I would find out if I enjoyed fishing before I bought the lake. I would follow Denny's advice, learn everything along the way.Yeah, well with all due respect a couple hundred on equip flies under my radar. It's chumpchange. If it doesn't work out I'll give it to some brewers I know.
Right on. The money never bugged me either but I took it one step at a time. If I were starting out again I would first get dual stage temp control for my fermentation
Did some research on this and it's good advice. I'm walking right now...one foot at a time. When I get running I'll consider doing something like that.
Thats my point. Fermentation temp control would be my first step. Before all grain, before my own mill, before stir plates or oxygen, before kegs... my first batch was a stove top porter kit that turned out ok, it would have been amazing if I had my ranco and my freezer back then.
You CAN brew without it. Denny did for quite a while, he's our resident expert and famous person, and just recently got his first freezer/controller setup. I'll bet he'd like to have had it the whole time.
And I'll bet one day you will be saying "dang, I should have got this long ago"