I am new. I finally have the time and space to brew some beer. I have a small hobby farm and grow hops and barley, so I will eventually do some all-grain brews. However, in the meantime, I have been reading all the material, and I think it's best to set-up simply, do a few extract brews, nail the fermentation and grow from there. I'm looking forward to using this forum to learn what I can from all your experience.
I have a few questions about set-up:
I know what I need but I would love to hear what brand-names are most trusted. I am in Victoria, so if there are local stores recommended, please let me know. For example: is there a particular brand of start-up kit that is suitable?
Also, knowing I will eventually need mash-tuns..etc, and I will do full-volume boils, with what equipment is it worth starting off big? For example: do I do a small wort chiller for the 5gal brews, even though I'll need something more substantial later or just start with a more expensive one, like plates? I would love to get a conical, stainless fermentor, but I feel starting with a conical plastic or even just a bucket is so inexpensive that it is a smart place to start.
About my plan: I will likely bottle into reusable bottles (hinged-caps) and eventually into kegs. So I don't need a bottle capper. Also, I am setting this up in a garage with regular wall-sockets (and I'm not an electrician), so if I go big on anything, it will likely be a propane burner and kettle able to contain a bubbling 10gal. I have space to build a tiered system, if that is appropriate.
Let me know what you all think.