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Old 05-11-2007, 12:17 AM   #11
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1. Autosiphon (better than sucking on the hose)
You know, you can start a siphon by filling the tube with water... I don't get all the auto siphon votes, but whatever floats your boat. I found them more of a pain than a help my self. Give me a racking cane and bells and whistles free tube any day.

There is no reason to be sucking on a hose to start a siphon other than ignorance.
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:55 AM   #12
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You know, you can start a siphon by filling the tube with water... I don't get all the auto siphon votes, but whatever floats your boat. I found them more of a pain than a help my self. Give me a racking cane and bells and whistles free tube any day.

There is no reason to be sucking on a hose to start a siphon other than ignorance.
I just bought a wallpaper glue tray for that very reason, you can submerge the siphon and tubing all at once. now that is a real auto siphon!
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:14 AM   #13
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1) Carboy Caps to initiate syphons
2) Extra carboy so I can make more beer.
3) 3-Gal Mash Tun so I can do Partial Mash beer (so much better than before)

LEAST BENEFICIAL "Upgrades"
1) Bottle washing wand that screws onto a hose. I can't get hot water out of any compatible faucet, I can EASILY fit 53 bottles into my dish washer, set it on heated wash and heated dry. That sanitizes my bottles with near boiling water and it removes most lables to boot!
2) Bottle brush - see above, I rinse out my bottles after drinking so I have no need to scrub. nothing left in them.


I started off with a turkey fryer and a big brew kettle with a spigot, so I got lucky.

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Old 05-11-2007, 04:43 AM   #14
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Still a newb myself, but:

1. Beersmith. For 20 bucks you can keep records, have a checklist, and play around with recipes(i.e boil size/hop additions) Especially when you can buy bulk malts and save $ by using a recipe rather than a "kit".
2. A good ss/brewpot
3. A library card ( lots of good books on homebrew )

On my wishlist is an old fridge and thermostat to control fermentation temps. My basement seems to have temperature mood swings, especially w/ summer creeping up.

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Old 05-11-2007, 02:11 PM   #15
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Now that I'm brewing again after a 10 year hiatus, one of my brewing buddies bought an LP burner. This makes life much, much easier.

An autosiphon is a good use of ~$11.

$7 keg tub from Walmart. We have 3 of them now.

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Old 05-11-2007, 02:13 PM   #16
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So far as a newb, here are my favorite things:

1. Autosiphon - works great for me
2. lots of glassware... i.e. carboys
3. friends who are just as bad as collecting bottles for me - they all rock!

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Old 05-11-2007, 02:51 PM   #17
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1. Graduated 2 gallon bucket: $3 from the depot. Makes measuring water EASY.
2. Plastic 2 quart painters cup with graduated markings: $2.00
3. Home made hop-stopper: $3.00
5. Autosiphon
6. Buckets, not bottles. SO much easier to clean and carry.

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Old 05-11-2007, 03:06 PM   #18
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If you are a fan/listener of "The Brewing Network" you may have already seen this but..

they have two broadcasts that talk about this subject.. sorta.

one is the frugal brewing show.
http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/arc...l&dosearch=yes

the other is on equipment upgrades..
http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/arc...&story=upgrade

sometimes they get a little crazy but the information is really great..
especially from the Jamil Show.

check it out too.

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1) Auto-siphon
2&3) Turkey Fryer and Wort chiller
Wort chillers really are not needed for <3gal boils but 5gal boils make cooling without a chiller a PITA. So I say they have to go together.
1) won't improve your brew but doe make life easier.
2,3) can improve your brew and make life easier. Plus it makes the wife happier as she doesn't have to smell the boiling wort. I love the smell but she hates it.

Once you have those 3 you can add a cooler and braid for an AG setup which makes the brew day considerably longer but can make better beer for less.
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You know, you can start a siphon by filling the tube with water... I don't get all the auto siphon votes, but whatever floats your boat. I found them more of a pain than a help my self. Give me a racking cane and bells and whistles free tube any day.

There is no reason to be sucking on a hose to start a siphon other than ignorance.
when i first started brewing, my friends all told me i was stupid for getting a siphon. they all sucked on the hose. they've all since apologized.

using a siphon is easier, contaminant(sp?) free and is much more convenient. the auto siphon works great. i don't like to add water to my beer once it's been fermented, which is the only time i use the siphon.
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