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Old 10-14-2009, 07:05 PM   #21
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Renting bottling equipment? What do you rent?
I rent a vinator, a bottle rack and a bench capper for about 3$

As for wonky beer advice, my LHBS is really wine oriented. It's just not their fault.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:38 PM   #22
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I've been lucky enough to never receive bad advice from LHBS. Great guys over there with good knowledge. If they dont know it, they will walk next door and talk to the guys at the brewery that is attached.

The brewery attached just won Small Brewery of the Year at GABF. Big props to Dry Dock
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:01 PM   #23
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I've been lucky enough to never receive bad advice from LHBS. Great guys over there with good knowledge. If they dont know it, they will walk next door and talk to the guys at the brewery that is attached.

The brewery attached just won Small Brewery of the Year at GABF. Big props to Dry Dock
Kinda the same thing with me. Ballast Point is connected to Homebrewmart, the staff is the same. Awesome for some info and sampling stuff.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:07 PM   #24

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I rent a vinator, a bottle rack and a bench capper for about 3$

As for wonky beer advice, my LHBS is really wine oriented. It's just not their fault.
I also rent a bottle capper every once in awhile. I only do wines once a year, so I don't see the point in spending $120 on a floor capper when I can rent one for $5.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:11 PM   #25
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I also rent a bottle capper every once in awhile. I only do wines once a year, so I don't see the point in spending $120 on a floor capper when I can rent one for $5.
C'mon... invest in one!! You'll come out ahead in the 25th year!!!

 
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:15 PM   #26
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"spalt hops are a perfect substitute for cascade"

I stopped by a shop I'd never been to before cause I was in the neighborhood.
There was a guy in there buying stuff for his first brew.
Along with the ingrediant kit he was sold
A carboy
a carboy handle
a carboy cap

No sanitizer
no bottling bucket
no hydrometer
no thermometer
no caps
no capper
no priming sugar
no racking cane , or tubing
HBS shop guy told him
"that's all you need"

 
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:49 PM   #27
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There was a guy in there buying stuff for his first brew.
Along with the ingrediant kit he was sold
A carboy
a carboy handle
a carboy cap

No sanitizer
no bottling bucket
no hydrometer
no thermometer
no caps
no capper
no priming sugar
no racking cane , or tubing
HBS shop guy told him
"that's all you need"
I hope you took him aside and sent him in the right direction, thats just disgraceful. not sure what he was expected to do when he got home

 
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:53 PM   #28
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I also rent a bottle capper every once in awhile. I only do wines once a year, so I don't see the point in spending $120 on a floor capper when I can rent one for $5.
Are you talking about a corker for wine bottles, or a capper for beer bottles? You can get a cast iron boat anchor of a capper that'll last you till kingdom come for ~$10 from ebay. Just buy a "vintage" or "antique" one. I have one that looks more or less like this one:



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360196668989

If you are talking about a corker, then yeah renting is the way to go, though I have seen the shorter, red, portuguese-made floor corkers going for ~$60-70...

 
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:09 PM   #29

Corker, sorry. I have a capper. That would be insane to not have one around, even though I don't bottle often now.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:40 PM   #30
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I hope you took him aside and sent him in the right direction, thats just disgraceful. not sure what he was expected to do when he got home
I did not get a chance to talk to him outside.
But I did tell him to listen to some podcasts
and check out the HBT forums, and the on line version of How To Brew
He seemed pretty sharp, and I'm sure he'll
figure it out. He was already talking about doing all grain,
so he must have done some research.
What I don't get is that HBS guy could have sold him at least
$50 worth of stuff the guy is going to need any way.

 
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