Hi everyone, first post on the forum...
I got an extract kit for my recent wedding and I started my first batch, and got bit by the bug and have spent every spare moment since then listening to brewing podcasts and reading everything in sight.
I have a habit of getting intensely into hobbies, and when I do that I tend to spend too much money because I buy cheapo stuff off the bat and end up on a neverending upgrade path that costs way more than it would have if I spent the money right at the outset. I am also the type to absolutely master things one step at a time before moving on to newer skills.
So, I have tried to put together a list that will give me a good starting point for all-grain brewing (since that is my interest) and have tried to strategically choose important items that will be a higher upfront cost but that will carryover throughout my future in the hobby, while still keeping costs down.
The goal is to have an all-grain setup that can effectively cyclically brew several 5 gallon batches, and to start with pale ales and master them before moving on to other styles. This way I cut my teeth on a flexible and relatively forgiving style that I happen to enjoy thoroughly before I go all-in on other stuff.
I was wondering if some of you old pros could give it a once over and make some suggestions on things that are worth upgrading now and/or things that I have overbudgeted for that are not necessary and/or things I completely missed while planning this whole thing out.
So without further ado, here is the list along with approximate cost when purchased new (where applicable).
Better Bottle 6 Gal Carboy w/ Rack x3 @ 65.95
10gal blichman boilermaker 329.99
Blichmann Burner 149.99
Propane tank ~40
Stoppers, etc ~10
Schmidling Grain Mill 189.95
50 lbs grain ~50
Yeast 6 x 20 ~120
Hops 1 oz x 20 ~40
Enzymes 5x 2.95 ~14.75
Irish Moss 4 oz x 4 ~24
Bottles 22oz x 150 ~150
Picnic Cooler (58 qt) 99.99
Assorted Bits and Pieces ~50
Additonal 6 gallon food bucket ~15
Iodine solution ~10
Mash paddle ~20
pH paper (ColorpHast) ~10
1 gallon growler with sealing cap
1 liter beaker
Grand Total 1597.596