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Old 11-27-2012, 06:09 AM   #11
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I don't own any carboys. I do just primary then bottle. I may get a carboy in the future though to use as a primary.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:10 AM   #12
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I use mine as fermenters if I have more than one Batch going at a time....like now :-)
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #13
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food grade plastic buckets are really cheap and make excellent fermenters. Use a couple of 6.5 gallon ones myself and don't bother with airlocks on their lids. Just cover the top of the bucket with saran wrap, that's been sprayed with starsan on the side that'll face the beer, then puncture a couple of small holes in the SW and place the actual lid loosely on top.

The Mr Beer kegs are only $10 a pop so they're a pretty cheap option as well but having the larger volume buckets means you can start fermenting 5 gallon batches

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #14
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So...knowing that I am a complete newb and am practically broke, can you tell me exactly what I would need to get started and approximate cost?
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:27 AM   #15
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If you want to break into 5 gallon batches here is my 2c worth:

Keep an eye on groupon and living social because Midwest often times has a deal to get you into a beginners brew kit for around 80 bucks ship. Last deal came with a fermenter, bottling bucket, racking cane, siphon tubing, capper, bottling wand, and 1 of 3 ingredient kits. I use this same kit now (about a year later) and have added on to it some. I'd say save up some scratch until that deal comes along and run that.

Otherwise, you could try and find some Mr. Beer kegs and do 2 or 3 of em at a time if you wanted which would give you variety.

A fermenting bucket from a homebrew shop is usually in the $15 range, ingredient kits range anywhere form 25-50 depending on the place and what they have and the type of beer you're brewing. I dropped some coin today at the LHBS (almost $60 bucks) on ingredients for a stout, corn sugar (for carbing bottles), and random other "ooo I hasta have it" kind of stuff.


Hope this helps!
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:38 AM   #16
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I think absolute bare necessity items would be fermenting bucket with lid,
bottling bucket (maybe),
large pot for boiling (bigger is better if going all grain),
hydrometer,
thermometer,
sanitizer,
tubing for racking (auto-siphon highly recommended).
I think that's all you would have to have I'm sure I've forgotten something or Added something someone else doesn't feel essential but that's the bare minimum to brew I would want

Then if bottling you'd need
Bottles (No Twist off unless PET bottles)
Caps
Bottling wand (recommended but not essential)
Tubing
Capper
Scale for weighing priming sugar(HIGHLY recommended but not essential)
Sanitizer

Or if kegging
Kegs
CO2
Gas lines
Serving lines
Quick connects for gas and liquid
Taps (picnic or other)
Kegerator/Keezer with temperature controller

It all depends on what you want, what you can find how much it's going to cost. It can be as cheap or as expensive as you want the hobby to be.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:39 AM   #17
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Due to my location I don't think I can be of much help regarding the accurate pricing of stuff where you live

But if you are even slightly deft, in a DIY context, you could drill out a hole in one food grade bucket to fit a spigot, to give you a bargain basement bottling bucket (bbbb) for, probably somewhere around $10. Then another bucket or two to use purely as fermenters.

If you don't already, get yourself at least a racking cane, or even better an autosyphon, and some, 10 to 15 feet, food grade silicon tubing. A capper is a good idea but you can get away with using any PET bottles, that are made to contain carbonated drinks, to bottle your first few batches. Still use some myself so that I can monitor how well batches are carbing/carbed. Munton's, Cooper's and Black Rock extract kits work out quite a bit cheaper than the Mr. Beer stuff and can be added to, specialty grain steeping, DME, brown/white sugar and hop additions,to make some good beer, IMO/IME.

I've seen a few people on here turning up some great deals on brewing equipment through Craig's List.

 
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