Thinking about selling my Custom Brewtroller HERMS system

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blackheart

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As some of you might know, I love brewing. Unfortunitally I dont have as much time to brew as I would like and brewing on the scale I was previously just isn't working out for me. I have a two car garage/brewery that houses my 10gal HERMS system thats electronically controlled with a brewtroller with all custom wiring and 100% stainless parts and triclover fittings.

I also have a variety of other brewing equipment.

-Two 22galon SS conical fermentors in brand new (2 year old now) standing freezers with a custom wired brewtroller controlling heating and cooling all Tri-clover fittings.

-10x plastic 1/6 sankey kegs and various taps etc.

- Custom built 4 tap kegerator with dual pressure zones and external connections for bottle fillers all with SS parts and Micromatic gauges/regs/sankey taps, on wheels, painted black.

- Custom built grain milling station on wheels, monster mill with 3x rollers, stainless, enclosed motor with built in power cord etc.

- Various bottles, growlers, carboys, hydrometers, refractometers etc.

Anyway, I'm not trying to start a thread to sell my stuff in this forum but instead get some advice as to how I should go about selling my stuff. I am based in "upstate" NY near syracuse/ithaca area and it's safe to assume that I not only need to find the right buyer for my brewing stuff but also I need to have someone who lives in driving distance so they can come pick it up.

My question is should I part out stuff like the converted freezers separate from the fermentors, and the brew kettles/ss parts/motors/valves/etc separate or sell everything as is as a package?

I would estimate I spent around $5,000 on my brew system alone in SS parts, welded steel frame, electronics etc(I still have all the receipts). I realize that I spent hundreds of hours building, testing, and rebuilding the brew system that I will never get back. Hopefully I can find someone who would put this stuff to good use instead of it just taking up space and collecting dust.

Any ideas?
 

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I'd definitely sell stuff like keezers/kegerators/ferm chambers/malt mills/fermentation vessels and the like separately from the brew structure - which I would certainly keep intact! It's likely going to be tough enough to find a buyer for the rig as it is without upping the ante with all of the other stuff. And the other stuff has a good chance selling individually if not tied to a white whale ;)

Cheers - and good luck!
 
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Sorry if that was confusing. I meant separately as in disassembling the brew rig and selling parts vs the complete rig AND/OR selling the fermentors independent of the refrigeration.
 

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Sorry if that was confusing. I meant separately as in disassembling the brew rig and selling parts vs the complete rig AND/OR selling the fermentors independent of the refrigeration.
I got the first part - and as I said I'd keep the rig intact (pumps/valves/controllers/burners connected to stand and controller). You could sell off the pots/kettles/keggles/whatevers, along with everything else, individually/separately, but I sure wouldn't disassemble the rig...

Cheers!
 

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You'll never get your money back and if you decide to pick up brewing again it will cost you a lot more to rebuild. Think carefully before getting rid of it....
 

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You'll never get your money back and if you decide to pick up brewing again it will cost you a lot more to rebuild. Think carefully before getting rid of it....
+100 I am selling our house but my HERMS system is coming w/me..no chance I am selling it, even if I were only brewing once every 3-4 months..I would only rebuild this system again if I was finally jumping in with a Nano and even then I would keep this system as a test rig.

You get the beer bug again and this setup is going to be more $$$ to build back out.

As Monster said..think carefully before selling..
 

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I'm with the last 2 posters who suggest considering this sale very carefully before proceeding. I stopped brewing for an almost 7 year stretch for a number of reasons but I hung on to my equipment and I'm glad I did. Disclaimer: I probably had less than $1,000 invested when I stopped and the equipment I had didn't take up that much room to store.
 

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If you have time, let it sit on craigslist and bookoo, updating the listing every few weeks. Stuff starts getting expensive to ship if you go through the disassembly process. I figure pumps are around $110-115, fittings are about 3/4 value and the weight of the items is $20-40 in shipping alone, but if the system is intact, I, as a buyer would be more likely to jump on it. I just purchased a complete system for a good chunk of change and am working to sell my old equipment. This is a hobby that people get in and out of quite a bit. As far as different components, I would break them down into end items. Kegerator, milling stations, fermentors, and each separately.
 
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