What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

Post by Pipe.. » Sun, 23 Mar 1997 04:00:00



I'd like to know what's the best 'kit' that one can buy for homebrewing.
One that includes everything you'll need. Except ingredients. The one I
like best so far is the one from HOPTECH. Any recomendations?

Mac.

 
 
 

What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

Post by Charles Yarm » Mon, 24 Mar 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>I'd like to know what's the best 'kit' that one can buy for homebrewing.
>One that includes everything you'll need. Except ingredients. The one I
>like best so far is the one from HOPTECH. Any recomendations?

>Mac.

Most starter kits appear to be similar.  Most of the equipment comes from the
same few wholesalers.  Just compare equipment and ingredients and make your
decision.  The only thing that I'd advise against is buying a starter kit
where they give you a "canned kit" for your first batch.  Look for one with
a pre-packed ingredient kit with all of the items seperate (hops, syrup,
grain, caps).  That's about all I can think of.

Good Luck

Chuck Yarmey
Edmund's Beer & Winemaking Supply
Wyoming PA 18644
"Motivated by Superior Spirits"
http://www.dhinet.com/edmunds

 
 
 

What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

Post by Bob Hendrikse » Fri, 28 Mar 1997 04:00:00




Quote:

> >I'd like to know what's the best 'kit' that one can buy for homebrewing.
> >One that includes everything you'll need. Except ingredients. The one I
> >like best so far is the one from HOPTECH. Any recomendations?

> >Mac.

> Most starter kits appear to be similar.  Most of the equipment comes from the
> same few wholesalers.  Just compare equipment and ingredients and make your
> decision.  The only thing that I'd advise against is buying a starter kit
> where they give you a "canned kit" for your first batch.  Look for one with
> a pre-packed ingredient kit with all of the items seperate (hops, syrup,
> grain, caps).  That's about all I can think of.

> Good Luck

> Chuck Yarmey
> Edmund's Beer & Winemaking Supply
> Wyoming PA 18644
> "Motivated by Superior Spirits"
> http://www.dhinet.com/edmunds

...I agree 100%...my first kit was the usual: bucket primary fermenter w/lid &
airlock, bottling bucket, siphon hose, racking tube, bottling wand, "Red Baron"
capper, 144 bottle caps and a book (Home Beermaking by William Moore) - and an
ingredient kit (can of hopped extract, bag of liquid malt extract and corn
sugar for priming)...the hardware is / was more than adequate (I still use some
of the components), but the ingredient kit - well, let's just say it the final
product sucked...why? - no additional hops!...a 3.3 lb. can of hopped extract
and that's it in the hops department?...the first batch was WAY too sweet - I
almost tossed all 5 gallons down the drain...but my SCUBA diving partner loved
it, so it found a home in HIS garage...   :)

...so look for a decent ingredient kit - one with seperate items...believe it
or not, I picked up a "Brewer's Best" Classic Pale Ale kit at my local brew
supply house (shameless plug: Tully's in Verona, NJ - no affiliation, just a
very satisfied customer) as my second batch kit, and it has turned out to be
the best extract kit I have brewed!...too many people wanting beer and I'm a
greedy SOB...   :)
--
Bob Hendriksen



"I'm on the Information Highway to Hell"

 
 
 

What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

Post by Pipe.. » Sat, 29 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Original Poster Followup:

Well, after much shopping around for the perfect 'Kit' I went down to
the local brew store and bought everything separate.

This is what I got and what I paid:

2 Glass 6 1\2 gal carboys

1 Lauter ton, strainer

1 large grain bag      

all necessary tubing for transfer and bottling
including a springloaded bottle filler

capper

144 caps

2 water\air locks with *** plugs

filling bucket with spigot

floating thermometer

Paid $99.34 with tax.

Did I do good or what?

Now all I need is an 8 gallon pan for the actually process! :)

Mac.

 
 
 

What's the Best Starter Kit to buy?

Post by Andrew Ag » Sat, 29 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Well, after much shopping around for the perfect 'Kit' I went down to
> the local brew store and bought everything separate.
[purchases snipped]
> Paid $99.34 with tax.

> Did I do good or what?

> Now all I need is an 8 gallon pan for the actually process! :)

> Mac.

Sounds like a good deal.  A 33 qt. pot can be had from most brewshops for
30-40 bucks, and from some Wal-Marts for 25 or so.  The Wal-Marts near me
did not have them.  Call and make sure...they're marketed as "tamale
pots."

Cheers!

Andrew Ager
Chicago, IL

Budweiser? Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est.
*Translation: Bud? Yes, that is a lot of corn.*