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As someone who brews his own beer, I do NOT recommend this. My girlfriend got me one over a year ago... the little keg leaked like a sieve at a seem line, the "beer" is not as advertised and not close to full bodied. I recommend spending the same on a two bucket setup (1 bucket is for fermenting, and the second bucket is optional if you don't want to bottle out of the first bucket; if you get one bucket only, I recommend burning a quart bottle and drain the first quart into it, but I like to save my yeast so I do this anyways), an airlock (I have both S trap and tri bubble, they both work great), and a real beer kit. You will thank yourself, and might even fall in love with the process... I am brewing 15 gallons at a time now over 3 fermenters... 2 batches of beer, 1 of mead.
@ Massdrop, if you want suggestions for real beer kits, let me know. I will be glad to help out.
A poll would be great place to start, hopefully a lot of community members participate and we may head that direction!
Ok, will do. I will get one sorted out and post tomorrow. Of course, some items will be generic, as I am unsure of your ability to purchase from different places, but I will put together a couple of starter kits with different fermenters and accessories, and we will see how it goes.
Here you go: https://www.massdrop.com/vote/Beer-Brewing-Parts-and-Accessories-Join-the-Family-of-home-brewers-easily
I made 3 simple ones... a single bucket, a double bucket, and a more advanced all-in-one kit in google docs, linked them into the poll selection. I thought them out the best I could, and kept more niche items off the list. If this is successful, I will help come up with more ideas, like a niche hardware list or bottles.... all of which, I felt was not needed for a newbie, since you have big box stores that can get you anything you need and at cheaper prices than what you would pay for brewing specific stuff. I still use an 8 gallon boiler that i lift off of my stove and pour into my fermenters by hand. Even then, some people will argue that you need a gas boiler in your garage... whatever, lets get people brewing for themselves and get them to expand wherever they want to go from there.