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Old 09-04-2008, 12:02 AM   #1
Oct 2007
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About two weeks ago, I found an almost full "Basic Starter Kit" at a Goodwill store for $6 bucks.

Only thing it's missing is the Ale Pail with the spigot, but it came with an extra hydrometer, sterilizing solution, and digital thermometer, so I can live with a missing bucket.

Quick six bucks upgraded my brewing capacity by a third.

What've you guys found on the cheap?

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:04 AM   #2
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over 20 c.f. chest freezer for 150 bucks
Kegged: Berlinerweisse, Dubbel, Galaxy Wheat
Bottled: Golden Strong, Mild, IIPA, Rauch
Fermenting: Saison, Imperial Wheat Stout, Brett Saison, APA, Brett Roggenbier

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:14 AM   #3
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free 5 gallon round cooler = mash tun for 20 bucks.
3 5 gallon carboys for $27
2 5 gallon carboys for free with more to follow once my buddy finds them

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:17 AM   #4
Apr 2008
Santa Monica, CA
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5.5 cu. ft. chest freezer: $20

On Deck:
Primary- Reboot Pale
On Tap- Experimental Pumpkin Wheat-ish

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:30 AM   #5
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Dec 2007
Santa Cruz, CA
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I scored a Keggle with ball valve and thermometer, 4 seven gallon carboys, 50' imersion chiller, a pump and other assorted smaller goodies all for $100. It made the conversion to 10 gallon batches pretty cheap!
Oh no! Bitter beer face!!!

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:56 AM   #6
Jul 2008
Sandy, Utah
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Basically brand new Danby 4.3 cf fridge for kegorator= 50 bucks
In the brew closet (all gluten free):

Primary: Nada
Drinking: EPIC brewing's "The Glutenator"
Aging: Nada
Planning: Another GF Belgian, an EPIC Glutenator clone, a Ginger-Apple hard cider

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Everyone is welcome!

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Old 09-04-2008, 01:27 AM   #7
Jun 2008
Benton, Arkansas
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Brand new 5 gallon rubbermaid water cooler = Free

Turkey Fryer, powerful enough that I have to back it way down on a 6.5 gallon boil = Free

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Old 09-04-2008, 03:37 AM   #8
Jun 2008
Dallas, TX
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Last night I picked up a True 3 keg draft cooler for free.... from a fellow homebrewer who is moving & wanted to keep it in the hb family. MAJOR score. I almost wet myself driving it home.

Nice upright fridge for free

2 Sanke kegs for $30

20 lb CO2 bottle for $30

2 7gal carboys for $24

9 cases of bottles for $25

These were all craigslist scores.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~Leonardo da Vinci

"Roses are red, and how do you do? Drink four of these, and Woo woo woo woo!"

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:50 AM   #9
Mar 2008
Oahu, Hawaii
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So far so good everyone! Here are my CL scores so far:

Sanyo 4912 #1: $80
Sanyo 4912 #2: $50

5 Corny Kegs, 1 10 Gallon round Igloo cooler MLT, 25' Immersion chiller, 2 Sanke kegs with all the holes precut, bunch of misc. fittings, ball locks etc. $60 !!!!

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Old 09-04-2008, 07:04 AM   #10
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(2) 6-way manifolds w/regs FREEBIE!!!!
10g igloo $15
pepsi store cooler (2 cornies fit) $35
2g glass carboy $5
misc cabinetry and countertop for the brewroom $45
1g brown glass jugs $5 each
primary1 :UTOPIA BABY(still searching for it)
secondary:middling bastard ipa
kegged:simcoe blonde, crystal pale ale, yellow jacket golden ale, lemon shandy blonde

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grains in pounds(G) X 36(average points per gallon of grains) / batch size in gallons(g) = maximum efficiency(ME)
OG / ME = brewhouse efficiency

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