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Alright, homebrewers, I am going to start making beer this year and am in the market for a starter kit.

I am looking for a kit that I won't have to upgrade in the near future. I want clean up to be reasonable, so I'm leaning towards glass for this reason and as contamination prevention. My end goal is to be making an Abbey/Belgian-style.

I've started looking at the below site.
Any tips?

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Most every major homebrew store (Austin, Midwest, Northern Brewer) all set good starter kits. My first note though is that glass isn't all its cracked up to be, the Better Bottles are just as easy to take care of and much easier to move around, especially when full of beer. Oh and go for the 6 gallon kits, 5 never left me enough room.
 
I appreciate the tip, Todd. I'll look to the Better Bottle Carboys and go with a 6-gallon. I remember reading others' being frustrated with their choice in a 5-gallon kit.
 
6 gallons just makes life easier and welcome to the club.
 
Someone just recommended Northern Brewer to me the other day, as I was planning to get started this summer. Good info offered in previous comments.
 
I have ordered from NB a few times and have always been pleased with the result.
 
I guess it depends on your learning style, but I would recommend walking into a local homebrew store and having a chat with whoever works there. They are usually really keen on the craft and will give you some rather sound advice. Don't forget the good advice our fellow plussers have given to you (By the way, the 6 gal. systems +Todd Wagnon is talking about, is that the same as my 5 imp. gal. system I use by default because I'm in Canada [23L]? If so, I agree, it is super!), but now is your chance to look at stuff and feel it with your own eyes and hands and figure it out.

I started with kits (the small local store I go to makes them in house and they're delicious!). I brewed with them for 7 months before I switched to Liquid Malt Extract (LME) recipes and I think it was a great way to start because it allowed me to figure out process before worrying about ingredients.

Also, I recommend the book Complete joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. It isn't too intimidating and it explains quite a few things as well as has a number of LME recipes.

Enjoy the beer making and let us know how it goes!
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