I'm willing to spend over $200 if it's worth it, but haven't brewed of course so I don't know exactly what kits may be missing or may have in them that are considered inferior pieces of equipment that would need upgrading further down the line.
I don't want to be limited much with what can be brewed equipment wise and I am not too worried about the brewing being too complicated for a beginner. I plan on starting with malt extract and having the ability to go to grain easily.
I have a propane burner from a turkey deep fryer and the pot(which is definitely cheap quality but perhaps will work fine for the first couple brews or so?).
With that said I am thinking of an intermediate kit with 2 glass carboys:
I do like the idea of kegging the beer instead of bottling though, already have a kegerator that fits a 1/2 barrel or 2 slim kegs which I believe would be standard size for homebrewing 5 gallons. What would be needed besides the keg itself to keg the beer? should I just bottle the first time or two instead perhaps?
Is there a different kit I should consider(this one seemed a touch better than northerbrewery)? or perhaps add on parts? Some sort of thermometer or hydrometer? I'm interested in brewing ales, wheat beers, maybe an oatmeal stout or a porter...