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Old 12-09-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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I am serious about starting home brewing. Is there any reason I shouldn't buy used equipment besides the obvious (crack in glass carboy, spoon with no handle, etc) or 'outdated' technology? As long as I do a good job cleaning and sanitizing it should be fine right?

Or should I just buy new equipment?


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Old 12-09-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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If you're just buying a starter brewing kit you probably won't save much.

As long as it's clean and all you should be fine, but most of what you're buying is so cheap that it might not be worth your time to search around.


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Old 12-09-2008, 03:49 PM   #3
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I'd say new equipment, unless you know someone that is getting out of the hobby.
A glass carboy is good to pick up used as long as there is no cracks or chips as well as a hydrometer and or thermometer.
The buckets, I would buy new, as these get scratched and the O-rings on the lids can get dryrotted.
The boiling pot and spoons, you can get a Walmart fairly cheap.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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I must of been lucky and found a Craigslist ad for brewing equipment. It had (2) 5 gal carboys, (2) 6.5 gal primary fermenting buckets, (1) bottling bucket, (2) racking canes and auto-siphons, airlocks, 50+ Grolsch bottles (16oz and 32oz), 5 gal stainless kettle, copper wort chiller, and a party pig.

The guy I got it from used this equipment for many years and stepped up to a conical plastic fermenter and kegging. I got it all for what a starter kit would run. He threw in extras of many things like bottle caps, a book, and other stuff I cant remember.

Had I not seen this ad, I was going out to by a starter equipment kit. It depends on how long you want to wait to get your equipment and get started.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:04 PM   #5
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You can sometimes find good deals on Craigslist. You also have to watch out for the Craigslist Inflation Effect, where every doofus thinks their particular crap is worth more than everyone else's. I've picked up great deals, but passed by a lot of $200 "complete brewing setup" posts consisting of everything you can buy new at the LHBS for $150.

Anybody else notice that a "refrigerator" on Craigslist can be had for $50, but once somebody puts a hole through the door in exactly the WRONG place, it becomes a "kegerator" and is now worth $200? Go figure.
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I am serious about starting home brewing. Is there any reason I shouldn't buy used equipment besides the obvious (crack in glass carboy, spoon with no handle, etc) or 'outdated' technology? As long as I do a good job cleaning and sanitizing it should be fine right?

Or should I just buy new equipment?
I am curious about the 'outdated technology' statement. Is there any brewing equipment that would be considered outdated? At least with regards to the homebrewer I am not sure if any piece of brewing equipment is outdated. ANyone? Anyone?
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You can sometimes find good deals on Craigslist. You also have to watch out for the Craigslist Inflation Effect, where every doofus thinks their particular crap is worth more than everyone else's. I've picked up great deals, but passed by a lot of $200 "complete brewing setup" posts consisting of everything you can buy new at the LHBS for $150.

Anybody else notice that a "refrigerator" on Craigslist can be had for $50, but once somebody puts a hole through the door in exactly the WRONG place, it becomes a "kegerator" and is now worth $200? Go figure.
Yes and yes.

Although I did get about $300 to $400 worth of brewing equipment for $75 so do not discount the possibility of what you can find on Craigs. I like to consider it recycling as well. No matter what they did to it the cleaners and sanitizers will bring it back to a workable condition.
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all my stuff is used. I love craigslist, ebay, etc etc....its more of the hunt that fun for me
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Love CL...

My brewing setup (kegs and all) came from CL... though I had to add more $$$ worth than I thought (hydrometer, thermometer, siphon, etc. and ya know I HAD to get 2 6 gallon carboys ;-)) BUT I paid less than what starter kits go for 'round here for:

2 5 gallon carboys
1 immersion chiller
1 7.5 gallon SS pot
2 corneys (pin lock... sigh)
regulator and 5 lb CO2 tank (partially full).
And some plastic fermentation buckets that I likely wont use...

Have barely missed a couple (free) keggorator prospects - but I have automatic searches set up. If someone posts a fridge or freezer and I'm on the 'puter, I know within 1/2 hr ;-)


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