I started brewing about 5 years ago. I have made a couple brew in a bag beers, and dozens of extract. I had 15 corny kegs, 10 co2 tanks, and a soda machine at one point. I sold most of it, though I do have a few 20# CO2 tanks and 3-4 glass carboys, a couple regulators, ball lock connections, a couple faucets(including a Guinness tap) and misc stuff. I got this stuff crazy cheap and I can say that I am probably the only person who ever made money on his brewing hobby.
I made my own kegerator from a chest freezer with 4 taps and sold it. I recently made a cider for the heck of it and now I have the bug again.
I went ahead and ordered some stuff from northern brewer and a kit, as well as a new racking cane, air locks, and misc. I am making Caribou Slobber right now(with a lb of local honey in it.) I still have enough carboys and gallon bottles/jugs to bottle the entire thing without using my capper(though I still have hundreds of caps and 2 cappers)
I am going to go all brew crazy again, but the question is... where should I go?
One of the options is getting an all steel fermenter. I see them on ebay for $300 or so all the time. It seems like this would be something that would make it easier to clean and sanitize as well as just being easier to bottle and put into secondary containers.
I don't know that I consider bottling into gallon jugs and quart flip tops any worse than kegging other than the showing off factor.
I don't have any all grain equipment. I didn't really see any difference between the grain and extract beers I made. I am indifferent to the color and clarity of beer. I tend to lean towards IPAs and Imperial Stouts. Mostly stronger flavored beers, I doubt I will ever make a lager aside from a bock(spaten optimater style) beer.
I am having a hard time deciding where to go.
Finally, have any of you ever seen hops grown indoors? Another of my hobbies that filled in the gap while I wasn't brewing is hydroponics. I have all the equipment(professional style equipment) to grow anything I like. Are there any short hops?