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Which of these reasonably priced items should I make my own?

Briess Organic Munich malt 50 lb
2 (11.1%)
Used 5 gallon ball lock keg (would be my third)
12 (66.7%)
ETC112000 Ranco microprocessor temperature control 24v
3 (16.7%)
Pants
1 (5.6%)

Total Members Voted: 18

Voting closed: January 09, 2012, 12:57:30 AM

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What should I buy?
« on: January 07, 2012, 12:57:30 AM »
So the rebate fairies visited my home today. waited 13 weeks instead of the 6-8 they said but hey... I didn't pay quite as much for my contacts in the long run.

I get to spend part of the booty on new brew stuff so here is my current wishlist what do you think?
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 01:13:51 AM »
I vote pants!

You need more kegs and if you got a freezer you need the Ranco so I go towards pants
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 01:34:21 AM »
Some pierced earrings to go with the new skirt?   :o    ;)

Just kidding.  Buy some new, high quality brewing equipment.  A better investment there is not!  It will be there brew after brew, year after year. 

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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 03:44:51 AM »
Get a keg - they're only getting more expensive, and 2 is not nearly enough.
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 06:03:50 AM »
Yeah, I vote keg as well.  I just picked up another two even though I really don't need more right now. 
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 06:24:51 AM »
How do you vote for all the above?  I lean toward the Keg. But
better beer may be produced controlling the temp. of fermentation.....
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 06:58:44 AM »
I vote temp control, unless you already have a way to do that. If so, get another keg.
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 07:55:02 AM »
Easy.  da' keg
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2012, 02:16:51 PM »
wow overwhelming win for the keg. I do sort of have temp control. It's also winter in northern california right now which is a lot like having temp control on the world. 60ish everyday. but I also have a fridge and a timer that 'works'
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2012, 02:23:14 PM »
I only chose the malt because I can't get it over here in England. Only live 10 miles from Muntons and they don't carry that stuff. Go ahead and move my vote to the keg.
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 11:29:50 PM »
wow overwhelming win for the keg. I do sort of have temp control. It's also winter in northern california right now which is a lot like having temp control on the world. 60ish everyday. but I also have a fridge and a timer that 'works'

Heh that timer idea worked huh? ;D

I think temp control is the priority but since you have that covered a kegging system is the next logical upgrade. But if this means taking your fermentation fridge over for serving I say get a freezer to ferment in (they have a small footprint) and keg!
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 12:49:52 AM »
wow overwhelming win for the keg. I do sort of have temp control. It's also winter in northern california right now which is a lot like having temp control on the world. 60ish everyday. but I also have a fridge and a timer that 'works'

Heh that timer idea worked huh? ;D

I think temp control is the priority but since you have that covered a kegging system is the next logical upgrade. But if this means taking your fermentation fridge over for serving I say get a freezer to ferment in (they have a small footprint) and keg!

yeah well notice the quotes. It works pretty well. If the weather stays fairly constant and I get it dialed in I can keep an active ferment between 65-68 and it only drops down to 60 or 57 when it starts to get cold and I forget to reset the timer.

for the rest of the season my serving fridge is the back room. nice pretty constant mid to high 50s out there. Perfect for my tastes.

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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2012, 12:52:53 AM »
That's pretty awesome. I would take advantage of that.
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2012, 01:51:42 AM »
That's pretty awesome. I would take advantage of that.

I have this sickness, every winter I get the desire to brew belgians. so just as the temps get perfect for english ales I want the heat loving belgians!!! but yeah, fully taking advantage. my last batch was fermented in the shower stall in the spare bathroom. beer temp ~68-70 which for a saison and hefe is perfect for the first week. now I have to turn the heater on for the saison to finish up though.

Some pierced earrings to go with the new skirt?   :o    ;)


shhheeeee ite man, I had those years ago.  ;D
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Re: What should I buy?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2012, 05:54:10 AM »
I only chose the malt because I can't get it over here in England. Only live 10 miles from Muntons and they don't carry that stuff. Go ahead and move my vote to the keg.

You could try Thomas Fawcett or Warminster. Maybe not quite as close to you as Muntons, but still....


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