Becoming a Homebrewer Well, I finally took the plunge. Today, I visited my local homebrew store and purchased all the equipment necessary to brew my very first homebrewed beer. After all is said and done, I spent about $170 on all the equipment necessary along with the ingredients for my first 5 gallon (approx. 2 cases) batch. This includes 2 glass carboys for primary and secondary fermentation, a 5 gallon kettle, bottle cap applicator, Iodaphor sanitizer, siphon, blah blah blah, tons of good stuff. The first beer I will be making is an IPA (india pale ale). I will also be dry hopping it, which is where you add hop petals to the secondary fermentor so that it adds aroma and flavor elements to the beer. I should have a drinkable (hopefully) beer within about 3-4 weeks or so. It needs about 1 week in the primary fermentor (where most of the fermentation is done), about 1-2 weeks in the secondary fermentor (for dry hopping, a bit more fermentation and allows the stuff in the beer to fall out of suspension for a clearer beer), and then about 1-2 weeks in the bottle so that the beer can carbonate. I hope I don't screw up and get a good, drinkable beer out of this. It sounds like a blast to do, and hopefully, I will get pretty good at it. Not too bad to be able to brew 2 cases of quality brew for around 20-25 bucks each batch.