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Old 12-11-2007, 09:12 PM
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I think it's a little late for me to get some brew supplies for xmas, but my b-day is a few weeks later. I think I could talk my wife into getting me some stuff to get started.

Should I get a kit? I'm looking at this one http://morebeer.com/view_product/15910/102142

Should I start with an extract kit? Will the starter kit work for both extract kit and the "real deal brewing"?

Any good Brewing 101 websites? I know there are some other threads out there on this but I want my own...
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Funny!
Without reading this first, honest, I wrote this.

Go a little more local, IMHO, check out www.midwestsupplies.com or a local brew shop. Leave your money in the midwest.
Most have a comparable kit for your money. Nice choice on the glass secondary, too. It'll make a world of difference in your beers.
Yes, start with an extract with grains kit, get the grains crushed.
Its not that hard unless you start drinking a lot before you start brewing.
Post as many questions as you want, I'm sure we'll have answers.
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Check this kit out, cheaper with more stuff, I think.
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:42 PM
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yeah that's a good looking kit for cheaper, but my link has free shipping. I'll check out the local brew store, I have one about 4 miles away. One of hte guys in there kinda pissed me off one day. I went to buy some of their beer and he was just kind of a dick. I'll go back though...

So....

- you boil on the stove in a big boiling vessel
- you ferment in the glass carboy
- what's the other bucket for?

The carboy seems hte way to go but it looks a lot harder to clean. I hate that I dont have a utility tub in this house!
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Ha! And w/o reading your blog first I already had the John Palmer site up! I must be on the right track with all of this...

Funny footnote in your blog too. Exactly what I stated in the previous post.
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Along the same line, has anyone made their own soda? I was looking at a website of a local company that sells supplies for both Wine, Beer, and soda making. Now I'm not that interested in beer brewing, but what about soda?
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Dude making your own beer is awesome. I got a Mr. Beer and love it, I love having beer sitting around at all times. And I think you enjoy it more when it is a Homebrew.
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Mr. Beer makes a root beer kit for $20 I think. Check out their site. mr.beer.com
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I did the Mr. Beer thing years ago when it first came out. I just wasn't into it back then. Sure wish I would have kept all the bottles though, dont know where they went.
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The plastic bucket can be used both as a primary fermenter and a bottling bucket.
Brew on the stove with at least a 3 gallon kettle, cool it, pour it into the bucket, top up to 5.5 gallons, pitch the yeast and let 'er rip for a week, rack (transfer via syphon) to the glass carboy and let 'er sit for two or three weeks. Clean out the schmutz from the plastic and then put your priming sugar in there, rack your beer on top and bottle.
sounds easy, right?

For pop/soda/whatever check out Leeners, Jeff. I think they are in your neck of the woods.
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