Best starter kit?

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Hi,

Ive never brewed beer before but have decided to give it a go.

Can anyone recommend a tried and true or standard home brew kit that has
what I need to get going?  Or are there just too many?

I got a kick out of the 'Beer Machine 2000', although I would imagine a true
brewer would scoff at such stuff.  For me I would rather learn how to mix
stuff and be able to buy the ingredients separately.

Thanks,
Bryan




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I always liked the people at www.williamsbrewing.com  They have great
equipment, great ingredients and great people.  I am a long time customer
and have had nothing but good experiences with them.  They put out a great
catalogue also that is fun to drool over.  They don't just sell the stuff
they are committed to advancing the art of home brewing.  Check out their
beginners kit with the video.

Doug

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alt.beer.home-brewing:

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Depends on where you live.  Starting by visiting the nearest homebrew
shop is always good.

Starter kit (from a local shop or by mail order from the web):
6 to 6-1/2 gallon plastic bucket fermenter with airlock
1 quart mason jar
8 gallon stainless steel (or aluminum, if you must) pot (a turkey
fryer is an economical way of getting this)
Chiller (basically, 25 feet of copper tubing and fittings)
Bottles (visit your local beer distributor, if you have deposit laws -
you might be able to get empties for the deposit price.  You don't
want screw-tops.)
Bottle capper
Crown caps
Assorted tubing, racking cane
Hydrometer and wine thief
Wire whisk - around 12" to 16"
Thermometer that goes from 65 degrees F to 212 degrees F (or
equivalent in C)

You can probably get all this (or most of it) in a kit for less than
buying the items individually.

You'll also need dry malt extract, hops and yeast for whatever style
beer you're brewing and at least 1 hop bag.

(I hope I haven't left anything out.)

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I recommend you do some research and find an extract recipe you want to brew
(unless you can mash, then partial or all-grain will do). Most likely an
ale, unless you can lager at temps in the 30s. Then just buy the ingredients
from your local homebrew supplier or order online. Personally I order from
Austin Homebrew Supply online and I can order the amounts of each according
to my recipe or pretty close to it. That way it will be YOUR beer and not a
kit. It is just as easy as a kit, but you are the BrewMaster. Just my two
non-cents worth.

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I Brew My Own Damn Beer!
Johnny Mc

To E-mail me, get rid of the "BAD-BEER"
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I've had good luck with Listermann's website store.
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There aren't any local suppliers in my area of south-central Washington
state, as far as I can tell, so I went right to the internet.
That's strange, actually, since this is a major hop-growing area!

Karl S.
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And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew 20:27 KJV

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If you are a total newbie to the brewing game, I would reccommend taking
baby steps first. A basic home wine making kit will give you all the
equipment you need to get a batch going (as described by Al in his posting).
Spagnols, the wine people, have the Brewhouse line of home beer kits that
make a very good "quick and easy" first attempt. You just add water to the
contents of the bag-in-box in the primary fermenter and add yeast. Given
some age this makes a very respectable first attempt for the amount of
effort involved. If you want to try extracts or canned extracts with
dextrose, make sure you get a good quality yeast and watch your
temperatures.
    The down side of kits is that it makes you lazy and you don't learn very
much about the brewing process. But it also prevents you from spending too
much on equipment before you know what you're doing. To jump right into
malts and the mashing process and then start boiling worts, can be a
daunting task for a newbie. If you're trying to make a clone of a commercial
beer you enjoy, then the Brew house kits are a safe way to go. If you are
happy with that one, then you're on your way to the more difficult brews. (I
still occassionally use a Brew House kit to quickly fill in the gaps between
brews).

Uncle Tommy
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Bryan,
You are asking the "how long is a piece of string" question.
As I guess you realise, there are hundreds of good brew kits available.
Note however, you first must decide firmly on your preferences, lager, ale
cider etc.
The simplest & most forgiving brewkits use ale yeasts.  With lagers,
temperature control is an additional "worry" that I recommend we remove from
the equation initially.
Ask at your local brew shop for a recommendation & accept it.
 You then have "bought" some rights to go back & ask questions or seek
further help.
If you are miles from any brewshop, post more inf on exactly where you are,
& what type of beer you have decided upon.
BTW "pale ales" typically tate more hoppy & due to their characteristic
extra hops they are more bitter.
If you think you might like this style, (& it happens to be my favourite
beer) you might like to first buy a commercially made bottle & confirm your
taste preference.
What will be hard for this group to reliably advise you on is, if should say
for example, "I would like to make a Heinecken duplicate", such targets are
for the advanced brewers.
That's the best advice I can offer hope it helps.
Pete.
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Welcome fellow "Newbie".  Here are some sites to check on.  These are ones
that I have found to be helpful.  However, I'm positive that there are many
others.

www.northernbrewer.com
www.stpats.com
www.midwestsupplies.com





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a real man never scoffs at a homebrew no matter how humble it's origins
might be.  whether it be from a "Beer Machine" or a hand-crafted glass
and steel brewing masterpiece.  homebrewing helps to make a person
whole.

if you don't have a good local homebrew store, the world is filled with
them and  many can be found on the internet.  Williams Brewing and
Northern Brewer are two with very good service.  they've each got
proper starter kits with good value for money.  you can always upgrade
pieces later, you'll always have use for the pieces you buy now.

this picture shows the basic bits and pieces you need;

http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/fullsize/glass-beer.jpg
just add a big pot for boiling water and some empty bottles.

the one piece i'd urge you to include is a glass fermenter.  a
food-grade plastic bucket serves the same purpose and millions of
batches of great beer have started in one.  but there's nothing like
being able to see the wort start to roll and bubble and foam.  even
though i understand the chemical and biologic processes at a very low
level, it's like magic every time.

so pick up a cheap kit (with a glass fermenter of course),
ingredients of a simple ale, and make a hell of a mess in your kitchen.
 we're all here to help - just get your first batch going!
 
happy trails,
dan


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Before buying anything you shoud start by reading
www.howtobrew.com

It's the best free online information any homebrewer can get, from beginner
to intermediate, enven some expert could find usefull info there. After
reading it you may decide what you need, either a kit or put yourself your
own with the ingrediends for your first try. After that you will only need
to find where to buy it.
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