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Old 12-10-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys - I have a question for the experienced brewer with vast knowledge of equipment prices and needs.

I build stuff for people for extra cash on the weekends (Carpentry) which floats me some extra cash and luckily i live at home with my parents still so rent is cheap! I want to take the earnings from my side jobs and float it toward my hobby which is brewing beer. Currently i have the basics which is some buckets and a 5 gal kettle. I also enjoy and take pride in building my own things.

Things i will build myself:
Wort chiller (40$)
Brew stand($?)
And ill be buying a propane burner from Home depot (65k BTU for 50-60$)


Things ill buy:
Keging system (200$?)


What I need advice on is what else should i be primarily looking at buying?

Thanks in advanced for the help!

Edit:
Would like to move into BIAB and then All grain brewing.



 
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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Some Blichman bling would be nice SSBK with site glass,temp guage,the works.HLT,MLT,hoses & march pumps. And a control panel to top it off!


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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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to many abbreviations for me to follow! Care to explain in further depth?

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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Before anything else buy/make some sort of temperature controlled fermentation box/room/fridge!! After that get your burners and wort chiller.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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Before anything else buy/make some sort of temperature controlled fermentation box/room/fridge!! After that get your burners and wort chiller.
Agreed. Temp control is first priority. Fridge/freezer on Craigslist, STC-1000 controller off e-bay (search threads). This comes before a keg setup. Would you rather have good beer in bottles or bad beer in kegs?

I would also highly recommend a stir plate and flask for yeast starters. Healthy yeast is critical.

 
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to many abbreviations for me to follow! Care to explain in further depth?
Blichman Stainless Steel Brew Kettle,with site glass (tube on the side of the BK to see how many gallons are in it at the moment. Hot Liquor tank,Mash Lauter Ton ( two other kettles to heat water in & mash in). Hoses & march pumps connect throuh ball valves between kettles with march pumps to move it all back & forth. No heavy lifting on your part.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #8
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Agreed. Temp control is first priority. Fridge/freezer on Craigslist, STC-1000 controller off e-bay (search threads). This comes before a keg setup. Would you rather have good beer in bottles or bad beer in kegs?

I would also highly recommend a stir plate and flask for yeast starters. Healthy yeast is critical.
awesome, looking at temp control right now, seems very easy with a chest freezer.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #9
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Agreed. Save it and move out of your parent's house.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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Decide which aspect of brewing bothers you the most and then look into equipment that will decrease the frustration. This way you'll have more fun brewing!

Personally, I hate cleaning bottles so I went straight for kegging equipment. If you're a neat-freak, perhaps glass carboys. Or if a control-freak, temp control equipment.



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