Ok... I sought the sage advice of the forum and figured I would give it another go. I bought a Mr. Beer kit. I am unsure if I am happy with it, because it isn't finished yet. I knew that I would want to upgrade, so I went ahead and bought some more brewing equipment knowing that I would enjoy it immensely.
I bought one of the basic "Pail Ale" kits. You know the kind that hover in the 50 dollar price range that come with everything one needs to brew in plastic buckets. Minus a kettle. And a spoon. And a few other necessary items. Ironic, eh?
I went back to the store purchased a better bottle 5 gallon carboy (25% off) for second stage fermentation. A six gallon (hencho in mexico) glass carboy and a candy thermometer.
I still need the following:
Whatever caps or plugs that I need to use my carboys instead of buckets. I don't know what those are, so any suggestions would be helpful.
A brewing kettle. What are your recommendations for size? I read the very interesting sticky about materials and critique of them. Any recommendations?
A spoon. Does it have to be slotted? Non slotted? Any recommendations?
Hydrometer. I don't know what it is or how it works, but I was told it would be helpful. I read the short paragraph about it in William Moore's "Home Beermaking" but I'll research it more. Any recommendations?
What else do I need, besides patience? I want to hurry up and drink my own beer.
Am I forgetting anything? Thanks!