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Old 05-07-2013, 03:06 AM   #21
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Part of the idea of the thread was to get some good recommendations for people who are looking for that next great thing to buy. So with that said...

What model from thermowork do you recommend?
Well now i know.... Knowledge is power!
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:19 AM   #22
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All my carboys have brew haulers (plastic straps with handles) on them... I don't think
I could lift a full carboy safely without them.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:14 PM   #24
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All my carboys have brew haulers (plastic straps with handles) on them... I don't think
I could lift a full carboy safely without them.
I second that motion. Love my brew hauler!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #25
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Yeast!

In all seriousness, equipment I can't live without is a brewing kettle and a fermenter! I can carve the rest out of wood if I have to!

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #26
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I just bought a refractometer, and although it's not like I'm going to throw out the hydrometer, I will probably next-to-never use it again. 3 drops of liquid vs several ounces needed to take a gravity reading, auto temperature correction, easier-to-read numbers. It's no contest.

My immersion chiller is another gadget that I would not brew without now. No way would I go back to using ice baths, especially now that I've got keggles. It was bad enough with the turkey fryer pot.

As others have mentioned: a good digital thermometer.

Another is the STC-1000-type temperature controller. That has made a WORLD of difference in the quality of my fermentation. Would not go back to any other method. No need for a chest freezer either. I just use a submersible fountain pump, a cooler, an immersion chiller, frozen water bottles and the controller to drive a controlled swamp cooler setup. I would prefer a chest freezer, but this is a cheaper and more compact method that works pretty well.

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Blichmann Brewing Gloves, $12
Might be my favorite blichmann product.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/blichmann-brewing-gloves.html

So much better than the regular kitchen style gloves I was using for cleaning pots and kegs.
Much less chance for water to get in the glove.
A cheap plastic apron is good also.
Staying dry while cleaning up may seem like a little thing.

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Never thought I would need a therma pen, then I got one and bought my brother one. We both love it.

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:50 AM   #29
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Another is the STC-1000-type temperature controller. That has made a WORLD of difference in the quality of my fermentation. Would not go back to any other method. No need for a chest freezer either. I just use a submersible fountain pump, a cooler, an immersion chiller, frozen water bottles and the controller to drive a controlled swamp cooler setup. I would prefer a chest freezer, but this is a cheaper and more compact method that works pretty well.
Could you go into a little more detail on this one? This might be a perfect upgrade for summer.
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Are thermapen's that good?
Thermapens are an awesome as a kitchen tool. I feel they are overkill for brewing tho. I own one for grilling, broiling, etc. so I use it in my brewery, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone spend that much money on a thermometer for their brewery. I have a pair of oven thermometers with temp alarms and timers that I use WAY more frequently for brewing than my thermapen. That said, it is a RIGHTEOUS instant read.
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