Brewing beer is a great way to pass the time while Smoking Meat. The initial costs for the equipment and ingredienst run about $125.00 - $150.00. This is normally all of the equipment you will need including the ingredients, bottles and such to brew your first beer. You normally will need as large a pot as possible, if you have one that will hold 6 gallons of water the is great. I would strongly recommend, 15 years of expierence talking here, you brew on a turkey fryer outdoors. If you boil over on the stove, you WILL find parts of the stove you didn't know existed when cleaning up. The process on brew day normally takes between 2.5 - 3 hours complete. You then have to be patient (I know....tough) an wait about 2.5 - 3 weeks doing a couple of things at different times along the way but you will be drinking homemade premium beer in a month. Yum!!!! Bottom line...if you can boil water....you can make beer. Here is a link to a great site with lots of information: http://brewery.org They have a great homebrewing forum there with many fine brewers who share their experiences just like you guys.