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The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing:

A must for every Homebrewer.  Contains helpful tips for novices and advanced homebrewers.  The only book you really need to learn how to homebrew.  Also contains a lot of pretty good recipes for all skill levels.  I use to this book all the time.

Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide:

This book is geared to the more advanced brewer.  I personally use it as secondary reference on brewing equipment and techniques.  Lots of information on water chemistry, metabolism of yeast, etc.  I think Dave was trying to impress his readers with his science background or something. 

Clone Brews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers:

I bought this book because I was too lazy to write down a recipe for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in my local brew store.  Aside from the Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam recipes, this book really sucks.  Who really wants to make 5 gallons of Molson Ice, Dos Equis, Kirin Lager or Foster Lager.   Plus, I followed the recipe for Sierra Nevada to the tee and it tasted nothing like the real stuff.



The Basics:
a) Large Pot (3-7 Gal) - You can use a 3-gal pot for all-extract brewing

b) 6-Gal Plastic Bucket

c) 5-Gal Glass Carboy

d) Rubber stopper - With hole for Airlock and Racking Cane

e) Airlock

f) Racking Cane

g) Clear Plastic Tubing (~3 ft)

h) Funnel

i) Strainer - Preferably that matches the size of your funnel

j) Thermometer

k) Hydrometer

l) 55-60 12oz Pry-Off Bottles - No Twist-offs

m) Bottle caps

n)  Bottle capper



Wort Chiller:

You can find all you will need to make one at the local hardware store. 

3 hose clamps

6ft plastic tubing (5/16 ID 7/16 OD)

24ft copper tubing (5/16 OD)

1 Garden hose to hose barb adapter

Bottle Washer:

Washing bottles (and carboys) is a real pain in the a$$.  This little gizmo really saves some time


Very important if you are going to add hops.  You don't want to guess on how much you are putting in do you?


Kegging System:

This goes back to the washing bottles is a real pain in the a$$.  If you get a 5-gal soda keg you won't ever need to bottle again.  I use a 3-gal soda keg so I can: 1) bottle 2-gal to give away to friends/family and 2) so it will fit in a mini-fridge in the garage so my wife won't get mad.

A system like this should cost between $100-$150.  What you will need:

3-gal or 5-gal soda keg

CO2 Cylinder


Hoses (CO2 Cylinder to keg and keg to tap)