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Brewing newbie, got a question

Post by kennyan » Mon May 15, 2006 9:54 am

Hey guys,

I've been reading your forum for the past couple days and from what i can tell, most people outgrow their brewing "kits" after a few brews. I have about $200-$250 that i can put towards a good setup. I found this kit: ... ectionID=1

But from what ive read here, most people like a 6.5 gallon Glass carboy instead. And ive read to stay away from teh aluminum 5 gallon pots and grab a nice 10 gallon stainless steel one instead. Any insight would be great! ill keep reading through posts and will look forward to hearing from you all!



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Post by brewmeisterintng » Mon May 15, 2006 10:34 pm

Brewing is as much an art as a science. Read all you can and note the common practices amongst all brewers. Yes, most prefer glass 6 to 6.5 gallon carboys as they last forever with proper care and they allow for crousen. I have been brewing with an aluminum turkey deep fryer for a few years now with no ill effects or off flavors. The "kits" don't always have what you need. I have yet to see one with an auto syphon or a wine thief. Sure in the long run it may cost you a few extra dollars to get set up but you will have the equipment you want and not what they want you to have. Remember that this is a hobby and you will be drinking up any profits. :lol:
If you are unsure about a specific item... write and ask us guys. We will be glad to give you our input.

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Post by PasoSpec5 » Sun May 21, 2006 2:22 am

I am new to this but maybe this will help.

Heres where I went. Its about 20 mins from my house but he does mail order. I got the Deluxe Kit with a recipe kit for Negra Mexican for 193 bucks even. Its got everything, brew pot and bottles. I couldnt find it better anywhere. George is really cool and knowledgeable too.

My first brew day is tomoorow. I cant wait.

Hope this helps

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Post by kingfisher2 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:25 pm

Old kegs make good brew pots (but thats stealing :shock: ) Also, befriend a welder ... :) and learn to sweat a joint.. :idea: lots 'o luck!!

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Post by brewer13210 » Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:14 pm

Indeed, used kegs can make great brew pots, but like the previous poster noted, buying a keg of beer and paying the deposit is stealing; the deposit does not pay the brewer the price of replacing a keg.

However there are plenty of companies out there that sell used kegs and converted kegs. Sabco comes to mind (they have a web site you can google for). They're a bit pricy, but you can brew with a clear conscience.


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