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Offline dannyj621

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the bare essentials
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:09:47 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
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010, 09:47:59 PM »
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.


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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010, 09:58:03 PM »

my undrilled bung. :o

No really, capping my carboy for manual labor aeration is critical to my methods. :-[

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 06:34:05 AM »
Stainless scrubbies. Get rid of those worthless green things!
Just brew it...

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2010, 07:45:07 AM »
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.

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2010, 08:47:00 AM »
March pump
wort chiller
refractometer
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2010, 09:40:32 AM »
My trusty refractometer, hydrometer & thermometer!  ;D
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2010, 11:15:10 AM »
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!

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2010, 11:22:52 AM »
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!
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010, 01:47:21 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.
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2010, 02:24:19 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.

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2010, 03:25:37 PM »
1) Immersion chiller (home made)
2) brew hauler (lessens back issues ;D)
3) ball valve on my brew pot
4) wine thief
 

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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2010, 05:52:39 PM »
Boil kettle and fermenter :P
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2010, 06:04:24 PM »
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. 
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Re: the bare essentials
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2010, 06:27:55 PM »
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.
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