1. George Fix's "Principles of Brewing Science" = I'm going to have to refresh my chemistry
2. Friends in Chicago giving me a "free" Danby Kegerator they have in the garage taking up space
3. Faucet upgrade parts and a three-way manifold
Barley Crusher Mill, Blichmann Beer Gun($100 MW Gift Cert.), "Designing Great Beers" & "Homebrewer's Bible". Really psyched, can't believe I was so spoiled! Got some cooking related items also, I'm thinking I'm going to be putting on a few pounds this year...
Got a bottle tree, and $150 from SWMBO's grandparents that I think I will use to buy a wort chiller and maybe a grain mill...
Just gotta figure out if doing my own grain will be worth it or not... I'd have to get a scales and a drill, not sure if I'll actually be saving money there for way too long.
Not necessarily a Christmas present, but today I bought:
4 kegs from ChiCompany
Dual reg from Micromatic
Gas and beverage lines
So I just need to go buy the freezer, some wood, maybe a little laminate or travertine tile, and some wood stain and I should be good to go. I plan on doing a coffin box on top of the keezer with a bar-like top done on it.
I got three books: The Home Brewer's Answer Book, Clone Brews, and Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop (I think my wife and kids are trying to tell me something with this last one). I also got a bunch of cash from the family so I can start buying my all grain set up!
Glad to see everyone here had a nice Christmas. I ended up getting a 25 ft 3/8 ID immersion chiller from SWMBO and a new dual guage, dual output regulator. The one I was using had a bad diaphragm, so I was basically using the Force in determining how much pressure I was using.
Installed the new regulator yesterday, bled off the excess pressure and pulled off a pint at 11psi. I must have been upwards of 16-20psi using "the force" because it is a trickle now compared to how it was before.
I got a 25' 3/8" copper immersion chiller for my 5 gallon batches from my parents, a kit from Northern Brewer for an English Pale Ale from my brother & sister in-law, and "The Naked Pint" by Perozzi and Beaune. It was a great day! The book has been a nice read so far, and I can't wait to get back home and brew with my new immersion chiller!