Best and/or Worst Brewing Gadgets You've Ever Purchased - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Best and/or Worst Brewing Gadgets You've Ever Purchased

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
Kapernicus
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Frisco, TX
Posts: 8


Other than an additional fermentor, the best gadget I've purchased so far has been a double bottle washer. Haven't bought anything that was useless or a piece of junk yet, but I'm still new so I'm sure it'll happen.

What's the best and\or worst equipment purchase anyone else ever has made?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 05:47 PM   #2
Chris_Dog
Orange whip?
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Chris_Dog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,474
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


My favorite has been the Autosiphon. The main reason that I was reluctant to get it. Starting a siphon seemed easy enough.

I have been fortunate enough not to buy any crap. Mostly because of you guys here!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
malkore
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts


The best:
auto-siphon
wine thief
Star-san
Bottle Tree

only real 'crap' was 1.25gal mini-kegs (like the Heiniken ones) and an $80 CO2 tap for them. You can't hardly find those kegs now, and I corny keg anyways.
__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 06:13 PM   #4
joejaz
 
joejaz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
New Jersey
Posts: 373
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


digital thermometer, too bad they don't have digital hydrometers --- or do they?
__________________
Joe

"Life is too short to drink cheap beer."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 06:50 PM   #5
SenorWanderer
Beer Maniac
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
SenorWanderer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Denver
Posts: 592
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


favorite has to be my refractometer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by joejaz
digital thermometer, too bad they don't have digital hydrometers --- or do they?
they do!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 06:51 PM   #6
BlindLemonLars
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Posts: 4,474
Liked 27 Times on 25 Posts


I've found this thing to be close to useless.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 06:57 PM   #7
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,897
Liked 169 Times on 88 Posts


I have to agree with the auto siphon. That thing rocks!


The worst for me was the Fermentap

It turns your carboy into a conical fermenter. Which is great except it doesn't work! I use the stand to drain my carboys. The rest of it is in a box somewhere. I can't believe they still make that thing!
__________________
Cheers,
Rich

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 07:00 PM   #8
Kevin Dean
 
Kevin Dean's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Frederick, MD
Posts: 1,352
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


The best piece of equipment I own... It's probably my mash tun since all-grain is impossible without it.

The bad equipment I've used... Well, my stirplate is utter crap (but stirplates themselves are not) but I think "Crappiest brew supply" goes to One Step. I'm a pure Star San fanboy now.
__________________
Free State Project liaison to the homebrew hobby!

"What's your name? Well my mom calls me Son, and my cat calls me Meow, either will do." -- Sam Dodson of the Obscured Truth Network

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 07:21 PM   #9
z987k
 
z987k's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Anchorage
Posts: 3,518
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by RichBrewer
I have to agree with the auto siphon. That thing rocks!


The worst for me was the Fermentap

It turns your carboy into a conical fermenter. Which is great except it doesn't work! I use the stand to drain my carboys. The rest of it is in a box somewhere. I can't believe they still make that thing!
Now see that looks cool to me... in theory any ways. Only question I have it how do you fill it w/o siphoning. Also, why doesn't it work?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2007, 10:05 PM   #10
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,597
Liked 155 Times on 145 Posts


[email protected]: mini-keg system - tap handle broke, got it replaced, broke, got it replaced, broke. By then the kegs were rusting around the lips.

Best: the very big grain bag, $17, eliminates 90% of the work for steeping & mini-mashes.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk


 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Worst Part About Homebrewing kdsarch General Techniques 120 02-23-2011 08:21 AM
My Worst 12 Hours in Homebrewing Jonnio General Techniques 9 02-16-2008 01:01 PM


Forum Jump