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Old 09-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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I was bottling some beer this morning, looked over at the little carboy cleaner I made working away and thought "That's one of the best things I've ever made." It took the chore of scrubbing out carboys with a brush(something I hated and made me avoid bottling) and trivialized it.

I'm wondering what little gadgets folks have made/purchased that have made them think "That's one of the best things I've ever made."

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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Favorite purchase was the paint stirrer for my drill for doughing in.

Favorite made would have to be the keezer.

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:18 PM   #3
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My kludgy hop bag holder that I made from a metal coat hanger. Has kept my wort nearly free of hop material. It's so cheap and ghetto, but I wouldn't brew without it.

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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Favorite made: BierKasten

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:24 PM   #5
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A good digital, instant read thermometer.

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Made : Ferment-er-ator
Bought : refractometer or my Thermapen

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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I took a homer bucket lid and cut a notch out of it to serve as a spout. Makes pouring grain from a 5-gal bucket into a 5-gal mash tun a breeze.

I cut out 3 circles of 3/4 inch foam and put them in a heat resistant crock-pot liner. Then I set that on top of the mash and it holds the temp beautifully.

A milk crate serves as a perfect drying rack for the bottling bucket, mash tun, etc. and also does a great job of elevating the bottling bucket off the counter a little but.

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:38 PM   #8
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This thread is useless without pictures!

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Best thing I ever did was convert from bottles to kegs and from 5 to 10 gallon batch sized brewpot/fermentors.

I enjoy brewing for the social aspects of a brew day.

By moving to kegs, I reduce the sanitizing effort and the "bottling day" can be done with a beer in 1 hand.

By moving to 10 g, I always have a brewpal willing to share setup/cleanup, half the cost, and half the rewards.

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Buckets.

Easy to clean.

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