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Old 10-28-2011, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default My birthday!

Alright, that sounds odd...

My glorious SWMBO bought me an extract (read coopers can kit) brew starter kit one year ago.

Now, I have been into steeping grains, bought some carboys, a wort chiller, 7 gallon pot, kegging system.....etc.

I am thinking about asking for a combined b-day and christmas present, and I want to do all grain. Reasons being, it sounds awesome....and I am a junkie of homebrewing.

Soooo....What should I ask for? I would like to be electric just due to the -30c in Canada.

Suggestions please. What is your "custard dreams" list???

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Old 10-29-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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Kegerator itself if you don't have one. Grain mill. MT.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:28 AM   #3
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A corona style grain mill and a couple of paint strainer bags will set you up to do all grain. (look for "brew in a bag", there is a sticky on one of these sections) That makes for a fairly cheap birthday/Christmas present.

Maybe search Craigslist for a cheap refrigerator and ask for a controller to make a temperature controlled fermenting chamber. Being winter coming and you're in Calgary, maybe you want to add a heater to the fermenting chamber too and dual control the temperature.

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Old 10-29-2011, 02:20 AM   #4
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a cooler mlt will get you started especially if you have a lhbs that can grind your grain...

BUT! If she's willing to spend some money! You can get all kinds of good stuff!

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Old 10-29-2011, 02:26 AM   #5
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Focus on lab equipment for yeast handling first.

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:44 AM   #6
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I think I have settled on a better kettle. I have a "turkey fryer" right now.

Any thoughts on this kettle? I want something that will scale up with me, and I intend on getting a false bottom and therm. Then it is onward to all grain at some point. Hows the price here?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/boilermakertm-15-gallon-kettle.html

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:09 AM   #7
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a cooler mlt will get you started especially if you have a lhbs that can grind your grain...

BUT! If she's willing to spend some money! You can get all kinds of good stuff!
Agree, that's what you need, plus probably a larger pot. 7 Gal is not gonna cut it.


^^Lab equipment to handle the yeast?? Odd.
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I did my first starter today in a 1/2 gallon glass milk jug... Will this be ok or should I get a flask!?

that sure is a pretty pot! Check out the equip secrion and see if you see any reviews on it... Or maybe people can point you in a different direction... Or tell you that's the ONE you need!

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:47 AM   #9
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I think I have settled on a better kettle. I have a "turkey fryer" right now.

Any thoughts on this kettle? I want something that will scale up with me, and I intend on getting a false bottom and therm. Then it is onward to all grain at some point. Hows the price here?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/boilermakertm-15-gallon-kettle.html
All Blichmann product run the same price at retail, at least as far as I have ever seen so go with best shipping price.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:50 AM   #10
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Need? Depends. Want? Who doesn't?

Its a purpose built unit with all the built-in tools and despite the price you'd be hard pressed to duplicate for the same.

I'd say number 1 is a full boil kettle.and if biab, big enough to mash in



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