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Old 11-17-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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I've got a small stash of cash from some ebay sales and am looking to upgrade, but since I am still fairly new to brewing, did not know where the biggest advantage would be. I've got 2 converted Sankes and will getting another for nothing, so keggles are taken care of. I am going to build a collapsible structure in the next month or so. My IC works OK for 5 gal batches but I do intend on going to 10 gal soon. Any advice on upgrades and rationale for one over another?



 
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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Are you brewing AG or extract?


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Old 11-17-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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all grain - 5 gallon currently

 
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #4
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Mill? CFC? or just a few hundered pounds of grain!
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:13 PM   #5
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There is no rationale to brewing upgrades.

You black out for a while, your money dissapears while you were out, and a week later stuff is dropped on your porch with an invoice that amounts to EXACTLY the amount of money you came up missing during the blackout.

I already have a double tier, recirculating, keggle system and I am rationalizing buying a new system that has pre-installed controllers for some level of automation.

Rationale, Ha. Cause I want it that's why.


A pump is always nice but, you have to have other things to connect it so, just a pump is not enough. But it is still nice to have.

 
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:14 PM   #6
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LOVE temperature controller and an extra fridge. Fermentation temperature control is huge.

 
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:16 PM   #7
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I am thinking maybe plate chiller and pump, but fermentation control has also been a hassle lately. I want something other than an extra fridge....

 
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:17 PM   #8
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I think the best purchase here was a mill. If you have LOADS of extra cash, look into fermentation control and kegging.
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There is no rationale to brewing upgrades.

You black out for a while, your money dissapears while you were out, and a week later stuff is dropped on your porch with an invoice that amounts to EXACTLY the amount of money you came up missing during the blackout.

I already have a double tier, recirculating, keggle system and I am rationalizing buying a new system that has pre-installed controllers for some level of automation.

Rationale, Ha. Cause I want it that's why.
Funny how that works- It's great when you get home and pull out all the goodies! Then comes the pack slip/receipt.... Ohh yea.... back to the new toys :-) I mean tools, yes... necessary tools...

 
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:04 AM   #10
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thanks for the ideas. I started out kegging and built a kegerator from an Oster 5.0. I may pick up a small fridge for temp controlled fermentation - and make sure it is big enough for the eventual 14 gal ferminator!



 
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