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Title: the bare essentials
Post by: dannyj621 on January 23, 2010, 04:09:47 AM
what are some tools you cannot brew without and you are thankful the day you bought it.  mine would have to be my sanitizer injecter
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: dontblake on January 23, 2010, 04:47:59 AM
The first thing that comes to mind is my siphon starter (the racking cane inside of a wine thief thingy). 
At first I thought that it was gimmicky, but I love how easy it makes transfers.  Not to mention sneaking samples of old mead.
Get one, it's worth every penny of the ~$12 it cost

Oh, and no homebrewery should be without a spray bottle full of star san.   That's probably about as essential as it gets.


Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: pinnah on January 23, 2010, 04:58:03 AM

my undrilled bung. :o

No really, capping my carboy for manual labor aeration is critical to my methods. :-[
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: dhacker on January 23, 2010, 01:34:05 PM
Stainless scrubbies. Get rid of those worthless green things!
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: makemehoppy on January 23, 2010, 02:45:07 PM
refractometer... no more waiting until just before I pitch the yeast to see how I did.

my other is 4 gallon plastic water bottles. I use them the store grain, others to hold brew water for a day or two to disapate chlorine, I use one for my gravity feed recirculate wort chiller*


* I don't have a good connection indoors for my wort chiller. I fill a bottling bucket with water and ice and gravity feed to the kettle that is on the floor. The output goes to a water bottle. The first 4 gallons of very hot water is saved for cleanup. From then on I recirculate (lift the output water bottle and refill the bottling bucket) until I get down to pitching temp.
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: corkybstewart on January 23, 2010, 03:47:00 PM
March pump
wort chiller
refractometer
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: Beertracker on January 23, 2010, 04:40:32 PM
My trusty refractometer, hydrometer & thermometer!  ;D
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: yaleterrace on January 23, 2010, 06:15:10 PM
like a jerk, i didn't have a gravity sample thief, so i was sanitizing and using my auto-siphon to collect 9oz of green beer.  once i bought it, i never looked back!
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 23, 2010, 06:22:52 PM
I have to agree with pinnah. But mine is a threaded screw cap for the 6.5. Pick up that bad boy and like the song
says, Shake shake shake!
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 23, 2010, 08:47:21 PM
Refractometer is handy but I could brew without it if I had to.

I would say good brew kettle and wort chiller are essential.
And I guess some kind of fermentation vessel is also needed.
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: ndcube on January 23, 2010, 09:24:19 PM
My upgrade to a banjo burner plus windscreen from an SQ-14.

Also, my bucket that stays full of Star-San.

+1 on the SS scrubie.
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: beerrat on January 23, 2010, 10:25:37 PM
1) Immersion chiller (home made)
2) brew hauler (lessens back issues ;D)
3) ball valve on my brew pot
4) wine thief
 
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: tubercle on January 24, 2010, 12:52:39 AM
Boil kettle and fermenter :P
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: tygo on January 24, 2010, 01:04:24 AM
Setting aside things without which you couldn't brew at all ...

I guess I'd go with autosiphon.  I don't use it on brew day but racking would be much more of a pain in the ass without it.

And actually as one who still has yet to experience the joy of kegging I'll throw in the $2.50 bottle filler. 
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: tubercle on January 24, 2010, 01:27:55 AM
Setting aside things without which you couldn't brew at all ...


 I'm sure that's directed at me.

 I change my choice to the trusty Barley Crusher.
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: makemehoppy on January 24, 2010, 01:51:06 PM
like a jerk, i didn't have a gravity sample thief, so i was sanitizing and using my auto-siphon to collect 9oz of green beer.  once i bought it, i never looked back!
I used to always use a thief and then one day I realized I could just fill a hydro sample tube with a couple pumps of the autosiphon before I connected the tubing. One less thing to sanitize now.
I still have my original autosiphon from the true brew kits I bought over 3 years ago, great tool
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: roffenburger on January 28, 2010, 07:02:57 PM
I have an autosiphon, but when I need to take a gravity reading, I just sanitize my hose and start it by mouth.

I have become quite fond of my new stainless steel mash paddle (bro in law made it for me for Christmas), homemade temperature controller, and lollipop thermometer.
Title: Re: the bare essentials
Post by: euge on February 15, 2010, 05:41:16 PM
what are some tools you cannot brew without and you are thankful the day you bought it.  mine would have to be my sanitizer injecter

For brewing as I do now, not as I began:

Natural Gas ring burners. Never ever ever run out of gas.
Appropriately sized brew kettle (80qt)
Wort chiller (self-built).
Accurate thermometer (super-fast Thermapen).

There are other important tools and equipment but none so much as the aforementioned.