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Old 12-26-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hey just won my fantasy football league at work. I am going to get around $150 as prize money which I think will go towards brewing some how but I'm not sure what to get. I brew 5 gallon batches all grain brew in a bag. I use the 9 gal aluminum pot that came with the turkey fryer. I have 2 bargain fittings weldless bulkheads and Bobby M sight glass that I have not installed yet. I'm thinking right now I could try to track down a 15.5 gallon keg and make it into a keggle or I could just drill my turkey fryer but I sort of like the idea of a bigger pot so I can make bigger batches or just have less chance of boil over. So option 1 would probably include $50 or more to try to get a keg. I mill my grain with a pasta roller converted into a grain mill right now which works but is slow and might be falling apart. So I could get some sort of new roller mill plus the keg if I stretch the budget a bit maybe a barley crusher or cereal killer or something else. I keg my beer right now I have a chest freezer with 3 kegs in it. I have a total of six kegs. I use picnic taps. The freezer sits out in the garage so looks are not terribly important but for the 150 I could Probably convert to a decent keezer. I am also open to other suggestions sorry for the long post

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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1. Do you make starters?

2. How do you maintain fermenting temps?

3. Do you add O2 to your wort!

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #3
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Out of the things you listed:
1: A nice bigger pot to drill and pimp out.
2: Grain mill, seems like you could use an upgrade there.
3: A nice keezer setup is pretty sweet, although admittedly unnecessary.

Other stuff to consider: A fermentation chamber which may (depending on how you do it) run more than your $150, yeast starter stuff, aeration equipment.

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Out of the things you listed:
1: A nice bigger pot to drill and pimp out.
2: Grain mill, seems like you could use an upgrade there.
3: A nice keezer setup is pretty sweet, although admittedly unnecessary.

Other stuff to consider: A fermentation chamber which may (depending on how you do it) run more than your $150, yeast starter stuff, aeration equipment.
Wow the "other stuff" suggestions look familiar.
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I have used mostly dry yeast but I do have a DIY stirplate that works pretty good when I use washed yeast or liquid yeast.
Since I use mostly dry yeast I haven't worried much about O2 but if I used liquid I have just done the multiple pours between vessiles to get O2 in.
I don't have a dedicated fermentation chamber right. During the winter I ferment in my basement which is down in the high 50's or low 60's. During the summer I either use the freezer if my pipeline is empty or a water bath with frozen water bottles. I have an old mini fridge that I could use as a chamber if I got a temp controller have thought of picking another one up off ebay.

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bingo...temp controller.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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Blow all 150 on hops.

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bingo...temp controller.
Agreed, then I also would consider building a fermentation chamber depending on you space constraints, it could hold at least 2 but up to 4 or more fermenters. If your looking to go bigger (10 gallon batches) in the near future built it big enough to grow with your brewery,
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Blow all 150 on hops.
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I say put some decent taps on that keezer.

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