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Old 06-04-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Husband wants Mr. Beer for Father's Day, BUT...

Since I've read so many mixed reviews on here, can anyone give any recommendations for better beginner's brewing kits? Though I'm sure he'll get addicted the first go around, I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a kit in case he doesn't. (Preferably $150 or less, though I'm not sure if I'm being ignorant )

I know this has been asked before, but the latest one I was able to find was from 7 months ago, so I figured I would ask again in case any new kits have come out since then

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:00 AM   #2
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They are all a gateway to bigger and better things. It's just a matter of where you want to start out. Mr Beer is cheap. Brewer's Best have some kits that start you off quite well. http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/B...t%20101028.pdf


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Old 06-04-2011, 01:03 AM   #3
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I'm not saying Mr Beer is bad though. It's where I started.
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I would say do him a favor and start with a full kit. And it shouldn't be bad for under 150. Get a basic kit, and a cheap pot, and he is good to go for a long time. I recommend checking out dollar general for a pot. I found a 5 gallon one for $12.

As far as starter kits go I can't help you too much. I just bought mine on an impulse from a local kitchen store, and I know I could have gotten something much cheaper if I had searched around. If you have a local home brew shop near by you might consider going in and talking to them about a good starter set. Just try not to let them sell you too much stuff. All he really will need is a fermenter, a bottling bucket and some siphon hosing to get going.
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I started with the coopers kit--- makebeer.net. I feel you get more bang for your buck. But I did see that they have changed the fermentor so I dont know about the new set up. But I am really happy with the old fermenter--right now they have a discount on the site.

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Try Midwest Supplies. They have a great starter kit that gives you all you need and more, plus an ingredient kit to start brewing right away. It's in your price range.
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To make a decent (drinkable) beer, I'd recommend a solid "kit" and stay away from gimmicks like the Coopers (just not good quality all around) and Mr. Beer. I'd start with a basic equipment kit from a well-known internet homebrew store, like northernbrewer.com or austinhomebrew.com. Then I'd add an extract recipe kit, to make a batch of beer. They have many kinds and styles, from cream ales to bocks, and austinhomebrew.com has many extract "clone kits" where you can make a beer very much like your favorite beer. I've done their Pete's Wicked Ale, Fat Tire, and a few others that I can't remember right now. They also have great instructions, so you can't screw it up, and it makes really good beer on the first try!
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Now that you're getting him started, start thinking about where you will place the kegerator or keezer!
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I started with Mr. Beer kit....I'd recommend the full kit to make extract. It's well worth it.
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They are all a gateway to bigger and better things. It's just a matter of where you want to start out. Mr Beer is cheap. Brewer's Best have some kits that start you off quite well. http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/B...t%20101028.pdf
Tell me about it, i started with a Mr. Beer kit and now, 3 years later i basically have a RIMS system.

However, after using the Mr. Beer kit, i quickly realized that you get way better results from an actual starter kit. I think i paid $150 for mine and that included a 5 gallon steel pot, 6 gal plastic bucket, carbouy, thermometer, hydrometer and bottle capper. Thats all ya need.


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