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Old 11-06-2005, 10:30 AM   #1
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We've all got that handy little thing that makes life so much easier. But, considering how many of them are so common, like bottle washers, it's easy to overlook the simple stuff. So, this thread is dedicated to those handly little things we all have that many of us may have overlooked.

My contribution is my 3' garden hose. Connects to the same connector that lets me use my bottle washer. It gives me the reach to fill a carboy when it's sitting on the counter. It makes washing things like siphons, funnels and bottle buckets easy, I can squeeze the hose to increase pressure or slip a 6" piece of siphon hose within to up the pressure.

It's as important to me as my bottle washer.

So - what do you use that makes your brewing easier?

 
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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My Auto-Siphon!

I know some people have problems with them, and others swear by them. For me, it hasnt let me down once, and allows me the luxury of attending to other tasks while siphoning.

If I was to pick anything else, it would be my JSP Maltmill. Makes it easy to buy whole grains in bulk and grind exactly what I want.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:50 PM   #3
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In the old layout, it was a block & tackle, I used to raise the sparge bucket. In the new one, it has to be the 25 ft coiled hose on the deep sink's faucet.
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:08 PM   #4
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For me, it's a 1 KG electronic scale... lets me buy lots of adjuncts (lactose, maltodextrine, priming sugar) in bulk and then parcel them out exactly when I prime or whatever. Also useful for hops, since the whole flowers at my local store only come in 4-oz bags. And the scale was only like $9 on ebay.

 
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:19 PM   #5
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...And the scale was only like $9 on ebay.
LOL, same here...I picked up a brand new 2kg scale for 12. Makes things nice and easy.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:12 PM   #6
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I'd have to go with the turkey fryer or the wort cooler...both shorten my brewday substantially. I, also, have a digital scale that is perfect for measuring out hops.

 
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:54 PM   #7
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Carboy brush. I cant imagine getting a good clean with anything else.
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:39 PM   #8
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:17 AM   #9
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spray nozzle hose on the sink.... just no other way to rinse carboys fast and easy
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:50 AM   #10
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