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Old 03-27-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Beginner Start up

Looking forward to learning from everyone.

I'm starting with literally nothing and looking to make this a good hobby. I'm going to go to our local Brew Store and talk to the guy in person but are there any "musts" or "must not" as far as purchases go? Since I have nothing and am starting from scratch, what advice can you throw out there.


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Old 03-27-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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welcome to homebrewing! My only advice would be to buy stuff you'll grow into. When I first started buying stuff I did it on the cheap and bought things that were almost good enough to get things done, but not quite... and I eventually had to scrap them and buy the real deal. A good example was buying a cheap kitchen scale from walmart, which wasn't accurate enough to truly measure hops. Another was trying to get away with using a relatively small brew kettle for too long, just buy a decent one to start with. As far as must-haves, you'll probably end up getting a beginner's kit which will have most of what you need. I think that an autosiphon is a must-have for starting out, as siphoning was a total mess for me when I first got going. If you plan to bottle, you might want to look into two products that will avoid you hating the process: a bottling tree and a vinator. Good luck!


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Old 03-27-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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Depends on your budget and your ambition. Don't go overboard on all equipment for all-grain if you can't afford it, when you can save a lot of money and have just as much fun brewing extract.

Take your time, start small, there is a learning curve to this hobby.

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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^ what they said .
Get at least a 9.5-10 gallon pot to start.
Outside burner.
Hydrometer for gravity readings.
Might want to see if Midwest supplies is doing their groupon kit.
Plastic carboys are safer and a bit lighter.
Use a blow off tube.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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Take your time, start small, there is a learning curve to this hobby.

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Hobby?!?! More like addiction.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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Get a 10+ gallon brew kettle for 5 gallon batches. I bought an 8 gallon to start me off and I have to REALLY babysit it to prevent boil overs during the first 20 minutes. 6.5 gallons in an 8 gallon kettle is flirting with danger.
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thanks guys!!! I haven't even started yet and already feel like its an addiction!!!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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Welcome to your new addiction. Im very new to brewing myself. I have done 3 brews now, and i have already had to buy more stuff because i didnt get the right setup to begin with. I would say get as big a pot as you can afford.


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