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Old 01-13-2014, 10:52 PM   #11
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get this
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
and a craigslist fidge and a $20 ceramic heater.

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Old 01-13-2014, 10:53 PM   #12
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The hydrometer will help but once you've got your wort into your boil kettle I'd be afraid about sticking a glass hydrometer in there and having it shatter. Another guy at work brews too and was telling me he uses a refractometer so he can dial in his gravity before he even starts his boil. That way you'll know exactly how where you sit.

On the diffusion stone I just had a thread today asking about diffusion stone vs venturi effect. For me spending $50 on a diffusion stone setup (adventures in homebrewing is having a sale) and then another $10 at a local hardware store (which eventually that'll run out and you'll need to buy another) isn't worth it. I'll just use some hose clamps, a drill to make a hole and insert another tube and let the venturi effect do more than I can shaking the carboy. Just another alternative.

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get this
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
and a craigslist fidge and a $20 ceramic heater.
That's what I've got for my fermentation chamber build. Between a fridge and a lizard heating pad I'm just some rigid insulation short of building my chamber out.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:53 PM   #14
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get this
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
and a craigslist fidge and a $20 ceramic heater.
My Craigslist upright freezer = a whopping $60.

The outlet box using an STC-1000 controller = a measly $25.

Being able to ferment at optimum temperature and cold crash = priceless.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:14 AM   #15
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Great suggestions above. Going a little simpler, you mentioned gloves. I have these http://www.texasbbqrub.com/bbqgloves.htm and they are great. Long and insulated.

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:06 AM   #16
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If a ferm chamber and controller are a bit more than you want to spend right now, then wait until you can afford it. It's worth every penny. Buying more buckets to be able to ferment more beer at room temp is not the route I'd go. Control your fermentation temps first.

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Old 01-14-2014, 05:41 AM   #17
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Thanks guys. I think I'll go with the bench bottle capper, book and gloves for the moment and I'll plan my budget on fermentation temperature control next.

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Old 01-14-2014, 12:55 PM   #18
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Sounds like you have a good plan, both near term and you have a long-term goal for the temp control chamber. Welcome to the addiction... I mean hobby.

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Didn't know about Better Bottles. Interesting..
To follow up on this, I wanted to pass you the link for the "This VS. That" tread. It's a really good resource here on HBT. I love it because it highlights that there are no cut and dry answers to brewing methods, ingredients, or equipment. The important thing is that you, the brewer, understand the Pro's and Con's of the decisions you are making.

Cheers and happy brewing!
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:28 PM   #19
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I agree with JR(and no, we're not twins) on the 'This vs. That' thread. Although....remember that what works well for one person doesn't necessarily work for everyone. It's what works for YOU that's important.

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