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Old 07-26-2010, 01:29 AM   #1
ChiN8
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So my wife just asked me tonight the best question that only comes year around; "What Do You Want For Your Birthday?"

This is the first bithday I'll have while considering my self a "brewer" so I am still only brewing extracts.

So I told her I would think about it, but I know this year will be an addition/upgrade in my brewing equipment.

I'm brewing with a Better Bottle Starter Kit from Midwest Supplies using a Turkey Fryer for my brew pot. (My wife won't allow brewing in the house so I don't have much choice on a outside heat source)

I was thinking;
Corny Kegs
Kegerator
Keezer
Pieces to a Herms or RIM system (pumps, burners, frame, etc...)
Temperature Controller (I currently own a beer fridge)
Wort Chiller
Aeration System
All Grain Kit (SS or Kewler)

So I thought I would toss the question to the more experienced brewer.

"What was one addition to your brewing that realy stood out?"



 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:33 AM   #2
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I'm a newbie here, but I've found a wort chiller to be the best thing ever created



 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:40 AM   #3
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I'm a newbie here, but I've found a wort chiller to be the best thing ever created
Created?
**** I just built my Privacy Fence and thought I was God. I am no about to build something for my brewing; I don't put that much room for error into my love of brewing

 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:44 AM   #4
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I would say

#1 - Wort Chiller
#2 - Temp Controller
#3 - AG or Kegging Equipment

 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:49 AM   #5
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What's the budget? Are you kegging now? You said you had a beer fridge so it sounds like you are. If you aren't kegging, I suggest you get what you need to start.
Chillers are easy to make. Really.
Something you didn't mention and may already have is a big ass boiling pot.

 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:50 AM   #6
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Im actually getting my first beer kit (my bday is on the 5th of Aug). Its already been ordered an I cannot wait!!

 
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:58 AM   #7
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What's the budget? Are you kegging now? You said you had a beer fridge so it sounds like you are. If you aren't kegging, I suggest you get what you need to start.
Chillers are easy to make. Really.
Something you didn't mention and may already have is a big ass boiling pot.
I did say that I have a beer fridge but the only it encases is bottled beer. I put my brew in there (bottled).

But is Kegging an Extract like Driving a Bentley in a 35mph?

 
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:00 AM   #8
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personally i would go with

1- 10 gallon kettle.
2- convert cooler for AG(this is cheap, not b-day gift material)
3- wort chiller (again not gift worthy though)
4- kegging
5- keezer

TBH i skipped the kettle upgrade(i use fermcap and a fan to achieve full boils). I am currently working on keezer and then i'll double back to kettle(keggle in my case) good luck, it'll be a tough decision.


 
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:02 AM   #9
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I did say that I have a beer fridge but the only it encases is bottled beer. I put my brew in there (bottled).

But is Kegging an Extract like Driving a Bentley in a 35mph?
kegging has nothing to do with the finished product quality IMO, i prefer my bottle conditioned beers actually.

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Old 07-26-2010, 02:08 AM   #10
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kegging has nothing to do with the finished product quality IMO, i prefer my bottle conditioned beers actually.
I was considering Kegging because I have QUITE a bit of friends who enjoy a new batch of homebrew.

How long does Beer stay good in Keg?



 
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