Turkey As far as equipment required its simple and basic. For beer you need a 30l food grade fermentation bucket, preferably with an airlock on the lid. A long handled plastic spoon, a siphon tube with attached tap, and for bottling the beer I use a supermarket's value brand 2l still water. The bottles will contain one brew of beer, and the water will be what you use for the next brew. You can invest in more kit as you get more ambitious and confident, but this is all you need to start.
have made beer from kit in the past with decent result in keg. could not eliminate settlement in bottled.
making from scratch is enticing. i'd like to get a handle on the cost of both equipment and materials. in short what's the minimum cost to set up a micro brewery for home consumption. does anyone have a handle on it "ball park".
Jerry, i am no expert but I think it depends on how you classify "from scratch" and "micro brewer"
If all you want is to brew from raw ingredients (from scratch) to your own mix then there is a cheap system called BIAB brew in a bag, which is a large hating vessel like a massive stainless steel pan with a bag that fills it, in that goes the raw ingredients like a giant tea bag, and you heat this to mash (i think is the term), then get it hotter to mash out, and finally add it to a tank or similar with possibly more water and yeast to then brew. From what I can see the cost here is around £100 i think (totally plucked from the air with no true knowledge), as you already have a plastic keg and such, so you would only need the bag and a large enough pot.
you can improve on this if you wanted with something to circulate the water whilst the bag is in (to aerate), and then when the bag is out have some copper tube setup to pump cool water round to chill the liquid down asap. These make it closer to a proper micro brewery brew.
micro brewery is more in depth i think and uses a few stages each requiring its own kit, alot can be home made so the cost can be brought down but still must cost a bit, also with decent beer you probably also need a proper keg and gas delivery system to drink from, upping the cost again. no idea about ball part figures here, but the process of brewing takes a full day i suspect.