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Old 08-30-2012, 06:04 PM   #21
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someday, someday. honestly i have found whatever i invest towards making a better beer easier, i feel satisfied with the results in cheap, high quality beer. in 5 years or so i'll have a set rig i hope that'll last me into old age

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:11 PM   #22
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someday, someday. honestly i have found whatever i invest towards making a better beer easier, i feel satisfied with the results in cheap, high quality beer. in 5 years or so i'll have a set rig i hope that'll last me into old age
That's exactly where I'm at. I make great beer with a cheap cooler and a single 10 gallon kettle. I will eventually buy a bling set up. I will also buy a sports car. Neither one is going to be essential for getting me from A to B.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:02 PM   #23
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That's exactly where I'm at. I make great beer with a cheap cooler and a single 10 gallon kettle. I will eventually buy a bling set up. I will also buy a sports car. Neither one is going to be essential for getting me from A to B.
I hear ya but sometimes having fun getting from a to be can be more injoyable
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #24
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I hear ya but sometimes having fun getting from A to B can be more injoyable
Yes agreed! I have strict requirements for purchasing additional brewing gear as follows:

1) will it make the beer better
2) will it reduce the labor involved

With those two criteria, my equipment has remained rather spartan. I read a rather intreresting post a few weeks back that read, "my pumps stay in the closet, they are too much trouble to clean."

Bling takes upkeep ya know!
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:20 PM   #25
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:55 PM   #26
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Yes agreed! I have strict requirements for purchasing additional brewing gear as follows:

1) will it make the beer better
2) will it reduce the labor involved

With those two criteria, my equipment has remained rather spartan. I read a rather intreresting post a few weeks back that read, "my pumps stay in the closet, they are to much trouble to clean."

Bling takes upkeep ya know!
I think your requirements are a bit too strict. Just making a brew day easier or faster is enough for me. Not many pieces of equipment actually make beer better AND make it easier to brew. I could brew with nothing but my keggle, a burner and a bucket if I had to, but it would be a royal pain.

It takes me 40 minutes to drain into two carboys with gravity feeding. It takes me 18 minutes or so with a pump. It takes two minutes to backflush the pump after I'm done with it. That's a savings of 20 minutes every brewday, plus I don't have to lift 11 gallons of boiling hot wort. The pump is definitely worth it.
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Welp picked it up looks solid and sturdy and I'm happy plus I got to shoot some brewing talk with the guy can wait to set it up and figure out the dead space so on so forth. he was selling it because he is building a electric setup.. guessing i got him 1050 closer to that goal...

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Old 09-01-2012, 01:30 AM   #28
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It takes me 40 minutes to drain into two carboys with gravity feeding.
Are they 3BBL carboys, or have you found a 1/16 ball valve? I drain my kettle in under 3 minutes... Maybe a bazooka screen? This seems way, way too long.
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Yep. Just getting started with a gravity system with all the little bits and pieces (ie. volume for volume) will cost about the same. I'm just saying.

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Are they 3BBL carboys, or have you found a 1/16 ball valve? I drain my kettle in under 3 minutes... Maybe a bazooka screen? This seems way, way too long.
I drain it through either a plate chiller or a CFC. That's why it takes so long.
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