I've though about brewing for a long time, and recently been very interested in giving it a shot. Thanks to an unexpected bonus at work, I'm going to dive in head first, as it were.
I'm looking at a full out buy of the following:
Deluxe Starter kit from Northern Brewer NORTHERN BREWER: Beer Starter Kits
Adding a kettle and wort cooler
NORTHERN BREWER: Starter Kit Add-Ons
Plus a shiny new Tap-a-draft system to round out the whole bill and keep me from grenading out masses of bottles. I plan on force-carbing some and letting the rest carb naturally, plus bottling the leftovers for weekly try-outs.
It brings the total to around $400 after shipping, which is most of my budget. The rest will be for ingredients and any miscellaneous stuff
I have an experienced homebrewer that'll probably help me on my first run, to get the hang of it. Plus, he'll probably help me drink most of it when it's ready.
Other than ingredients, am I mising anything? Should I step down the setup in order to get some bang-whiz gadget that will make my life easier? I don't have a LHBS anymore, so I'm going to have to order everything online, and I don't want to be halfway through the process and have to trash it all.
Thanks, in advance, for the help/advice