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Old 12-04-2012, 02:38 AM   #11
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Flask has a flat bottom so your stirbar doesnt get thrown at high speeds into the glass, which would happen with a convex bottomed container

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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I would say that you need some way to control ferment temps. A tub for a swamp cooler, a ferm chamber, a cold room that maintains a steady temp.

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Originally Posted by Ogri View Post
If it could be packaged and sold I reckon the thing that would be of most benefit to, NEARLY, ALL beginners is........................


And, regarding the batch after pitching, a sizable dose of "leave it the fcuk alone"
+20 on patience...

IMO/IME, a 3L flask is a better starting size. Also learn to use the pitching calc sites, like, and learn to make stepped starters. If you can't remember the 100g:1L ratio (DME to water) then get it tattooed onto your arm.

Looong handled tongs are also something you should get. Something in the ~18" range. Stainless of course.

Spray bottle to put some Star San solution in. It helps stretch the Star San that way. Also helps to have a bucket you can dedicate to having Star San mixed in. I almost always have some in the bucket. IF I've gone a longer time between batches, or used almost all of the previous batch up and it's more than a few days (a week or more) before my next brew-day, I'll leave the bucket empty. Otherwise, I'll mix up more to have it ready.

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #14
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+1 on the Patience post!

A couple items that did not come with my first kit that I really think are useful are an auto siphon and a bottling bucket.
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