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Old 12-25-2011, 05:40 PM   #11
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Lots of great advice guys. I kind of thought that but wanted to get some opinions.

Good news... My parents kicked in and bought me a 10gal. Blichmann Brew Kettle for Christmas and the wife gave me a$300 gift certificate to the LHBS. I'm looking good now. I'd like to get one of those big burners, a Johnson controls temp controller and a Blichmann beer gun. I think I can do that with $300. and still have enough to buy another Better Bottle and a pail.

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Old 12-25-2011, 06:17 PM   #12
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Lots of great advice guys. I kind of thought that but wanted to get some opinions.

Good news... My parents kicked in and bought me a 10gal. Blichmann Brew Kettle for Christmas and the wife gave me a$300 gift certificate to the LHBS. I'm looking good now. I'd like to get one of those big burners, a Johnson controls temp controller and a Blichmann beer gun. I think I can do that with $300. and still have enough to buy another Better Bottle and a pail.

Cheers!
I don't know your level of experience or what you intend to do with your beer but I'd opt for 3 buckets and no better bottle. I like to have more than one type of beer going at once and sometimes even more than 3.


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Old 12-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #13
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I have been brewing for 20 years. I just got one 7.5 gal stainless 3 years ago. I simply love it. My girlfriends children all pitched in and bought me another one yesterday.

Its the way to ferment beer. Everything about it is easier. I have to move it around the house to keep the temp. Too cool in the basement for ale yeast.

Easy to wash, easier to sanitize.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:05 PM   #14
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I've got them, but if you're just starting out, I wouldn't recommend them.

They do make things easier for transfering to kegs, and for harvesting yeast, but for improving the quality of beer, they really don't make that much of a difference

There are a lot of other investments that can be made that will improve beer far more than a conical. Full boil, temp control, all grain equip (lets you make more styles)...especially when you figure in the cost.

I built a single tier rig for not much more than what I now have invested in conicals.
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