Originally Posted by HopZombie99
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
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.
My advice is that since lagers require better attention to fermentation temperatures, as they need to be lower and dont hide off flavors as much is to start with some sort of ale. Thus I would omit 8 and 9.
All in all, bare minimum equipment you need is:
fermentation bucket with lid and airlock
Brew pot that is a couple gallons larger than what you are boiling
Something to stir it with
some tubing (though a bottling wand and a bucket with spigot is a nice addition)
Then you can get a kit to brew which contains all the extracts, specialty grains, yeast, priming sugar, directions you need to make your first batch.
Collect your empty pry cap bottles/soak in oxyclean or warm water to remove labels. A lot of kits come with caps, though you will need a capper. You can use screwcap PET bottles though if you want to go that route.