Oh I am fine with the bottles. I have been collecting beer/soda bottles since I first decided I was going to brew my own, so I have a good solid collection of green/brown/clear bottles. I am going to go to the grocery store to see if I can get some buckets tomorrow.
So it seems, really, that all I need to actually brew is a large enough primary fermenter, which I am hoping to use a big pale for, an airlock, siphon, and bottle capper. Bottles I can get easily enough, and I will boil the wort in my 3-gal stove pot. I can put the other two gals of water into the pale if I am doing 5 gal batches. So here is my proposed kit:
Bottle capper, fresh caps - Cheap, $5-$10
Bukkits - hopefully free
Bottles - free
Airlock - $5
Hose/Siphon - >$10
Hydrometer - $5
So, aside from ingrediants and disinfectants, I am looking at about $30 to brew my first brew. Anything else I should include in this Poor Man's Beginning Brew Kit?