posted on Dec, 17 2017 @ 09:30 PM
I have an ipa and a negra modelo clone in kegs now and am planning to brew a left hand milk stout over the holiday break.
It can be an expensive hobby to get into, but most of the brewing tools are pretty much good for life and it’s probably one of the most exciting and
fun hobbies to get into. Getting started will work your patience muscles pretty hard. Once you get your first batch under your belt, you’ll be
salivating over all the fancy all grain brewing equipment.
Start looking at craigslist and eBay now for good deals on used equipment. There are tons of threads in the home brew boards that you can learn from.
Also, be careful buying the kits, a lot of them sell stuff that you won’t really use after you get into it. If it comes with glass carboys and a
five gallon brew kettle, it’s probably good quality. Eventually you’ll probably want a 7gal kettle so you can brew ten gallon batches so another
thing to keep in mind is that as you become more experienced you may want to upgrade so starting off with the right equipment can save you some money
in the long run. I could help put a list of supplies for you if you’d rather go that route. You’re going to want to move towards kegging your beer
in five gallon kegs really soon as well, so lookout for any good deals on corny kegs.
After you pitch your first yeast and the fermentation starts kicking off and you have a tornado of action swirling around the Carboy you’ll be
hooked. Also, there are ways to brew most beers in a short time with very good results.
As long as you keep a very clean and sanitary work place and brewing equipment, you will have good results and beer that is far cheaper and far better
than what you get from the stores.
I have a fermentation fridge that is full of pickles, sauerkraut, jalapeños, beets and other crazy fermented goodness as well as my own kegged beer
and I have to say my life is so much richer and fuller because of it. I say go for broke and start looking toward all grain right away because the
beer is next level better and it’s a much more exciting process on brew day. Get the smoker out early, drop some ribs or jerky in it and drag out
the brewing stuff for your next Exbeeriment. I look forward to these days more than any others.