Just recently retired, and I have been waiting until this time to start brewing my own beer. I am a New England IPA addict. Hard to get in Bel Air, MD, but I make a trip to Aslin and The Veil, both in Virginia to get my fix. Now I plan to embark on brewing my own. I am looking at all grain brewing and I have read a lot about brewing beer with my favorite book being John Palmer's, "How to Brew". First thing I need is some advice on brewing equipment. I am looking at the Blichmann Breweasy systems and the Spike Brewing Systems. Spike is quite expensive, but appears to be one of the better systems out there that I have found. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.