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Title: Beginner's question
Post by: phatman on May 13, 2013, 08:35:59 PM
Hey everyone, I have just recently got into the idea of getting my own brew kit and trying out homebrewing. I was looking at some of the local brewing supply stores and was doing a comparison between two products but ultimately realized that my knowledge on what equipment is VERY limited at best. So the question I am bringing here is which of these would be a better buy for a starter like myself

http://www.mountainhomebrew.com/brewersbeastkit.aspx

or

http://www.soundhomebrew.com/starter-kit-with-accessory-package-and-secondary-fermenter/

I had noticed a lot of similarities between the two but there were a couple of items on each list that didn't appear on the other's list and I wasn't sure about which of the items are more vital to homebrewing.

Any comments/tips/etc would be greatly appreciated! For anyone who took the time to read this, thanks!
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: tschmidlin on May 13, 2013, 09:06:26 PM
Well, you definitely need a pot so if you go with the Sound kit then you'll have to get it separately.

Palmer's How to Brew is available online (howtobrew.com), I suggest you read through that.  I'm sure Sound is selling the updated version and it is well worth purchasing, but it is not absolutely required for your first batch.

I haven't gone through and figured out the rest of the differences, but the pot is really important.  You can also buy it somewhere else.

I haven't been down to Sound, but I know the owner left Mountain to go start that place.  Owners at both places are good guys.  What neighborhood/town do you live/work in?  There are several other places in and around Seattle.
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: Slowbrew on May 13, 2013, 09:09:10 PM
If you need a boil kettle, I would go with the Mountain Homebrew kit.  You get some interesting bells and whistles with the other but for $10 I'd get the kettle and forgo the stainless turkey baster.  I actually have never seen a stainless steel turkey baster but that's beside the point.

Paul
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: quattlebaum on May 13, 2013, 10:03:01 PM
will you be brewing on your stove top or on an outdoor propane type system like a camp chef ? I would highly recommend a larger brew kettle 36 qts for 5 gallon batches however it depends on what level you want to take it to. If ya need a pot http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/1036_stainless_steel_pot.htm.  thats what i started with. It can quickly turn into a very $$$$$ hobby. It's always good to support your local guys. They can be a great resource. 
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: euge on May 13, 2013, 10:57:20 PM
I want to welcome you to the pursuit of brewing. I think you should look at How to Brew (http://www.howtobrew.com/) before buying any expensive brewing kit. I'm not poopooing your equipment selection because they are both pretty solid choices.

It is possible to brew with less of a cash outlay. After a few batches you might want to commit to spending more or not. Regardless, we are all here to help you succeed.
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: phatman on May 13, 2013, 10:57:50 PM
Thanks for the info guys, its appreciated. I will check out Mountain. Any other comments are still appreciated though!


will you be brewing on your stove top or on an outdoor propane type system like a camp chef ? I would highly recommend a larger brew kettle 36 qts for 5 gallon batches however it depends on what level you want to take it to. If ya need a pot http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/1036_stainless_steel_pot.htm.  thats what i started with. It can quickly turn into a very $$$$$ hobby. It's always good to support your local guys. They can be a great resource. 
Thanks for the tips, I will definitely keep those details in mind!


I haven't been down to Sound, but I know the owner left Mountain to go start that place.  Owners at both places are good guys.  What neighborhood/town do you live/work in?  There are several other places in and around Seattle.

I live in the udistrict/wallingford area. I did a little online searching but didn't really find much in return, any other places you might know would be great!
Title: Re: Beginner's question
Post by: tschmidlin on May 14, 2013, 02:16:15 AM
I live in the udistrict/wallingford area. I did a little online searching but didn't really find much in return, any other places you might know would be great!
Bob's is just north of U Village.  He's a good guy and has a decent selection, plenty to get you started.
http://bobshomebrew.com/