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Old 10-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Alright brewing experts, I've got $50 to burn on brew gear. What do you feel is more important? A Water Filter, a really good scale, or a Blichmann Beer Gun (yes, I know it's more than $50), or something else?

I already have all the gear necessary to make really decent (some say good/great) beer. I keep hearing people say that it's vital to remove the chlorine, etc. from your tap water prior to brewing, but I've been brewing with tap water for nearly 6 years and have had no issues (or is my chlorine levels just too low for me to notice or i've been desensitized to that flavor?). I could use a better scale, but I know i can get by with my current one. A Beer Gun would be really handy to have, but also, I can get by with my current setup. So what would you guys get next if you were in my shoes?

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for the record, I've already got ferm temp control, everything I need for all-grain, a mill, a pump, fermenters up the wazoo, ingredients up the wazoo, 5-keg, dual-pressure kegging system, stirplate, 2L erlenmeyer flask. What I don't have is a dedicated HLT, Beer Gun, water filter, good scale for grain, and i'm sure other stuff you guys can pinpoint.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Maybe some goals would help. Are you looking to:

1) Perfect the beer your already making
2) Branch out and try new styles
3) Make your overall process more efficient (faster, easier, or resulting in more beer)
4) Something else?

 
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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My main investment lately is very accurate thermometers! My 2Cents worth. It never ends does it?? LOL!

 
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:55 PM   #4
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I wouldn’t buy a beer gun. I would use the BM beer gun that is made on this forum. I would go thermometer or scale.

 
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I'm interested in making my beer even better. There's always room for improvement, right?
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I'm interested in making my beer even better. There's always room for improvement, right?
Water is often one of the later, and more advanced, topics that homebrewers tackle in to help perfect their beer. Might be a little more expensive than $50 to get a decent one, but you could get a pH Meter. Also, you might learn something from spending a little money on a water report from Ward Labs.

 
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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Check out the Williams Brewing oxygenation kit. I think it's been one of the best gadgets I've picked up for brewing. Really helps fermentation.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #8
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Check out the Williams Brewing oxygenation kit. I think it's been one of the best gadgets I've picked up for brewing. Really helps fermentation.
I second this if you don't use a stone already. This is essential for making big beers the highest quality they can be. Right around what you're looking to spend too

 
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:54 PM   #9
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I second this if you don't use a stone already. This is essential for making big beers the highest quality they can be. Right around what you're looking to spend too
+1 if you like make 1.060 and up beer

 
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:07 AM   #10
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I always invest in what makes beer better, if not necessarily easier. Water filter.
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