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Old 01-27-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Help me spend my tax refund!

What ends up happening when I do my own accounting is I overcompensate in order to avoid going in the hole. Which means that, when I got married, I WAY overcompensated when I re-did our w4s, and I'm about to get a nice little chunk o' change deposited into my bank account.

After paying off a high-interest high-balance credit card and buying a flat panel TV, I figure I'll have about $400 left over.

I currently have:
1 6.5-gal carboy
1 5-gal carboy
2 5-gal buckets with lids prepped for fermentation
Several extra buckets, from 1-4 gallons
4 or 5 airlocks
2 airlock stopper
2 airtight stoppers
1 autosiphon racking cane
1 6-foot siphon hose
1 bottle filler
1 hydrometer test jar
1 floating hydrometer/thermometer
1 stick-on carboy thermometer
1 20-qt stainless brewpot
1 small muslin hop bag
1 medium muslin grain bag
1 extra large nylon grain bag
1 large funnel w/filter
1 capper
Several empty bottles
StarSan and spray bottle
OxyClean
1 bottling tree (Capacity is 36)

And in my kitchen, I have the following which often double as brewing accessories:
1 meat thermometer
1 12-qt heavy stainless stockpot
1 turkey baster
several mason jars

I also live in an apartment, so AG supplies and propane/propane accessories are out for the time being.

The assignment is to advise me on how best to spend the remainder of my tax refund GO!

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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Brew kettle. Hands down, go to full boil. I would go for a Boilermaker and a Banjo burner.

EDIT: I am dumb

OK I would start building toward an electric Boil kettle so you could go full boil in your apartment. IMHO that will make the biggest difference to your brew. Talk to Pol, I think you could get that done for around $400.


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Old 01-27-2009, 03:35 PM   #3
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Do you have a wort chiller?

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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I also live in an apartment, so AG supplies and propane/propane accessories are out for the time being.
Wort Chiller would defiantly be nice... A couple more 6.5 carboys.... Of course if you find a small fridge/chest freezer for cheap/free you could start kegging. Your inventory looks pretty solid for an apartment non AG user. I would pick up a wort chiller another carboy and spend the rest on hops/specialty grains/extract/yeast so you have everything on hand if you want to brew. It always nice to not have to spend an afternoon running around gathering ingredients when the desire to brew arises.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:39 PM   #5
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Counterflow or immersion?

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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Just send it to me. Then you will be free of the evil burden of spending it...
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:40 PM   #7
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Well, since you're in an apartment and don't want to do propane then full boils are out...I'd go with the wort chiller idea.

...or spend it on ingredients for 10-15 batches of beer!!!

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Well, since you're in an apartment and don't want to do propane then full boils are out...I'd go with the wort chiller idea.
If MASH ever invites me back (I borrowed propane, forgot to pay them back, and made a mess of aekdbbop's garage by accidentally boiling over (boil-overing??) 6 gallons of wort in a full-size keggle, also borrowed ) I might actually be willing to spring for a propane setup.
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Just send it to me. Then you will be free of the evil burden of spending it...
As I recall, I'm already blackmailing you for a lifetime supply of beer.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:47 PM   #10
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Build a CFC, then some more carboys. You won't want use those 5 Gallon buckets if you're doing 5 gallons batches. Buy either 6G Better Bottles, 6.5G Glass Carboys, or 6-7G Ale Pails. Use the other buckets for secondary if you do that.
Oh and of course spend some of that money on pad locks to keep SWMBO locked up. You know what kind of crazies are on this board. And maybe a box of brownie bites.

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