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BugAC
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Home Brewing: The Brewing shall Commence Monday or Tuesday


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Well, i'm heading down to NOLA saturday and will pick up my supplies at brewstock.

Here's my shopping list. Feel free to let me know if i'm getting something i don't need, or if there is something i'm missing.

Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (6.5 gallon carboy)
Auto-siphon
Bottle Washer and Sink Adapter
Large Stirring Spoon
Bottles
Caps
1/4" line brush
Funnel with strainer
1/2" clamp for auto-siphon
5-Star Home Brewing Cleaning Kit
Carboy Carrying Strap
Bucket Opening Tool
Scrub Pads
Blow-out Hose
Glass Measuring Cup
Muslin/Grain Bag
Malt Extract
Specialty Malt Grains
Corn Sugar
Several types of Hops
Yeast

ETA:
Carboy Brush
Stockpot



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Fratastic423
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The only thing that I have never used is the carboy carrying strap. Not sure why you would need to buy the measuring cup or scrubbing pads from aaron, but those are necessities so your call.

For future reference: the thing that saves me the most money I feel is buying hops in bulk. But that is not something you need to worry about now. The only addition in that regard would be an electronic scale.

Oh and once again, welcome to the hobby. If you were interested in joining one of the homebrew clubs in town both are more than happy to show you the ropes. Brasseurs a la Maison meets next Wed at the Cove; Red Stick Brewmasters meets tonight at Georges Southside.



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BugAC
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electronic scale.


For measuring the hops and grains?






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BugAC
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he only thing that I have never used is the carboy carrying strap.


I wasn't sure of how heavy the carboy would be, so i figured a strap would help to carry it, especially if i am moving in the middle of a brew.

They have some that go around the neck of the carboy, goes for about $4.






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Fratastic423
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hops


Just hops. But Aaron will be able to sell you the exact amount of hops that you need. I brew so often and use many of the same hop varieties over and over again that it is cheaper for me to buy hops by the pound than by the ounce. So I use a scale to weigh it all out. Most people probably do not do that. I was saying that a scale was the only extra thing that I use regularly that was not on your list.






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Fratastic423
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They have some that go around the neck of the carboy, goes for about $4.



I use those things. Never used the strap but have heard good things about it.






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BugAC
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OK. what about for some grains. I was reading that you have to crush the grains, and that a rolling pin would suffice.





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Boudreaux35
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Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (6.5 gallon carboy) <--- Good Choice


Large Stirring Spoon <-- You will over pay at homebrew shop. Buy at Walmart. Stainless spoon.



Bottles <--I would buy about a dozen EZ Cap Grolsch style bottles and fill in the rest with beer you drink between now and then. Hell, invite some friends over and tell them to bring a six pack each with non-twist off caps.


1/4" line brush <-- What is that for?

Funnel with strainer <--Buy a funnel at Walmart. Use your grain bag to strain thru.


Bucket Opening Tool <--Huh? I always use my fingers.

Scrub Pads <--Buy at Walmart. The pads with the sponge on one side and the green scrubber on the back.

Blow-out Hose <--Can probably get cheaper from a hardware store.

Glass Measuring Cup <--Walmart, much cheaper.


Muslin/Grain Bag <--Paint strainer bag from Lowe's/HD. MUCH cheaper and much more durable.



Malt Extract
Specialty Malt Grains
Corn Sugar
Several types of Hops
Yeast






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Catman88
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Carboy Carrying Strap
Bucket Opening Tool

Bucket Opening tool? Dont have a clue what that is.

Oh and I prefer the clip that you put on the carboy and carry.


You dont really need this: The extract has all the sugar you need. Its not needed unless you are making your own recipe and want additional alc. I never use it.
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Corn Sugar


Missing:

CARBOY BOTTLE BRUSH
You have a pot big enough?







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Fratastic423
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I was reading that you have to crush the grains, and that a rolling pin would suffice.


If you are not buying in large quantities, which you won't be, Aaron or one of the online shops do this for you. Aaron has a grain mill and will crush it all for you while you are there.






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Boudreaux35
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and that a rolling pin would suffice.


You might do that a couple of times. I suggest you get your grains crushed at the store. I crushed with a rolling pin twice. It got old quick.






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BugAC
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1/4" line brush <-- What is that for?


Cleaning your hoses. Will just rinsing them with the cleaning kit work?

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Bucket Opening Tool <--Huh? I always use my fingers.


I've heard that getting the plastic bottling/fermenter bucket is a pain in the ass. Unnecessary?







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Fratastic423
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Bucket Opening tool? Dont have a clue what that is.



One of my friends just bought one of those and LOVES it. He was pretty excited when he saw it and used it for the first time. I don't use buckets so I have no use for it.






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Boudreaux35
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You dont really need this: The extract has all the sugar you need. Its not needed unless you are making your own recipe and want additional alc. I never use it.

Corn Sugar


You don't add sugar at bottling time? You rely on what is left in the wort after fermenting?






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Catman88
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You will def need that carboy brush you wont be able to clean the glass carboy good without one.


I would hold off on the grains since you are not using them in your first batch. You want them to be as fresh as possible if getting it crushed.






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Catman88
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You don't add sugar at bottling time? You rely on what is left in the wort after fermenting


AHHHH sorry forgot. I keg then bottle from the keg if I need to bottle. I still have old packets of sugar laying around from every kit I have ever bought. They include it for free at every shop I have gotten my kits from.






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BugAC
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I would hold off on the grains since you are not using them in your first batch.


Well, i actually changed it up. I think my first batch i will use the grains. The difficulty doesn't seem that extreme with the grains. So my first batch will include some roasted barley.

Any suggestions on what type of hops?

My first batch i'm using plain malt extrat, roasted barley, and i don't know too much about hops, so i want a good one for a nice ale. The ingredients call for boiling and finishing hops, could someone explain the difference between the 2?






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Fratastic423
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Any suggestions on what type of hops?

My first batch i'm using plain malt extrat, roasted barley, and i don't know too much about hops, so i want a good one for a nice ale. The ingredients call for boiling and finishing hops, could someone explain the difference between the 2?



Have Aaron put you a recipe together. He has some great in house recipes so you should be good to go from there.






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Fratastic423
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boiling and finishing hops, could someone explain the difference between the 2?



Typically when someone says boiling hops, that means bittering hops. Hops that have a higher Alpha Acid content are typically used during the boil to increase the IBU's (bittering units) of the beer. Aroma hops typically are used towards the end of the boil because the heat takes away their aroma and flavor the longer they are boiled. These are the hops where hop flavor/aroma come from, not necessarily the bitter hops.






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swampdawg
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I use those things. Never used the strap but have heard good things about it.


I would like to get some straps. One should never pick up a full carboy exclusively by the neck ring. Too many horror stories about shattering this way.






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