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Title: homebrew gifts
Post by: swmbcherished on November 04, 2010, 10:44:50 AM
hi,
I'm looking for ideas to make a nice gift for my husband. I have several occasions coming up and I figured a homebrewing group of guys would know better than my firends over on the crochet forum  ;D

What are some cool gift ideas you'd like your wife to get for you?
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: SiameseMoose on November 04, 2010, 11:13:22 AM
I used to work in a homebrew store, so I got a lot of questions like this. Most people ended up buying gift certificates, mainly because they didn't know what gear the recipient already had. Beyond gift cards, my most successful recommendations (success=not returned) included: refractometers, bottle trees, decorative growlers, and mini-keg systems. At the time we did not sell pumps, but that's the best homebrew gift I've ever received.

Good Luck!
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: jeffy on November 04, 2010, 11:18:04 AM
Love your name.
It depends a lot on what he's got already, but a refractometer is a nice gift as well as a pH meter.  I'd go with more tools than ingredients.  Does he have a cajun cooker to brew outside?  Kegs are nice.  Why not let us know how deep he is into the hobby.
That gift certificate is also pretty nice, but it isn't quite as "personal" if you know what I mean.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: phillamb168 on November 04, 2010, 12:42:15 PM
This isn't homebrewing related per se, but one of the coolest things my wife has ever gotten me is one of these, which she gave me for our two-year anniversary this year:

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MX5Y9C

I use it for checking temps on the grill, the fryer, the boil, etc etc. Plus it's neat to just point at something and know its temperature.

Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tygo on November 04, 2010, 03:44:05 PM
This isn't homebrewing related per se, but one of the coolest things my wife has ever gotten me is one of these, which she gave me for our two-year anniversary this year:

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MX5Y9C

I use it for checking temps on the grill, the fryer, the boil, etc etc. Plus it's neat to just point at something and know its temperature.

Or, on a similar note, one of these:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/thermapen-digital-thermometer?go=DetailDefault&ref=ti&select=C82&byCategory=C515&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=thermapen&utm_campaign=brandterms&utm_term=thermoworks_thermapen&gcl

I bought this primarily for checking mash temps but it's great for cooking as well.

Edit - I'm not endorsing that particular site, it was just the first one that came up.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tschmidlin on November 04, 2010, 03:52:30 PM
Yeah, without knowing him or his setup it's really hard to guess what he might want or need.  Can you ask any of his brew buddies?

My wife got me a new 3-gallon keg one time when we were dating, that was cool.  :)  She went to the brew store with me because she "had an errand to run" nearby.  Then she followed me around and asked about stuff until she figured out what she could get me.  Sneaky.   :)
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: swmbcherished on November 04, 2010, 04:58:57 PM
thanks for your answers  :)
I couldn't describe his set up but he has quite a bit! Maybe not a refractometer though...
A customised or decorated keg or kettle could be nice too. Where can I get those?
Otherwise I was thinking about a nice old fashioned bar stool, and a home depot gift card to make a nice bar in his homebrewing cave, or does that sounds lame?
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: ryang on November 04, 2010, 05:10:30 PM
Otherwise I was thinking about a nice old fashioned bar stool, and a home depot gift card to make a nice bar in his homebrewing cave, or does that sounds lame?

That definitely does not sound lame.

A customised or decorated keg or kettle could be nice too. Where can I get those?

Not sure about kettles and kegs, but you can easily do a custom barrel... if he's into that sort of thing.  http://stores.ebay.com/Arts-and-Crafts-of-Mexico
I'm sure there are possibilities for customizing a keg or kettle
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: EHall on November 04, 2010, 05:28:50 PM
I think you just answered your own question... a barstool and GC to homedepot to build his own bar in his cave... Make sure you include a card with it that reminds him how awsome of a wife he has!
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: euge on November 04, 2010, 06:31:53 PM
If he doesn't have a good thermometer then the superfast thermapen is a nice gift. I swear by mine. And you/he can use it when cooking too.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: phillamb168 on November 04, 2010, 07:03:44 PM
I think you just answered your own question... a barstool and GC to homedepot to build his own bar in his cave... Make sure you include a card with it that reminds him how awsome of a wife he has!

+1,000,000 to this one.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: Steve on November 04, 2010, 08:01:07 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/2182HJ1A33L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)I've wanted this for Christmas for the past two years but no one gets it for me. <insert whining here> $32.99.

http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Industries-ET-74-Turkey-Thermometer/dp/B0009XBIM2/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6ANCBJ6P9TYT&colid=1LBEA1W2N516E (http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Industries-ET-74-Turkey-Thermometer/dp/B0009XBIM2/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6ANCBJ6P9TYT&colid=1LBEA1W2N516E)

You can walk around and see the temperature at any time.  A bit better than the long probe round dial.  

"Set it and forget it!" Almost!
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418DFEA6PKL._SS400_.jpg)
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: stlaleman on November 04, 2010, 08:07:26 PM
One of these is what he needs.... http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/The-Brewhemoth/144437928937396
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: MrNate on November 04, 2010, 08:09:37 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/2182HJ1A33L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)I've wanted this for Christmas for the past two years but no one gets it for me. <insert whining here> $32.99.

http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Industries-ET-74-Turkey-Thermometer/dp/B0009XBIM2/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6ANCBJ6P9TYT&colid=1LBEA1W2N516E (http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Industries-ET-74-Turkey-Thermometer/dp/B0009XBIM2/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I6ANCBJ6P9TYT&colid=1LBEA1W2N516E)

You can walk around and see the temperature at any time.  A bit better than the long probe round dial.  

"Set it and forget it!" Almost!
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418DFEA6PKL._SS400_.jpg)

I have one but don;t use it much anymore. Where are you located?
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: gordonstrong on November 05, 2010, 03:50:16 AM
I think you just answered your own question... a barstool and GC to homedepot to build his own bar in his cave... Make sure you include a card with it that reminds him how awsome of a wife he has!

If he doesn't realize that without the card, use part of the home depot card to buy a 2x4 and whack him in the head.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tschmidlin on November 05, 2010, 07:36:40 AM
thanks for your answers  :)
I couldn't describe his set up but he has quite a bit! Maybe not a refractometer though...
A customised or decorated keg or kettle could be nice too. Where can I get those?
Otherwise I was thinking about a nice old fashioned bar stool, and a home depot gift card to make a nice bar in his homebrewing cave, or does that sounds lame?
That would be awesome.

These guys sponsored the last big competition my club ran - they do custom mash paddles and brewery signs.
http://www.mashpaddle.com/
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: 1vertical on November 08, 2010, 03:27:44 PM
Does he have an AHA membership ??? 
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: euge on November 08, 2010, 05:47:01 PM
Does he have an AHA membership ??? 

That's actually a very good idea. Why didn't anyone suggest it before? ::)
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: swmbcherished on November 12, 2010, 01:56:56 PM
 :( can't find a good looking stool and he has every kind of thermometer you can think of... I can't just give him the GC alone that really says " I don't care"

how are those?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yZhvNQwAL._SL160_AA160_.jpg)
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: MrNate on November 12, 2010, 02:27:11 PM
What exactly are those?

Does he favor a particular style of beer?
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: swmbcherished on November 12, 2010, 04:24:50 PM
they are "growler tippling cups" (I tried "growler" on amazon.. )
He likes IPA but, well, he is a homebrewer, so he is interested in many styles!
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tschmidlin on November 12, 2010, 05:49:45 PM
If you want to spend a pile of money and he's into cask beer, you could get him a beer engine.

If he likes barrel aged beers and you think he'd like to fill one himself, you could buy him a new barrel.  Alternatively you can get him a stand to hold a barrel and let him find a used barrel on his own (since you don't know if he'd prefer red or white wine or bourbon or whatever).

Or maybe just get him something for the brew cave rather than brewing gear itself.  You might be able to find a nice decoration - sports memorabilia, neon or a framed beer sign, autographed picture of John Palmer . . .   ;D
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: bluesman on November 12, 2010, 06:00:23 PM
How about a custom growler.  Personalized just for him.

(http://www.pubglasses.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/beer%20growler%20drunk.jpg)

http://www.pubglasses.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PG&Product_Code=P895421&Category_Code=BeerGrowlers
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: MrNate on November 12, 2010, 07:50:38 PM
Or personalized pub glasses if he has a "pub" or "brewing company" name/logo.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: 1vertical on November 12, 2010, 11:36:21 PM
Tickets for you both to goto Brugge...I hear the tulips are divine in the springtime...and
the beer...well definately are some good ones there.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: swmbcherished on November 16, 2010, 11:04:02 AM
@ 1vertical
hehehe sounds like my husband's talking...  ;)


thanks all for your suggestions I'll see what is doable around here and within budget.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: chrisinestes on November 16, 2010, 06:39:26 PM
These guys sponsored the last big competition my club ran - they do custom mash paddles and brewery signs.
http://www.mashpaddle.com/


Those are cool! I have a CNC router... I could make those. Why haven't I done that!?
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tschmidlin on November 16, 2010, 08:23:50 PM
These guys sponsored the last big competition my club ran - they do custom mash paddles and brewery signs.
http://www.mashpaddle.com/


Those are cool! I have a CNC router... I could make those. Why haven't I done that!?
You can get plain paddles cheap and go into business :)

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/the-22/36%22-wood-mash-mixing/Detail

Once the design is set it'll be easy to crank them out on demand.  Looks like a pretty good markup.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: chrisinestes on November 16, 2010, 09:12:47 PM
You can get plain paddles cheap and go into business :)

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/the-22/36%22-wood-mash-mixing/Detail

Once the design is set it'll be easy to crank them out on demand.  Looks like a pretty good markup.

Wow... $15.00 is cheap. That's a good find. However... and there is always a however in life... I like the idea of making them all in house, though... I can control the quality of hard maple myself. Plus, I like the expanded end on the handle side I'd have if I made them fully in my shop.
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: tschmidlin on November 16, 2010, 11:03:47 PM
You can get plain paddles cheap and go into business :)

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/the-22/36%22-wood-mash-mixing/Detail

Once the design is set it'll be easy to crank them out on demand.  Looks like a pretty good markup.

Wow... $15.00 is cheap. That's a good find. However... and there is always a however in life... I like the idea of making them all in house, though... I can control the quality of hard maple myself. Plus, I like the expanded end on the handle side I'd have if I made them fully in my shop.
If you've got the tools, go for it.  Let me know if you need any beta-testers ;D
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: phillamb168 on December 25, 2010, 08:15:47 AM
Ahahahahha! So guess what? My wife gives me three awesome things for my mancave/brewery and then tells me, "you remember the lady that posted on your forum? That was me!!!" LOL. I'll post pics shortly, but I thought you guys would be interested in being let in on the secret.

Now, on to make biscuits and sawmill gravy! Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: phillamb168 on December 25, 2010, 08:27:32 AM
 :D :D :D :D 8) 8) 8) 8) ;D ;D ;D ;D

(http://philliplamb.com/DSC03734.JPG)

(http://philliplamb.com/DSC03733.JPG)

This last one is a play off of a poster I already have: http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com (history: http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/pages/history)
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: jeffy on December 25, 2010, 03:03:11 PM
Ahahahahha! So guess what? My wife gives me three awesome things for my mancave/brewery and then tells me, "you remember the lady that posted on your forum? That was me!!!" LOL. I'll post pics shortly, but I thought you guys would be interested in being let in on the secret.

Now, on to make biscuits and sawmill gravy! Merry Christmas!

Was that swmbcherished?  Or the other one?  I just liked the name.....
Title: Re: homebrew gifts
Post by: phillamb168 on December 25, 2010, 05:39:41 PM
Ahahahahha! So guess what? My wife gives me three awesome things for my mancave/brewery and then tells me, "you remember the lady that posted on your forum? That was me!!!" LOL. I'll post pics shortly, but I thought you guys would be interested in being let in on the secret.

Now, on to make biscuits and sawmill gravy! Merry Christmas!

Was that swmbcherished?  Or the other one?  I just liked the name.....

swmbcherished