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Old 06-11-2007, 01:41 AM   #1
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Saw this ad on CraigsList today:
Home Brewing Equipment - $250

For $250, this guy was selling the following:

2 glass carboy fermenters (6 gallon)
1 Plastic bottle fermenter (6 gallon)
1 starter bottle (one gallon glass bottle)
1 siphon
hoses
6 gallon plastic bucket fermenter
6 gallon plastic racking bucket (with spigot)
beer thief (for easily extracting beer from carboy for testing)
hydrometer
bottle capper
bottle caps
2 brushes with wire handles (carboy and bottle)
3 fermentation locks
1 large funnel
blowoff hose
powdered cleaner
sanitizer
scale
1 high quality 6 gallon brew kettle
1 lesser quality 5 gallon brew kettle
carboy dryer (stand to put carboy in upside down while drying)
8 mini kegs (1 1/2 gallon each)
8 bungs for mini kegs
two mini keg taps (CO2 cartridge driven)
3 soda kegs (6 gallons each)
CO2 cylinder for soda kegs (5 pound)
regulator
1 plastic tap for soda kegs
20 bottles (24 oz)
1 copper tubing immersion wort chiller
plastic paddle 18 inch (for stirring wort)
rubber stoppers for all fermenters
5 brewing books - Joy of Homebrewing, Homebrewers Companion, Beer
Captured, Clone Brews, North American Clone Brews
temperature control thermostat for lagering in a fridge

So I contacted him and he said it was mine for $250. I drove about an hour and met him at his place. I did a quick check and everything appeared to be there and the kegging equipment looked in great condition. Then he changed the deal on me...he only wanted $200. Apparently he had offered the stuff to someone else @ $200, but they backed out and he was going to give me the same deal. I took him up on it (the kegging equipment, which is what I was after, cost more than $250).

After I got home and inventoried everything, I found these extras:

  • the siphon, is an auto-siphon and in good condition
  • the hydrometer came with a sampling cylinder
  • the scale was missing, but I already have one
  • the spoon and blowoff tube are crap, no problem
  • 6 books instead of 5 and I only had Beer Captured already
  • a couple of steeping socks
  • a chain hanger kit (anyone have any idea what this is for?)
Additionally, I found these:
  • 1 oz. Irish Moss
  • some Whirlfoc
  • Divergan F
  • Oak Chips
  • Safale S-04
The guy told me the last time he brewed was like 2 years ago, anyone got any idea if any of the above stuff is still good?
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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Sweet deal man... gotta love CL!

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Old 06-11-2007, 01:56 AM   #3
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Sweet Deal. Major Score Dude!

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Old 06-13-2007, 07:32 PM   #4
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awsome!
I just picked up a used twice turkey fryer set ($25). Going to get it all cleaned up and brew with it!
Sample people sold me a pool table too!

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Old 06-13-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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I was excited about finding a free kegerator (w/20# CO2 tank) but now I'm jealous! Great score!

(I have no idea if the extra stuff is still good, only been brewing for a few months)

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Old 06-13-2007, 08:36 PM   #6
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Craigslist kicks ass a few months ago i ran into a good deal on a bunch of equipment. A full ten gallon all grain system and kegging system. I paid $480 dollars for it. It also came with six fermenters and a whole bunch of books and other crap. Saved me a whole lot of time and energy waiting to build all that stuff up.

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Old 06-13-2007, 08:58 PM   #7
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This has to ge down as one of the best deals ever! The only thing that might be bad is the yeast, but you can make a starter beforehand to check it. No, I have no idea what a chain hanger kit is, but you've got me curious.

Congrats on a killer score, Uncle!

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:20 PM   #8
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Quite the steal! Only would have been better for free. Are you sure it was his stuff and not his annoying neighbors garage .

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:22 PM   #9
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WOW the kegging gear alone is worth what you payed! the rest is just gravy and who doesn't like gravy??!!

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I'll probably hold onto the Oak Chips and maybe the moss. The rest I'll probably toss (WhirlFloc has a 24 month shelf life).

For homebrewers in the MD, VA, DC area...there is always stuff for sale in the NVA area. I have an RSS feed set up to email me CL ads with certain keywords.

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