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GeorgiaTiger 12-17-2012 11:40 PM

What have I done to myself?
I swear, this brewing thing has me hooked. LOL. I look at NB website and other brewshop websites and every time I do, I see something else that I "need". My wish list at NB is growing everyday. LOL. I swear, if I win the lottery, I am going to HAVE to open a brewery!

Anyone else have this addiction? My wife calls it an obsession. I call it research!

F250 12-17-2012 11:44 PM

Well, I'm pretty fond of the process too, but it's because the brew is so good. If I didn't enjoy the end result, I'd consider it 4th and long. ;)


Revvy 12-17-2012 11:53 PM

I think eventually you peak in terms of need for toys and gear (maybe not necessarily for recipes or ingredients or types of beer to brew.) But once you have all the gear and gizmos that works for whatever your process gets dialed in to. Every year I buy myself the birthday and christmas presents I want, since most of my family doesn't necessarily know what I want. So I buy my own toys. And I really don't know if any of them this year are going to be brewing related. I pretty much have everything. The keezer I built over the summer was my Birthday present to myself.

There's nothing much gear wise I "need" anymore. If I do opt for something brew related, it may be a colona capper to capm wine and belgian bottles, since I'm making wines and meads and stuff these days, or maybe a couple of those 2.5 gallon chinese kegs to make one of those portable cooler keg carriers....But there's no new shiny toy or even basic tool I need to up my game. My first git to myself was an immersion chiller, and over the last 7 years I've gotten just about everything imaginable, turkey fryer, refractometer, oxygen system, stuff like that.

GeorgiaTiger 12-18-2012 12:02 AM

For as long as youve been brewing, revvy, I would imagine there isnt much left for you to buy. LOL. It seems like I want something new everyday, though. Stuff I dont really "need" but want. An immersion chiller, I need...a kegorator...that is something that I WANT. I know that there are a few thngs that I really need but Lord when im on these supply sites, i WANT it all! LOL. I just wish I could find a job so that I can actually BUY something. :)

right now, its a stretch to buy a hydrometer that I NEED!

Revvy 12-18-2012 12:07 AM

We'll just have to keep visualizing you having a job, soon. :mug:

The other end of the spectrum is that my original buckets and other fermenters are pretty beat up now. I just retired my first ever bucket. And those things need to be replaced, but that's not as much fun as something shiny and new.

cluckk 12-18-2012 12:16 AM

I've got the bug pretty bad. I read quite a bit on brewing, look for new toys to buy or build--I just built a water filter to filter chlorine and chloramines from my tap water for brewing.

Today at the LHBS I spoke to a guy who just did his first brew with extract and you could see the gleam in his eye--ah, the look of the newly addicted. We talked for quite a while and he had lots of questions.

Yesfan 12-18-2012 12:34 AM

It's pretty safe to say I'm hooked. My cousin is too. This is something he's been wanting to do too and he got hooked when I invited him over to help me on my first batch. We alternate our brew days as sometimes it's at my house and sometimes it's at his.

I helped him brew a batch this past Saturday. I'm glad he's into this as much as me. It gives us both more brewing times, plus we have more beers to sample. We usually give a sixer to each other after a batch is bottled. He'll come over to my house when I get ready to brew mine this weekend (hopefully).

I may have to hit him up for an extra sixer of this last batch. It's NB's winter warmer and if it tastes anywhere close to as good as it smells, that brew will be delicious!

Komodo 12-18-2012 12:50 AM

IT never really goes away. I'm as fascinated now as I've ever been, and there is always something else to learn, a new process to move on to, a new technique or style. It's a beautiful hobby for people who's minds don't stop (INTPs, etc).

Yesfan, I'm assuming you are a Yes fan, lol. My neighbor is best friends with Rick Wakeman. His son Adam (Ozzy, Headspace) came for a visit and borrowed my carseats for his kids. Lol.

beergolf 12-18-2012 01:13 AM

Every time I pour a brew and look at it in the glass, take a taste , i am just amazed. This is after almost 100 brews. What a great hobby.

sure, I look at new equipment all the time,but do not feel the need that I absolutely have to have it. I am like Revvy. I buy myself a good gift occasionally. My system makes good beer. Some things may be nice but I don't think the beer will be better.

Equipment does not make beer, a good brewer does.

BxBrewer 12-18-2012 02:31 AM

Like the above I'm happy with what I'm making. I'm a stove top extract brewer and I'm fine with it. People who come over and try it think its outstanding . I did buy a new primary because I wanted two in rotation. The biggest thing I did as of late was a kegging system. Man I love it.

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