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Old 09-21-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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hi im going to be purchasing my first kit soon, finally taking the dive in.

i live down the freeway from the store that sells this kit:

http://homebrew-supplies.homebrewmar...13&CS=hbm&All=

but was also looking at this kit that offers a secondary and is certainly cheaper

Austin Homebrew Supply

i know this will be my first batch and it seems the general advice is to not bother with a secondary, but if im going to be saving 35 bucks down the road id like to just get a secondary with the kit. to my untrained eyes these kits look basically the same, the 2nd with a secondary yet cheaper?

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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While i think its important to support local businness i also know that AHS is good about taking care of its customers. If you order from them go ahead and pick up one of the AHS Recipe Kits. The shipping will still be 6.99 and you'll be getting a product that you'll enjoy drinking in the end instead of the canned kits that many people (like me) start out with. It is possible to make good beer with the cans but i have enjoyed my Extract beers from them much more than the cans.
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Edit: I prefer a secondary. There is no real rule. Some like it some do not. I have done both and prefer to use one. If you end up liking just the primary then congrats, now you have 2 primaries! you really can't lose...
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:37 AM   #3
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The second kit doesn't actually include a secondary. You have to buy that separately.

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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Go with AHS. If you want to buy a secondary, i'd go with a plastic better bottle.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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The AHS kit you are referring to has a secondary, you just have to choose it.
The Deluxe kit is our most popular kit.

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:17 PM   #6
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The link you posted for Home Brew Mart doesn't work, but since you're close to them and they're a helpful bunch of guys, I'd say, go with the kit from Home Brew Mart. You can just walk in and ask them questions about what you really need (and there's the added benefit of tasting sample at the brewery in the back).

I like AHS too and I order a lot of stuff from them.

You can't go wrong with either place.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:32 PM   #7
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This is the kit that I purchased for my first batch:
Brewing Starter Kit w/Better Bottle :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

Pretty happy with it so far and had a very good customer service experience, there was a broken part, the replacement is already in the mail.

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:25 PM   #8
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Looks like a great kit.

 
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:43 PM   #9
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The AHS kit you are referring to has a secondary, you just have to choose it.
The Deluxe kit is our most popular kit.
The pricing of the deluxe kit is misleading (at first glance) because even though the carboy is included in the kit, it's not included in the base price - so an extra $30-$35 dollars gets added on the base $87.

It's a great kit though, I just purchased one used on Craigslist, have done my first two brews, and everything has been great.

 
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