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Old 07-29-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Okay using the 10% coupon from Northern Brewer this weekend to get a few things and looking for suggestions on what I should go with next and what I should brew up next.

Current setup: I extract/partial mash brew right now... not yet onto All-Greain. I keg (3 kegs - in kegerator.) Have the burner, pots (7.5), 3 carboys, homemade beer gun -bottling excess when a keg is needed all the stuff you need for a brew day other than the following:

Equipment (by my priority)
1. Wort Chiller - no more ice baths....bout time...was going to make it but for the cost and labor the hell with it.

2. CO2 Disributor 4 way - currently can only do 2 kegs....big nusiance.

3. A want is: Another corny keg to make it a 4 headed monster kegerator. - again its a want...

4. ???? is there something out there that other brewers use that might be a hidden secret?

Recipes:

I've done a 2 hearted ale clone, spotted cow clown and Kolsch recently and have the Kolsch, Octoberfest and brown ale kegged. Brown ale is getting moved to bottles this weekend.

I perfer ambers but enjoy all kinds of brews, been on a hop kick of late too....anyways....

I was thinking the following recipes but would like input on what others really like from NB:

1. Chocolate Milk Stout
2. Smashing Pumpkin ale - prep for Halloween parties
3. ????????

Always like to ping my ideas off others so please start shooting back some ideas!

Prost!

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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My recent purchase were brewer's gloves and a stainless steel turkey baster. Why?

Because the brewing gloves are 12$ pieces of brew-saving, skin-saving precaution. I can stick my arm in a 15 lb grain bill mash to remove a stuck sparge.

And why the SS turkey baster?

BECAUSE THE BARREL THIEF I GOT WITH MY KIT SUCKS. HARD. Now I take effortless, sanitary, non-drip samples. Best 30$ I've spent.


As for kits? I would actually recommend the AHB Double Wit recipe. I threw a beer party for my birthday last week-end and it was a total smash hit.

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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Buy the wort chiller. No more wasting time and money with ice.

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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very interesting on the glove and baster....I have the same issues

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:32 PM   #5
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Are you coming down to the store or are you ordering online?

The baster seems like a really good idea, and I think I'll have to pick one up too. I hate my wine thief.. Drips everywhere. Just brewed a stout and stained some carpet rugs from a dripping wine thief.

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
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Northern Brewer has the caribou slobber kit if you're into ambers. It's a pretty good moose drool clone.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:01 PM   #7
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I've been looking at the slobber too. Phat tire was good. I will be doing the order online. Any other ambers or lights that people suggest?

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:12 PM   #8
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Was gonna say come down tonight between 5:30-7 and Gordon Strong will be there. Pick up his book and have him sign it.

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #9
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That would be cool to get his book and signature...great judge. But if I went to the store I think I might blow my whole paycheck.

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:11 PM   #10
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+1 for the Wort chiller

 
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