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Old 09-12-2012, 05:08 AM   #1
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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

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:48 AM   #2
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SAve your money on the tree and vinater a 5 gallon bucket works just as well
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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I use the northern brewer essential kit. I like it, if that helps any. Also if I want to upgrade all I have to do is order a carboy!

 
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Midwest supplies everything #2 kit. Comes with kettle n hydro and few other things. It's the kit I picked up and I am happy with it.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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thanks for the info

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:13 PM   #6
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I started with the NB deluxe kit. I felt it was the most complete for the money ( and still do). A HYDROMETER IS INCLUDED unless it has changed.

I opted for Better Bottles. Glass is too heavy and dangerous, IMO.

Get the Vinator! It is one of my favorite pieces of equipment.

Get the 10 gallon pot if you can afford it. Larger if you plan all grain bigger than 5 gallon batches.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:15 PM   #7
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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.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:20 PM   #8
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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

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #9
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Maybe send these guys and gals a email and see what your local options are? http://www.nychomebrew.com/
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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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.


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