Technique trumps gear. You can make fantastic beer on the cheap. Hang around this forum - pay attention and ask questions - and you will see improvements in the quality of your beer far beyond what money will get you.
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This is why I do not let myself walk into Guitar Center even slightly inebriated. That didgeridoo from last time is still collecting dust...Enjoy, Jim! I would love a dobro, but I already have many instruments that I don't pay enough attention to.
I know that disease. For some reason, it doesn't stop me from acquiring more.
Eric, did you say Magic? Been out of it for almost 10 years now but had a blast. Making beer is a much more enjoyable hobby, even with only one year to compare against almost 10!Yeah, I mainly played online back before I was a Dad. I'd keep coming back to it every couple of years. It was sort of my bridge as I got worn out playing one MMO and before I found another. I still get the itch to log on and play a few games every once in a while.
Was it brewed at Smuttynose? I would like to try that one.
I don't go through my beer all that fast and definitely keep it kegged for months. It keeps just fine, but I also brew larger beers that can stand some aging. I have an old ale and imperial stout in the basement that are about a year old or more.If you're serious about getting smaller kegs, AiH usually runs a good deal on new 2.5 or 3 gallon kegs every few months. But they're generally only about 10 bucks cheaper than the 5-gallon version. For purging the headspace, I just fill a keg to the top with Star San, then purge the headspace a few times. When the time comes to fill the keg I just jump the Star San to another empty keg and rack into the purged keg.
If you're worried about head space you can buy smaller kegs. There's no savings, unless you find a really good deal, but 2 and 3 gallon kegs work great for small or split batches.