what beginner kit would be recommended? about a year and a half ago, i had to go gluten free (suuuuuuuuucks), so beer options have been extremely limited for me... and since then i've always thought about trying to brew my own. i love cooking/baking/bbq'ing, so.... naturally, i feel like i should just move into brewing my own beers. to bbq with.
how long does a beginner/tester beer take to brew? well.... just any kind of beer.. i'd have to mess around with ingredients/timing anyway, so... how long the average brew takes, and well.... just anything a new brewer should know?
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Do you have a homebrew shop nearby? They'll have everything you need and should be able to get you set up. You don't need that much to start brewing standard 5-gallon batches. A big stainless pot, a plastic fermentation bucket/airlock setup, bottles and a capper is the majority of it. You can get a lot fancier, but you don't have to. I can brew an extract recipe, including steeping specialty grains (which isn't required), from start to cleanup in two hours. Bottling day is another two hours or so. It'll probably take longer when you first start.
For anyone starting out, I'd recommend getting this book: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition: Charles Papazian: 9780060531058: Amazon.com: Books