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Old 03-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #21
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I'm also going to cheat and give two.

First, making a yeast starter for every brew. Fermentation takes off so much faster, and finishes up faster as well, and it doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to get a starter going. Even for the low OG brews, I still like using one.

Second, kegging. Yes, it's got a high up-front cost (especially for a grad student on a budget) but it saves so much time and energy. Bottling is convenient if you want to give beer away, but I've found that having a keg of delicious homebrew just makes everyone want to come visit me
Agreement!

I just started making yeast starters (my bro got me a stir plate from stirstarters), and I started kegging last August. Both of these are big improvements that I enjoy a ton!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #22
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Has to be the chill plate for me. So much quicker than the IC. Wort cooled in 6-7 minutes rocks

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:50 PM   #23
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Going to no sparge. I buy pretty much everything in bulk, so cost is not an issue, but now I not only save time, but I'm always dead on with my volumes. Sure, efficiency is now 60-65% down from 75-80%, but who cares? Maybe costs me an extra 5 or 6 bucks, but cost is not really the motivating factor anyway.
Thanks for sharing this. I was looking for a way to get into it without having to get a sparge set up, that was sounding like the bitch of the bunch. Now, I feel good about getting just a cooler setup, and boiling 2 cheapo 5 gallon stainless pots for strike water and some leftover to help hold temp. WOOOOT.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:16 PM   #24
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Thanks for sharing this. I was looking for a way to get into it without having to get a sparge set up, that was sounding like the bitch of the bunch. Now, I feel good about getting just a cooler setup, and boiling 2 cheapo 5 gallon stainless pots for strike water and some leftover to help hold temp. WOOOOT.
Except for the extra time involved, batch sparging is pretty painless and no extra gear required.
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Going with the keg mash tun. I direct fire it to get it to temp and maintain it (as needed). I'm going to list another being the pump, which I use in several steps, including the mash and chill. Of course, chilling with a plate chiller simply kicks ass. I wouldn't be even thinking about making a 10 gallon batch next time if it wasn't for the plate chiller to cool it after the boil. Of course, I also wouldn't be able to boil to 10 gallons without my keggle...

Is that too many?? I'm leaving off other things that just make it much easier on brew day. Things like the refractometer and pure O2 setup to name just two. Fermenting in sanke kegs and being able to push the finished beer into serving kegs via CO2 is another great one.

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So far, my two have been graduating to using a burner outside with a pot large enough for a full boil, and (very recently) kegging.

Having home brew kegged is just awesome

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:30 PM   #27
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Taking notes.

If something turns out great, I want to be able to replicate it, or atleast come as close as possible.

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Four quart aluminum measuring pitcher. It's so much easier to measure out liquid for cleaning solutions, mashing and making actual wort starters. My heat resistant gloves were a nice addition as well.

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Quick disconnects. No question about it.

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