Why are you asking for handouts when you have $5k to spend? It is deceiving to ask for a handout (a handout in a specified condition no less) when the school has given you money to spend on equipment, without mention of this. It sounds like you are the one doing the scamming. Basic brewing equipment is pretty cheap (especially considering your budget) if you'd take five minutes to do very minimal research on it.
Then being pissy when nobody offers you up free equipment (with no posting history) is just icing on the cake.
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