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Suggestion on more equipment?

Postby zippox » Thu May 03, 2012 9:53 pm

I will be starting my first brew at the end of this month and I am all about making life easy on me. I have a list of the equipment that I have picked up so far and am wondering if there is any piece that you think is missing for a beginner or something that make my life just a little bit easier.

Here is that list:
-I picked up from amazon the "Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy"
-caps
-stainless steel spoon
-bottle rinser (sulfiter)
-5 gallon stainless steel pot
-and my ingredients (of course)
-tubing and the bottle filler that you touch to the bottom of the bottle

I've read only good things about StarSan so I think I'll place an order for that instead of using c-brite.

Anything else you would suggest?
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Postby slothrob » Fri May 04, 2012 6:31 am

I'm a big fan of StarSan, so I won't argue with you there!

A couple small things:
• a solid carboy bung. This is useful for cleaning, sanitizing, and shaking the wort in the carboy to aerate it.
• a carboy brush. You can usually get away soaking a carboy to clean it after a ferment, but the brush helps to knock off the tough stuff.
• a carboy dryer, a blue plastic stand that holds a carboy upside-down for draining, can be helpful.
• PBW is a very good cleaner for carboys and bottles. You can find other cleaners that will get the job done. but PBW is probably the best. Oxyclean is very popular, but isn't tested for food safety, B-Brite is a similar chemical that is designed for brewing.

Required reading:
• How to Brew by John Palmer.
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Postby zippox » Sun May 06, 2012 3:59 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll probably pick up all of those.

I have The Joy of Homebrewing book and am about half way through that.
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Postby slothrob » Sun May 06, 2012 5:54 pm

You can always get started with less and see where those extra items might come in handy and pick them up later. Maybe you'll have better solutions than I've found!

Meanwhile, have fun brewing!
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Postby jawbox » Mon May 07, 2012 7:53 pm

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