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Old 06-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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I'm a new brewer (been brewing for about a year). Right now I do extract batches on a stove top, but I am ready to move to all grain. I watch craigs list (especially for corny kegs) and I came across this brew rack and accessories.

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/for/3804479847.html

I figured I would need a bigger brew pot and an outdoor burner when I went to all grain. The $1,100 price is steep, so I wanted to hear what you guys thought before I showed interest in this.

Assuming all the equipment is in good condition and there are no leaks...
1. How does the price compare with the amount of equipment. Is it a great deal, reasonably priced, or a rip off?
2. Would the learning curve be steep to learn how to use the rack? (I'd probably ask the seller to help me with it, or maybe do a batch with me to get it.)
3. Is there equipment that I would need for all grain brewing besides whats shown? (I know a wort chiller, but I could make that).
4. Any other thoughts! Again, this would be a huge purchase, so I definitely want to hear all angles. Maybe I just need to be talked down from the ledge, or told to jump in!

Thanks for any help!


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Old 06-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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I'm sure it is a cool rig, but it is way more than you actually need. Unless you have money to burn, you can get buy with way less equipment for way less money.


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Old 06-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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its pricey but thats just how those systems are its not a rip off but like billl says you can get by with much less. That would be great for making 10 gallon batches and it looks pretty bad ass. If you have the money than why not you might even be able to talk him down a little.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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You don't need all that.......But if money is no issue go for it !
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Ya I guess you guys are right. That would be a lot of money. Even though it would be a one time purchase and I could reuse it, it still pricey. I'm still young so I'll probably keep slowly building up my equipment, and then maybe later buying or building a rack.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:23 PM   #6
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The lister is probably asking what they spent. You could build it with all new equipment for what they are asking.
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You could build it for less but is your time worth the $$?

Building it yourself will be about $200 - $300 cheaper.
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My $0.02. $1,100 is actually a decent price, especially if you're not a welder and don't have a welding buddy to make a stand for free/cheap for you.

By the time you get a stand, the burners, the pumps, 3 sanke kegs (with cut tops, and fittings), and all the other fittings, you could easily spend more. You can certainly do it for less, especially with some bargain shopping and waiting for sales, but if you are looking to upgrade, and have the money, that's not a bad deal.

[Edit 1] Besides, it's Craig's List. There still may be some haggling room!
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I'm a new brewer (been brewing for about a year). Right now I do extract batches on a stove top, but I am ready to move to all grain. I watch craigs list (especially for corny kegs) and I came across this brew rack and accessories.

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/for/3804479847.html

I figured I would need a bigger brew pot and an outdoor burner when I went to all grain. The $1,100 price is steep, so I wanted to hear what you guys thought before I showed interest in this.

Assuming all the equipment is in good condition and there are no leaks...
1. How does the price compare with the amount of equipment. Is it a great deal, reasonably priced, or a rip off?
you could buy new for $1100

its a rip off. lots of people want what they paid for used equipment.
3 keggles from homebrewing.org
a stand
3 cheap cup burners and a pump isn't worth $1100 used. offer $500
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If I were in the market (and couldnt DIY) I'd expect to pay $400 - $500 for it depending on how those SS welds look. After all, it's recycled bed frames and other pieces (maybe $200 in welding labor, being generous); 3 keggles with fittings $125 each; a $150 pump; and some ancillary pieces. I doubt the seller has $800 in it total.


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