Last week, I received both my Amazon and Taobao shipment, and I finally have everything I need to start my home brew project. Well, almost everything. I’ve decided to make do without a hydrometer, which is supposed to tell me when the fermentation is finished. From information I gathered, it is ok to just let the fermentation sit a little longer than the estimated fermentation period (typically 1 to 3 weeks) and it should be done. A non-accurate method is to observe the release of Carbon Dioxide through the airlock. Other than these items i have already assembled, I will also be getting a bottling bucket.
The Coopers beer kit and brew enhancer is probably what every beginner begins with. They are available locally and the pricing is actually comparable to that from Amazon. Notice the dent on the can. If you buy from Amazon, you invariably get a 25% discount coupon, but i think that is their excuse for sending you a dented can that is also near the expiry date. The beer enhancer is cheaper from the local supplier. If you think about it, shipping from Australia to Singapore has got to be cheaper than shipping from Australia to the US to Singapore. Moving forward, i think i will just buy from the local supplier.