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Old 02-24-2010, 05:57 AM   #11
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I think I would buy one of those one kettle brewing systems, fully automated. I know you don't get the kick out of building your own, but since I've done that I would like a clean indoor system that takes up very little space.

Someone posted a link recently to the company and fortunately I can't find it now!

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Old 02-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #12
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I would build my equipment rather then buy it. I'll never forget when i ordered my first IC and was amazed at how simple the design was and what the hell was i thinking Paying 50 bucks for this thing when i could have easily built it for 20 (copper prices were a lot cheaper then).

And I would have gone AG a lot sooner. It's so easy a caveman could do it...........

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Old 02-24-2010, 11:36 AM   #13
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+1 on kegging. I can say this is exactly what I did differently than when I brewed 10+ years ago and quit after a few batches. Bottling beer was a pita and the main reason I gave up the hobby. Kegging is simple, quick, and easy to get the proper carbonation. It sucks making a good/great beer and missing on the carbonation.

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Old 02-24-2010, 02:50 PM   #14
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As a matter of fact, I am doing it all over again.

I picked up brewing in the early nineties only to give it up after brewing lots of horrible beer. This time around I'm doing things differently.

+1 Read this forum. What Schnitzengiggle said, "There are some brewing geniuses on this site," is an understatement.

Join 1 or 2 LHBCs. Folks in your area will also be a tremendous resource. Chances are you'll find someone upgrading (aren't we all?) and will be happy to pass along their old gear to a fellow brewer for cheap. Also, find someone with a more advanced rig that will let you tag along on brew day. Its important to see first hand the difference between your kitchen and someone’s developed rig in a garage.

+1 Kegging: It's a big expense up front but it does save you from the most tedious task of brewing. Keep and eye on craigslist.

+1 fermentation temp: No, not everything can be fermented at 85 degrees.

Last, for me on brew day, I don't have a beer until everything is completely finished. I know I’m probably in the minority here but when I started in the early nineties following Papazian's instructions, it seemed like every other step was followed by RDWHAHB. It was fun when I was younger but made for some damn sloppy work. And sloppy work is a precursor to bad beer, guaranteed

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:04 PM   #15
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If I had it to do over again, I echo the sentiment of getting into kegging much sooner for nothing other than carbonation control. I personally still bottle everything out of the kegs 1) because it lasts longer as it's just too easy to pour a beer from the tap and 2) because I like variety and to have the variety available like I have in bottles off kegs I would need a 15 tap kegerator.

But, kegging itself is wonderful. It's so much more sanitary and consistent to use the keg and force carbonation method than the PITA bottling bucket and corn sugar. 2 corney kegs, 1 co2 tank, and a beer gun is worth its weight in gold.

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:13 PM   #16
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Buy the BM, get the kegging set-up, and have temp controlled fermentation from the start.

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Buy the BM, get the kegging set-up, and have temp controlled fermentation from the start.
Jesus, were not all millionaires.
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Jesus, were not all millionaires.
Cheaper to buy it all up front than to "buy up to" it. I'd have saved a snmall fortune had I just cut through all the builds and steps.
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Cheaper to buy it all up front than to "buy up to" it. I'd have saved a snmall fortune had I just cut through all the builds and steps.
Blah, blah, blah. I'm just jealous.
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Blah, blah, blah. I'm just jealous.
Well, I did get the kegs at a massive discount. $3.00 each. If it weren't for that I'd likely still be bottling.
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