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BSG Gold DP-GFZY-7I2K Beer Homebrew Kit with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy
|Price:||$110.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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|Brand Name||Monster Brew Home Brewing Supplies|
|EAN||0849731005195 , 0704660350450|
|For use with what product?||Beer; Homebrewing|
|Is Assembly Required?||true|
|Item Weight||21.3 pounds|
|Lower Temperature Rating||40 degrees_fahrenheit|
|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||849731005195 , 704660350450|
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The K6 Beer Equipment kit includes all the conveniences you get with the K3 kit, like an automatic pump-style siphon, an adhesive thermometer for the primary fermenter, and a full 27-page beginner's guide. But the K6 has a 7.8 gallon bucket and a 6 gallon glass carboy (contrast two, 6.5 gallon buckets in the K3). The 6 gallon glass carboy is good for secondary fermentations, but is big enough to house primary fermentation of a standard 5 gallon batch. The 7.8 gallon bucket is perfect for bottling, and is also a great choice for primary fermentation. Moreover, with these larger-capacity containers, it's possible to brew up to 6 gallons in a single batch. The K6 Beer Equipment Kit includes, 7.8 Gallon Bucket with Drilled & Grommeted Lid, 6 Gallon Glass Carboy with Rubber Stopper, 3-Piece Airlock (for Fermenting Bucket), Adhesive Thermometer (for Fermenting Bucket), Automatic Pump-style Siphon with 5' of flexible tubing, Dual Function Bottle Filler (⅜″ OD), Bottling Spigot with Bottle-fit Spout, Glass, Triple Scale Hydrometer, Twin-lever Capper, Beer Bottle Brush, 8 oz of B-BRITE Cleanser, HandCraft Brewing Guide, Beer Equipment Kit Instructions.
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Everything came as listed and they all have a quality feel to them. No cheap plastic parts, all top-notch.
Almost done with my first batch - I ordered an Oktoberfest ingredient kit additionally.
Once you buy this kit you will STILL NEED:
-ingredients to make the beer itself (ingredient packs are convenient and fairly inexpensive)
-a large wooden spoon to stir your wort
-at LEAST a 5 gallon pot w/lid
-bottles to bottle your beer
-bottle caps to cap your beer
I created a blog documenting my first batch...this may help other beginners.
Happy brewing homies.
The kit came in a nice box that was perfect for wrapping as a gift. It had everything listed and everything seems high quality, it even came with a small homebrew beginners book that should be enough to get you to make the first batch, however I would eventually recommend buying 'The Complete Joy of Homebrewing' as most homebrewers consider it the bible of brewing. I have just bottled my first batch of beer and everything worked great, now I have to stare at it for 2-3 more weeks as it conditions. To the reviewer who said the carboy is only 5 gallons, I have 5 gallon plastic carboys for my fishtank and this is noticably larger, however I have not been able to accurately measure it.
People wishing to get into this hobby should know a few things:
1) You will need to buy a stockpot to boil the wort(unfermented beer). Do not get aluminum as it can impart bad flavors as it reacts to the acidic wort. Do not skimp on this, expect to pay at least $50 for a decent one off amazon. The thicker gage steel, the better.
2) You may need some miscellaneous items like bottlecaps(not included), a grain bag, stirring spoon, ammonia to remove old bottle labels, etc.
3) The kit comes with some bags of special sanitizer, however most people use bleach or other readily available chemicals. Just don't mix chemicals and rinse well.
4) Start saving bottles early! The bottles cannot be screw top and should be brown, not green or clear(light ruins beer). Sam Adams bottles worked best for me, bought a couple 12 packs of their holiday collection. I've heard things about the wing capper breaking thin glass beer bottles, but had no problems. Also, I have been told that old champagne bottles can be capped as well.
5) If you dont like doing dishes, this is not a hobby for you. Scrubbing 50 bottles, the carboy, the bucket, hoses and siphons takes time and patience.
6) If you like to save $$$ and experiment, this IS the hobby for you. Most recipes work out to under .50 for a bottle of beer.
Tge issue I had with the capper is it kept breaking bottles. The bottles I was using were new 12oz amber bottles. I broke about a 1/3 of the bottles I bought while capping beer. I'm am finding more bottles that cracked during the calling process but didn't shatter the top. The beer carbonated in the bottle but I'm finding I break everyother bottle. I asked around at the local supply store and they heard similar accounts from an online kit. I recommend getting a different capper just to be sure. See photo.
Disclaimers: The bottle capper is chintzy (second batch it started rocking off the cap--good thing I bought another one), and you will want to buy some standard sanitizer, and the carboy is only 5 gallons. That said, still this is a good collection of stuff for the money. The five-gallon carboy size actually makes it ideal for secondary fermentation--you wouldn't want so much headspace on a five-gallon recipe, which are much more common than six.
The bottling wand, tubing, hydrometer, and brush are decent, and something a beginner might have overlooked (read: things I might have overlooked had they not been included for me in this set). My filling wand came shattered, but the seller was happy to send me another one.
Bottle caps generally come with an extract kit, so if you'd like to brew, the only other things you'll need are a kit, a large kettle (usually stainless or enamel stock pot over 4 gallons), a long stainless steel stirring spoon, and bottles (start saving now!).
Warning: if you have an electric stove, it may be hard for you to brew--if you want to try, it might be better to split recipes into smaller pots. Me? I feel so lucky to be living in a gas stove apartment for the first time in my life, which is totally up the the challenge of boiling 4+ gallons in one pot.
From this kit as a starting point, I've added on these things to my set up so far, but I think the core set will continue to serve me and was a great value for the price:
* Better bottle caper
* Carboy harness (boy you don't want to move a full carboy on the glass)
* Hydrometer testing jar/beaker (strange it doesn't have one--the case it's in does not double as a testing jar, unfortunately)
* Autosiphon (needed to easily get beer out of carboy, into bottles:) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AYHS7ZY
* Wine thief (I actually got a stainless steel baster with brushes, here:) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CFTOE
* WORT CHILLER (you won't know how you did without one, great instructions on building one here:) http://www.amazon.com/review/R1FBXCO916P5KB/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B001AH8HDO&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=1055398
In short, this is not quite a complete set and a couple of components are meh, but there's incredible value here, and I'm very glad I started homebrewing with this set. I'll still be using it if/when I move up to all-grain brewing. If you love beer, I highly recommend you take the plunge.
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