Good start up Brewing Kit? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Good start up Brewing Kit?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-18-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
jc03
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Lewis Center, Ohio
Posts: 90


I love to drink beer but haven't brewed it. I'd like to start. Can anyone recommend a good kit to get going that I wouldn't outgrow if I get deeper into the hobby?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
sptaylor70
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Posts: 630
Liked 56 Times on 53 Posts


Brewer's Best has a good equipment kit. As for never outgrowing it - Everyone eventually adds to or replaces parts of or all of their kit.
__________________
Todo que reluse no es oro.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 11:40 PM   #3
SpentGrains
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Livermore, CA
Posts: 251
Liked 40 Times on 34 Posts


All the beginner kits are pretty much the same. It's the kettle(s) and other equipment that get bigger and better.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
Shenanigan
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 44


I am new too, so take this with a grain of salt, but I got Northern Brewer's essential starter kit because it came with an autosiphon and a beer ingredient kit for 70 bucks. Their deluxe brewing kit is nice, but you probably don't need a secondary right away at least. If you get the deluxe, glass carboys will last forever, you just have to be extremely careful moving full carboys and cleaning them. There are many horror stories of them shattering.

I would (and did) spend that money building a wort chiller and getting a second primary. If you like brewing you're going to want to have more than one beer going at a time. As you go along you can pick up a hydrometer and other smaller things that aren't absolutely essential when brewing extract (your beer's OG should be pretty spot on with the kit's). It would be good to have a quality thermometer though, and another great upgrade would be a dorm fridge with a temp controller for your fermentation.
__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Bulk aging:Mango Wine
Bottled: Caribou Slobber (7/14), American Honey Orange Wheat (7/15), AHS Budget IPA, EdWorts Hause Pale ale, Irish Stout, my Haus Pale Ale, Apfelwein

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
IPAndy
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Posts: 12
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Definitely agree w/Brewer's Best. I've been using a bunch of their equipment for the last few months, and just recently purchased another fermenter (adding to my collection) to continue with more batches.

Of note: I was fortunate enough to have a laser thermometer in my toolbox downstairs, and I've been using that instead of the provided glass thermometer. I've been at several homebrew stores that do the same thing and use the laser instead. If you can ever get your hands on that, it's very accurate and, best of all, requires no sanitizing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #6
daksin
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
daksin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,617
Liked 357 Times on 311 Posts


I'm actually not a fan of the brewer's best stuff, but it's all personal preference. If you want a kit you won't outgrow, start on extract and get Northern Brewer's Deluxe kit, and add a hydrometer and a test vial. It even comes with your first extract recipe kit. You really can't go wrong. If you want to move up to all-grain quickly, get a big pot 8-10gal, and a big mesh bag for BIAB to test the waters.

Kit linked here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...arter-kit.html
__________________
I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own!

twitter.com/2kidsbrewing .. facebook.com/2kidsbrewing .. 2kidsbrewing.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
Leons_Bad_Side
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Palm Harbor, FL
Posts: 5

Has anyone tried the Monster Brew kits? Trying to get started home brewing and looking at kits now. Want to get something that can grow but also something that will be good to learn and get started with.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #8
daksin
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
daksin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,617
Liked 357 Times on 311 Posts


The equipment looks okay but the ingredients that come with the recipe kit aren't great. A cheaper kit from a more prominent supplier would be a better deal. Check out the offerings from Austin Homebrew and Midwest Supplies as well. My money's still on the Northern Brewer kit though.
__________________
I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own!

twitter.com/2kidsbrewing .. facebook.com/2kidsbrewing .. 2kidsbrewing.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #9
LordUlrich
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Rochester, MN
Posts: 540
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


There is no kit that won't need upgrades eventually. My general recommendations are: get a big pot, I use a 15 gallon keg for 5 gallon batches (no boil over) and can make 10 gallons work.
Get a propane burner, it saves a ton of time. A turkey fryer works good for both a pot and burner.
Plastic buckets are great fermentation vessels, just accept they need to be replaced every year or too. Oh and don't bother with secondaries for a while.
Good luck and welcome.
__________________
Don't take any more faith in anything I say than you would anyone else on the internet. If you listen to what I say, then hurt your self or break something it is your own fault, I am just expressing my opinion or experience.
THINK for your self!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #10
Leons_Bad_Side
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Palm Harbor, FL
Posts: 5

Just getting started so I'm just getting the parts together right now. Already have a fryer/burner. Plan on making my own immersion chiller.
__________________

If you didn't want cheese grits, why did you order the fried mullet?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Off to a good start! ringatom Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 01-24-2012 08:14 PM
Is this a good pot to start going AG bsquirrel Equipment/Sanitation 19 04-04-2010 03:07 AM
Here's my kit - Is this a good start? StarCityBrewMaster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 02-25-2010 03:22 PM
Is this a good start? BWRIGHT Bottling/Kegging 13 06-14-2008 08:22 PM
Good Start beerfan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 01-22-2007 09:18 PM


Forum Jump