NaeKid said:To get started - you can get a simple brewing kit and follow the basic instructions.
What you should do before you even begin the brewing process is to make sure that you have enough bottles for holding the finished product. My friend normally uses old water bottles (Evian type of bottle) as it seals very well and makes the whole process simpler.
He has tried using glass bottles but found that after a couple of refills that the tops of the bottles begin to chip away.
Strange Brewer said:A word about bottling.
It's a pain in the ass.
It is probably the one thing that causes more people to give up brewing than any other thing except perhaps infections caused by careless sanitation.
The_Guy said:Yes, indeed. I began brewing about 10 years ago, but only did it a couple of times a year because I couldn't stand the bottling! I got a new roommate about 6 months ago and he has brewed beer for years as well - but he came bearing a keg and a CO2 cannister! We sat down and did the math. Depending on how much beer you drink, you can begin saving money very quickly by brewing your own. We invested about $300 for keggerator parts and after a month, we're back in the black, saving money, and drinking some excellent beers!
richanne said:The original post said that after "a couple of refills" the tops of the bottles began to chip away. He must have one brutal capper!