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Old 07-04-2009, 02:33 AM   #1
Jul 2009
Urbana, IL
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Hello all,

I hope this is in the right place. I poked around and didn't see any recent topics about this and google was less than helpful!

I'm looking for a small gift for a home brewer--as far as I know, he's established fairly well already and has the supplies he needs.

It's not really a gift for a momentous occasion, but we're getting closer and I'd like to surprise him with something fun, just for the heck of it. To show him that I think he's a pretty cool guy, you know?

Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what he likes to brew, so I can't offer much there...

I was thinking along the lines of a bag of roasted or specialty malts, or a bag of hops? Am I on the right track here?

Any suggestions or help would be very greatly appreciated!


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Old 07-04-2009, 02:40 AM   #2
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Maybe some nice glassware would be the thing. 20-ounce pub glasses are always good.

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Old 07-04-2009, 02:42 AM   #3
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I've taken a liking to the Sam Adams glasses. You can get them on their website. Samuel Adams – America’s World Class Beer. One down side their only 12 oz. and they are $30 a set of 4.

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Old 07-04-2009, 02:51 AM   #4
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depending on how much you want to spend, you could buy him a recipe's worth of ingredients. i assure you he would be jazzed about that. if that's something you want to do, let us know and we'll recommend a beer. probably cost you $35 or so depending on the recipe. do you happen to know if he does extract or all grain?
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:54 AM   #5
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If he kegs: An extra corney keg would be awesome and needed to any brewer.
If he does all-grain and doesn't have one: Refractometer (can usually get one for $35 of ebay)

Those two things any brewer would love. Besides that cool glassware is always a good gift.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:54 AM   #6
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maybe a book on homebrewing, like a recipe book or more advanced brewing book?

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:06 AM   #7
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Oh gosh, so exploitable... but I won't.

I second the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glasses.

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:34 AM   #8
May 2009
Marquette, Michigan
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I would say go for a recipe kit, something you both might enjoy. The pub glasses are also a cool idea but I would go for something more personal, maybe some logo glasses from a pub you go to. If you try to get equipment you run the risk of getting something he already has, except for extra carboys, you can always use extra carboys.

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Old 07-04-2009, 05:02 AM   #9
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Gift certificate
pH test kit
case of swing-top bottles
brew book
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:15 AM   #10
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+1 on the refractometer. If mine broke today, I'd buy another tomorrow.

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