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Old 12-25-2010, 04:51 PM  
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Anyone do it? Any good suggestions for a starter kit? It looks like it's about the same cost you would pay for decent beer from the store is this accurate?
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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It looks like it's about the same cost you would pay for decent beer from the store is this accurate?
I guess it depends on how many case you're buying.

I don't make my own beer but have two good friends that do. I have asked what it would take and both have said a decent starter kit starts around $120. The payoffs are good though. In the long run it's much cheaper once you get going with it. That is assuming you are able to make decent beer.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:09 PM   #3
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I've been brewing on and off for about 15 years. I've been able to make better than average beer. I don't know that I save money as much as I get better beer for my money. I cannot make beer for the same as I can get a 12 pack of something like Miller Genuine Draft, but I can make the same amount of beer cheaper than I can get a case of Samuel
Adams (and I think my beer is better than that because it is made to my tastes).
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:30 PM   #4
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I make better beer than one can buy, however, nowadays, one can buy very good beer.

Depends on what is important to you.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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Who cares if its cheaper or not?

You are making beer!!

I need to get busy, its been a couple of years since I've brewed.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:59 PM   #7
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Who cares if its cheaper or not?

You are making beer!!

I need to get busy, its been a couple of years since I've brewed.
Good point.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:59 PM   #8
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Who cares if its cheaper or not?

You are making beer!!

I need to get busy, its been a couple of years since I've brewed.
Is it hard to make a decent batch?
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:19 PM   #9
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Who cares if its cheaper or not?

You are making beer!!

I need to get busy, its been a couple of years since I've brewed.
This! I just kicked the WORTHLESS flat top range to the curb and bought a duel fuel range. Gas on top, with an electric oven. I will be brewing again VERY soon.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:54 PM   #10
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Is it hard to make a decent batch?
Not at all. The most important thing is to make sure your equipment is properly sanitized.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:56 PM   #11
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Have you brewed before? Honestly, a Mr. Beer is a great way to find out whether or not you wanna continue, and runs about $30. Visit the beer forums and you'll see a ton of people that got interested from the Mr. Beer brew kit. It's certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

Once you make a few batches and get you feel for it and whether or not you will stay interested, you can then upgrade.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:00 PM   #12
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I have wanted to do this for a while
I do like beer
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:35 PM   #13
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There is a great brew shop in my home town:

http://www.thebeveragepeople.com/ (get their catalog!)

I have dabbled in home brewing for quite some time, and the above people will answer questions and are honest and have great equipment and decent prices. Also they will ship to anywhere.

Here is a good starter kit:

http://www.thebeveragepeople.com/product330.html

They have cheaper kits, and better ones...

Get a couple of books too....check out their books section.

Good luck and happy brewing..If you like to cook and you like beer, youll LOVE to brew.

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I have thought about this for awhile now. A friend on another forum told me about this place.

http://brewgadgets.com/

Looks like I can get:
Brew Basic Equipment Kit - $70
Brown Ale (or other beer of your choice, they have lots of good choices - makes 5 gallons) - $28
48 bottles (12oz) - $26
Shipping - $25

Looks like I can get started for around $150. Am I missing anything.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:06 PM   #15
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I have thought about this for awhile now. A friend on another forum told me about this place.

http://brewgadgets.com/

Looks like I can get:
Brew Basic Equipment Kit - $70
Brown Ale (or other beer of your choice, they have lots of good choices - makes 5 gallons) - $28
48 bottles (12oz) - $26
Shipping - $25

Looks like I can get started for around $150. Am I missing anything.
Don't forget the bottle caps. I didn't see them listed.

Oh, and if you don't mind spending another $11, I'd recommend an auto siphon.
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