I would recommend that you buy a kit from a site like Northern Brewer, Midwest, Williams Brewing, or even better your Local Homebrewing Store (LHS). All of these places should offer a basic brewing kit that will come with something to ferment the beer in, stir the beer with, measure the sugar in the beer, and bottle the beer. Most likely you will also need to pick up a large pot to boil the beer in.
If you would rather piece together the equipment yourself here is a list of what you will need...
- 6.5 gallon fermentation vessel such as a carboy (glass or plastic) or a food grade bucket
- 5 gallon bottling bucket with a valve on the bottom
- 3.5 gallon or larger boiling pot (the bigger the better, especially if you ever want to brew more than 5 gallons or want to move onto all grain brewing)
- Spoon for stirring the beer
- Hydrometer (measures gravity of the wort)
- Air Lock (keeps bugs out of beer)
- Stopper to attach the Air Lock to the carboy (if using carboy)
- Lid for bucket (if using bucket)
- Siphon (used to move beer around)
- 50 empty beer bottles (screw off tops are no good)
- 50 bottle caps
- Bottle caper
- Sanitizer (Star San, Bleach, Iodophor)
- Ingredients for brewing (Malt Extract, Hops, Yeast)