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Old 01-15-2012, 09:04 PM   #21
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A lot of people ferment 5 gal batches in 6 gallon better bottles! The trick is you may need to run a blowoff tube (which you accounted for in your list) if you're running a beer that goes wild in fementation. I am 1 week into fermenting my 1st batch in my new 6 gal BB and it's been doing great. No blowoff tube needed, just the airlock. Granted, bigger beers may make quite a mess if you push it.

See this post about the differences if you haven't read yet.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/vs-p...alysis-109318/

I was very similar to you in putting my equipment together. Decided I was going to buy things separately so I wasn't paying for stuff I didn't want in a kit. Also, you don't necessarily need all of it on brew day (ie, capper, siphon). Some other ways I kept SWMBO happy by cheaping out:
*Food grade buckets at Lowes + $3 spigot from LHBS = half the price of buying a "bottling bucket."
*I am borrowing an auto siphon, bottle wand and capper. I will buy my own soon, but for the 3 hours I'll need them my friend didn't mind.

So, for my initial investment, i spent a whopping total of $87, and that included the ingredients for my first batch.

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Old 01-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #22
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Alright ill check out the link! Thanks..

Anymore advice anyone?

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Old 01-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #23
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2 oz of PBW?? Man, I use that on EVERYTHING. 2 lbs would be better, 4 or 8 better still!

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Old 01-16-2012, 05:46 PM   #24
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2 oz of PBW?? Man, I use that on EVERYTHING. 2 lbs would be better, 4 or 8 better still!
Yes, but generic scent free oxiclean is $1 for a tub at the Dollar Store and it works well for every piece of brewery equipment. I rarely spend the money on PBW, as I only use it for my CIP HERMS.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:36 PM   #25
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Yes, but generic scent free oxiclean is $1 for a tub at the Dollar Store and it works well for every piece of brewery equipment. I rarely spend the money on PBW, as I only use it for my CIP HERMS.
Sending wife to dollar store now!
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Yes, but generic scent free oxiclean is $1 for a tub at the Dollar Store and it works well for every piece of brewery equipment. I rarely spend the money on PBW, as I only use it for my CIP HERMS.
fair enough. i split a pail in a recent group buy, but I use it pretty much everywhere, not just in the brewery.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #27
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Have you checked craigslist? You can get good deals on there.

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Old 01-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #28
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I wouldn't buy any bottles at all. I'd buy two cases of Sam Adams and drink it while my beer is fermenting.
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That's what I did and they are really the perfect bottles to re-use. The only drawback is if/when you enter into a competition they won't take bottles with markings. (Samuel Adams is in raised lettering around the neck), but you can pick up a 12 of plain brown ones at the LHBS for that purpose when the time comes.

Also, if you go with a glass 6.5 gallon carboy , I would strongly urge a brew hauler. They make lifting and hanging onto that big hunk of glass a breeze.
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As I said in my original post I HAVE 300 + bottles so I don't need any bottles.

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