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Old 12-23-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Best and/or Worst Brewing Gadgets You've Ever Purchased

Other than an additional fermentor, the best gadget I've purchased so far has been a double bottle washer. Haven't bought anything that was useless or a piece of junk yet, but I'm still new so I'm sure it'll happen.

What's the best and\or worst equipment purchase anyone else ever has made?

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Old 12-23-2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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My favorite has been the Autosiphon. The main reason that I was reluctant to get it. Starting a siphon seemed easy enough.

I have been fortunate enough not to buy any crap. Mostly because of you guys here!!!

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Old 12-23-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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The best:
auto-siphon
wine thief
Star-san
Bottle Tree

only real 'crap' was 1.25gal mini-kegs (like the Heiniken ones) and an $80 CO2 tap for them. You can't hardly find those kegs now, and I corny keg anyways.

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:13 PM   #4
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digital thermometer, too bad they don't have digital hydrometers --- or do they?

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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favorite has to be my refractometer.

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digital thermometer, too bad they don't have digital hydrometers --- or do they?
they do!
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:51 PM   #6
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I've found this thing to be close to useless.

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:57 PM   #7
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I have to agree with the auto siphon. That thing rocks!


The worst for me was the Fermentap

It turns your carboy into a conical fermenter. Which is great except it doesn't work! I use the stand to drain my carboys. The rest of it is in a box somewhere. I can't believe they still make that thing!

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Old 12-23-2007, 06:00 PM   #8
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The best piece of equipment I own... It's probably my mash tun since all-grain is impossible without it.

The bad equipment I've used... Well, my stirplate is utter crap (but stirplates themselves are not) but I think "Crappiest brew supply" goes to One Step. I'm a pure Star San fanboy now.

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Old 12-23-2007, 06:21 PM   #9
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I have to agree with the auto siphon. That thing rocks!


The worst for me was the Fermentap

It turns your carboy into a conical fermenter. Which is great except it doesn't work! I use the stand to drain my carboys. The rest of it is in a box somewhere. I can't believe they still make that thing!
Now see that looks cool to me... in theory any ways. Only question I have it how do you fill it w/o siphoning. Also, why doesn't it work?
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:05 PM   #10
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Cr@p: mini-keg system - tap handle broke, got it replaced, broke, got it replaced, broke. By then the kegs were rusting around the lips.

Best: the very big grain bag, $17, eliminates 90% of the work for steeping & mini-mashes.

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