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Equipment: Where to start?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by PdxBeerGeek, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. PdxBeerGeek

    PdxBeerGeek Aspirant (45) Oregon Dec 15, 2012

    Hey Everyone,

    So I've been thinking about getting a hombrew kit started and want to know if anyone has some suggestions on what kind of equipment to start with? A friend said I could start with 5 gallon buckets and a large stockpot but that sounds too simple. Can anyone clarify for me the best equipment to buy for starting my first batch?

  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Champion (820) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009

    There are plenty of threads in this forum (do a search) on recommended starter kits. But if you read this...


    you'll have a good idea what equipment makes sense for your situation.
  3. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Savant (475) Utah May 2, 2006

  4. pointyskull

    pointyskull Savant (260) Illinois Mar 17, 2010

    I bought my first equipment "starter" kit at NorthernBrewer.com. Had everything I needed to get going, and as I learned things I added additional items as my knowledge/interest grew....
  5. kscaldef

    kscaldef Champion (760) Oregon Jun 11, 2010

    I think Billy's Homebrew Academy (linked from the reviews above) is also great for the video walk-throughs of the brewing process.

    I will say that I think that the siphon in the MoreBeer kit is awful. All the other kits seem to include an AutoSiphon, which is a much better tool, IMO.

    You should also go see what Steinbarts has available as far as starter kits. They can be a little intimidating as a beginner, and their prices aren't always the best, but as far as LHBSs go, I think we are pretty fortunate here in Portland to have such a good one.
  6. HerbMeowing

    HerbMeowing Savant (420) Virginia Nov 10, 2010

    First...decide how much of the beer you drink do want to brew for yourself.
    Choice of equipment will depend on what you want to do.

    Want to drink 2 cases of home-brewed beer a week?
    You'll need to brew 5G every week or 10G every other week.

    Buckets...kettles...packaging all vary with the scale of consumption and production.
  7. PdxBeerGeek

    PdxBeerGeek Aspirant (45) Oregon Dec 15, 2012

    Thanks for all the replies and the helpful links. im going to start looking for a kit this weekend.