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Old 04-05-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
Jun 2008
South County, RI
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I have a cooler MLT that works great in which I batch sparge, an immersion chiller, turkey fryer setup, a few primary buckets, and a few batches worth of bottles.

What would you all suggest as the next step for equipment that wouldn't be too expensive?

Would you go for a kegging setup (I hate bottling) or something for the mashing and sparging end of things?
Little Rest Brewing Company

In the Bucket:
Saugatucket Stout

In the Bottle:
Devil's Leap Belgian Dubbel
New England Cider
Various meads

In the Keg:
Belgian Pale Ale

In the Planning:

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
Jan 2009
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Yes, go for the kegging setup particularly since you find bottling such a PITA. What are you using for a boil kettle? That may be the next item you want to upgrade if you are using a turkey fryer pot as they are usually only 7 or 8 gallon capacity at most.

I use both kegs and bottles. I must be one of the few that actually enjoys bottling at times. I don't want to have to bottle all the time, but occasionally it's fun.

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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South County, RI
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I vote for kegging too...I'm set-up similarly to you and would love to be kegging right now. Then again, I'd love a barley crusher, bulk malt, a couple of banjo burners, etc.
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Primaries 1 & 2: Apfelwein
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:56 AM   #4
Mar 2009
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yea kinda up to you I guess LOL I would say what do you THINK you need and go with that.... because you have all the basics covered it looks.....

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:12 AM   #5
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Durham, NC
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I am in pretty much the exact same position. I have been thinking about upgrading my boil kettle, but am not sure what would be the best upgrade.

I guess some research is in order...
Primary: empty
Secondary: AHB Dry Mead (17)
Bottled: EdWort's Apfelwein (15), Vienna - Cascade SMaSH (19)
Drinking:MO-Amarillo SMaSH (14), BierMucher's Black Pearl Porter (13), Munich-NB SMaSH (16), Lemon Summer Blonde (18)
Planning: Belgian Brown (20)

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:20 AM   #6
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