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Old 10-24-2011, 05:48 AM   #1
Dec 2010
Cloverdale, California
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My current set-up allows me to brew 12 gallons fairly easily, three tier system allowing gravity to do the work instead of me. Have: 6-6G glass carboys, 2 5G glass carboys, Huge wort chiller, Upgrades that I have in mind:

Keg System: I brew a lot (twice a week), and kegging would save me a lot of time.

More Fermenters: Considering just going with some buckets to facilitate my quicker ales. Save the glass for the longer ferments.

Just got a 2nd fridge, so lagering is now a once a month opportunity, instead of just trying to squeeze all into the cold months.

Upgrade my yeast lab. Flask, stir plate, organized storage containers.

Any other ideas out there?

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Old 10-24-2011, 06:10 AM   #2
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May 2007
Denver, Colorado
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are all of these options? or pick one?

are you bottling everything? if so, I would start kegging before anything, and at that volume, don't go and buy a bunch of corney kegs, go sanke. You can get a 15.5 gallon sanke keg for the same or less than a corney, and ferment in it too... For smaller batches, go 1/6 barrels. Get into pressurized fermentation, and transfer using gas!!!

I have fermented using buckets up until now, and is not if but when you will get an infection. There are just more parts and crevices to clean, and it doesn't work...

I do recommend a bunch of mason jars because you just feel more pro, and a stir plate and elenmeyer are cool too!

I would spend the money on the cheap and easy aquarium ferm chamber controller build
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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Adding to what Ben said - if you want to use Mason Jars for hops, use this to seal em.
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