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Old 06-04-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:10 AM   #5
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:12 AM   #6
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:16 AM   #7
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:16 AM   #8
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:18 AM   #9
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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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Old 06-04-2011, 01:21 AM   #10
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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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