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Old 07-20-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
Sep 2008
Orlando, FL
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So through a ton of hard work at work, I got a pretty good bonus! woo-who

But, after taxes, SWMBO fees, and such, I'm left with roughly $100.

What to do? Upgrade, expand, huge beer??

My set up is extract w/ a partial mash on a turkey fryer. I'm not to interested in going AG right now, so thats not an option. I have a 2 keg kegerator and taps. Been brewing for 4-5 years now and still use the same stuff I started with.

My thoughts (in no particular order):
-get a new/better fryer for quicker boiling
-Upgrade from my 2 old buckets to better bottles
-get an extra corny or two to reduce down time on the taps (fridge can fit it)
-get fermentation temp controlling stuff to make better beer with plans on going into competitions
-make a huge beer (like a 120 clone or a year long barley wine, something crazy) just because I can

Anyone know what a good path to take is? Have any other ideas?


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Old 07-20-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
Mar 2011
owler, CA
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I'd say couple carboys for better fermentation. Or more kegs for secondary fermentation.

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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fridge or chest freezer for fermentation chamber w/ temp controller - def made the biggest impact on making consistently great beer

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Old 07-20-2012, 10:59 PM   #4
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I would go with a temperature controller. Once you've got the brewday sorted, which it sounds like you have, then the next biggest thing is fermentation control - it's easily the single investment that makes the biggest difference to the final beer.

By removing temperature swings, you can keep esters in check, and with an increased temperature towards the nd, you can improve attenuation and dry out the beer if you choose.

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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Temp control - nothing will have a bigger impact on you brew quality. Wait for a new kettle when you go AG. Better bottles are only good if you have a need to secondary. Extra kegs are okay too, but I would put them far behind temp control.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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If you're going for better bottles labelpeelers.com has the best price I found, 20ish for 6 gallon
If youre going for kegs...kegglebrewing.com 30 dollar ball locks

but if you don't have a ferm freezer, you should

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Given what you have and your plans (or lack thereof) for expanding:

Fermentation control or another keg.

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by gator_brewer View Post
SWMBO fees, and such, I'm left with roughly $100.
So let me guess... you started with a $5,000 bonus, right?

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:15 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by gator_brewer View Post
So through a ton of hard work at work . . . I'm left with roughly $100.

What to do?
Find a new job.

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Old 07-21-2012, 01:09 AM   #10
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Go to the rub and tug.....twice.
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We be in a big hurry for dope beer with much alcamahol and flavor, quality, balance, and aroma don't matter.
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