Although I have never brewed, I "know" it is right for me, so I am not just experimenting here, but I am entering the craft.
I am in the market for my innitial equipment and have things pretty much narrowed down I think. Money is a factor, but at the same time I don't believe in wasting money on something I will be throwing away after one or two uses. I also do not want to be running back and fourth to the store every week to pick up extra equipment I later learn that I need. I kept my list as basic as I felt I could, while allowing myself some conveniences and also some room for improvement as my skills and bank account improve
Would someone please look over my list and let me know if there is anything critical that I am forgetting?
-extract kit (I will ask for a recommended kit for beginners from my LHBS)
-glucose or DME or etc. (again, whatever the shop owner suggests I will need as far as ingredients)
Starter equipment bundle (True Brew kit) includes the following:
-fermenter bucket with airlock
-bottling bucket with plastic spigot
-hand capper, sanitizer, handbook (probably won't use this stuff)
Things not included in the kit as far as I know:
-auto-siphon (if not included in the kit)
-brew pot 20 quart (got this already)
-32 oz Starsan
-extra mosh bucket and wallpaper tub for sanitizing (got these already)
-flip top bottles (currently 'collecting' Fischer bottles
-sponges for cleaning (got this already)
-digi thermometer (got this already)
-empty spray bottle to aid in sanitizing
-metal strainer to catch hops etc. from the wort (got this already)
I will not be using a secondary at this time and I will not be using a yeast starter at first either. I want to keep things relatively simple for at least the first two batches, introducing new a new and more advanced technique with subsequent batches, provided the previous come out ok. My goal is to move up to full grain brewing eventually and start brewing from my father-in-law's recipe which I still need to get...then I want to work up to brewing Pilsner, depending on how things go.