fermenter is all you really need to START along with an airlock. Then you get your recipe and brew it. I dont have a bottling bucket (yet), but will have one before it is time to bottle this brew I have in the fermenter...oh yeah, and a hydrometer (which I also dont have yet).

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I thought you needed to measure the OG before fermentation?

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Supposed to...but oh well. Cant measure it without the Hydrometer and my LHBS was out of them.

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Unfortunately the closest brew shop to me is an hour drive. I may visit later on but they are pretty steep on starting kit prices. For now and probably mostly in the future, it'll be mail order for me.

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Supposed to...but oh well. Cant measure it without the Hydrometer and my LHBS was out of them.
Ahh. That does make it tough to measure
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You mentioned mr beer. If you have nothing at all yet and you find a mr beer for cheap(which they always are --sales , clearance, etx) you could get started making beer for around 20 bucks and as you progress up grade piece by piece. Craigslist is packed with people offloading old brew equipment. I don't like to waste money and as I learn I develop a preference for gear that I want. Besides, even after you move up to bigger batches and develop your own system and tastes for making your style if beer, you can still use that mr beer fermenter for small test batches and things like that. I like the little fermenter even though typically I use a bucket for five gallon batches. Occasionally I use a secondary in the form of a carboy. But if I had to narrow things down to essentials, I would make sure I have my bucket fermenter and a bottle bucket with the spigot and wand. And I'm thinking of getting a few more soon. I see them daily on craigslist for a steal of a deal. But I started simple, and as I move thru batches I find little tricks that work for me and aqquire gear accordingly. Best bet, get SOMETHING to start . And you will get hooked. You develop your kit over time as you refine your need and desire. Part of the fun is exploring options. I wouldn't spend more than a hundred dollars if I didn't know what I was doing. Get your feet wet and have fun with it. But again...search craigslist ! More than likely you can find some gear tomorrow from a guy in town for a fraction of the cost of new equipment

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Old 12-12-2012, 05:40 AM   #10
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I'm a step ahead of you. I have been on Craigslist. Unfortunately everyone in my area thinks they are a flea market and they sell their gear for market price (new). Ill probably hit the smaller kit with that info. The price is a little higher than $100 but that's because I have to get a stockpot (brew kettle) in my kit. I had also thought about using a turkey fryer instead. For $50, I can get a 7.5 gallon kettle with burner.

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