BTW, you sound a little emotional. Everything ok?
I personally prefer to CO2 inject the beer for carbonation. Its the fastest way to get your beer in drinking condition. :)
As for what equipment to buy.....
1 x 6.5 gallon stainless steel pot
1 x floating thermometer
1 x specific gravity meter (checks alcohol content)
1 x 6.5 gallon plastic bucket with lid
1 x 6 gallon glass carboy
1 x large stainless steel mixing spoon
keg or bottling kit (bottler, caps, bottling spigot)
2 x bungle/gas release valve
1 x bottle of iodine based sanitizer
Those are pretty much the basics. Keep your equipment as clean as possible, and you should be in good shape. You can skip the plastic bucket and get 2 glass carboys, but if price is an issue, go with a plastic bucket and drill a hole in the lid for the gas release valve.
Okay. Here's a question:
What about bottles? Anywhere I'm looking, they go for about $1 a bottle (shipping included), and I'm looking for 2 cases of 12oz bottles. Anywhere local in LA I can get 'em to save on shipping?
do NOT use some euro-style bottles though, i.e. (from one off the top of my head) Wychwood breweries style of bomber, the standard caps dont fit on them and could possibly break your capper and/or bottle
if you need un-marked bottles though there is a More Beer store in Riverside which are like 10bux for a 12oz/12pack and around 12bux for a 22oz/9pack
Agreed with the last 2 posts, don't buy bottles.
If you fill the bottles with water and soak them in a bucket of oxyclean the labels fall right off.
If you really need to buy them
It's in Long Beach/Lakewood right by the airport
any beers fans who haven't tried this should punch themselves.
It's really easy to do and much much cheaper.
I made 2 batches on Saturday,
I have a Mr. Beer Kit...
it may be the cheapo route... but... for my needs.. one batch every couple months... its perfect.. plus.. the more you make, the more you can tweak things and add your own ingredients etc...
honestly.. ive got a friend who spent a ton on home brew gear... and my cheapo stuff usually tastes better!
made about 10 different varieties so far...
my last batch of weizen was off the hook.
Really have fun with beer making... for bottles, i use the grolsch (sp?) bottles - dark green with stopper lids...
picked up 2 cases of the bottles at a thrift store, wash them in dish washer... and just run thru the sanitizing rinse before making a new batch...
Mixing up a wort for a Canadien Lager this evening as a matter of fact.
Homemade beer is a REALLY good companion to a nice meal on chef night...