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Allowishus

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After reading on here for a few weeks and deciding that this is something I really want to do I started looking for brewing supplies online and came across a local guy selling his equipment. For $195 I received the following:

true brew fermenting bucket
true brew bottling bucket
5g glass carboy
6.5g glass carboy
at least 2 cases of bottles(both pop top and ez cap)
20q stainless steel pot
copper immersion wort chiller
beer thief
hydrometer - upgraded
floating thermometer - upgraded
about 10 bungs of various sizes
4 airlocks
2 blow off hoses
auto siphon
bottling wand
tubing
carboy scrubber
bottle scrubber
big bottle of starsan
book - how to brew - palmer
funnel with snap in filter
3 extract kits
capper
over 200 bottle caps
stirring spoon
Cheesecloth
Whirlfloc (Irish Moss) tablets
Wyeast yeast nutrient
Campden tablets

So did I get a good deal? Or did I make my first mistake in my new brewing hobby?
 

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I paid a lot more for about the same amount of gear, mine is new granted, but sounds like you got a pretty good score there.
 
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It seemed like a good deal to me, just wanted to be sure. $195 is more than I am used to spending on a hobby.

Quick question:
How long does DME last in a airtight bag inside a house(70-75degrees)?
 

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It seemed like a good deal to me, just wanted to be sure. $195 is more than I am used to spending on a hobby.

Quick question:
How long does DME last in a airtight bag inside a house(70-75degrees)?
The only hobby I can think of cheaper than homebrewing is knitting, or butterfly collecting. DME would probably last 6 months in airtight bag at 70-75, and probably years in the freezer.
 

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Allowishus said:
It seemed like a good deal to me, just wanted to be sure. $195 is more than I am used to spending on a hobby.

Quick question:
How long does DME last in a airtight bag inside a house(70-75degrees)?
It will last a long time, but does get darker as it ages. If color is important to your purpose, use it sooner rather than later
 
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My previous hobbies consisted of reading and cooking mostly.

Glad to hear that the DME should still be good!

The next things on my list will be a fermentation chamber, bigger pot, and a water filtration setup. Oh and a setup to make yeast starter and a mash tun when I decide to try all grain. But those will need to be spread out over a few months.
 

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It;s only a good deal if you brew with it. But, like the rest of us you'll soon find yourself wanting more, brewing more. Next thing you know you've got a room dedicated to the hobby and 60 gallons of beer either fermenting, aging, bottled or kegged and im preety much the only one that drinks it. :drunk:
 

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It makes me sad to think that someone had all that gear and gave up brewing!
 
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The first thing I asked him was why he gave it up. He said he had a lot of fun doing it but just lost interest. I told him if my first batch turns out ok I'll bring him some.
 
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