Putting together your brewing kit can be as expensive as you’d like it to be, but if you keep it simple, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Saving money on some of the items you’ll use may be made up in time, though.
With the exception of a few items, most of this can probably be found in your kitchen. The rest of the items can be bought or made.
This was a fun, if hectic brew day. I should say brew night, as we got it done after work and it took us until about midnight! I had to run all the way back to my house to pick up the grain after I’d already arrived with all the other supplies at Phil’s house.
Phil and I have been brewing together since 2009, sporadically. We launched into it with about $100 of equipment and a kit. We were some combination of too busy and too unmotivated to start brewing with all grain (rather than using pre-made malt extract) until last year. For various reasons, this was the first time we’ve brewed in about 6 months.