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Old 01-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default 500 to spend please help.

Ok first what i have.
8 gallon brew pot
Propane burner
Copper wort chiller
1 keg
1 reg
1 co2
10 gallon cooler, not set up for a mash tun yet
A fertmenation chest
A 7.2 cubic freezer
2 6 gallon better bottles
1 5 gallon glass carboy
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I need 2 temp reg for fermentation chest and freezer. So 2 johnson temp controls needed equals $160 leaving $340. The freezer and the fermentation chest are on opposite sides of the room. The freezer for the keg and bottles and even cold crashing when theres room need johnson to keep around 38. The fermentation room i am trying to keep around 70 and need the other johnson to control that.
I would like to focus on better batches so temps are important, but would like to use the cooler and get into all grain. The problem is i dont have a HLT and i have a cooler that needs ball valve, false bottom, and sparge arm of some sort. So what do i do i also would like to get into 10 gallons by summer as well. Thanks for the help always easy spendimg others money lol.

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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my two cent.. at least buy a couple more kegs

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Sorry I don't know the link however, there is a thread on here about adjusting chest frezeers to specific degrees...With that temp control is out of the budget.

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my two cent.. at least buy a couple more kegs
Thanks i want to butshould i focus on kegging and pass on all grain for now?
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Thanks i want to butshould i focus on kegging and pass on all grain for now?
you have two kegs already. Get your all grain process nailed down before you go out and buy 15 kegs.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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you have two kegs already. Get your all grain process nailed down before you go out and buy 15 kegs.
Have 1 keg set up.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #7
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I'd look into an oxygenation system. You can pick one up for around $50. I think that along with good temperature control, oxygenation is a key to healthy fermentation. Healthy fermentation = better beer! I had great results after switching to oxygen from the typical shake for 5 minutes deal. If you only have one keg I would maybe pick up just one more for now so you have no lag time waiting for your next beer to carb up.

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Have 1 keg set up.
only reason i said that was because then you could finish beer in one and drink on the other, or carb up in one and drink the other

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Get a 60 at pot and use your 8 gallon for a HLT and get a grain mill.

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If you havent gotten into all grain yet, I would 110% do that! You'll never regret making the jump. Cheaper ingredients, more control, better product! Really, all you need is at least a 40qt cooler to convert to a mash tun (about $40) or you could buy one premade from a HBS.

I posted a similar question a couple months ago and the best response I got was 'Mentally, go through your brew day, figure out what part of the day is the biggest pain in the a** and fix it!'
Think wort chillers, extra fermenters, cappers, bottle trees, extra kegs, another cO2 tank, maybe a pump... make life easier!
Worst case scenario, i can give you my PayPal info, and you can share the wealth

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