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Title: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: marty on August 15, 2010, 01:45:18 AM
Maybe you won something in a homebrew comp, maybe you got it from a retiring homebrewer, maybe it seemed great or was on sale

and now it sits unused

What is it?
(and maybe people can chime in to tell you that you need to try it out, or it's worthless)




For me - it's a filter, bought it because it was the deal of the day and I figured if I have a beer that won't clear I can use  .. 2 years and it's still in the box unopened
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: beerocd on August 15, 2010, 02:00:48 AM
oxygenator, fermentap, wine whip - there's other things...
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tschmidlin on August 15, 2010, 02:28:01 AM
March pump and a therminator.  Won the pump in a competition, got the therminator for $60.  They're on my list of things to incorporate into my system, just haven't gotten around to it.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: wfaris on August 15, 2010, 02:46:49 AM
7 gallon stainless steel conical here.  It was cheap on eBay and I wasn't thinking clearly.  It just doesn't fit into my brewing routine.  Too much extra time cleaning for the amount of beer you can ferment at a time.  Been sitting here for two years without ever being used. Haven't gotten around to trying to sell it but will soon.  I may try to trade it for a pump.

Wayne
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tschmidlin on August 15, 2010, 03:09:56 AM
7 gallon stainless steel conical here.  It was cheap on eBay and I wasn't thinking clearly.  It just doesn't fit into my brewing routine.  Too much extra time cleaning for the amount of beer you can ferment at a time.  Been sitting here for two years without ever being used. Haven't gotten around to trying to sell it but will soon.  I may try to trade it for a pump.

Wayne
Too bad you're in Nebraska Wayne, we could trade for my unused pump :)
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: thirsty on August 15, 2010, 04:11:05 AM
Bottle cleaning brush.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: gordonstrong on August 15, 2010, 05:04:54 AM
dump bucket  ;D
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: dhacker on August 15, 2010, 12:23:00 PM
Blichmann beer gun. Bought it last year . .never even opened the box.  :-\
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on August 15, 2010, 01:42:38 PM
My wife and I were in our LHBS yesterday and due to her love of hard cider almost bought a $250 stainless steel press (but no grinder).  With that said knowing my wife (as much as I love her) I would like to make a future post, so here it goes....

"bought a $250 stainless steel press (but no grinder) for making hard cider.  Used it once and realized it's not worth it since we can go to the store and by the juice organically for cheaper...anybody want to buy a $250 stainless steel press (but no grinder)?"
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: jptheelder on August 15, 2010, 08:56:23 PM
A little plastic thing that holds my racking cane for me while I siphon. It looked cool at the store, I guess.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: rabid_dingo on August 15, 2010, 10:09:28 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet. I stick to dry for the ales. I just scored a Temp controller for cheap so the lager fridge will be here soon.

Not to mentioned finally got around to spring cleaning in late summer I may have room for it too.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tschmidlin on August 16, 2010, 05:15:18 AM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet. I stick to dry for the ales. I just scored a Temp controller for cheap so the lager fridge will be here soon.
I have no experience with dried lager yeasts, but if you're used to dried yeast for your ales you might want to try them for your lagers and see how they come out.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: micsager on August 16, 2010, 05:18:53 PM
Blichmann beer gun. Bought it last year . .never even opened the box.  :-\

Do you not bottle, or just don't like this device? 

I have a BG, and love it.  but I only bottle for sharing and comps.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: dbeechum on August 16, 2010, 05:25:27 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet.

Ok, I've gotta ask.. why do you consider the lager fridge to be vital to making starters? All my starters happen on the stir plate in the "lab" at room temperature.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: Hokerer on August 16, 2010, 05:27:21 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet.

Ok, I've gotta ask.. why do you consider the lager fridge to be vital to making starters? All my starters happen on the stir plate in the "lab" at room temperature.

Gotta read his whole post.  I think's he's saying that since he doesn't have a lager fridge, he doesn't do lagers AND he said for his ales, he uses dry yeast THEREFORE he hasn't done any starters.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: rabid_dingo on August 16, 2010, 05:41:53 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet.

Ok, I've gotta ask.. why do you consider the lager fridge to be vital to making starters? All my starters happen on the stir plate in the "lab" at room temperature.

Gotta read his whole post.  I think's he's saying that since he doesn't have a lager fridge, he doesn't do lagers AND he said for his ales, he uses dry yeast THEREFORE he hasn't done any starters.

Bingo! There I go making assumptions for all. I suppose I could pull my kegs out of the keggerator and lager in the fridge but I would rather know that I am fermenting at XX*F instead of 5 on the dial. Know what I mean , Vern?   I have not made a starter in a while. I don't see the need with my ales, When I get into a lager fridge I hope to play around with the larger selection of vials of yeast versus the Dry 05 I use. I believe a decent starter would help with a lager, Not required I'm sure but it will be fun to put those bad boys to use.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: rabid_dingo on August 16, 2010, 05:42:56 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet. I stick to dry for the ales. I just scored a Temp controller for cheap so the lager fridge will be here soon.
I have no experience with dried lager yeasts, but if you're used to dried yeast for your ales you might want to try them for your lagers and see how they come out.

Yeah, I may default to the dry for lagers too. But then I would not get to play with the big flasks!
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: dbeechum on August 16, 2010, 05:50:17 PM
Ahh, didn't realise you meant you used only dried yeast for the ales. Now I love me some US-05, but only dried yeast for your ales seems damn limiting.

But then again, if it works for you, it works for you!
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tschmidlin on August 16, 2010, 05:52:10 PM
I got two Erlenmeyer flasks, 3L and 5L. I have not build a lager fridge yet so no starters for me yet. I stick to dry for the ales. I just scored a Temp controller for cheap so the lager fridge will be here soon.
I have no experience with dried lager yeasts, but if you're used to dried yeast for your ales you might want to try them for your lagers and see how they come out.

Yeah, I may default to the dry for lagers too. But then I would not get to play with the big flasks!
Yeah, give them a shot.  And to Drew's point, there's a lot of different yeasts out there that are only available in liquid form.  Once you try your starters with lagers, try them for ales too.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tygo on August 16, 2010, 06:39:41 PM
Yeah, I may default to the dry for lagers too. But then I would not get to play with the big flasks!

I just brewed up a big starter the other day in my new 5L Erlenmeyer flask.  It was a big improvement over using a pot and plastic milk jugs.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: dhacker on August 16, 2010, 11:41:24 PM
Blichmann beer gun. Bought it last year . .never even opened the box.  :-\

Do you not bottle, or just don't like this device? 

I have a BG, and love it.  but I only bottle for sharing and comps.

I don't bottle for myself . . But I kinda thought about a beer exchange where I could send some of my wares to folks who could give me some feedback and I'd know the beers would arrive in good condition. . just got busy with other beer things and never really got the plan off the ground.   :(
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: passlaku on August 17, 2010, 02:04:23 AM
I bought the wine thief from the guys that make the auto-siphon, and I think I used it once.  I also bought the co2 cap that you can put on 2 liter bottles and never used it.  I don't even remember where it is.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: kgs on August 17, 2010, 12:01:22 PM
I bought the wine thief from the guys that make the auto-siphon, and I think I used it once. 

Same here!
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: theDarkSide on August 17, 2010, 12:21:31 PM
5 gallon Better Bottle.  I bought a 6 gallon one after 1 batch when I realized that you only get about 4 gallons of beer out of it after you transfer.  It sat dormant for so long, that I found a dead mouse in it once.  :P
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: yugamrap on August 18, 2010, 02:01:54 AM
Aquarium pump with sanitary filter and air stone for aerating - all still in their packages.  I ended up just sticking with the Mix Stir.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: IHBHS on August 18, 2010, 09:45:51 AM
bottling bucket.  I went straight to kegs and have never had the desire to bottle condition anything as of yet
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: hopfenundmalz on August 18, 2010, 12:36:42 PM
A chrome tower with 2 taps.  It will get used, once I get around to getting the second dorm fridge to turn into another kegerator.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: rabid_dingo on August 18, 2010, 10:47:19 PM
Ahh, didn't realise you meant you used only dried yeast for the ales. Now I love me some US-05, but only dried yeast for your ales seems damn limiting.

But then again, if it works for you, it works for you!
My LHBS's don't carry a large selection of dry yeast, Vials-o-plenty though. The economy and my wallet are more limiting that the selection though...;)



Blichmann beer gun. Bought it last year . .never even opened the box.  :-\

Do you not bottle, or just don't like this device? 

I have a BG, and love it.  but I only bottle for sharing and comps.

I don't bottle for myself . . But I kinda thought about a beer exchange where I could send some of my wares to folks who could give me some feedback and I'd know the beers would arrive in good condition. . just got busy with other beer things and never really got the plan off the ground.   :(

Northernbrewer's forum used to have an exchange, it was monthly and one organizer randomly paired participants.
I stopped participating due to kegging but know that I have bottled from kegs I'd participate again.

Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tubercle on August 18, 2010, 11:05:55 PM
A bottle of star san






















Just kidding. ;D
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: mr_jeffers on August 21, 2010, 05:27:14 PM
I bought a co2 tap that pushes into the top of the 5 liter mini-kegs, thinking I'd start using mini-kegs instead of bottles.  Didn't really catch on though....


Maybe we should work out some kind of unused equipment trade.  Anyone like mini-kegs?
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tygo on August 22, 2010, 01:19:40 AM
Anyone like mini-kegs?

Not really.  But they did work out better for me the last time I used them then they have in the past.  I have a batch of 70/- in them right now.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: bluesman on August 22, 2010, 04:36:04 AM
I purchased a backup hydrometer several years ago.  The funny thing is...I have never even used it.

Perhaps that is a stroke of luck.  I'm certainly not complaining.  :)
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: tygo on August 22, 2010, 12:35:34 PM
I purchased a backup hydrometer several years ago.  The funny thing is...I have never even used it.

Perhaps that is a stroke of luck.  I'm certainly not complaining.  :)

The only time they break is when you don't have a backup.  That's a law.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: roguejim on August 22, 2010, 10:03:53 PM
One pristine Wort Wizard, courtesy of Denny Conn.  A few years back, my wife emailed Denny on the sly to see what brewing stuff I might like for my birthday.  He suggested a Wort Wizard since he himself uses one, and to be honest, he couldn't really think of anything I might want.  But, my system is even "cheaper and easier" than Denny's.  No Wort Wizard required.  Gravity reigns supreme.  Anybody want to buy a Wort Wizard cheap?  Trade?  C'mon!!!
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: denny on August 23, 2010, 02:58:58 PM
I'll trade ya mine for yours! ;)

I used mine quite a bit and found it really great, but I've got a _real_ pump now!
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: etbrew on August 26, 2010, 12:24:22 AM
I had a bottle washer for two years and was unable to use it because there was no way to hook it up the the faucet I had.  I have since moved to a new house with a standard faucet and I love it.  I can't believe I suffered for two years.  I should have just sprung for a new faucet and saved myself all the pain...
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: MrNate on August 26, 2010, 01:09:00 AM
I got a refractometer for father's day, and I haven't been able to use it yet.
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: beveragebob on September 10, 2010, 03:49:48 AM
I've got so many unused things, I can't even remember them all. Maybe I should open a HB Shop  :D
Title: Re: Equipment you own but have never used
Post by: Slowbrew on September 10, 2010, 04:57:11 PM
I bought a co2 tap that pushes into the top of the 5 liter mini-kegs, thinking I'd start using mini-kegs instead of bottles.  Didn't really catch on though....


Maybe we should work out some kind of unused equipment trade.  Anyone like mini-kegs?

I sold mine an unsuspecting newbie.   ;D  As far as I know he hasn't even brewed since he bought them but is always " gonna try and make beer next month".

Paul