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Equipment for Starting with Ales

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Here is an inventory of essential brewing equipment you will need for your first batch. With this setup you can only brew one batch at a time. This is about as ‘tight’ as you can get. Many of the items can be found used if you have the time to bargain hunt. The cost of your ingredients will run about $40, so you are looking at $250, half a day to brew, an hour to rack, and two hours to bottle for your first five gallon batch!

Item Desc Qty Price Total





Containers



7 Gallon Bucket Washing/Storage/Primary 1 $18.50 $18.50
5 Gallon Carboy Secondary 1 $22.50 $22.50
1 Gallon Plastic Jar For getting LME 1 $2.50 $2.50
1/2 Gallon Plastic Dish For getting LME or as blowoff 2 $1.50 $3.00
Carboy Handle For washing 1 $5.00 $5.00
Carboy Strap For carrying when full 1 $10.00 $10.00
Cooking
Thermometer For during cooking 1 $4.00 $4.00
Spoon Stainless Steel – 21” 1 $10.50 $10.50
Pot 20 Quart, Stainless Steel w/Lid 1 $44.95 $44.95
Large Steeping Bag For grains / hops 2 $6.95 $13.90
Small Steeping Bag For hops / adjuncts 1 $4.95 $4.95
Funnel 10” Funnel 1 $10.00 $10.00
Siphon/Hoses/Stoppers/Traps
Siphon Starter 1 $8.95 $8.95
Hose 3/8” 6 ft 1 $2.40 $2.40
#7 Cork 1 $1.00 $1.00
Chemist ‘S’ Trap 1 $1.10 $1.10
Blow off Tube 1 $4.95 $4.95
Bottling
Capper 1 $10.00 $10.00
Bottling Adapter For filling bottles from siphon 1 $6.00 $6.00
Cleaning
Carboy Brush 1 $5.25 $5.25
Bottle Brush 1 $2.95 $2.95
Sampling
Wine Thief For grabbing samples 1 $10.00 $10.00
Hydrometer Essential! Check SG after brewing and before bottling 1 $6.50 $6.50
Bottles
12 oz bottles ‘make’ these while waiting for first batch 54 $0.00
TOTAL: $208.90
If you don’t have a gas stove, you will want to cook outside on a propane burner:
Outdoor Cooking
Propane Burner King Kooker 54000 BTU 1 $60.00 $60.00

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