Hello all, I have been doing some recon and looking to get a good starter kit. I think I'm going with the Northern Brewer deluxe kit and will get a few extras (hydrometer, bottle tree, and vinator). Also, I thinking of getting a larger pot (8-10 gal) for 5 gal full boils, and future HLT use when full grain brewing. Any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Chris
I definitely recommend going with the full boil option. Morebeer has an economy 8 gallon modified kettle so you can and a ball valve and thermometer.
It goes for $90. You can buy a stainless valve and thermometer from bargain fittings or Bobby Ms brewhardware.com for about $40 an have a goo kettle with everything you need under $150. I think morebeer will cut the lid for you if you buy the immersion wort chiller and free shipping
I'd get a 10 gallon pot for sure as long as you have a way to get 6-7 gallons to a full boil.
If you get the bottling tree buy an extra ring (each holds 9 bottles). After you finish a beer rinse it well with hot water (give it a quick eyeball to see that it's clean) and put it on the tree.
Estimate your consumption rate so that you have a batch ready to bottle when the tree is full. (54 bottles).
On bottling day spray each clean bottle (stored neatly on your tree) with 2-3 pumps on the vinator (I use about a quart of Starsan) and fill.